What Is Alcoholics Anonymous?
Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multi-racial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
A.A. isn’t right for everyone, but if you or someone you care about has a problem with alcohol abuse or addiction, we can help you figure out if Alcoholics Anonymous is your best option.
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What Does A.A. Do?
- A.A. members share their experience others looking for help with a drinking problem; A.A. gives give person-to-person service or “sponsorship” to the alcoholic coming to A.A. from any source.
- A.A. uses the Twelve Step program, offering the alcoholic a way to develop a satisfying life without alcohol.
- A.A. also has several different types of group meetings.
- Open speaker meetings – open to alcoholics and non-alcoholics. At speaker meetings, A.A. members “tell their stories.” They describe their experiences with alcohol, how they came to A.A., and how their lives have changed as a result of the program.
- Open discussion meetings – one member speaks briefly about his or her drinking experience, and then leads a discussion on A.A. recovery or any drinking-related problem anyone in the meeting brings up. Non-A.A. members can also come to these meetings.
- Closed discussion meetings – conducted just as open discussions are, but for alcoholics or prospective A.A. members only.
- Step meetings – discussion of one of the Twelve Steps. These are usually closed meetings.
- A.A. members also have meetings available in correctional and treatment facilities.
- Information meetings – A.A. members may be asked to conduct informational meetings about A.A. as a part of A.S.A.P. (Alcohol Safety Action Project) and D.W.I. (Driving While Intoxicated) programs. These meetings about A.A. are not regular A.A. group meetings.
A.A. Does Not:
- Furnish initial motivation for alcoholics to recover
- Solicit members
- Engage in or sponsor research
- Keep attendance records or case histories
- Join “councils” of social agencies
- Follow up on or try to control its members
- Make medical or psychological diagnoses or prognoses
- Provide drying-out or nursing services, hospitalization, drugs, or any medical or psychiatric treatment
- Offer religious services
- Engage in education about alcohol
- Provide housing, food, clothing, jobs, money, or any other welfare or social services
- Provide domestic or vocational counseling
- Accept any money for its services, or any contributions from non-A.A. sources
- Provide letters of reference to parole boards, lawyers, court officials, social agencies, employers, etc.