AA Meetings in Delray Beach, FL
Admitting to yourself that you have a problem with alcohol is not easy. If you have accepted that you have a problem, you may be considering attending a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. Don’t worry, you are not alone. You may feel anxious or nervous as you wonder what you will encounter at an AA meeting – this is normal. We encourage you to find a meeting you feel comfortable attending. This may mean you try more than one before you find the right fit. There are different types of AA meetings, all comprised of different “regulars” and ran in different formats. Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are all based on a 12-step program designed to help you in your recovery from alcoholism. They offer a method in which you follow recommended steps as you make a plan for your sobriety. While AA often references “a higher power”, it doesn’t mean you have to be religious or even believe in God. Your idea of a “higher power” is unique to you, your beliefs, and your life experience.
What To Expect at an AA Meeting
AA meetings are group meetings led by someone who will usually make some announcements and read the AA preamble. Excerpts from AA literature are usually read aloud for the participants at the beginning of the meeting. The overall format of the meeting depends on the type you attend.
At a speaker meeting, one or more speakers share their stories of what brought them to AA. Sometimes there is a discussion after, sometimes not.
In a discussion meeting, the person leading the meeting may go around the room giving participants the opportunity to share their story. Discussion meetings may be centered on a specific topic, the Big Book of AA, or the 12 steps. It is common to hear stories about things you may not agree with or cannot relate to. An open mind is key to be able to learn, understand, and grow from your fellow participants. Always try to listen in a non-judgmental way. If you are there, chances are you got there because of your unique life experiences that someone else may not understand. Nobody will force you to participate if you don’t want to but be believe you will get the most out of the process if you share.
At the end of an AA meeting, volunteers usually give out chips for people who have attained certain lengths of sobriety. Meetings commonly end with a prayer.
Obviously, the goal of all meetings is to help you stay sober. Each day sober is a success. Over time and with conscious effort, those daily successes will add up to long-lasting sobriety.
List of AA Meetings in Delray Beach, FL
Below is a list of meetings in Delray Beach, Florida. Delray Beach is known as a common destination for people seeking quality recovery services. The influx of people searching for addiction treatment services has spawned a diverse number of support groups you can attend. Whether you are in treatment, or just realize you have a drinking problem, attending AA meetings in Delray Beach can help you on your journey to lifelong sobriety.
What To Do When AA Meetings Aren’t Enough
Simply put – seek treatment. AA meetings are a good way to seek support from people with the same cravings for alcohol that you have, but it may not be an ideal long term solution without therapy. While the people you meet in meetings often mean well, they are not trained therapists or addiction specialists. Seeking support from a licensed and experienced therapist is often the best way to gain the tools needed to maintain lasting sobriety. For example, our Outpatient Treatment Program allows you to maintain your daily activities while receiving regular treatment for your addiction. Our therapists can work with you one-on-one and in group settings to help identify the root cause of your addiction. If you are regularly attending meetings, but still feel like you are in danger of relapsing, don’t hesitate to give us a call. You only live once. Don’t waste another minute drinking your life away. Freedom from dependence on alcohol can dramatically improve your physical and mental health, allowing you to live – and not just “get by”.