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** How Does Alcoholics Anonymous Help? **

*Twelve Steps Help Life Make Sense*

By Buddy T, About.com Guide

Updated September 23, 2008

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/Alcoholics Anonymous has helped millions of people since it was founded in
1935, but exactly how does A.A. help people stop drinking? Actually,
members of Alcoholics Anonymous say that A.A. does not help people stop
drinking, it helps people who have stopped drinking to remain sober.

By taking the 12 steps and working the principles of the steps into all
parts of their lives, A.A. members find they can develop the tools and
attitudes they need to remain sober. As Lisa explained in a post to our
Alcoholism / Substance Abuse Forum, the 12 steps helped her learn to live
with herself

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-Lisa's Story: The Beauty of A.A.-

I believe I have remained sober because the 12 steps helped me to live with
myself, but I have to agree that they did not get me sober. In fact, by the
time I entered treatment I had been "dry" for about six weeks. They
admitted me under a depression diagnosis because health insurance argued
that I didn't need treatment to stop drinking.

But you are right, I had already surrendered. I had been whipped, left a
path of destruction in my wake, and had no earthly idea how to pull myself
together.

-'Good Healthy Living'-

For me that


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