Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

One of the most pervasive spiritual problems in America today is the problem of addiction.  People who are addicted to alcohol or other drugs not only affect themselves, but affect the lives of all the people who live close to them.

Alcoholism is a disease.

That's not just some people's opinion.  It is an established clinical fact that alcoholism is a disease which affects certain people, making it impossible for them to drink without suffering certain measurable debilitating effects on their health.  The progress of the disease can be charted.  The effects of the disease can be measured.  The result of the disease is that it is always fatal if left untreated.  The good news is that it is 100% treatable.  The treatment is found in AA.

How do you know if you are an alcoholic? 

There are some basic questions to ask, such as:

  • Have you changed your drinking place or friends in the last few years?  Is there more drinking now than before?
  • Do you drink because you have problems?
  • Do you get angry when your spouse or friends tell you that you drink to much?
  • Do you forget something you did while you were drinking?
  • Do you ever do anything while drinking that you are ashamed of?
  • Do you ever go "on the wagon" or just drink beer so you won't get too drunk?
  • Do you feel you can hold your drinks better than your friends?
  • Do you look forward to times when you can drink?
  • Do you avoid people who don't drink?
  • Do you avoid any talk about the disease of alcoholism?
  • Do you tell yourself that others drink more than you do?
  • Do you ever drink more than you planned to, or get drunk when you didn't want to?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you may have a problem with alcohol.

What is AA?

The Alcoholics Anonymous movement consists of groups of people of all backgrounds, all ages, races, social positions, and religious beliefs, who have one thing in common: they are alcoholics. They meet together to follow a proven and tested path that leads to sobriety and health, both physical and spiritual.  The path is called The Twelve Steps:

Step 1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable.
Step 2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Step 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Step 4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Step 5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Step 6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Step 7. Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
Step 8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to the mall.
Step 9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Step 10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Step 11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
Step 12.  Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

If you need help, or would like to talk to someone about AA, please call St. George's today at 732-521-0169.

Schedule:

AA groups meet at St. George's on Tuesdays at 8:00 PM and Thursdays at 7:00 PM.
Al-Anon for those living with an alcoholic meets Thursdays at 1:00 PM.