What is A.A.?
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share their
experience, strength and hope with each other that they may
solve their common problem and help others to recover from
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, organization 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.
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What A.A. Does and Does not Do
A.A. members share their experience with anyone seeking help with a drinking problem; they give person-to-person service or “sponsorship” to the alcoholic coming to A.A. from any source.
The A.A. program, set forth in our Twelve Steps, offers the alcoholic a way to develop a satisfying life without alcohol.
This program is discussed at A.A. group meetings.
A.A. Does Not
1. Furnish initial motivation for alcoholics to recover. 2. Solicit members. 3. Engage in or sponsor research. 4. Keep attendance records or case histories. 5. Join “councils” of social agencies (although A.A. members, groups and service offices frequently cooperate with them). 6. Follow up or try to control its members. 7. Make medical or psychological diagnoses or prognoses. 8. Provide detox or nursing services, hospitalization, drugs, or any medical or psychiatric treatment. 9. Offer religious services or host/sponsor retreats. 10. Engage in education about alcohol. 11. Provide housing, food, clothing, jobs, money, or any other welfare or social services. 12. Provide domestic or vocational counseling. 13. Accept any money for its services, or any contributions from non-A.A. sources. 14. Provide letters of reference to parole boards, lawyers, court officials, social agencies, employers, etc.