What Happens in an AA Meeting?

Your first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting can be rather daunting. Most people feel apprehension before entering a room and seeking support. But you may be surprised to find how comfortable AA meetings really are. We can help you know what to expect as you begin your journey through recovery.

How to Choose an AA Group

Choosing which Alcoholics Anonymous meeting to attend doesn’t have to be complicated. You can call our toll-free helpline and an experienced recovery counselor can help you locate a meeting near you.

There are different types of AA meetings. Some meetings are for men only; some are for women only; while other meetings include all sexes. Because alcoholism affects all types of people, meetings are offered in different languages, at different times and in different settings. Some groups are closed, meaning that they are not currently accepting new people. Some meetings allow you to drop in, while others encourage you to call first. No matter what meeting you chose, try attending a few different meetings in your area to see which one you like best. There is definitely a meeting that will fit your needs.

What Happens in an AA Meeting?

During the meeting, you may sit in a circle or you may sit at tables or in chairs. An AA or NA meeting can be in any location, but many times meetings are located in classrooms or gathering places. The layout of the room largely depends on the resources available.

You don’t have to speak at an AA meeting. You will not be forced to share your information. Most of all, remember that AA meetings are anonymous after all! Everyone in an AA meeting is there for the same reason that you are. The people in any meeting you attend will understand your situation. You may sit quietly or you may speak if you feel moved.

Some meetings have a main speaker who shares his or her story. Other meetings are more like open discussions. The beauty of AA meetings is that the group decides how things will run. Most meetings are friendly and comfortable.

Do I Need Rehab Before Going to AA Meetings?

Many people choose to enter rehab treatment before beginning Alcoholics Anonymous. This serves the following important areas of need:

  • Rehab can help you get past withdrawals with a medically-supervised detox
  • Rehab can help you get started in meetings in a safe environment
  • Rehab will help you treat the underlying causes of addiction in an effective environment
  • Rehab will help you recover more fully: most alcoholics need intensive treatment before stepping down to meetings
  • Rehab will provide you with a home base of services, counseling, psychiatric care, detox, alumni services, referrals and more

Alcoholism Recovery Help

No matter what you decide, we can help. We offer a 24 hour, toll-free helpline with counselors who will help you discover your treatment options, find a meeting, find rehab or detox care, or help a family member in need. We can even help you work with your insurance provider to arrange coverage for treatment. Please call us now and speak with an experienced counselor who knows what you are going through. Let us help. Call now.

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