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New York, Long Island, Drug Treatment: Alcoholics Anonymous, AA

A brief introduction to Alcoholics Anonymous (or AA) is provided below. These programs can be part of a comprehensive alcohol drug addiction treatment approach. In other health information articles on citidexli.com we describe program types common at a drug treatment center and major approaches to drug addiction rehab. We discuss residential drug treatment options including holistic treatment of drug addiction, Christian drug treatment, addiction drug prescription treatment, and more.

AA – Alcoholics Anonymous is a place to start if you, a loved one or friend is dealing with alcoholism. The only qualification for membership in AA is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees. The first step in the AA process is to attend a meeting or call an AA help line. AA has a long tradition of twelfth stepping, reaching out to the alcoholic who still suffers.

The excellent web site for AA of Suffolk County is: www.suffolkny-aa.org This is an excellent web site, worth exploring for how AA works.

Of great importance, there is a 24 hour help line number, staffed by volunteers is: 631-669-1124.

Many a successfully sober alcoholics’ first step was a phone call to a number such as this. Your anonymity is assured and the person at the other end of the line understands what the active alcoholic is going through, so there will be compassion and complete acceptance of an alcoholic’s situation.

AA is the prototype of 12 step programs. The steps that are the road to recovery through AA are listed on the following web site: www.suffolkny-aa.org/12stps.php.

In addition, there are traditions which are as valuable a tool in recovery as the steps: www.suffolkny-aa.org/12trdns.php.

Although AA is the cornerstone of most alcohol treatment programs, there are many other resources useful in treating alcoholism – family physicians who will take the time to work with the alcoholic, psychologists and psychiatrists among others. Treatment Centers are a corner-stone in many treatment programs. (please see Alcohol/Addiction- Treatment Centers); most are based on the AA program.

As a footnote, the founder of AA, Bill Wilson, predicted that one-day medicine would understand alcoholism as a disease process and not a moral condition; in this he is correct. The knowledge of alcohol addiction and other addictions has expanded exponentially in the last decades, as the brain, the organ involved in addictions, is being understood. Of importance is the presence of medications that may be used is helping attain sobriety.

You may find other sections of our Long Island directory provide resources to help you locate drug treatment programs, both inpatient and outpatient.
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You may find other sections of our Long Island directory provide resources to help you locate drug treatment programs, both inpatient and outpatient.