Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
We offer recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for those recovering from addiction who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle.
An estimated 21,000,000 people qualified for treatment in 2015. Of that number 1.8 million received it. Within that 1.8 million, most referred to themselves as alcoholic, addict, alcoholic/addict, recovering alcoholic or recovering addict used the term “In Recovery”. Some people use the terms Recovered, and Recovering. We may not see people who simply say they are people who no longer drink or use drugs, but they exist. They have no association or affiliation to the words recovery, alcoholic or addict. How we choose to describe ourselves matters greatly for some. The message here is that you get to choose your own path, and how you talk about it.