Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism .
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
There are AA groups right across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains ranging from small groups of 6-8 members right up to larger ones with 50 plus members. To find out more about meetings across the region, go to our meetings page or use the search function above. (Link to meetings page)
We in A.A. are men and women who have discovered, and admitted, that we were powerless over alcohol. We have learned that we must find a way to live without it if we are to avoid disaster for ourselves and those close to us.
With local groups in thousands of communities, we are part of an informal international fellowship, which now has members in 150 countries. We have but one primary purpose: to stay sober ourselves and to help others who may turn to us for help in achieving sobriety.
We are not reformers, and we are not allied with any group, cause, or religious denomination. We have no wish to dry up the world. We do not recruit new members, but do welcome them. We do not impose our experience with problem drinking on others, but we do share it when we are asked to do so.
Within our membership may be found men and women of all ages and many different social, economic, and cultural backgrounds. Some of us drank for many years before coming to the realisation we could not handle alcohol. Others were fortunate enough to appreciate, early in life or in their drinking careers, that they were powerless over alcohol and their lives had become unmanageable.
The consequences of our alcoholic drinking have also varied. A few of us had become derelicts before turning to A.A. for help. Some had lost family, possessions, and self-respect. We had been on skid row in many cities. Some of us had been hospitalised or gaoled. We had committed grave offences — against society, our families, our employers, and ourselves.
Others among us have never been gaoled or hospitalised. Nor had we lost jobs or families through drinking. But we finally came to a point where we realised that alcohol was interfering with normal living. When we discovered that we could not live without alcohol, we, too, sought help through A.A.
All the great faiths are represented in our Fellowship, and many religious leaders have encouraged our growth. There are also atheists and agnostics among us. Belief in, or adherence to a formal creed is not a condition of membership.
We have been brought together by our common problem, alcoholism, and we are united as a fellowship by our common solution, the 12 Steps of A.A. For us, sobriety must always come first. By meeting regularly with each other, by sharing our experience with newcomers when given the privilege to do so, and by trying a day at a time to apply this simple program, we have found a way to overcome our obsession with alcohol and live sober, useful lives.
We do not think we are the only people who have the answer to problem drinking. We know that the A.A. program works for us, and we have seen it work for every newcomer, almost without exception, who honestly and sincerely wanted to quit drinking.