Which meeting group would be best for a newcomer?
There are a few meetings specifically geared to new people (See the New To A.A. page for a list.)
There is only 1 requirement for A.A.: a desire to stop drinking. You don’t have to talk or say anything – unless you want to. All meetings have their own ‘flavor’ (and this will change over time), so you may find one meeting more comfortable than others.
I want to get into A.A. but not sure where to start or look…
After you read theses Q&A’s, read New To A.A. (if you have not done so already). All A.A. meetings in Lancaster County are listed here and searchable by day or by city. At the end of each meeting description there letters which tell more about the meeting. This Legend is on each page will tell you what the letters mean. If the meeting is just for women, you will see W. The O means an Open meeting and anyone can attend, etc. Just pick a meeting and go!
I have never gone to an A.A. meeting. Where do I sign up?
There is no sign up to attend A.A. meetings. Just pick a meeting and go. When you click on a day to look for a meeting, at the end of each meeting description the letters tell more about the meeting. The O means an Open Meeting and anyone can attend – like students or friends or family who want to learn about A.A.. Closed Meetings are just for those who want to stay sober. There is only 1 requirement to attend: the desire to stop drinking.
Which is more accurate? Printed or Online meeting information
Because the online information can be updated at any time, it should always be the most accurate. The printed meeting schedules are updated regularly. Should you find a discrepancy between the two, please let us know about the problem. If we don’t know it’s broken, we can’t fix it! Contact us: Webservant or leave a message for me at the Central Service Office: (717) 394 – 3238.
What is the difference between Open and Closed meetings?
Open Meetings are “open to everyone” including alcoholics, friends, family, students, basically anyone who wants to find out more about Alcoholism and the A.A. program.
Closed Meetings are for people that admit (to themselves) they have a drinking problem and want to stop drinking. That’s the only requirement to go to closed meetings!
At both types of meetings, the AA chairperson may request that participants confine their discussion to matters pertaining to recovery from alcoholism.
Whether open or closed, AA group meetings are conducted by AA members, who determine the format of their meeting.
How do I get verification that I have attended any meetings?
There are no attendance records kept at A.A.. There are those that need verification of meeting attendance and usually the person who is ‘leading’ the meeting will be the person to sign your paperwork for you at the end of the meeting. If you do not have ‘official paperwork’ and want to keep a record then you could write up a sheet to get signed with the Meeting Name, Date, Location, Time and your Name or you can print out this form to use.
If I go to an A.A. meeting, does that commit me to anything?
No. A.A. does not keep membership files, or attendance records. You do not have to reveal anything about yourself. No one will bother you if you don’t want to come back.
What happens at an A.A. meeting?
An A.A. meeting may take one of several forms, but at any meeting you will find alcoholics talking about what drinking did to their lives and personalities, what actions they took to help themselves, and how they are living their lives today.
What advice do you give new members?
In our experience, the people who recover in A.A. are those who:
- Stay away from the first drink
- Attend A.A. meetings regularly
- Seek out the people in A.A. who have successfully stayed sober for some time.
- Try to put into practice the A.A. program of recovery.