What is an A.A. Meeting?

There are generally two types of A.A. meetings - open meetings and closed meetings.

At "open meetings," speakers tell how they drank, how they came to A.A., and how its program of recovery has helped them. Members may bring relatives or friends, and usually anyone interested in A.A. is also welcome to attend "open meetings."

"Closed meetings" are for alcoholics only. These are group discussions, and any members who want to may speak up, to ask questions and to share their thoughts with fellow members. At "closed meetings," members can get help with personal problems in staying sober and in everyday living. Some other members can explain how they have already handled the same problems - often by using one or more of the Twelve Steps.

The local A.A. meeting directory usually indicates whether a meeting is an open or closed A.A. meeting.