Information on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
As you may know, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a nonprofit organization with the stated purpose of enabling its members to “stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.” Founded in 1935, AA is nonprofessional, self-supporting and apolitical. There are no age or education requirements. The only membership requirement? To have a desire to stop drinking.
“Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous” is a book made popular by AA when it first published in 1939. This group of principles has since helped millions of men and women recover from alcoholism. The AA program is rooted in the Twelve Steps and its principles. Here is a typical AA meeting agenda:
1. AA Members share their experience with anyone seeking help with a drinking problem; they give person-to-person service (“sponsorship”) to the alcoholic coming to AA from any source.
2. The AA program offers alcoholics a way to develop a satisfying life without alcohol.
3. This program is discussed at AA group meetings, which encompass open speaker meetings, open discussion meetings, closed discussion meetings, step meetings (usually closed) and correctional/treatment facility meetings.
To find your local AA chapter, search this national directory provided by AA >>