Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who support each-other through the process of getting and staying sober. We are a nonprofit organization, and membership is free. We are funded by voluntary donations and the sale of literature. We do not endorse any particular faith, sect or politics; we do not engage in controversy, or take any position on any issue.
Our only purpose is to support our members in getting and staying sober, and the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
The Alcoholics Anonymous Treatment Center of Westerville exists to serve alcoholics throughout Westerville land. We offer group meetings, where recovering alcoholics can share with each-other without the fear of being judged.
Our public meetings are open to anyone, whether or not they are an alcoholic, although we ask that non-alcoholics respect that the purpose of our organization is for our members to maintain sobriety. Our private meetings are open only to people with a desire to stop drinking.
Because some of our new members come directly from inpatient treatment facilities, we also participate in A.A.’s Bridging the Gap program, partnering inpatients with veteran A.A. members while they are still in treatment.
The veteran A.A. member will act as a temporary contact for our new member, introduce them to our community and make sure they get to their first few meetings.
According to a 2010-2014 study by the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, 6.2 percent of Illinois residents suffer from alcohol addiction, or about 660,000 people.
Of that number, only 5 percent, or about 35,000 people, had received treatment for their addiction during the previous year. Another survey by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that over 95% of addicts (including alcoholics) did not seek help because they felt they did not need help.
This should come as no surprise to anyone who is familiar with A.A.’s 12-Step Program, because the very first step to sobriety is admitting that we are powerless to control our addiction.
If you think you might have a problem, we encourage you to visit our Am I an Alcoholic page with an open mind. If you decide you do have a problem, please call us at (1) 740-895-8551 or visit one of our public meetings.