Going to an AA meeting is simple. You can find where and when there is a meeting convenient for you and you just turn up. That’s it!
There’s no signing in, no money to pay, no appointment to make. There are no intrusive questions, no obligations. Your privacy and anonymity will be respected. You’ll never be met with a demand to come back to any meeting or indeed to AA. You can go to different meetings as often or as little as you wish.
Many of us had no idea what to expect of our first meeting. For some of us the idea was quite scary, so we were greatly relieved to find that our fears were groundless. AA meetings are relaxed, friendly and open.
There are many different types of meetings, which can either be open or closed.
Everyone, alcoholic and nonalcoholic, is welcome to attend an Open Meeting.
Closed Meetings are for AA members or people who are new to AA who want to stop drinking.
By far the most common type of AA meeting is called an ID Meeting. At these meetings, members share their stories of what they were like (Experience), what happened (Strength) and what life is like for them now (Hope).
Other types of meetings include:
BIG BOOK STUDY
We recommend attending a few different types of meetings, as each has something unique to offer.
Try to arrive early, and leave late. This will give you an opportunity to speak with other members attending the meeting, to ask questions or simply listen.
There are over 400 meetings in Victoria each week. For a complete, up to date, listing of all meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous in Victoria, please check aatimes.org.au