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Alcoholism is a disease and in these times of pandemic it has been accentuated. On June 10, the Alcóholicos Anónimos Foundation turns 86 years old, with a spirit of reflection, without drama and with the desire to change.
Alcoholics Anonymous is an idea transformed into a service of help and accompaniment to those who are ill with alcoholism. Today it is configured as a community of people who share experiences and hope to solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism, it celebrates 86 years with more than 2.5 million members who are currently recovering successfully in more than 180 countries all over the planet. Since it began activities in the United States in 1935, the community has experienced remarkable growth, in Spain it has about 630 groups in which about 12,000 people recover.
“It has been 86 years of history, in which thousands of people around the world have been helped. And it is that every day, in some part of the world, recovery begins when one alcoholic talks to another, sharing his experience, strength and hope ", comments Luis Villota, president of Alcoholics Anonymous Spain. “This would not have been possible without the help of all the collaborators, from the media, to doctors or other personalities that in some way have to do with this disease. We want to convey our total gratitude to all of them, and we hope that they will continue by our side on our future path ”.
Appointment in Madrid
The Community organizes a commemorative event at the Soho Club Theater in Madrid (Plaza España, 6) at 11:30 in the morning, which will be attended by representatives of medicine, the press and other people related to this disease, as well as members of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al Anon, the community that was created for the recovery of friends and family who suffer from this disease. Attendance at the event is free, and you can also attend online through its YouTube channel, where the event will be broadcast live.
Data and the health crisis
The latest survey conducted in our country indicates that Alcoholics Anonymous is not only reaching more and more people, but also an increasingly wide variety of individuals. Women represent almost 30% of the total community, and among the new members, it can be observed that more and more young people arrive.
The necessary use of technology to overcome the challenges of the pandemic. The confinement caused by the Covid-19 pandemic forced Alcoholics Anomics to cease the groups they had established. Therefore, to keep in contact with other alcoholics and reach those who did not yet know the Community, they implemented new technologies - Skype, Zoom, etc. -, which allowed a large number of online meetings to be held in a few hours. In this way, they managed to reach those people who needed help during confinement, whom they are assisting both online and physically. Although the number of calls requesting information fell at first, it grew rapidly, ranking above the calls received before the pandemic.
The community is governed by 36 principles, divided into 12 steps, 12 traditions, and 12 concepts for world service. By statute, it is forbidden to receive any type of public or private financial aid, or subsidies or donations. It is sustained by contributions, usually very small, from its members, which guarantees its independence from any body, both public and private.