Alcoholics Anonymous


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Alcoholics Anonymous: alcoholism, Narcotics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

an international nonprofit organization, founded in 1935, consisting of abstinent alcoholics whose purpose is to stay sober and help others recover from the disease of alcoholism through a 12-step program, including group support, shared experiences, and faith in a higher power. The AA program, which emphasizes both medical and religious resources for help in overcoming alcoholism, consists of attending meetings and coping with abstinence "one day at a time." Meetings are held at convenient times in public locations such as factories, schools, churches, hospitals, and other community buildings. Similar groups who work with the children, relatives, friends, and associates of alcoholics are Al-Anon and Alateen.

Alcoholics Anonymous

A self-help support group for alcoholics, which claims a high rate of long-term abstention, through a structured program as well as personal and group support.

Al·co·hol·ics Anon·y·mous

(AA, aa) (al'kŏ-hol'iks ă-non'i-mŭs)
Mutual support group that helps its members remain sober.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA),

n.pr a 12-step program designed to assist those addicted to alcohol; participants aim to achieve and maintain sobriety through personal and group accountability relationships.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA),

n.pr a group program in which the members help themselves and each other defeat alcoholism.
References in periodicals archive ?
Affiliation with Alcoholics Anonymous after treatment: A study of its therapeutic effects and mechanisms of action.
After the Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, each session of Family Focus held a discussion on human sexuality and family relationships.
The foreword to the second edition of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA World Services, 1955) explained the 12 Traditions as they apply to community:
The history, teachings, and structure of Alcoholics Anonymous is the subject of Nan Robertson's new book.
International Conventions are occasions for celebration of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous and seeing the wide-spread results of "carrying the message" from one alcoholic to another.
Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programmes for alcohol dependence.
9th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Inouye, ruling that the state had in effect coerced him into a religious-based program in the form of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Without The Saturday Evening Post publishing Jack Alexander's article concerning Alcoholics Anonymous, AA might never have grown to be accepted by medical professionals, religious leaders, and/ or the needy drunks.
A Twelve Step program, Spiritual Confusion Anonymous, fashioned after the program of Alcoholics Anonymous, is laid out in the book as a possible solution to today's religious quandary.
Exploring the Spiritual Experience in the 12 Step Program of Alcoholics Anonymous
Loyola's spiritual exercises lay the foundation for programmes used by groups like Alcoholics Anonymous.
For that he needed the support of other alcoholics; he needed the 12 Steps and Alcoholics Anonymous.