“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable”
You knew you needed to get sober. Everyone was disgusted with you, and you were disgusted with your own behavior. Still smarting from the last time you parked your car
on the neighbor’s lawn, you swore you wouldn’t drink like that again. So, you go to a meeting and hear about the Twelve Steps. Still sweating alcohol through your pores,
Step One flies by in a blur, “Yes, that’s me! I’m an alcoholic!” Easy peasy. You go to meetings and say, “Hi, I’m so and so, an alcoholic.” You believe you NAILED that one. Check! On to the other steps.
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 AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
AA 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.
Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Before there was a "Big Book", Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, the "AA Grapevine" or General Service -- before there were meetings, clubs, conventions or any AA literature -- before there was an H&I committee, there was a visit to an Akron hospital where "one drunk talked to another."