Answers to common questions
Is this an atheist meeting?
No. Our meeting is geared toward anyone with an unconventional concept of a power greater than themselves. For some of us, that power is not supernatural. We can see and use it, such as other people or the law of physics. For others, our greater power is something we can not explain. Still, others don’t define or name the power they rely on. If your quest for truth has brought you this far, you will probably like it here.
Will I be asked to pray?
No. Unlike traditional A.A. meetings, we do not open or close the meeting in prayer. We open with various readings, such as the A.A. Preamble, and close with A.A.’s Statement of Responsibility.
Are the steps the same?
Yes. We have found that the suggested steps of Alcoholics Anonymous work – and they work well. Some of us have worked out ways to make them more relevant to our beliefs (or non-beliefs), but we remain faithful to the original wording as a group. It is us that needed to change, not the steps.
What do you talk about?
We are a topic discussion meeting. Our topics relate to our recovery from alcoholism and are chosen by the person chairing the meeting. If any member has a pressing problem that puts his or her sobriety in jeopardy we discuss that as well. Every meeting is a bit different. Topic Examples:
- Using Slogans
- 24 Hour Plan vs. One Day at a Time
- Rule 62
- Workarounds for 6 of the 12
- Recovered or Recovering?
Will there be anyone there trying to convert me to agnosticism or “save” me?
Not likely. We are an OPEN meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, meaning anyone may attend regardless if they have a desire to stop drinking or not. We are responsible for keeping the hand of A.A. out for anyone that reaches out for help. Our group does not tolerate bashing religions, nor do we tolerate proselytism. We do not engage in any controversy. We only provide a safe environment to recover.
Is there a lot of “God” talk?
Sometimes. We welcome those with questions about their higher powers and those with firm beliefs. We talk about “God” because he’s referred to in six of the twelve steps. We are NOT here to debate the existence of God or gods, nor are we here to bash religions. We are here to stay sober and be of maximum service to our fellows. Like any other A.A. meeting, we discuss issues that affect our sobriety.
What if I’m a drug addict or qualify for another fellowship?
We are an OPEN meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous for three reasons:
First, we want to show you how a group of drunks like us stay sober using the 12-Step fellowship.
Second, many of us qualify for other 12-Step fellowships, and we want a place where we feel comfortable speaking openly and honestly.
Third, we want the general public to see that there are many paths to recovery, and we have a solution we all emphatically agree on.
What if I have a conventional concept of a power greater than myself?
As long as you don’t mind sitting next to a heathen or two, come pull up a chair!
As the book says, we are people who normally would not mix. But there exists among us a fellowship, a friendliness, and an understanding which is indescribably wonderful. See you at the Meetings…
How can I help or get involved?
As with most A.A. meetings, there are many ways to get involved. We have many service positions available for people with no sobriety to those with years of it. The best way to be of service is simply by showing up to a meeting. There truly is power in one member helping another.