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Newcastle Australia

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous meets Friday nights at 8:00 PM in the Garden Room downstairs.

This is an open meeting:  open to Alcoholics and non-Alcoholics alike. All are welcome. We have a rotating format that changes for each meeting.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a nonprofit, international, community-based organization for recovering addicts active in over 116 countries. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) members learn from one another how to live drug-free and recover from the effects of addiction in their lives.

If you have considered recommending Narcotics Anonymous to someone who has a drug problem, you may have a few questions about our organization.

Who are members of AA?
Anyone who wants to stop using drugs may become a member ofAlcoholics Anonymous. Membership is not limited to addicts using any particular drug. Those who feel they may have a problem with drugs, legal or illegal, including alcohol, are welcome in AA. Recovery in AA focuses on the problem of addiction, not on any particular drug.  There is a Narcotics Anonymous page click here

The basic premise of anonymity allows addicts to attend meetings without fear of legal or social repercussions. This is an important consideration for an Alcoholic thinking about going to a meeting for the first time. Anonymity also supports an atmosphere of equality in meetings. It helps insure that no individual’s personality or circumstance will be considered more important than the message of recovery shared in AA.

AA Meetings

AA’s primary approach to recovery is its belief in the therapeutic value of one addict helping another. Members take part in AA meetings by talking about their experiences and recovery from Alcohol addiction. AA meetings are informally structured, held in space rented by the group, and are led by members who take turns opening and closing the meeting. AA meetings and other services are funded entirely from donations by addict members and the sale of recovery literature. Financial contributions from non-members are not accepted.

Most AA meetings are held regularly at the same time and place each week, usually in a public facility. There are two basic types of meetings those that are open to the general public and those closed to the public (for Alcoholics only). Meetings vary widely in format. Some formats are: open discussion, literature study, speaker, topic discussion, and some have a combination of these formats. The of any meeting is always the same: to provide a suitable and reliable environment for personal recovery.

How Does AA Work?

Alcoholics helping each other recover are the foundation of AA. Members meet regularly to talk about their experiences in recovery. More experienced members (known as sponsors) work individually with newer members.

The core of the AA program is the Twelve Steps. These “steps” are a set of guidelines outlining a practical approach to recovery. By following these guidelines and working closely with other members, addicts learn to stop using drugs and face the challenges of daily living.
Alcoholics Anonymous is not a religious organization and does not mandate any particular belief system. It does teach basic spiritual principles such as honesty, open-mindedness, faith, willingness, and humility that may be applied in everyday life. The specific practical application of spiritual principles is determined by each individual. Recovery in AA is not a miracle cure that happens within a given period of time. It is a process, ongoing and personal. Members make an individual decision to join and recover at their own pace.

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