Alcoholics Anonymous is open to anyone who may have a drinking problem. People are encouraged to go to AA meetings where they can hear alcoholics talk about how they got sober and how they live happily without alcohol. There are close to 100 AA meetings across the greater Western Sydney and Blue Mountains region.
AA is non professional and is not associated with any outside organisation, including religion, government or charity. There are no fees for attending meetings. A.A. is self-supporting from the voluntary contributions of its members, all of whom are sober alcoholics who have discovered that A.A.’s 12 step recovery program offers a real solution to the illness of alcoholism.
Whilst all meetings have some sort of structure, they are generally relaxed and informal. People don’t have to do anything or follow any specific rules. Everything is optional, including whether you speak or just listen.
A.A. takes its name from the title of its basic text, Alcoholics Anonymous which outlines the suggested recovery program. Newcomers have the option of seeking the support of more experienced members through what’s commonly referred to as “sponsorship”. This provides existing members the opportunity to be of service by sharing their experience with the straight forward set of spiritual principles that comprise the program.
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There are many different ideas about what alcoholism really is. The explanation that seems to make sense to most A.A. members is that alcoholism is an illness, a progressive illness, which can never be cured but which, like some other diseases, can be arrested.
What is AA?
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.