AA recovery meetings
The nearest town to Horizon Rehab is called Hua Hin and we are lucky enough to be involved with the Alcoholics Anonymous fellowship there. It has a big community of recovering alcoholics who are always willing to talk to our clients about the fellowship and the 12 steps of recovery. It’s an ideal opportunity for you to be able to go to meetings outside of the rehab and experience a 12 step meeting.
The AA meetings in Bangkok are on every day and we too have an AA meeting every day. Many people travel to Hua Hin from Bangkok at weekends and they too attend the local meetings.
The programme at Horizon Rehab involves attending those meetings and we also include step work groups and assignment work on site. Some fellowship members are allowed on site to talk to you about sponsorship and how it works.
The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous that will be thoroughly explained to you at Horizon Rehab:
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
It is difficult to figure out how many people worldwide follow the 12 step program of recovery but thousands of people have recovered through AA.
It’s important to note that there is a BIG difference between “the fellowship” and “the Program.” Both are important. The fellowship (meetings and interaction with other AA’s) is “a group of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other”, and the Program (the Steps) is “a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole.” Understanding this then, it is very incorrect to be at a meeting and say “I’ve been in the program for six months but it doesn’t seem to be working for me.” If you haven’t gotten into working all of the Steps (no matter how long you’ve been dry), you are ONLY in the FELLOWSHIP, not the PROGRAM. I know that we hear the expression “in the program” all the time but I must say that it is often misused.