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AA or Alcoholics Anonymous is basically an international mutual aid fellowship that was founded back in 1935 in Akron, Ohio by Dr. Bob Smith and Bill Wilson. The primary purpose of AA is to help alcoholics stay sober and to help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. With the early members of it, Bob Smith and Bill Watson developed the 12 step program of character and spiritual development.

According to 2014 AA membership survey, 27 percent of its members were able to become sober in less than a year, 24 percent have been 1 to 5 years sober, 13 percent have been 5 to 10 years sober, 14 percent have been 10 to 20 years and 22 percent are more than 20 years sober. Studies of efficacy of AA produced inconsistent results. While there are some studies that suggested association between AA attendance as well as increased abstinence or several other positive outcomes, there are also some that haven’t.

The program of AA is extending beyond alcohol abstinence as its goal is to generate enough impact in the concept of alcoholics and that is to bring out recovery from alcoholism through spiritual awakening. As a matter of fact, awakening is designed to be achieved only by taking the 12 steps program and sobriety through volunteering for AA and to attend regularly on AA meetings or to contact with AA members.
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The members are also encouraged to find experienced fellow alcoholic, call a sponsor to help them further understand and follow the program. Ideally, the sponsor should have firsthand experience in 12 step program, be the same sex and also, to refrain from imposing personal views on sponsored person.
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By follow the helper therapy principle, the sponsors in Alcoholic Anonymous can benefit from their relationship with their charges mainly because helping behaviors have strong relationship in having lower odds of binge drinking and increased abstinence.

In addition to that, it is deemed that AA’s program is inheritor of Counter Enlightenment philosophy. AA shares the view that acceptance of a person’s inherent limitations is vital in finding the right place among other people and God. These said ideas have also been described as Counter Enlightenment because they are being contrary to the Enlightenment’s ideal by which humans have ability to make societies and their lives heaven on earth by using their own power and reasoning.

The AA meetings are quasi-ritualized therapeutic sessions that is run by and for alcoholics. Typically, they are informal and featuring discussions. Those listed as open meetings are open to all who are non-alcoholics as observers while closed meetings are only to the self professed or have the desire to stop on drinking that can’t be challenged by other members.