At of October 2012, there are a total of 4,689 AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings in Los Angeles County. Certainly, if anyone were looking for a place to get sober help, Los Angeles could be it. The community and its extending arms of support are sure to welcome anyone in who is at the start of their journey.
Plus, of those 4,689 meetings, 1,388 of them are Spanish speaking. And because Los Angeles is such a diverse city, don’t be surprised to know that there are meetings held in Armenian, Farsi, French, Korean, and Russian!
AA is a fellowship of men and women who have lost their control when it comes to drinking and/or drug use. When first beginning their process of sobriety, AA participants find themselves in various types of trouble as a result of their addiction. The benefit of participating in an AA community is that you have people around who have found a way to live a fulfilling and satisfying life without alcohol or drugs. The point of the AA fellowship is to provide guidance and support to others who are seeking the same thing in life.
You become a member of AA when you make that decision for yourself. There are no forms to fill out and no fees to pay. Your only requirement is the decision to stop drinking. When you decide to attend an AA meeting in Los Angeles, you’ll find that they are usually pretty lively. They are people who have struggled and survived an addiction and now many attend AA meetings to provide support. Typically, at a meeting, alcoholics talk about what drinking did to their lives, the problems they had to bear, what actions they took to get out from under the destructive pattern of addiction, and how they are living their lives today. Usually meetings, people will feel waves of inspiration and motivation to make better choices for themselves.
There is a disclaimer that all AA communities communicate to their newcomers, and that is that they don’t claim to be therapists or psychologists or professionals for that matter. They are professional in the way that the meeting is conducted and the way that everyone is treated, however, what makes AA meeting so successful is they are there to provide sober help for others to recover from an addiction that they too have stopped drinking or drugging themselves. For this reason, those still struggling attend AA meetings knowing that recovery is possible because they see that others were able to achieve it.
It’s a curious thing that those who have been sober for 30 years or more are still attending AA meetings. The reason is that alcoholism or an addiction to any drug has no cure. Many AA participants believe that there is no return to “normal drinking” and that their ability to stay away from addiction is the level of their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. They nourish their health in these life areas through attending AA meetings.
Of course, AA is the kind of community where you can come and go. You don’t need to commit to anything. You can go to one meeting, and if you find that it’s not for you, you don’t have to return. At the same time, if you visit an AA website, you’ll find that one of the five factors that contribute to recovery from addiction is regular attendance to meetings. The other factors include:
- Staying away from the first drink.
- Seeking out others who have successfully stayed sober for a long period of time.
- Putting into practice the 12 steps of recovery.
- Obtaining and studying the Big Book, a sort of bible for the Alcoholics Anonymous community.
If you’re looking for a way to get sober in Los Angeles, you can contact the AA Central Office for details on where to find meetings. If you’re at a sober living home or a treatment center, you’re likely already attending local meetings. Los Angeles has a great community of those experiencing the same challenges you are. You can find sober help in LA.
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