In one way, taking part in the Hospitals and Institutions Committee of Alcoholics Anonymous, better known as H & I, is like everything else I do in AA. I’m sure you’ve heard someone say at a meeting, or said yourself, “I really didn’t want to come to the meeting tonight. I had a long day at work and I’m tired (or the big game is on, or whatever). But now that I’m here, I’m really glad I came. I always feel better after a meeting.” I had gone on a few panels here and there. For some of the first ones, I have to admit I wasn’t even sober. But after I got sober and was badgered into taking a panel of my own, I look forward to it every month. And in two years, I’ve never had a problem finding two or three alcoholics to join me and share their hope, strength and experience. It gives meaning to our tradition that states ours is a program of attraction rather than promotion. And we always enjoy it, and feel better afterwards.
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."