“Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”
Before becoming an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous, my prayer to God was something like this, “God, if you just get me out of this mess, I promise I won’t do that again.” When I drink, I would think of a lie on how I was going to get another drink. After the insanity passed and I would finally come to my senses, I would say to myself, “that wasn’t really that bad.”
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."