Humble Beginnings in Akron, Ohio, USA
1935, Akron, Ohio. Against the backdrop of the Great Depression, a chance meeting between two men set the stage for a revolutionary movement. Dr. Bob, a dedicated surgeon yet a captive to his alcohol addiction, and Bill W., a New Yorker who'd battled the chains of alcoholism, discovered solace in shared experiences. In their heartfelt conversations, they unearthed a profound truth: dialogue and mutual support were potent tools against the clutches of alcohol.
Crafting the Foundation of Recovery
The ethos of AA started to take shape rapidly. By autumn 1935, a fellowship was born, echoing the principles of shared experience and mutual aid. This growing community felt the need to document their journey. Thus, in 1939, the "Big Book" titled Alcoholics Anonymous was birthed. It wasn't just a book—it was an embodiment of hope, chronicling the personal sagas of 40 members and introducing the world to the transformative 12-step recovery program.
A Flame Ignites Across the Nation
The 1940s heralded a period of explosive growth for AA. The fellowship grew from a handful to thousands. By 1950, an impressive 100,000 alcoholics found their path to recovery in the US and Canada. The media played its role — the Saturday Evening Post featured AA, catapulting it to national prominence. A movement that started in Akron's living rooms was now echoing in the hearts of countless individuals.
A Global Symphony of Recovery
The call of AA wasn't confined by borders. By 1952, its message had traversed continents, touching lives in Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa. Fast forward to 1990, and AA's voice was resonating in over 150 countries, with its empowering literature translated into multiple languages. It stood as a testament to the universal human experience of struggle and the shared dream of redemption.
The Digital Transformation
The dawn of the 21st century was marked by unprecedented technological advances. AA, with its foundational principle of accessibility, seamlessly transitioned into the digital era. Virtual meetings made their debut, ensuring that geographical distances no longer impeded connection. AA's presence was further bolstered by the proliferation of dedicated websites, interactive forums, and mobile applications—all designed to support and aid those in recovery.
The COVID-19 pandemic presented unforeseen challenges. As the world grappled with isolation, AA's digital infrastructure shone brightly. The community's heartbeats synchronized in virtual spaces, proving that physical separation was no match for the shared spirit of recovery. And NKC was born too.
Reflecting on a Legacy of Hope
Today, Alcoholics Anonymous stands as a beacon, lighting the path to sobriety for millions worldwide. From an unplanned meeting in Akron to a sprawling global digital community, AA's tale is a testament to human resilience, the potency of community, and the enduring will to overcome adversity. In constantly evolving and adapting, yet staying unwaveringly true to its core tenets, AA ensures that its guiding light remains luminous for generations to come.
This journey of Alcoholics Anonymous isn't merely a chronicle of events — it's a mosaic of countless stories, each tile representing a life transformed, a spirit rejuvenated, and a hope rekindled. Whether you're an individual in search of redemption or someone looking to understand the essence of human resilience, the story of AA offers a profound, timeless lesson.
If this interests you, you may also want to read more about the Misconceptions about AA here: Misconceptions about AA: Clearing Up Common Myths (newcomerskeepcoming.org)
Recovery from alcoholism is a journey filled with challenges and opportunities. Newcomers Keep Coming (NKC) aims to provide a safe, loving, strong foundation and support system for those embarking on this life-changing path. This newcomers / beginners guide will delve into the steps and in no particular order you can take as a newcomer / beginner to NKC, with practical advice and resources.
1) Joining Meetings
a) In-person and Zoom Meetings
Attending regular meetings is crucial to recovery. Commit to 90 meetings in 90 days (the 90 in 90), both in-person and/or online (though if you can, you can do more 90):
- Local In-Person Meetings: Search at www.aa.org
- NKC Meetings: www.newcomerskeepcoming.org offers daily support at the same time every day.
b) Finding the Right Meetings
Choose meetings that resonate with your needs. Regular attendance builds a routine that fosters growth and connection.
2) Personal Wellness
a) Nutrition and Hydration
Stop Drinking Alcohol. Focus on eating well, drinking water, and sleeping sufficiently. Initially, this might be hard, but it plays an essential role in your well-being.
b) Seeking Professional Help
Consult a medical professional which takes precedence if you experience withdrawal symptoms or health concerns.
3) Understanding AA Literature & AA Apps
a) Big Book and Living Sober and AA Newcomer / Beginners Starter Pack
Acquire copies of the AA Big Book, Living Sober, and the AA Newcomer Starter Pack. Read them to gain insight into AA and the program. Available at www.newcomerskeepcoming.org/aa-content.
b) AA Apps
You may find using an app is a helpful way to support you, have a look at Everything AA. You can find the links to the app on our website at https://newcomerskeepcoming.org/aa-content.
4) Building a Support Network
a) Communication Channels
Create your support network by collecting phone numbers. Join the NKC WhatsApp chat group, and reach out to the AA helpline if really needed.
b) Support Systems
Pick up the phone instead of the drink. Engaging with others builds resilience and aids recovery. Go to meetings 90 in 90.
5) Finding a Sponsor
The Importance of Sponsorship
Having a sponsor supports your sobriety journey. Learn about finding a sponsor at www.newcomerskeepcoming.org/sponsor.
6) Active Participation in Service
Engage in service at regular meetings, such as greeting attendees. Join NKC's service and home group at www.newcomerskeepcoming.org/service.
7) Exploring Spiritual Connection
Finding a Higher Power
Discover a Higher Power that resonates with your beliefs. This spiritual connection can be a cornerstone of your recovery.
8) Working the AA 12 Steps
Understanding the Steps
When ready, begin the AA 12 steps with your sponsor. This progressive path helps you rebuild your life.
9) Embracing Continual Growth
a) Persistent Effort
The program is ongoing, regardless of wins or losses. Keep trying, and remember: "a tryer is never a loser."
b) AA Mantra: Keep Coming Back 🙏
Your persistence and engagement with the NKC community and the broader AA network foster growth and success. Keep coming back, as the support and camaraderie found here are invaluable. Our Schedule and Meeting Joining information is here: Schedule - Newcomers Keep Coming (NKC)
There is lots more to read in our blog Blog & Socials - Newcomers Keep Coming (NKC), though the key starting points are above 🙏.
NKC provides a safe, loving, nurturing and empowering environment for everyone including newcomers / beginners. This comprehensive guide offers tools and support to navigate the complex journey of recovery. By embracing the resources, community, and principles laid out in this guide, you set yourself on a path to personal growth, healing, and sobriety.
Recovery is a collective endeavor, and the community at NKC welcomes you with open arms, experience, strength and hope. And with support and love that we know newcomers / beginners need. Remember, the journey might be challenging, but you're never alone. Keep coming back! 🙏
If this webpage has been helpful to you, we kindly encourage you to contribute to AA's 7th Tradition, which supports the operation of the NKC meeting and helps other alcoholics around the world. You can make a contribution here www.paypal.me/3651212424 🙏
Additionally, why not consider joining the NKC home group and getting involved in service? This is an excellent way to support others and maintain your own sobriety. Learn more about service opportunities at Service - Newcomers Keep Coming (NKC) Alcoholics Anonymous Group.
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AA Newcomer / Beginner Starter Pack (pdf)Download
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A Brief Guide to AA (pdf)Download
A Newcomer Asks (pdf)Download
AA Medication & Drugs Advice (pdf)Download
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The Twelve Traditions Illustrated (pdf)Download
As Bill Sees It (pdf)Download
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