Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in 1935 by two alcoholicswho discovered that by sharing their experience, strength and hope they managed to stay sober. They passed on this experience to other suffering alcoholics and as a result, little by little, the first A.A. groups started to develop, initiallyin the U.S.A. and soon after expandingtoother countries, as well. In 2001, it was estimated that there were 100.800 groups around the world, in which more than 2.000.000 alcoholics were recovering.
Today, these numbers seem to have increased, as a lot of people turn to A.A. asking for help. The first groups in Greece started out in the late fifties. Meetings were heldatthe U.S. military bases, mainly for the American soldiers. They were also open to all English-speaking alcoholics of the overall population. The Greek-speaking groups started in 1981, in Athens, which in time spread all around the country. So far, there are around 22 Greek-speaking groups and 16 English- speaking ones, with several loners in recovery, scattered in different regions of Greece.A.A. welcomes to its groups whoever wishes to stop drinking, without any financial contribution, with no discrimination concerning race, financial or social status, or sexual orientation and doesn’t take a stand on social, religious or political issues. Its primary purpose is the recovery from the disease of alcoholism and to carry the message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Its whole philosophy is based on the anonymity of the members and their mutual self-help without being guided by a professional. Its meetings take place every day throughout the year and therecovery of its members continues to rely on the sharing of the experience, strength and hope, as it was inspired by its founders. The healing model is the 12-step recovery Program which derives from the experience the first recovered alcoholics gained over the years, as they saw the positive and wondrous effects in their lives. The 12 Steps make up 12 stages of self searching, in the context of treating the disease of alcoholism, with the primary purpose of a happy and fulfilled life, which eliminates the desire for a drink. The internal functioning rules of the Alcoholics Anonymous groups (Twelve Traditions) consist of suggestions – principles. These principles aim to facilitate better and equal group functioning. They too are based on the knowledge acquired after years of experienceof all the groups around the world.
Its central officeis situated at 112, Alexandras Avenue, Athens and the official site is: