How can I tell if I am alcoholic?
Only you can make that determination. To be an alcoholic means that we cannot consistently predict or control our consumption and that negative consequences from our drinking are occurring in our lives- physical, mental, emotional, financial and/or social.
A doctor specializing in alcoholic treatment (and early friend of AA) says we alcoholics suffer from an illness of a two fold nature- an obsession of the mind to experience the ease and comfort that comes from taking a drink; and an allergy of the body which, after taking the first drink, triggers a phenomenon of craving. This craving is powerful enough to insure we cannot consistently control the frequency or amount we consume.
Is AA treatment or rehab?
No. We offer a 12-step approach to living without alcohol which can be heard about at our meetings. We do not offer a residential program or medical attention.
How can I join?
You are a member when you can say “I think I might have a problem with alcohol”. You are then welcome at all AA meetings, both open and closed. They usually last one hour.
Who runs AA?
AA is an unusual organization. It has no leaders or governing bodies. Each meeting makes its own decisions. However, experience has led to the publication of our Twelve Traditions which are intended to help groups avoid previous pitfalls.
What does it cost?
AA has no dues or fees. We do not accept outside contributions and are supported exclusively by the donations members place in the “hat” during meetings.
Will AA sign my court card?
Generally, yes. We are bound to a tradition of non-affiliation with any outside entity, but we do seek to be cooperative. Each individual meeting decides whether they sign cards.
Is AA religious or require adherence to any beliefs?
No. We are not religious and want to avoid any conflict on this topic. We consider ourselves a spiritual and moral program, and our steps are broad and open to anyone who is not steadfastly closed to spiritual principles.
What are the Twelve Steps?
The Twelve Steps are the core of the AA program of recovery. They are suggestions of actions and shifts in attitude found in our primary text, Alcoholics Anonymous (also called “the Big Book”), that many have found necessary to maintain their sobriety.
Do I have to attend meetings forever?
That will be up to you, but as one members suggested- “My sobriety is a living thing and must be tended diligently, or it will whither and die.”
Can I get more information?
Please call us anytime. 510-839-8900