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What Is Alcoholics Anonymous’ Mission & Philosophy?

Last updated on: Wednesday, 27 September 2023
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Alcoholics Anonymous is a worldwide fellowship that is open to any alcoholic and is there to help them overcome alcoholism. The main purpose and mission of Alcoholics Anonymous members are to stay sober and help others achieve sobriety. So that even when someone has overcome their addiction, they stay within the fellowship and help others overcome their addiction, and this also keeps them from relapsing.

There are several principles, which are found in the philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous. One of the basic parts of its philosophy is anonymity. It is actually a big part of the program when people join an AA group; they keep their anonymity from beginning to end. There is also the concept of leading by example, which is very strong within the fellowship. It is through friendship and support that all members help each other attain and maintain sobriety.

There is another pillar of the Alcoholics Anonymous philosophy, and that is the ‘one day at a time principle. This basically means that within the fellowship, it is not promoted that one should stay sober for the rest of his, but rather, for the next 24 hours. This is often easier to confront for newcomers who want to get sober, so they are always striving to stay sober for 24 hours. This has worked for many people and also makes it easier to help other alcoholics in the fellowship.

Those are the basics of the philosophy and mission of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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Nickolaus Hayes has been working with Drug Rehab Services for the past ten years. Over the past 15 years, he has remained connected to helping people who have been struggling with addiction. He first started working as an intake counselor at a drug rehabilitation center in 2005. During the five years as an intake counselor, he was able to help hundreds of people find treatment. Nickolaus was also fortunate to be able to work with professional interventionists, traveling across the country performing interventions.