Alcoholics Anonymous is a twelve step program designed to help alcoholics keep from drinking. It has been found that people with serious drinking problems almost never recover on their own resources. Despite a sincere desire to stop, despite urging from loved ones, despite trouble with the law, alcoholics simply cannot keep from drinking on their own. They may find they can stop drinking for a time, however, return to the bottle again. Therefore, they need something outside of themselves to keep them sober. AA is just that. It is a support system where problem drinkers can find help to stay sober and to recreate their lives.
The AA program has been helping drunks since 1935 and there are now millions of recovered alcoholics all over the world. The program recognizes alcoholism as a disease and treats it as such. People who come to Alcoholics Anonymous are often relieved to find out they are sick people instead of morally weak. Newcomers find that they are not judged, but rather are understood like they have never been before in their lives. There are no lectures to endure, no people to please, and no fees to pay. The people of AA only wish to help the problem drinker, and, because of their own backgrounds, are especially qualified to do so.
If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, the program may be right for you. If you have been given the gift of desperation and are willing to go to any lengths to keep from drinking, then a door to a whole new way of living is open to you. We urge you to try AA for ninety days, only three months, and if at the end of that time you find that Alcoholics Anonymous is not for you, you are free to return to your old way of life.