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|So the Courts Sent You to A.A.
and you Hate the Idea!
Don't Worry, It's Not All That Bad!.
“Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women Millions of people have found recovery through A.A., including many who were sent
who share their experience, strength and hope with each other
that they may solve their common problem, and help others to
recover from alcoholism.”
“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.”
by the courts or their employers. There are A.A. meetings in virtually every country in
the world, from Australia to Zambia, and from Ireland to Russia.
While some who are sent to A.A. attend the required number of meetings and never
come back, others keep coming back because they find that A.A. helps them live without
Alcoholics Anonymous is not part of the court system. We do Not work for the courts or
the Police Department. We do not ask the courts to send people to us. When people do
show up with court papers, we are not responsible for making sure they are sober.
If a judge, court school, or employer has sent you to A.A. meetings, it is because they
believe there is evidence that you may have a drinking problem. We had nothing to do
with their decision, but A.A. does provide information about ALCOHOLISM and staying
sober to interested parties..
REMEMBER THREE THINGS:
You are not alone, you are not the first, and you won’t be the last.
Many of us were sent to our first A.A. meeting by judges as a result of being arrested for
drunk driving, family disputes, or some other problem involving alcohol. Some of us were
sent here by our employers. We had questions about why we were here, when we could
stop and more.
This pamphlet answers some of them. If you can’t find the answer, feel free to ask
BUT, IF YOU DO COME TO MEETINGS,
PLEASE REMEMBER A FEW POINTS.
You are a welcomed guest.
While most meetings will sign court cards/papers/forms*, some won’t. It’s up to each
individual meeting to decide their policy. Since A.A. is not allied with the court system,
A.A. is not required to do the court’s work. If you arrive at a meeting early, you can ask
the secretary or chairman about signing your paper* (*Note that court cards/papers/
forms refers to anything your are required by any authority or agency to have signed,
providing proof of attendance at an A.A. meeting to take to that agency or authority.) If a
meeting leader, chairman, or secretary agrees to sign your court card*, They will
probably just sign their first name or use their initials. We are personally anonymous in
A.A. We are not court employees.
In some meetings you can just put your card* in the 7th Tradition basket that is passed
around, and then pick up the signed card* after the meeting. Most meetings do believe
“attendance” means staying for all the meeting.
Many meetings are OPEN. Anyone can attend. Some meetings are CLOSED. Closed
meetings are for A.A. members, and those who have a desire to stop drinking. Please do
not attend closed meetings if you do not consider yourself an A.A. member, or do not
have a desire to stop drinking. Family members can attend Open meetings. Please do
not bring children to Closed Meetings. (For more information on Meeting types please
check out our Meeting page)
If you have any questions, please ask them before the meeting starts, during a meeting
break, or when the meeting is over. You can always find someone willing to talk to you
and answer your questions. The men and women who voluntarily attend regular A.A.
meetings are alcoholics. They are also factory workers, doctors, homemakers, lawyers,
ex-convicts, construction workers, writers, actors, cab drivers, engineers, nurses,
students, sales people, teachers, retirees, unemployed, executives, etc. Some make
more money than you do. Some don’t. Some have college degrees. Some dropped out of
grade school. Some are actually smarter than you. Some aren’t. And yes, some of them
really are rocket scientists.
A.A. is an anonymous organization. While you are free to take, repeat and use any
ideas or concepts that you hear at meetings, we ask that you please do not identify who
to hear or see here.
If you decide that you are an alcoholic, or have a desire to stop drinking and that you
want to be a part of A.A., then you are automatically a member.
A.A. states, through the 7th Tradition, that: “There are no dues or fees for A.A.
membership. We are fully self-supporting through our own contributions.” If you consider
yourself a member of A.A., feel free to contribute to the basket that is passed around to
cover room rent and expenses. If you do not consider yourself a member, please do not
REMEMBER: No one can tell you that you are an alcoholic. People can point out
indications that you have a drinking problem – loss of control, drink driving arrests,
lost jobs, broken marriages or relationships, blackouts, the shakes, etc. – but only you
can decide if you are actually an alcoholic. If you decide that you are, then you’re in
the right place.
ONE FINAL NOTE: We are probably a lot happier to be here than you are. If you stick
around long enough, you’ll find out why.
Please ask someone for a schedule of meetings in this area (or you can print out the .pdf
meeting card at left.). KEEP COMING BACK!
If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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