Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women 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; they are a self-supporting through their 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. The primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.
I attended an A.A meeting in Shreveport, La 71104 2000 Fairfield Ave. It was held friday at 12:30 pm. The Man to Man Group was the name of the meeting, and by the title you can tell it was an all men meeting. It was 10-15 men in attendance including myself, so it was not that many of us. It was a mixed crowd, and all got along well. The atmosphere of the meeting was mono-tone, i was expecting a more uptempo vibe, but maybe that’s how all A.A meetings are. Some were drinking juice that was provided others were sitting twiddling their thumbs. Shortly the meeting was starting, everyone started with a hello how are you type thing. Then we went around the room stating our names and how long we have been attending meetings. One man briefly spoke how he almost broke his sober streak at a party, and another man was worried with his birthday coming up, how he was going to fight the temptation. They spoke on the main focus which was to follow the 12 steps in order. One man said “Many people find it difficult to ask for or seek help, which only prolongs the addiction. There are so many resources out there, you just have to look for it”. That statement made me think that addiction is a disease whether or not you believe that, from the people I listened to, it sounds like a disease that needs treatment and these meetings are one form of treatment. This disease affects so many aspects of their lives, including work and family. If any one i knew or any client i have was struggling with alcohol i would recommend an A.A meeting to them and tell them the primary purpose of any A.A. group is to carry the A.A. message to alcoholics, experience with alcohol is one thing all A.A. members have in common. Go to the meeting with an open mind and heart, and believe that you are getting help. In the future you will be thankful that you went.