AA can be useful to some people although when I attended a meeting I could not get a grasp of it, all respect to those whom it has been succesful for however imho it's more of a social gathering than actually helping. To be honest I found that some people attending were somewhat disillusioned into feeling extremely low self esteem. I have posted about this before. One woman stood up and introduced herself and said she had not had a drink for 9 months, but still used the term "I'm an alcoholic!"Negligent-Discharge said:Why is it Alcoholics Anonymous when you have to stand up and say "Hi, I'm Davey"?
I questioned her about this in front of everyone, as after 9 months I would say you have pretty much cracked it, after all you would not say to someone if you had not had a cig for 9 month's "I'm a smoker".
The only reply I seemed to get which told me alot of the mindset was, You are always an alcoholic!!! I thought that was a pretty negative outlook on the whole thing. I do agree that by admitting you have a problem is the first step to sorting a problem, however I see little distance in attaching a label to yourself, especially if it is not warranted anymore. I just seemed to get the impression that the whole ethos seemed to keep people down and feeling a bit crap about themselves, and at a time when addicted or habitually taking a depressant anyway.