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If a judge, school or employer has suggested you attend a
meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, they may believe there is
evidence that you have a drinking problem. If you have an
attendance card to be signed, most AA meeting secretaries will be
happy to do so. Take a look at a current meeting directory.
You'll see the days, times, and places AA meetings are held.
Meetings marked with an (O) are Open Meetings --
anyone can attend, while those marked with a (C) are
Closed Meetings -- for people who have a desire to stop
Do I have to give my
When you go to an AA meeting you don't have to give your full
name. Some groups will ask the newcomers to introduce themselves
"by your first name only." At some meetings a sign-in
sheet may be circulated for the chairperson to use during the
meeting -- you don't have to sign it. All participation at AA
Will I have to speak?
It's not necessary to explain why you're there. Others will
share but no one will think it odd if you choose to remain
silent. There are many AA members who prefer to sit and listen
Will A.A. respect my
Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all of A.A.'s
Traditions. Please respect this custom and treat in confidence
who you see and what you hear. You can count on others to respect
Most AA members have a program based upon a personal belief in
a Higher Power; there is no religious affiliation. What you
believe is up to you. Many meetings open and close with a short
prayer; participation is optional.
Are there dues or fees?
The AA groups pay for certain services beyond rent, coffee/tea
and literature. If help (so freely given to us) is to be
available to every alcoholic on the day he or she asks for help,
we must support the national and local General Service Structures
and Intergroup. Traditionally, AA groups are self-supporting. If
you accept this principle, you will show your gratitude when the
basket comes your way.
Only you can decide...
whether you're an alcoholic. Others may point out indications
of a problem such as losing control, DUI arrests, lost jobs,
broken marriages and relationships, memory blackouts, the shakes,
etc. But only you can tell if you are actually an alcoholic.
At A.A. meetings you'll find people of all backgrounds. they
all have one thing in common: they are trying to live sober, one
day at a time. Meetings usually last an hour to an hour-and
a-half. City wide meeting directories are available at most A.A.
meetings, or call your local A.A. phone numbers:
- Seattle 206.587.2838
- Bellevue 425.454.9192
- Everett 425.252.2525
- Snohomish 425.672.0987
- Tacoma 253.474.8897