Is A.A. for me?2023-08-01T13:55:16-07:00

Is A.A. for me?

Only you can decide whether you want to give Alcoholics Anonymous a try. Admitting you might need help, or admitting that you’re an alcoholic, takes courage. There are a lot of resources that may help you decide whether A.A. could be right for you. We want to help. Contact us anytime or learn more by exploring the information below, and then get in touch with us or check out a meeting. You don’t have to do this alone.

Self-Assessment: answer yes or no to these questions to learn more about your relationship with alcohol

1 Do you lose time from work due to drinking?

2 Is drinking making your home life unhappy?

3 Do you drink because you are shy with other people?

4 Is drinking affecting your reputation?

5 Have you ever felt remorse after drinking?

6 Have you gotten into financial difficulties as a result of drinking?

7 Do you turn to lower companions and an inferior environment when drinking?

8 Does your drinking make you careless of your family’s welfare?

9 Has your ambition decreased since drinking?

10 Do you crave a drink at a definite time daily?

11 Do you want a drink the next morning?

12 Does drinking cause you to have difficulty sleeping?

13 Has your efficiency decreased since drinking?

14 Is drinking jeopardizing your job or business?

15 Do you drink to escape from worries or troubles?

16 Do you drink alone?

17 Have you ever had a complete loss of memory as a result of drinking?

18 Has your physician ever treated you for drinking?

19 Do you drink to build up your self-confidence?

20 Have you ever been to a hospital or institution on account of drinking?

If you answered YES to any one of the questions, there is a definite warning that you may be an alcoholic. If you answered YES to any two, the chances are that you are an alcoholic.

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FAQs about A.A.

How do I find a meeting?2021-05-26T17:29:33-07:00

View our meeting finder to search by your location and meeting type. You may also search for Alcoholics Anonymous on the web. Several local 24-hour hotline numbers will show up, as well as websites These telephones are answered by A.A. volunteers who will be happy to answer your questions, or put you in touch with those who can. If there are no A.A. services close to you, write or phone the A.A. General Service Office.

Can I go to an A.A. meeting drunk?2022-10-10T13:31:33-07:00

Yes, people who have been drinking sometimes attend A.A. meetings. They are welcome to attend, but they may be asked not to speak while intoxicated, but to listen instead.

Can I bring my family to an A.A. meeting?2021-05-26T17:33:11-07:00

Family members or close friends are welcome at “Open” A.A. meetings. Discuss this with your local contact.

What advice do you give new members?2021-05-26T17:33:47-07:00

In our experience, the people who recover in A.A. are those who:

  • Stay away from the first drink
  • Attend A.A. meetings regularly
  • Seek out the people in A.A. who have successfully stayed sober for some time
  • Try to put into practice the A.A. program of recovery
  • Obtain and study the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous
Am I an alcoholic?2022-10-10T13:32:18-07:00

We do not like to pronounce any individual as alcoholic. It’s a decision that each drinker has to make for themselves. But if, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably alcoholic. And A.A. can help!

If you repeatedly drink more than you intend or want to, if you get into trouble or have memory lapses when you drink, you may be an alcoholic. Only you can decide. It is often suggested, attend six meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and listen for the similarities in the stories of others.

What happens if I meet people I know?2021-05-26T17:34:38-07:00

They will be there for the same reason you are there. They will not disclose your identity to outsiders. At A.A. you retain as much anonymity as you wish. That is one of the reasons we call ourselves Alcoholics Anonymous.

If I go to an A.A. meeting, does that commit me to anything?2021-05-26T17:34:57-07:00

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 can I do if I am worried about my drinking?2022-07-21T16:19:05-07:00

Seek help. Alcoholics Anonymous can help.

What is Alcoholics Anonymous?2022-07-21T16:21:44-07:00

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.

How can this help me with my drinking problem?2022-07-21T16:25:32-07:00

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, but problem drinkers coming to us know that recovery is possible because they see people who have done it.

Why do A.A.s keep on going to meetings after they are cured?2022-07-21T16:26:32-07:00

We in A.A. believe there is no such thing as a cure for alcoholism. We can never return to normal drinking, and our ability to stay away from alcohol depends on maintaining our physical, mental, and spiritual health. This we can achieve by going to meetings regularly and putting into practice what we learn there. In addition, we find it helps us to stay sober if we help other alcoholics.

What happens at an A.A. meeting?2021-05-26T17:29:09-07:00

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.

Do I have to give my name?2022-10-10T13:29:58-07:00

When you go to an A.A. meeting you don’t have to give your name. Some groups will invite newcomers to introduce themselves by their first name only. At some meetings a sign-in sheet may be circulated for the chairperson to use during the meeting — no one has to sign it. All participation in A.A. meetings is voluntary.

What about anonymity?2022-10-10T13:34:31-07:00

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. Likewise, you can count on others to respect your anonymity.

Will I have to speak?2022-10-10T13:35:08-07:00

It’s not necessary to explain why you’re there. If you’re called on and prefer to remain silent, just say, “I’ll pass.” Anyone is free to simply sit and listen at meetings.

What if I have a Court Card I need signed?2022-10-10T13:35:58-07:00

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 A.A. meeting secretaries will be happy to do so. Take a look at a current meeting directory. You’ll see the days, times, and places A.A. meetings are held. Meetings marked with a (C) are closed meetings — and only for people who have a desire to stop drinking.

Is A.A. a religious organization?2021-05-26T17:31:36-07:00

No. Nor is it allied with any religious organization.

There’s a lot of talk about God, though, isn’t there?2021-05-26T17:32:01-07:00

The majority of A.A. members believe that we have found the solution to our drinking problem not through individual willpower, but through a power greater than ourselves. However, everyone defines this power as he or she wishes. Many people call it God, others think it is the A.A. group, still others don’t believe in it at all. There is room in A.A. for people of all shades of belief and nonbelief.

What is a home group?2022-10-10T13:39:39-07:00

Traditionally, most A.A. members through the years have found it important to belong to one group that they call their “home group.” This is the group where they accept service responsibilities and try to sustain friendships. And although all A.A. members are usually welcome at all groups and feel at home at any of these meetings, the concept of the home group has remained the strongest bond between the A.A. member and the Fellowship.

What is a sponsor?2022-10-10T13:40:10-07:00

A sponsor is essentially an alcoholic who has made some progress in the A.A. recovery program and shares that experience on a continuous, individual basis with another alcoholic who is attempting to attain or maintain sobriety through A.A. We urge you to not delay in asking someone to be your sponsor. Alcoholics recovered in A.A. want to share what they have learned with other alcoholics. We know from experience that our own sobriety is greatly strengthened when we share the solution.

What is the Big Book?2022-10-10T13:27:09-07:00

Published in 1939 under the title “Alcoholics Anonymous,” the Big Book is the basic textbook outlining the program of action for recovery from alcoholism through Alcoholics Anonymous. In addition to describing the disease of alcoholism and the spiritual steps toward recovery, the Big Book contains dozens of personal stories from people who have recovered from alcoholism using the A.A. program.

How do I join A.A.?2022-07-21T16:27:33-07:00

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 much does A.A. membership cost?2022-07-21T16:28:40-07:00

There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership. An A.A. group will usually have a collection during the meeting to cover expenses, such as rent, coffee, etc., and to this all members are free to contribute as much or as little as they wish.

What advice do you give new members?2022-07-21T16:32:17-07:00

In our experience, the people who recover in A.A. are those who: (a) stay away from the first drink; (b) attend A.A. meetings regularly; (c) seek out the people in A.A. who have successfully stayed sober for some time; (d) try to put into practice the A.A. program of recovery.

Helpful Literature

A Newcomer Asks

Common questions for new members

Is A.A. For Me?

Understand whether A.A. is a fit or not

FAQs About A.A

Answers the questions most frequently asked about A.A. by alcoholics seeking help, as well as by their families and friends

Q & A on Sponsorship

What Is Sponsorship?


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