Ontario's Alcoholics Anonymous, AA Meetings ON

One of the great things about living in Ontario is that if you are addicted to alcohol you have more options for rehabilitation However, while there is an increased chance that you will be able to get into a rehabilitation program, the programs only last for a limited amount of time. Once the program has ended, the addict needs to create some way to avoid reaching for a drink and falling victim to their addiction all over again.

For most alcohol addicts, staying sober after they have completed an alcohol rehabilitation program means that they become involved in their local chapter of Alcoholic Anonymous.

The great thing about Alcoholics Anonymous is that it is available all over Ontario. It relies on donations for funding which means that the addicts are never charged dues or membership fees. It is worldwide so an addict can find a meeting to sit in on even if they aren't in Ontario.

The one complaint many people have when it comes to Alcoholics Anonymous is religion. The program is very religious which makes some people feel like they aren't welcome to participate in the meetings. People worry that they are not going to be welcome in the program include atheist, people who follow an uncommon religion that is not connected to Christianity, and homosexuals who are often shunned by the Christians.

The first thing to consider if you are about to enroll in an Alcoholics Anonymous program is that the program is supposed to be nondenominational just because they use the name God does not meant that they have to. The name of any religious deity can be substituted.

Since the organization is not supposed to be Christian, but rather is supposed to focus on generalized spirituality and moving past an addiction to alcohol, homosexuals should feel welcome at the group. If a homosexual feels that they are unwelcome and can prove that it is because of their sexuality, they should immediately contact one of the area board members and lodge a complaint. A person should never be afraid to speak up if they feel they are not being treated fairly while they are in an AA meeting. If they don't say something, conditions will never improve.

If an addict is an atheist things are a little more complicated. Although there are some nonreligious alcoholic support groups in Ontario they are far less common than the Alcoholics Anonymous programs. If you are an atheist, you are going to have to read through the information regarding AA in your area and decide if there isn't something that you can't substitute, such as your family, in the place of religion. The whole point of using religion is to give addicts something to cling to when they are overwhelmed with the need to get a drink. Family or a favorite pet could easily serve the exact same purpose.

The important thing to remember when you are attending an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting is that the program only works if you are seriously committed to starting over and living a life that does not include alcohol.

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List of AA Meeeting in Ontario

Created on Friday, 12 November 2010 16:44
Last Updated on Friday, 14 September 2012 16:03