Yedith, yes - there are on-line groups and I will list a line below.(And if you wish to keep some of the things a bit more private, email me at email@example.com and I will be happy to chat with you.)First, almost everyone feels 'shame' and/or 'fear' in attending an AA meeting. (Who might see me and what might they think of me?) It took a long time for me to overcome the "stigma" and had a hard time accepting the 'disease' concept until I related it to a severe allergy that I had to a chemical (epoxy resins). There is no way I can overcome my epoxy allergy with more 'will power' or more church attendance. It is just an allergy beyond my control. But I have found that I can have a better life by just avoiding epoxies.What AA does is provide support for people who wish to quit drinking, and teaches methods to change attitudes and habits which used to promote or encourage drinking. In my case, I really didn't wish to have others tell me what to do, and did not really accept that it was the boss' job to tell me. Resentments and frustrations led to tenseness, and alcohol seemed to 'relieve' that tenseness (sometimes too much). Until I could learn new ways to act and not react, alcohol was always a solution or coping tool. And the 'teachers' were the people who had been there and lived through it so they knew the emotional sides and terrors too. Another program with a different approach is Recovery, Inc. founded in Chicago in 1937. Many people get sober with that program. [ http://www.recovery-inc.com/ ] It is a program I attended for years to deal with fearful and angry temper and with resentments. It deals with our emotional problems, the source of my alcohol problem.A site to check for AA information is [ http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org/ ]An active club in Yahoo (and there are lots of them) is:[ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aabeginnersclub/ ]Good luck and hope this helps, Gapfan :-)
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