Many new to A.A. ask:
Q: Am I an alcoholic?
A: If you repeatedly drink more than you intend or want to, if you get into trouble, or if you have memory lapses when you drink, you may be an alcoholic. Only you can decide. No one in A.A. will tell you whether you are or are not.
Q: Does A.A. really work?
A: Yes! Click here to review a “Landmark Study” by Stanford Harvard and see what science says.
Q: How much does A.A. cost?
A: There are no dues or fees for membership. We are fully self-supporting by the voluntary contributions of our members.
“Sobriety – Freedom from Alcohol; through the teaching and practice of the Twelve Steps is the sole purpose of an A.A. group.” – Bill W. co-founder of A.A.
What is Alcoholics Anonymous?
We are a Fellowship of men and women who have lost the ability to control our drinking and have found ourselves in various kinds of trouble as a result of drinking. We attempt — most of us successfully — to create a satisfying way of life without alcohol. For this we find we need the help and support of other alcoholics in A.A.
If I go to an A.A. meeting, does that commit me to anything?
No. A.A. does not keep membership files or attendance records. You do not have to reveal anything about yourself. No one will bother you if you don’t want to come back..
What happens at an A.A. meeting?
An A.A. meeting may take one of several forms, but at any meeting you will find alcoholics talking about what drinking did to their lives and personalities, what actions they took to help themselves, and how they are living their lives today.
How can this help me with my drinking problem?
We in A.A. know what it is like to be addicted to alcohol, and to be unable to keep promises made to others and ourselves that we will stop drinking. We are not professional therapists. Our only qualification for helping others to recover from alcoholism is that we have stopped drinking ourselves; and problem drinkers coming to us know that recovery is possible because they see people who have done it.
How do I join A.A.?
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..
How do I get a Sponsor?
There are several ways to get a Sponsor. One, listen in meetings to those sharing, and when you hear someone share, and what they say resonates with you, or you say to yourself, “I want what THEY have” – ask them after the meeting if they are taking on new Sponsees. Or, visit with the meeting chair after one of our meetings and let them know you need to find a Sponsor, and they will be happy to help you find one (even if it’s only temporary to get you started).
Is going to meetings all I have to do?
Meetings are certainly an important part of the A.A. Fellowship, however, they ARE NOT the solution to our problem. Our solution is found in the first 164 pages of our Big Book. Getting a Sponsor and learning how to take (not study – not work) the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous so that you can experience the “personality change sufficient to recover from alcoholism” – IS the solution to our problem.
In addition to staying sober, and helping the Alcoholic of today to achieve sobriety, we also recognize our responsibility in helping to ensure the fellowship’s future in the years ahead. The Big Book states that “Our literature Preserves the integrity of the AA message.” Using A.A. Literature, to study, teach and practice all three legacies; The 12 Steps, 12 Traditions, and 12 Concepts, our goal is to help provide the opportunity for future alcoholics not yet born the same chance to find in A.A. that rebirth that brought us back to life.