Regarding attendance: The meeting is open to anyone interested in the 12-step program of recovery. If you think you may have a problem with your drinking, you are welcome to attend.
Nonalcoholics, including members of other 12-step fellowships, family members of alcoholics, and people struggling with other addictions are also welcome to attend as observers.
*Language Schools Students: The language pledge will be suspended for the hour.
Regarding AA membership: The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking (Tradition Three). Group membership requires no formal application. We are members of A.A. when we say we are.
Regarding Anonymity: From its earliest days, A.A. has promised personal anonymity to all who attend its meetings. Because its founders and first members were recovering alcoholics themselves, they knew from their own experience how ashamed most alcoholics are about their drinking, how fearful they are of public exposure. The social stigma of alcoholism was great, and those early A.A. members recognized that a firm assurance of confidentiality was imperative if they were to succeed in attracting and helping other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Over the years, anonymity has proved one of the greatest gifts that A.A. offers the suffering alcoholic. Without it, many would never attend their first meeting. Although the stigma has lessened to some degree, most newcomers still find admission of their alcoholism so painful that it is possible only in a protected environment. Anonymity is essential for this atmosphere of trust and openness.
For more on Anonymity:https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/understanding-anonymity
For more information on Alcoholics Anonymous and 12 steps please see the pamphlet “This is AA,” https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/p-1_thisisaa1.pdf or go to aa.org.
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