THE AA MEETING
What is the purpose of an AA meeting?
We should help those still suffering from the deadly disease alcoholism, so that they can have a spiritual awakening and recover from alcoholism too!
Unfortunately, this is not obvious in many AA groups. It is due to lack or no knowledge at all, about what we should do. How do we remedy this? It´s easy, it starts with YOU! Do the 12 Steps with a real AA Sponsor (one who has had a spiritual awakening as the result of working the Steps and has recovered) quickly and become a recovered alcoholic you too! Before that it is impossible to understand what AA is all about! Study "The Big Book", where it is explained how the First Hundred (pioneers) did!
"Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be a spiritual entity having but one primary purpose – that of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers."
"Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and practice these principles in all our affairs."
It is well for all of us to remember at all times the words of Bill W., one of the co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous: "Sobriety – freedom from alcohol – through the teaching and practice of the Twelve Steps, is the sole purpose of an A.A. group. Groups have repeatedly tried other activities and they have always failed."
Before the meeting
Group members will in due time. Some have service duties before, during and after the meeting, like making coffee, sell "The Big Book", setup the meetingroom, greeters, chairperson, etc. Other members will take care of those who are new to the group and visitors.
ALL shall be greeted welcome! Anyone who is new will be asked why he/she is there to provide the right help and information to them. If the newcomer is seeking help for their alcohol problems, the Introduction Meeting is the right meeting, see further down on the meeting format!
Coffee, tea, etc. will be served in due time before the meeting. We do not eat at the meeting.
A few words about…
We introduce ourselves only ONCE per meeting, it´s enough, otherwise it becomes ridiculous, and we do NOT respond to the person which is introducing themself!
WHO SHARES AT THE MEETING?
It is of course only the RECOVERED ALCOHOLICS who share at the meeting, no one else! How can I know something I don´t know?
A meeting format that invites and allows participants to deviate from the AA's message is destructive (where you talk about anything under the sun), while being disrespectful to those who really want and need AA's help. AA meetings is NOT therapy!
NOTE! All meetings are "Open Meetings", which means that anyone who is interested in AA are welcome! The meeting time is one hour, unless otherwise is stated! And we are sure to keep the time!
The introduction meeting takes place in parallel with the regular meeting in an adjacent room.
At this meeting we can help those who are new and/or are still suffering from the disease of alcoholism, with the following information:
- What is our PROBLEM? (Alcoholism)
- What is our SOLUTION? (A Power greater than ourselves)
- What do we DO? (the 12 Steps with an AA Sponsor)
- What is the RESULT? (happy, joyous and free)
Of course there is room for questions during the meeting! The participant must have enough information about what AA can do to help him/her with, in order to take a decision if AA is something for them. They'll also get the phone numbers to the group members leading the introduction meeting, with the promise that they can call at any time for additional information and help!
A TIP: Give the newcomer the pocketversion of "The Big Book"!
The Big Book Study Meeting
To study the "Big Book" with "The Big Book Study Guide" will enable us to better understand the vital knowledge that the authors of the book, "Alcoholics Anonymous" (also called "The Big Book"), gives us based on their experience and knowledge of alcoholism and their recovery program. "The Big Book Study Guide" helps us to examine the contents of virtually every sentence in the original text of "The Big Book". ➞ Download "The Big Book Study Guide"!
An experienced AA-member goes through all the Twelve Steps, along "The Big Book", in 4 meetings (the whole meeting) in as many weeks.
An AA-member tells about his history of alcoholism, how everything went wrong (gone to hell), how and when the turning point came, what happened and how he/she recovered from the seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. And of course describes how he/she, with Gods help, maintains her sobriety and growing spiritual by sponsoring (helping) other alcoholics.
After the meeting
THE MEETING AFTER THE MEETING
It is obviously important to stay a few minutes after the meeting in order to assist, help and answer questions (sometimes in private) for those who wish to do so, and for a chat! Someone maybe are looking for a Sponsor!
"I am responsible. When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible."