Mangaluru, Sep 29, 2016: In a media meet addressed by Rohan Colaco, Trustee G.S.B . A.A. ,India, today Sept 29, Thursday he explained that AA, Alcoholic Anonymous, started in Mangalore in 1958 and in 1996 intergroup was formed consisting of more than 30 groups of Mangalore. Only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking. This Intergroup is Celebrating its 20th anniversary.
The A.A. Intergroup of Dakshina Kannada, cordially invites you to join in the 20th anniversary celebration at St. Sebastian Church Hall, Bendore, Mangalore on October 2, 2016 from 9.30 am to 3.00 pm. The chief guest of this program will be IGP, Western Range, Arun Chakravarthi, and Mr. Rohan Colaco, ‘A’ class Trustee G.S.B . A.A. ,India. People not only from Mangalore and Dakashina Kannada but also from Udupi, Chikmagalur, Shivamogga, Bangalore, Hassan, Davangere, Mysore, Kerala, Goa, Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh are attending this program to share their experiences. Contact Numbers: 9449054989, 9448723327, 9845807190, 8904735339.
Alcoholics Anonymous: Iis a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA Membership: we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose us to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
ALCOHOLISM IS NOT A DISGRACE, IT’S A FATAL DISEASE
Are you surprised ? Till date if we see a person drinking uncontrollably, we only think this person is irresponsible, with less will power and of low morals.
Alcoholism or habitual drinking is an illness. WHO, IMA, American Medical Association and British Medical Council today have recognized alcoholism as progressive, incurable, life threatening disease. Person afflicted with this illness has but two alternatives – either succumb to premature death or keep away from drinks totally.
Main Symptoms : 1. Repeated failures in controlling amount of drinks, 2. Getting irritated when one’s alcoholism is discussed, 3. Remorsefulness after drinking, 4. Necessity of Chaser (Drink in the morning), 5. Obsession at particular time in a day 6. Tremors, 7. Blackouts.
Alcoholics Anonymous popularly known as A.A is world-wide fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other to achieve sobriety and help others to do the same; free of cost. A.A is not allied with no body but co-operates with all working in the field of Alcoholism. A.A is self-supporting through voluntary contributions of members and politely declines any financial help from other agencies.
The sole purpose of A.A is to stay sober and help others to achieve sobriety. The family of Alcoholic is equally affected by the Alcoholism of the Alcoholic. Al-anon is a fellowship forthe families of alcoholics where they all meet and share their strength and hope. Both A.A and Al-anon practice the principle of Anonymity.
Founded way back in 1935 in U.S.A, now Alcoholic Anonymous is functioning in more than 184 countries with the estimated strength of 3.0 million sober alcoholic’s worldwide. In India 30,000 members are happily living their lives without consuming alcohol with the help of 900 groups. AA group started in Mumbai since 1957 due to the efforts of late Harry M., a night school teacher, who interacted with Charley M. a Canadian embassy staff member in New Delhi.
What Does A.A. Do?
1) A.A. members share their experience with anyone seeking help with a drinking problem; they give person-to- person service or “sponsorship” to the alcoholic coming to A.A. from any source.
2) The A.A. program, set forth in our Twelve Steps, offers the alcoholic a way to develop a satisfying life without alcohol.
3) This program is discussed at A.A. group meetings.
a) Open speaker meetings — open to alcoholics and non-alcoholics. (Attendance at an open A.A. meeting is the best way to learn what A.A. is, what it does, and what it does not do.) At speaker meetings, A.A. members “tell their stories.”
b) They describe their experiences with alcohol, how they came to A.A., and how their lives have changed as a result of Alcoholics Anonymous.
c) Open discussion meetings — one member speaks briefly about his or her drinking experience, and then leads a discussion on A.A. recovery or any drinking-related problem anyone brings up. (Closed meetings are for A.A.s or anyone who may have a drinking problem.)
d) Closed discussion meetings — conducted just as open discussions are, but for alcoholics or prospective A.A.s only.
e) Step meetings (usually closed) — discussion of one of the Twelve Steps.
f) A.A. members may be asked to conduct the informational meetings into correctional and treatment facilities. These meetings about A.A. are not regular A.A. group meetings.
What A.A. Does Not Do? A.A. does not:
1) Furnish initial motivation for alcoholics to recover.
2) Solicit members.
3) Engage in or sponsor research.
4) Keep attendance records or case histories.
5) Join “councils” of social agencies (although A.A. members, groups and service offices frequently cooperate with them).
6) Follow up or try to control its members.
7) Make medical or psychological diagnoses or prognoses.
8) Provide detox or nursing services, hospitalization, drugs, or any medical or psychiatric treatment.
9) Offer religious services or host/sponsor retreats.
10) Engage in education about alcohol.
11) Provide housing, food, clothing, jobs, money, or any other welfare or social services.
12) Provide domestic or vocational counseling.
13) Accept any money for its services, or any contributions from non-A.A. sources.
14) Provide letters of reference to parole boards, lawyers, court officials, social agencies, employers, etc.