You have the support of others
Most, if not all, of the people in your support group can relate to your struggle. It’s comforting to know that all members of the group are pursuing the same goal: sobriety. During recovery from an addiction, it’s easy to feel isolated from and misunderstood by friends and family. That isolation can drive you to relapse.
One of the most powerful tools available to you in AA is a sponsor. This person is your support system that you can reach out to day or night when you are feeling the urge to relapse. Addiction is a chronic disease, so checking in with your sponsor even when you’re feeling great is a good idea. Prevention is key.
A higher success rate
It can be difficult to measure the success of AA due to the anonymity of the program, though attempts have certainly been made. According to a study from AA, 33 percent of the 8,000 North American members it surveyed had remained sober for over 10 years. Twelve percent were sober for 5 to 10 years; 24 percent were sober 1 to 5 years; and 31 percent were sober for less than a year.
Support groups are global
No matter where you go, you're almost always able to find an AA meeting. In its early existence, there were only 3,527 groups in approximately 34 countries.Today, AA is practiced in 170 countries all over the world. It helps to know that wherever life may take you, your support system will be there.
Hence the name, in Alcoholics Anonymous, you can remain anonymous during meetings. It’s not uncommon for individuals to reveal their identity the longer they are members of AA or the more comfortable they grow with their sponsor. It is entirely up to you, though. The premise of AA is to be open and willing to help anyone who is seeking sobriety. If you don't find this at first, try different meetings until you find one where you feel most comfortable.
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