From Sunday 6th April 2014 – Sunday’s 7.30pm – 9.00pm
Northop Silver Band Hall
(Triangle Car Park – opposite bridal shop)
There will be an Intergroup Meeting at 7.45pm on 13th March 2014 at:
Caia Park Community Centre
Prince Charles Road
All visitors are welcome – come along and see what goes on.
Public Information meeting for members who are interested in getting involved in public service. We are looking for people to get involved, new ideas and contacts.
Tuesday at 7.30pm on 18th Febuary 2014
65 High Street
There is a Convention meeting at Mold Meeting on Monday 17th February 2014 at 7.00pm before the regular AA Meeting. If you are interested and want to get involved, please come along to find out whats happening.
Convention date is Sunday 20th July 2014.
Alcohol recovery helping man appreciate his life
Published date: 29 November 2013 |
Published by: Jonathan Grieve
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EVERY year in the run up to Christmas we are bombarded with images of smiling families gathering around the table to tuck into their turkey and, of course, enjoy a festive drink.
But could this seemingly happy image mask a wider problem and at what point does enjoying a drink turn into a problem?
Figures released in the 2012 Welsh Health Survey showed seven per cent of adults in Wales drink alcohol every day. In Wrexham, figures for alcohol-attributable hospital admissions have risen, from 894.79 per 100,000 people in 2001-02 to 1035.14 per 100,000 in 2011-12.
Last week, it was reported police are launching a campaign against the sale of super strength alcohol in Wrexham in a bid to curb anti-social behaviour.
Graham – not his real name – a Wrexham alcoholic, told his story and warned of the dangers of the festive period for heavy drinkers.
“Christmas time camouflaged my drinking,” said Graham. “I lost the true meaning of spending time with people and loved ones. The truth was it was Christmas 52 weeks a year for me but I got away with it at Christmas time because everyone else was drunk.
“I stole time from loved ones and people who wanted to be around me. But I had to go through that to be who I am today.”
Graham has been involved in a recovery programme with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) since 2005 and says the service gave him his life back.
“Now I love being able to spend Christmas Day with my family and not having to apologise for my behaviour and ruining Christmas for my family and friends,” he said.
“I was in a treatment centre and it was compulsory to go to one meeting a week.
There was a guy there sharing his story and it was so real to me, it was like he was sharing my story with other people.
“My drinking cost me everything. It cost me my home, it cost me a good job. Even when I was in prison, all I could think about was when I get out I can have a drink. I thought I could stop whenever I chose to stop, I didn’t even know I had a problem.
When I went into the treatment centre I was nine and a half stone and I realised I couldn’t stop drinking.
“I was let out of there. If it hadn’t been for AA I wouldn’t be here. I was in there with 13 people and 10 of them are dead now. Drink took me to a place where I didn’t care about anyone else. It was all about where I can get the next drink from. I drank myself into a squalor.
“But I have a wonderful life today. I enjoy being able to go on walking holidays, I love the freedom to be able to play chess and to be able to have friends in my life and not worry about if I am going to be able to connect with people without alcohol.
“I know most people can go out and enjoy a drink and they are not alcoholics, but I would say to people if it costs you more than money, do you have a problem?
“People were there for me when I first came around. I am just a bog-standard alcoholic who doesn’t take a drink one day at a time.
“Sometimes I would love to drag people into AA but all I can do is share my experiences and hope someone may read this and get the courage to step through the doors.”
The following groups require visitors and home group members:
Rhyl Sunday - Meeting start at 8.00pm urgently request support by members attendance for this group meeting. Membership and attendance is low and might been in danger of closing unless members help by supporting its attendance.
Saltney - The Vibrant Saltney group meeting, held Tuesday 8pm at Oddfellows Hall is looking for group members to commit and joint the group and actively take part in the running of the group. This is key to keep the meeting running along AA guidelines and service helps us all to integrate and become apart of our fellowship. Please embrace this opportunity and contact Lisa / Sue if you would like to discuss joining.
Ruabon -The Friday Ruabon, 8pm meeting at Ruabon Community Centre, Wrexham urgently request support by female members attendance for this group meeting. Looking for group members to commit and joint the group and actively take part in the running of the meeting, it may need to close unless members help by supporting its attendance. For information please contact Andy / Owen at the meeting.
Old Colwyn Tuesday - The Tuesday ‘big book read’ group in Old Colwyn is struggling. Its current group leader travels a fair distance to ‘help’ but cannot do it alone. The group desperately needs support and members who may in time wish to assist! Please pass this message on, if your ‘regular’ Tuesday night group is flourishing, maybe excusing yourself to support this group would be a kind gesture and prove helpful
The details are (and maybe contrary to where to find etc) Sure Hope/interchange, Old Colwyn opposite Texaco (formerly BP) garage. 19.30 to 21.00. The group looks forward to your support.
See find a meeting section for full details of addresses and start times.
We have approached local newspapers with the idea of printing AA Members stories over the Alcohol Awareness month of November 2012. Please send your stories (max 500 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for a wide variety of different stories for them to choose from.
Please see a few good ideas below for possible PI Activity. If you can think of any other ideas please advise in the comments box below. The following is re-printed from PI News in July 2012.
Committee 1 at Conference this year stated that ‘the Fellowship needs to raise its public profile’. ‘…we are Alcoholics Anonymous and not “alcoholics invisible.’
The proposition is that every Group, Intergroup, Region and every member of the General Service Board contributes to the cause in accordance with Tradition 11 and its own group conscience. November gives plenty of time to plan ahead and immediately precedes the traditional drinking season around Christmas and the New Year…perhaps a good time to sow seeds in the public consciousness!
It is, of course, up to individual Groups, Intergroups and Regions to determine their own initiatives and what they believe will work locally. Posters in libraries, surgeries, police custody suites are always helpful. Making Group meetings open to the general public and invited professionals can also be very effective. There is wide range of possible initiatives; the important thing is that we make a concerted effort on a Fellowship-wide basis. The following is a list of activities which were carried out successfully last year. The actual articles were included in PISN over subsequent months. A document entitled “PI Awareness Week November 2011 Articles” which consolidates the articles on the themes listed below is available from on the AA website at:
Part of Dr. Bob’s last message reads:
“Our 12 Steps, when simmered down to the last, resolve themselves into the words love and service. We understand what love is and we understand what service is. So let’s bear those two things in mind”