A A Coimbatore
Alcoholics Anonymous Coimbatore, Pollachi & Tirupur Group Details & Happenings...
AA Miracle Group, Coimbatore meets every Sunday at 06:30 to 08:00 PM IST (shifted from St. John Bosco Church, Mettupalayam Road since 22.05.2011 to): Christ The King Church, Dr. Nanjappa Road, Gandhipuram, Coimbatore-641 018(Land mark: Kaattoor Church near Park Gate bus stop)
AA Hope Group, Coimbatore meets every Wednesday at 07:00 to 08:30 PM IST at Fatima Church, Dr. Radhakrishnan Road & 4th Street (Land Mark: end of Rd by the side of Kalyan Jewellers on 100' Road), Gandhipuram, Coimbatore-641012
AA Harmony Group, Coimbatore meets every Saturday at 07:30 to 08:30 PM IST at St. John De Britto Church, Lawley Corner, Thadagam Road, RS Puram, Coimbatore-641002
AA New Life Group, Pollachi meets every Friday at 07:00 to 08:30 PM IST at RCI St. Lourdes Church, Near Bus Stand, Palakkad Rd, Pollachi
AA Turning Point Group, Tiruppur meets every Thursday at 07:00 to 08:30 PM IST at Devangapuram Middle School (opp. Pushpa Theatre), Avinashi Road, Tiruppur-641602
AA Miracle Group, Coimbatore meets every Monday at 07:00 to 08:00 PM IST at Maxmillian Kolbe Church, Visuvasapuram, Saravanampatti (after KGISL Pirivu on Sathy Road), Coimbatore
AA Miracle Group, Coimbatore meets every Tuesday at 07:00 to 08:00 PM IST at St. Francis Assisi Church, Athipalayam Pirivu (North bound road behind bus stop), Ganapathy, Coimbatore
AA Miracle Group, Coimbatore meets every Wednesday at 07:00 to 08:00 PM IST: Christ The King Church, Dr. Nanjappa Road, Gandhipuram, Coimbatore-641 018(Land mark: Kaattoor Church near Park Gate bus stop)
AA Miracle Group, Coimbatore meets every Thursday at 07:00 to 08:00 PM IST at St. Lourdes Church, G.P. Bus Stop, Gandhipuram, Coimbatore - 641018 (Shifted from Sowripalayam, CBE-28)
AA Miracle Group, Coimbatore meets every Friday at 07:00 to 08:00 PM IST at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Athipalayam Pirivu, Ganapathy Coimbatore - 641018
AA Hope Group, Coimbatore meets every Sunday at 06:30 to 08:00 PM IST at Fatima Church, Dr. Radhakrishnan Road & 4th Street, Land Mark: end of Road by the side of Kalyan Jewellers on 100' Road, Gandhipuram, Coimbatore-641012
AA New Life Group, Pollachi meets every Sunday at 07:00 to 08:30 PM IST at TELC School, Road behind New bus stand, Pollachi
TIRUPURAA Turning Point Group, Tirupur meets every Sunday at 07:00 to 08:30 PM IST at Muthupudur School (Near Old Bus Stand),
Contact: Mobile Numbers
Coimbatore: 98430-09115 / 92455-22864/ 98943-42292 / 90426-46746
Pollachi: 94430-28248 / 97422-69466 /98947-25619 / 99760-18123
Tirupur: 99447-07445 / 90802-58518
For the contact numbers, please prefix with (0) for calling from outside Tamil Nadu and with (+ 91) for calling from abroad.
e-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
The first AA group (AA Miracle) at Coimbatore was started on 6th Nov 1999.
The AA group celebrated its first Anniversary in 2005.
The second AA Group (AA Hope) at Coimbatore was started on 6th Sept 2009.
Pollachi New Life Group was started 14th August 2010
The third Group (AA Harmony) at Coimbatore was inaugurated on 26/11 2011
AL ANON COIMBATORE
Al Anon of Coimbatore was registered with AA GSO India in Nov 2004.
Aamirkhan Program with youngsters of India, introducing alcohol use, abuse, an AA sharing etc.
To Watch, Click on link below (Tamil version or other languages)
To Read about the show, click below (Article in Mumbai Newspaper DNA)
ALCOHOLISM IN INDIA and AA
( CNN-IBN TV Exclusive : "Does it need an Aamir to wake us up to the dangers of alcohol?" )
To Watch, Click on link below (English)
Related Links of AA and AL ANON
For basic information and further details of Al Anon Coimbatore : AL ANON-CG : https://sites.google.com/site/alanoncg
For basic information and further details on AA Salem : www.aasalemig.in
For basic information and further details on AA Madurai : https://sites.google.com/site/madurai
For basic information and further details on AA Bangalore: http://www.aabangalore.com
For basic information and further details on AA Maharashtra: http://www.aawmig.org
For basic information and further details on AA India: www.aagsoindia.org
For basic information and further details on AA Malaysia: www.aamalaysia.org
For basic information and further details on AA worldwide: www.aa.org
Group News - July 2008
Fourth anniversary was celebrated on 13th July 2008 at Anush Hall, Hotel Vijay Paradise, NSR Road, Coimbatore. 9 members of the AA Coimbatore Group and 67 AA members from different AA groups in Tamil Nadu and Kerala States (14 stations) participated in the event. Three AA members celebrated birthdays for 11th, 2nd and first year of sobriety. Participants included AA members from Trichy, Thanjavur, Kumbakonam, Pudukottai, Tirunelveli, Madurai, Erode, Salem, Tiruppur, Chennai, Gudalur, Guruvayoor and Palakkad.
Quotable Quotes from Sharings
...AA is a varied group of individuals, interests (with one goal)..take what you like and be quiet on the rest..
...to debate on whether the problem of alcoholism lies in "thinking" or in "drinking" is like asking whether chicken came first or egg came first..the problem is alcohol (whether to do think about it or to go drink about it, both are equally harmful for AAs. Period.)
...If you don't want to slip, then don't go to slippery places !
Group News - August - Nov 2008
During Aug - Sep 2008, AA Coimbatore group members participated in the following AA Group / Intergroup meetings and anniversaries:
3rd August 2008 - Guruvayyor, KL (Contact: AA New Life Group, Chavakkad: 09895999940 / 09447441398 / 09847362121)
15th August 2008 - Gudalur, TN (Contact: Convivial Group, Gudalur, The Nilgiris: 09942743807 / 09751104231 / 09442774725 / 09751764261)
24th August 2008 - Pudukottai, TN (Contact: Pudupolivu Group, Pudukottai: 09344738602 / 09345099849 / 09750102288 / 09442741053)
7th September 2008 - Trichy, TN (Contact: Uyirppu Group: 09942187809 / 09442289344 / 09943447813 / 09344738602 / 09362496150)
27th - 28th September 2008 - Tirunelveli,TN (Contact: Tirunelveli Intergroup: 09443005907 / 09345964566 / 09944192712 / 09443404506 / 09443554854)
During November 2008, AA coimbatore members delivered invited lectures on "AA" and held interactive sessions with police personnel at Police In-Service Training Centre, Coimbatore on two occasions.
Professional / Medical Help
During October - November 2008, there was a flurry of calls to AA Coimbatore members, from many friends who wanted to quit alcohol or the calls were from their family members. Most wanted to know, if AA Coimbatore runs a de-addiction centre or a rehabilitation centre for alcoholics and many wanted a reference for medical help. There are no rehabilitation centres / de-addiction centres in Coimbatore and for those to reach for professional help, in the form of medical care, to first get back in shape, the references are:
Info on Chennai Centre: 09841887046
Info on Pondy Centre: 09840800825
Info on Bangalore / Coorg Centres: 09994358738
Medical doctors (in the given areas) who have been specializing in the treatment of alcoholism and those who refer their patients to AA for follow-up are:
Dr. Mony, N.S (0422-4365771/98422-13043 / 96551 49062/63: web: http://balajineuropsychiatricclinic.com), Dr. Prabhakaran, G (094421-79318), Dr. Ramani, P.N (0422-2545469, 4369399, 2555798, 2440652), . This is only to cite a few. The list is from AA Coimbatore members, who have known these physicians and there are of course, other psychiatrists, who could be located by other means, starting from yellow pages and search on the Net, to locate other such competent and experienced physicians in Coimbatore.
COIMBATORE & TIRUPUR
Dr. Pradeep Palaniappan (089036 86889 / 097912 19634 email@example.com)
Dr. K. Sakthivel (094452-04406)
The above info. are provided in consideration of those who seek professional help desperately and such a reference should not be construed as a recommendation or endorsement of any sort by AA Coimbatore
" H O W " to get out of drinking habit ?
Things That make one think of a drink..... " H A L T "
So, avoid such situations..do not get trapped (again...)
Group News : December 2008
One member celebrated first birthday, the day of gratitude and cut his cake in the Coimbatore AA meeting on 21st Dec 2008, amidst 15 AA members, two of them from outstations (Salem and Pudukottai).
Coimbatore AA group members participated in out station group anniversaries and Inter group meets at Erode on 14th Dec 2008 (New Way Group, Erode: 099422-40828 / 09700-99338) and at Salem on 28th Dec 2008 (Salem Central Inter Group: 094434-12929 / 094429-27801 / 099425-43035 / 094434-69949 / 094423-35985)
Group News : January-February 2009
Coimbatore AA group members (2) attended the Birthday ( Feb 01, 2009) of a Chennai group member, who also represents a rehab center at Chennai as a full time volunteer. On the same day, six members of the Coimbatore AA group particpated in the fourth anniversary of Palakkad (KL) group. On Feb 08, 2009, three members of Coimbatore AA group participated in the Madurai intergroup anniversary. The PI meetings to Police Personnel (In-Service Training) continued, with introductory sessions on AA and its functions, in Jan-Feb 2009, due to consistent efforts by an active AA Coimbatore member, who is supported by two other group members, on and off, in this continuing program.
Group News : March - April 2009
On March 01, 2009 two members from Coimbatore AA, participated in the birthday celebration of a Chennai AA member, who has been instrumental and supportive in the formation and functioning of Coimbatore AA.
On April 19th, 5 members of Coimbatore AA group participated in the anniversary celebrations of Chavakkad, Guruvayoor (Kerala) AA (098479-31113 / 098959-99940 / 098953-37792 / 094474-41398)
Group News : May - June 2009
Two members of the group celebrated birthdays, one for 12th year and another for 3rd year of gratitude and cut the cakes, amongst a gathering of 20 members and Al-anon group on 07.06.09.
The Birthday of an AA member was attended at Guruvayoor AA, by a member of Cimbatore AA Group on 14.06.09
AA Coimbatore Miracle Group celebrated its 5th Anniversary on 28th June 2009 at the Banquet Hall, Hotel Grand Palace, Eleventh Street, Gandhipuram, between 09:30 to 01:30 PM.
AA members from 22 out stations participated on invitation and the members came from nearby and far off places, both within the State and outside the State, like Kerala and Karnataka (Bangalore, Bodi, Chennai, Coimbatore, Coonoor, Dindigul, Erode, Gudalur, Guruvayoor, Madurai, Mettupalayam, Ooty, Palakkad, Pudukkotaai, Salem, Thanjavur, Theni, Tiruppur, Tirunelveli, Trichur, Trichy, Tuticorin and Vellore) . There was a Public Information session with two invitees from Department of Police, two sharings by Al-Anon and one by Al-Ateen. There were 31 sharings, in three sessions, by AA members. 12 new members to AA were introduced. 86 out station AA registrants, 16 Members of Coimbatore AA Group, along with 9 Al-Anon and Al-Ateen participated. In all, nearly 200 participants made the anniversary meeting and the buffet lunch, a memorable get-to-gather of AA families at Coimbatore on 28.June.2009.
Group News: July- August 2009
The Public Information ( P I ) meetings contiunued both at the Police Training College and at the Central Prison Premises, Coimbatore, in addition to the regular Sunday AA meetings at the Church.
Second meeting at Coimbatore was inaugurated on 06.09.09 at Fatima Church, Gandhipuram, Coimbatore and the group was named " AA Hope Group" by Father of the Church, in the presence of Mr. Bhalla, Chairman-PI, AA GSO, Mumbai and Mr. Sharma, PIO, AA GSO Mumbai. The group started regular meetings from wednesdays, starting 09.09.09
AA GSO Mumbai visitors, along with AA Coimbatore members visited major hospitals in Coimbatore city, which offer medical help for deaddiction (from alcohol, mainly) and also conducted PI meetings, both at a hospital and at Police Training College, Coimbatore.
On 20.09.09, three AA Coimbatore members participated in Intergroup Anniversary at Tirunelveli,TN
Group News:October 2009
On 02-03.10.09 two members of AA Coimbatore particpated in the celebrations at Mangalore, KA for the Dakshin Kannada (South Karnataka) Intergroup's 13th anniversary and 50th AA birthday of John.K.
On 02.10.09 eleven members of AA Coimbatore participated in the second anniversary of Pudukottai Pudupolivu Group and the inauguration of Pudulottai Pudumaip Pozhivu Group.
On 11.10.09 two members of AA Coimbatore participated in the third anniversary of Uyirppu Intergroup, Tiruchy,TN
Group News: November 2009
On 01.11.09 one member of Coimbatore AA Group celebrated his first Birthday.
On 06.11.09 Coimbatore AA group completed a decade of its coming into existence, with a "lone ranger" at Coimbatore for a very, very long time, blossoming into not one, but two groups today at Coimbatore.
On 28.11.09 one member from Coimbatore AA, joined hands with a member each from Tiruppur and Chennai to inaugurate AA meeting at Karaikudi, TN, where again a "lone ranger" has been staying sober for 16 long years.
Group News: December 2009
On 12.12.09 one member of Coimbatore AA group celebrated his first birthday.
On 12.12.09 the idea to start a third meeting at Coimbatore was announced. The venue, day and time are yet to be finalized.
On 20.12.09 four members of Coimbatore AA participated in the Anniversary Celebrations of AA Salem, TN
On 21.12.09 one member of Coimbatore AA participated in Karaikudi AA Divine Group meeting and
shared on his second birthday at his birth place.
On 27.12.09 5 members of Coimbatore AA and 5 members of Coimbatore Al Anon participated in the anniversary celebrations of Erode AA
Group News : January 2010
On 17.01.10 two members celebrated first birthdays and one member celebrated second birthday. The Day of Gratitude was celebrated among a gathering of nearly 50 members (25 AA, including two out station members, from Pudukottai and Thirukoviloor; 15 Al Anon and 10 Al Ateen). Individual cakes were cut and medals were distributed with GSO greeting cards signed by all members present.
On 24.01.10 a Family Meet was organized at a private farm of a Coimbatore AA Member at K.K. Chavadi, in Coimbatore-Kerala border. Nearly 40 members (including 12 AA and the rest comprising of Al Anon and Al Ateen) participated in the family meet.
On 31.01.10 AA Madurai Intergroup anniversary was attended by a member of Coimbatore AA and representing Coimbatore AA, wishes for the anniversary were conveyed during the sharing.
On 31.01.10 AA Palakkad anniversary was attended by 5 members of Coimbatore AA.
.....From Madurai Intergroup Anniversary Sharings (31.01.2010)
WE SHOULD BE GRATEFUL TO....
1. Bill W's Medical Doctor (Dr.Silkworth)- For he advised Bill W to "hold onto" what ever he saw (the white light) and the changes Bill W felt, which cannot be explained by his medical background. This made Bill W to stick to abstinence from alcohol and go ahead with AA. If only Dr. Silkworth had rubbished Bill W's "white light" revelation (medically termed today as hallucination or delirium) and stuffed him with "Librium", there would have been no AA today...Or if only there were sedatives given at that time and Bill W was put to sleep...? We should be thankful for Dr.Silkworth, for having told Bill to hold on to what he "believed in" so not to drink..
2. Bill W's wife (Louise): who encouraged Bill W to continue his efforts to find people to listen to him, when he was complaining that no one cares to listen and everyone continues to drink. She made him understand "Let them be..but, in the process, YOU are NOT drinking and that is what important". This forms the essential principle of AA today. By telling others the ill of drinking, you get the keep away. If only she had not spoken the truth and made Bill W give up his crusade go back to drinking...? We should be thankful to Louise for that "eye opener"..
3. A priest in Akron USA and a Non-Alcoholic lady supporter (Ms.Henrietta Sieberling): Bill was standing in front of a bar at Akron, USA having the usual urge (craving at the "appointed hour") to have a drink. But, having been sober for more than 90 days, he did not yield to the urge. Instead, he felt he should have a talk with another person, an alcoholic at that. He called a local priest and identified himself as " I am an alcoholic and I would like to talk to an alcoholic" The good father gave him ten numbers. Bill started dialing. The persons who answered his first nine calls were either not interested in such a meeting or were otherwise busy. The tenth call was answered by a lady named Henrietta Sieberling, who patiently listened to what Bill had to say about himself and she replied " I am not an alcoholic, but I can understand your plight. I happen to know someone who needs help". Thus, popped Dr.Bob's name into the big picture.The lady Henrietta called Dr.Bob's wife and fixed up an appointment for Bill to meet Bob.
This is how the co-founders of AA, Bill and Dr. Bob met eachother and went on to establish our fellowship, AA.
If not for them, there would not have been AA... Therefore.....
We should be thankful to the above..as each played a vital role in Bill W's life, in the formation of AA and thus, in each of our lives...........
AA FELLOWSHIP.......It is a cycle..
- You need to have a will to give up alcohol
- Attend AA meetings
- Develop Fellowship
- Take a sponsor
- Do the steps
- Be in the cycle
AA in Treatment Facilities / Rehab Centres
Since one of the ways AA’s co-founders helped maintain their sobriety was by carrying AA message into hospitals, many others have discovered the great value to their own sobriety of working with suffering alcoholics in treatment facilities and correctional facilities.
In 1934, a sober alcoholic named Bill.W kept trying to help drunks in Towns hospital in New York City. None of them seemed interested at that time, but Bill stayed sober.
About six months later Bill.W and another sober alcoholic, Dr. Bob.., visited alcoholics in Akron, Ohio. Although at first rebuffed, they kept trying, in order to protect their own sobriety. It worked and Bill.W and Dr.Bob thus became the co-founders of the “help-one-another” chain reaction now called, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
What better place to look for those still suffering alcoholics than in a hospital or in alcoholism treatment place? The idea is older than AA itself !
The following are available from GSO to help AA teams visiting treatment centres and rehabs:
Treatment Facility Kit
Has Workbook, guidelines, sample letters, suggested presentations to clients and professionals and other info useful to local treatment facilities committee.
1. How AA members co-operate with Professionals
Answers specific queries on working @ rehabs, within AA Traditions
(Just remember to work parallel with rehabs and not jointly with them or against them)
2. Questions and Answers on sponsorship
Excerpted from “AA in Treatment Facilities”: AA GSC approved literature: 1961,1987 Revised 1994: 25M 6/09 (DG3). Source: www.aa.org
AA Coimbatore : 14.04.2010: Source:UK:CLT/MD/120410
Slip and Relapse
12 steps to a slip
1. Start missing meetings (for any reason, real or imaginary).
2. Become critical of other members, who may not agree with you.
3. Keep nursing the idea that someday, somehow you can drink again and become a controlled drinker.
4. Let others do the 12th step work in your group. You are too busy.
5. Become conscious of your AA “seniority” and view every new member with skeptical and jaundiced eye.
6. Become so pleased with your own views of the program, that you consider yourself making the “elder statements”.
7. Start a small elite within your own group, composed of only those who see eye to eye with you.
8. Tell a new member in confidence that you yourself do not take some of the 12 steps seriously.
9. Let your mind dwell more and more on how much you are helping others, rather than how much AA program is helping you.
10. If an unfortunate member has a slip, drop him at once.
11. Cultivate the habit of borrowing money from other AA members, then stay away from meetings to avoid embarrassment.
12. Look upon the 24 hour plan as a vital thing for new members, but not for yourself. You have outgrown the need of that long ago.
A Look at Relapse : Reasons for Relapse
Exhaustion Allowing your self to become over tired or being in poor health.
Work addictions: perhaps in a hurry to make up for lost time.
Dishonesty Begins with a pattern of unnecessary little lies & deceits with fellow workers, friends and family. Rationalizing / making excuses to yourself for not doing what you don’t want to do or for doing what you know you should not do.
Impatience Things are not happening fast enough. Or, others are not doing what you want them to do.
Argumentativeness Arguing on small and ridiculous point(s) of views, indicates a “need to be always right”. “Why don’t you be reasonable and agree with me?”. Looking for an excuse to drink.
Depression / Frustration Unreasonable and unaccountable self-despair occurs in cycles. Should be dealt with by talking about it. Frustration also occurs at people and also because “things may not be going your way”. Remember, everything is not going to be just the way you want to be.
Self-pity Why do these things happen to me? Why I must be an alcoholic? Nobody appreciates all what I am doing for them? These thoughts keep circling around.
Cockiness / Complacency “Drinking was the farthest thing from my mind. It is dangerous to let up on disciplines just because everything is going well. Always to have a little fear is a good thing. More relapses occur when things are going well than otherwise.
Expectations Expecting too much from others (family and friends) is a frequent issue. “ I have changed, why hasn’t everyone else?”. It is a plus if they do, but it is still your problem if they do not. They may not trust you yet and they may still be looking for further proof. You cannot expect others to change their style of life just because you have changed yours.
Letting down disciplines Prayer, meditation, daily inventory, AA attendance etc. This can stem either from complacency or boredom. You cannot afford to get bored with your program. The cost of relapse is always too great.
Use of other chemicals Use of mood altering chemicals may be needed to ease things with a pill and your doctor may go along with you. You may never have had a problem with chemicals other than alcohol, but you can easily lose sobriety starting this way – about the subtlest way of having a relapse. Remember you will be cheating. The reverse of this is true for drug-dependent persons who start to think.
Wanting too much Do not set goals you cannot reach with normal effort. Do not expect too much. It is always great when good things happen, when you were not expecting. You will get what you are entitled to as long as, you do your best, but may not be as soon as you think you should. “Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have”.
Forgetting Gratitude You may be looking negatively on your life, concentrating on problems that still are not totally corrected. But, it is good to remember where you started from and how much better life is now.
“It can’t happen to me” This is dangerous thinking. Almost anything can happen to you, if you are careless. Remember, you have a progressive disease and you will be in worse shape, if you relapse.
AA COIMBATORE MIRACLE GROUP 8th ANNIVERSARY
AA Coimbatore Miracle Group celebrated its 8th anniversary on 22.07.2012 SUNDAY 09:30 AM to 2:30 PM
At King's Parish Hall, Christ The King Church, Park Gate, Dr. Nanjappa Rd., Gandhipuram, Coimbatote. There were AA Sharings and a Public Information (PI) Meeting, with a parallel session for Al Anon.
AAs from 4 states (Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh) participated. There was a gathering of about 300 people which included 74 New Comers, resulting from Church PIs at Coimbatore, nearby Somanur, treatment centres, and media coverage (Tamil Daily " Dina Malar" and Radio " FM Radio Mirchi").
AAs came from over 30 destinations to share their experience and hope with Coimbatore AAs and New comers and these places include Pollachi, Pudukottai, Salem, Tanjore, Nagari (AP), Chennai, Mysore (KA), Neyveli, Namakkal, Sivakasi, Kumbakonam, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli, Tiruppur, Gudalur, Palakkad (KL), Yercaud, Hosur, Athur, Karur, Kotagiri, Erode, Thiruchengode, Madurai, Gudiyatham, Trichy, Udumalpet, Palladam, Mettupalayam, Avinashi etc.
The PI session had special invitees. An AA and Al Anon shared the experience in AA (on Disease and Recovery aspects) and a brief Genesis of AA was presented to the guests. Rev.Fr.Sebastian (Director-Karunai Illam : a home for Orphans, HIV patients and Destitutes) Coimbatore, Rev.Fr. Gurusamy (Parish Priest, Christ The King Church, Coimbatore), Dr. N.S. Mony, MD., FIPS., Consultant Psychiatrist (Balaji Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, Coimbatore) and Dr. Kavi Dasan (Director-Roots Industries, Coimbatore, Human Resource Specialist, Educationalist & Member-School & College / University Commitees) were the main guests.
The event was covered by media both prior and after the function, with AA meeting place addresses and help line numbers.
The breakfast, lunch and hall expenses were met through contributions from AA members, by way of Registration and Kitty.
For the 1st time in Coimbatore, a "Night Vigil" was organized from 10 PM the previous night to 2 AM. Also, AA book sales counter was opened in Coimbatore Anniversary for the first time. This is also the first time, breakfast was served for out station members at Coimbatore anniversary. More than anything 74 newcomers made the 8th anniversary of Miracle group and successful one.
MONDAY MEETING Started in MIRACLE GROUP, Coimbatore
AA Miracle group commenced MONDAY meetings at 7-830 PM at a new place in Sathy Road (East Side of Coimbatore City) from 23.07.2012 at Maxmillian Kolbe Church, Visuvasapuram (Stop after Saravanampatty-KGISL pirivu),
Sathy Road@Saravanampatty, Coimbatore
2nd Anniversary of Pollachi New Life Group
New Life Group, Pollachi celebrated the group's second anniversary at Nehru Thirumana Mandapam, Venkatesa Colony, Pollachi on 25.11.2012 from 09:30 AM to 2:00 PM.
About 125 Registrations from out station AAs from 23 places in 2 states (Tamil Nadu and Kerala), along with Al Anon made the occasion a memorable gathering. Pollachi being an young group and the location being surrounded by tourist attractions, AAs came from near and far (Chennai, Aruppukottai, Erode, Thirunelveli, Coimbatore, Tirupur, Salem, Dharmapuri, Gudalur, Yercaud, Arakonam, Vellore, Keeramangalam, Coonoor, Mettupalayam, Palakkad, Gudiyatham, Mannargudi, Udumalpet, Kumbakonam, Pudukottai, Mannarkkad and Madurai). A session for AA sharing, parallel session for Al Anon and a PI session were held. There were nearly 20 New comers to the meeting, as a result of publicizing PI through hand bills, media etc. The PI was conducted with Dr. K. Vasanth Alva, MD of Alva Hospital, Ambarampalayam who specializes in de-addiction. This bridged the association of AA with medical fraternity for mutual benefit. Dinamalar (Tamil daily) gave extensive coverage of the event both before and after the function.
AA TIRUPUR - TURNING POINT Group's 1st Anniversary
AA Tirupur Turning Point Group celebrated its first anniversary on 17th February 2013 between 9:30 AM to 01:30 PM at Town Hall Auditorium, Kumaran Road, Near Railway Station, Tirupur.
The group was started last year with co-ordinated support from GSO-India, AA Groups at Coimbatore, Salem, Erode and Pollachi. Starting with a Thursday meeting, today there are three meetings in a week at the time of celebrating the first anniversary.
The function was attended by nearly 300 participants, which included AA, Al Anon and Al Ateen members from two states (Tamil Nadu and Kerala) from 23 locations: Aruppukkottai, Attur, Coonoor, Coimbatore, Erode, Gudalur, Karur, Karumathampatti, Madurai, Namakkal,, Ooty, Pollachi, Pudukkottai, Ramanathukkara (KL), Trichy,, Salem, Theni, T. Kalluppatti,, Thiruchengode, Tirunelveli, Thodupuzha, Wathrap etc.
The Public Information session (PI) publicized widely through media (English and Tamil newspapers), hand bills, posters and flex banners attracted public, as well as 17 new comers. In the PI session, dr. K. Sakthivel, MD (Psy), Tirupur Mindcare clinic & Alcohol de-addiction Centre spoke, along with an Inspector from the Tirupur (North) Police Station. both of them promised to direct persons with alcohol problems to Tirupur AA. The event was covered by two Tamil dailies Dinakaran and Dinathanthi on the following day Tirupur editions.
from AA Talks..to American Medical Societies by Bill W., co-founder of AA
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has but one purpose – one objective only – “to help other alcoholics to recover from their illness”.
Nothing is asked of the alcoholics approaching us save a desire on his part to get well.
He subscribes to no membership requirements – no fees or dues – nor is a belief in any particular point of view, medical or religious, demanded of him.
Emphatically, we are not evangelists or reformers.
Being alcoholics who have recovered, we aim to help only those who want to get well.
We do this because we have found that working with other alcoholics plays such a vital part in keeping us all sober.
You may enquire “Just how does AA work?”. I cannot fully answer that question.
As laymen, we doubt our inability to explain them.
We can only tell you what we do,
and what seems, from our point of view, to happen to us.
AA is a synthetic concept, drawing upon resources of medicine (psychiatry), religion and our own experience (of drinking and recovery).
We try hard to capitalize on our one great advantage: our personal experience as drinkers who have recovered.
How often do doctors and clergymen throw up their hands when after exhaustive treatment or exhortation, the alcoholic still insists, “But you don’t understand me? You never did any serious drinking yourself, so how can you?...”
Now, when one alcoholic who got well talks to another who hasn’t, such objections seldom arise, for the new man sees in a few minutes that he is talking to kindred spirit, one who understands.
Neither can the recovered AA member can be deceived, for he knows every trick, every rationalization of the drinking game. So, the usual barriers go down with a crash. Mutual confidence, that is indispensable in all therapy, follows..
As soon as that happens..we have a good chance of selling our prospect (those very essentials doctors have advocated) and the problem drinker finds our society a congenial place to work them out; for the first time in years he thinks himself understood and he feels useful; no matter what the outer world still thinks of him, he knows now that he can get well and there are other cases, precisely like his own.
Therefore, Alcoholics Anonymous has made two major contributions to the programs of Psychiatry and religion:
Our ability, as ex-drinkers, to secure the confidence of the new man – to “build a transmission line to him”.
The provision of an understanding society of ex-drinkers in which the new comer can successfully apply the principles of medicine and religion to himself and others.
Excerpts from Basic Concepts of Alcoholics Anonymous – By Bill W.
A special address given to the Medical Society of the State of New York, Section on Neurology and Psychiatry Annual Meeting, New York, N.Y, USA May 1944.: From Three Talks to Medical Societies by Bill W., Co-Founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. AA World Services Inc., New York, N.Y.