What A.A. Does Do

  • A.A. members share their experience with anyone seeking help with a drinking problem; they give person-to-person service or “sponsorship” to the alcoholic coming to A.A. from any source.
  • The A.A. program, set forth in our Twelve Steps, offers the alcoholic a way to develop a satisfying life without alcohol.
  • This program is discussed at A.A. group meetings.  There are various types of meetings.
  • Attendance at an open A.A. meeting is the best way to learn what A.A. is, what it does, and what it does not do.
  • At open speaker meetings, A.A. members “tell their stories.” They describe their experiences with alcohol, how they came to A.A., and how their lives have changed as a result of Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • At open discussion meetings one member speaks briefly about their drinking experience, and then leads a discussion on A.A. recovery or any drinking-related problem anyone brings up.
  • Closed meetings are for A.A.s or anyone who may have a drinking problem.
  • Closed discussion meetings are conducted just as open discussions are, but for alcoholics or prospective A.A.s only.
  • Step meetings (usually closed) are for discussion of one of the Twelve Steps.
  • A.A. members also take meetings into correctional facilities and treatment settings.
  • A.A. members may be asked to conduct the informational meetings about A.A. as a part of A.S.A.P. (Alcohol Safety Action Project) and D.W.I. (Driving While Intoxicated) programs, or at alcohol treatment facilities. These meetings about A.A. are not regular A.A.
    group meetings.

From Information on Alcoholics Anonymous: For Anyone New Coming to A.A., For Anyone Referring People to A.A. [pub. F-2] © 2014 A.A. World Services, Inc.