What advice do you give new members?

In our experience, the people who recover in A.A. are those who:

stay away from the first drink;
attend A.A. meetings regularly;
seek out the people in A.A. who have successfully stayed sober for some time;
try to put into practice the A.A. program of recovery.

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Can I bring my family to an A.A. meeting?

Family members or close friends are welcome at ‘Open’ A.A. meetings. Discuss this with your local contact.

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There’s a lot of talk about God, though, isn’t there?

The majority of A.A. members believe that we have found the solution to our drinking problem not through individual willpower, but through a power greater than ourselves. However, everyone defines this power as he or she wishes. Many people call it God, others think it is the collective therapy of A.A, still others don’t believe in it at all. There is room in A.A. for people of all shades of belief and non-belief.

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Is A.A. a religious organisation?

No. Nor is it allied to any religious organisation.

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How do I join AA?

You are an A.A. member if and when you say so. The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking, and many of us were not very wholehearted about that when we first approached A.A.

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What does it cost to join AA?

There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership. An A.A. group will usually have a collection during the meeting to cover running expenses, such as rent, coffee, etc., and to this all members are free to contribute as much or as little as they wish.

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Which meetings are accepting new members

All meetings accept new members.  a Closed meeting is not closed to new members.  A closed meeting is only limited to persons who have a desire to stop drinking

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Which meeting should I attend open or closed?

From Alcoholics Anonymous Information Bulletin F-2

Many treatment centers today combine alcoholism and drug addiction under “substance abuse” or “chemical dependence.”  Patients (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic) are introduced to A.A. and encouraged to attend A.A. meetings when they leave.  As stated earlier, anyone may attend open A.A. meetings.  But only those with a drinking problem may attend closed meetings or become A.A. members.  People with problems other than alcoholism are eligible for A.A. membership only if they have a drinking problem.

Dr. Vincent Dole, a pioneer in methadone treatment for heroin addicts and for several years a trustee on the General Service Board of A.A., made the following statement: “The source of strength in A.A. is its single-mindedness.  The mission of A.A. is to help alcoholics.  A.A. limits what it is demanding of itself and its associates, and its success lies in its limited target.  To believe that the process that is successful in one line guarantees success for another would be a very serious mistake.”  Consequently, we welcome the opportunity to share A.A. experience with those who would like to develop Twelve Step/Twelve Tradition programs for the nonalcoholic addict by using A.A. methods.

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What is a Open AA Meeting?

This is an open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous.  We are glad you are all here–especially newcomers.  In keeping with our singleness of purpose and our Third Tradition which states that “The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking,” we ask that all who participate confine their discussion to their problems with alcohol.”

(The 1987 General Service Conference made this statement available as an A.A. service piece for those groups who wish to use it.)

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What is a Closed AA Meeting

In support of A.A’s singleness of purpose, attendance at closed meetings is limited to persons who have a desire to stop drinking.  If you think you have a problem with alcohol, you are welcome to attend this meeting.  We ask that when discussing our problems, we confine ourselves to those problems as they relate to alcoholism.

(The 1987 General Service Conference made this statement available as an A.A. service piece for those groups who wish to use it.)

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