Why Accept & Conquer: The AA Alternative

Updated: Jun 19, 2018

Drinking Too Much?

So let just say that you've finally come to the point where it is evident that changes are necessary for your health, your sanity, and your overall well-being. Drinking has landed you in a spot that has you questioning how the hell you got where you are and more importantly, how you will get back to the person you once were.

You gather all of your strength, and despite the debilitating fear that is raging inside your mind, body, and spirit, you decide to seek help.  You begin furtively searching online and talking to other people. Somewhere in the back of your mind you remember hearing about someone who used "the program" to get sober.

After all, if AA helped others, why wouldn’t it help you?

The program is Alcoholics Anonymous.  It has been around since 1935, and millions of people have used its 12 steps to get sober and turn their lives around.  You haven’t heard of any alternatives to AA, so this must be the program for you.

After all, if AA helped others, why wouldn’t it help you?

"This is it," you say to yourself, "my one shot to get sober and change the direction of my life!" You find the next open meeting at a church in your hometown and put on your big-boy pants to attend your first meeting.

Feeling hopeful but wary, you enter the room and are immediately struck by the sense of sadness and regret that overwhelm the room. This negativity, mingled with the smell of stale cigarette smoke and strong coffee, has your stomach churning, but you chalk it up to fear. People already familiar with each other are gathered around the donuts and coffee, chatting amongst themselves, stopping to give you a nod or a hello.  Feeling a little self-conscious, you find a seat and wait for the meeting to begin.

Once the room has filled, someone goes to the podium to begin the meeting with the AA preamble and Serenity Prayer. As you glance around at everyone dutifully reciting the prayer, apprehension slowly turns to regret.

Still, you keep an open mind. But as the meeting continues, your discomfort continues to grow. One by one people tell their stories.  As they step up to the microphone, they introduce themselves.

"Hello. My name is Mike, and I'm an alcoholic..."

Each speaker receives a droning response, “Hi, Mike..." Then Mike proceeds to give a detailed recount of the night he got so drunk with his buddies that he ended up walking into his neighbor's house, uninvited, and sat down on the couch with their entire family to watch TV while they looked at him in terror.

With a huge sense of relief, the meeting ends.  People awkwardly hug and tell each other, "It works if you work it." Yet another repetitive slogan, and you walk out the door feeling more useless and hopeless than when you first walked in.

In fact, all the talk of alcohol is making you want to drink MORE.

The fact is that millions of people have tried AA, and many feel like failures because AA didn't "work" for them. They were told that they were "powerless" or had a "disease" from which they could never be cured, and this was devastating to their sense of self-worth.

The AA program was created for people who needed to be led.  The program was designed for people who were at a point where they no longer felt like they could capably take care of themselves or make the right decisions. This philosophy was established 83 years ago! How much has our society changed in 83 years?

Does one size fits all? Does this philosophy really work for you?  Do you honestly believe that you are powerless and have an incurable disease?

In these meetings they will tell you that you have to admit to your powerlessness to get better, yet somehow "admitting" this only makes you feel more powerless. You will find people who have been attending AA for 15 years or longer, and their alcoholism defines them. After all, it is a disease, right?

But somehow that just doesn't feel right for you. So, what does that mean? Does it mean you are just destined to be a loser drunk sitting in a bar at the age of 60 with a rotten liver and a never-ending list of "war" stories?

 Is there no alternative to AA that works?

Yes, there is!

The thing is, we are ALL POWERFUL. We all possess the ability to not only overcome a self-destructive habit such as binge-drinking, but we can create a life that is defined by a true purpose and not by the mistakes we've made.

You don't have to live with your head down and a label that negatively defines you.

It’s time for an alternative to AA.  It's time to Accept & Conquer.

What does Accept & Conquer look like? It’s a one-on-one process where we walk alongside you to provide the support, listening ear, and guidance that you need to successfully quit drinking (while maintaining that business, those special relationships, and the family life you desire). At A&C we genuinely care about you. We know that you have the strength to overcome and that your situation does not define you.

Are you looking for an alternative to AA and wonder how we can help you? Join us at www.acceptandconquer.com and get that fresh start and change you want!

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