How do I find A.A.?
Almost anywhere in the United States or Canada, you will find an A.A. telephone number in the local phone book. If you decide to call, you will be put in touch with another alcoholic. And your call will be private—you don’t even have to give your name. Just ask where the A.A. meetings are.
Wherever an A.A. group meets, it has one purpose: to help alcoholics stay sober. A.A. groups meet in all kinds of places. Some meetings are held in schools or churches; some A.A. groups meet in hospitals or even office buildings. But it’s important to keep in mind that an A.A. group is not connected with the church, school or government office where it happens to meet.
There are several kinds of A.A. meetings:
Open meetings are open to anyone, alcoholic or not, who is interested in A.A. Meetings of this type are open to alcoholics and their families and to anyone interested in solving a personal drinking problem or helping someone else to solve such a problem. Guests at A.A. open meetings are reminded that any opinions or interpretations they may hear are solely those of the speaker involved. All members are free to interpret the recovery program in their own terms, but none can speak for the local group or for A.A. as a whole.
Closed meetings are limited to those who have a drinking problem themselves (or think they may have). Here, we are free to speak up and ask questions. Here we get practical suggestions on how to stay sober.
At beginners meetings, we discover that we are on the same level with anyone who is new to A.A. Even if there’s a business executive or a grandmother next to us, we’re all starting from scratch together, tackling the basics of A.A.