What to Expect at an AA Meeting

There are a variety of formats for AA meetings and each meeting takes on the feel of their local area. At most meetings you will hear members talk about what drinking did to them and to those around them. Most also share what actions they took to stop drinking and how they are living their lives today. The purpose of all meetings is for AA members to “share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.”

How do I find a AA Meetings near me?

Meeting Types

Meetings are typically listed as “open” or “closed” meetings.

  • Open meetings are available to anyone interested in Alcoholics Anonymous’s program of recovery from alcoholism. Nonalcoholics may attend open meetings as observers.
  • Closed meetings are for A.A. members only or for those who have a drinking problem and “have a desire to stop drinking.”

At both types of meetings, it may be requested that participants confine their discussion to matters pertaining to recovery from alcoholism.