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AA Meetings - What to Expect

Going to an AA meeting is simple. Just show up. That’s it. There’s no signing in, no money to pay (usually a basket is passed but there is no obligation to contribute), no appointment to make. There are no intrusive questions, no obligations. Your privacy and anonymity will be respected. You’ll never be met with a demand to come back to any meeting or to AA. You can go to different meetings as often as you wish. Many of us had no idea what to expect of our first meeting. For some of us the idea was quite scary, so we were relieved to find that AA meetings are relaxed, friendly and open.

Many of us felt that we had plenty of character. There was a tremendous urge to cease forever. Yet we found it impossible. This is the baffling feature of alcoholism as we know it--this utter inability to leave it alone, no matter how great the necessity or the wish.
Chapter 3
"More About Alcoholism"
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, page 34
In effect, instead of worrying about limiting the number of drinks at the end of a drinking episode, we avoid the one that starts it.
Chapter 2
"Staying away from the first drink"
LIVING SOBER, page 4
For the wise have always known that no one can make much of his life until self-searching becomes a regular habit, until he is able to admit and accept what he finds, and until he patiently and persistently tries to correct what is wrong.
Step 10
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, page 88