How to Find Alcoholic Anonymous Meetings
Newcomers may wonder how to find an alcoholic anonymous meetings and what to expect from them. Finding a meeting to attend is very easy and you’ll be able to find one that is convenient for you. Although it will be a new experience, you shouldn’t be intimidated about going as everyone else was new once too.
Although AA meetings will differ from group to group, generally you should expect to hear the stories of other alcoholics, including what drinking did to their lives, how they helped themselves, and what their lives are like now. The group is meant to support and encourage others to live alcohol free lives. One of the benefits of attending AA is that other members of the group know what it is like to be an alcoholic, what the struggles are, and how best to encourage each other.
During an Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, no attendance files are collected and you will not need to give your identity. The meets are confidential and you can remain as anonymous as you want to. This means that you won’t need to reveal things about yourself to the group if you don’t want to and you won’t be bothered if you decide not to come back to another meeting.
You do not need to pay a membership fee or dues to attend an AA meeting. A collection may be taken at the meeting but it is up to you whether you want to contribute or not. Collections generally go to pay for the space used or any refreshments.
You become a member of AA whenever you believe that you are a member. There are no requirements beyond a desire to stop drinking. Other than that, there are no other requirements like time involved or fees paid.
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held globally in many different communities. This means that you can generally find a meeting close to your home and you can also generally attend meetings when you travel if you want. All you need to do is find the location for each meeting and show up.
To find a meeting, contact a central office, intergroup, or answering service. Look for contact phone numbers or information in the local yellow pages, online, or from a related agency. Remember that locations and times may change so unless you are confident about the information, try to confirm the information. If you are traveling, regional AA directories exist and are available to members.
Alcoholics Anonymou meetings are easy to find, regardless of where you live. You can find meetings around the world and at many different times. Reading up on what to expect from a meeting will also help you feel more relaxed during your first time at a meeting.