We are from different places in the world, but we work together to establish the Principles and Traditions of AA in our lives and in our groups. We welcome newcomers and visitors from the global AA community who attend our 2 weekly meetings. We have deep ties to the wider Romanian AA community that has extended to us an ongoing tradition of hospitality and friendship. This may seem like a contradiction.
Are you sure you want to delete this answer? Yes Sorry, something has gone wrong. First of all, let me say that anyone is welcome to attend AA meetings.
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And for your friend to truly get a feel for what it is like, he should go I don't go because I want to, or as the first step states "I have admitted that I am powerless over alchohol" I go for one reason and one reason alone: That being said, I'd like to share my experiences with you and your friend.
I simply provided transportation for her, in hopes that it would help. I found that the meetings were boring at best, but informational and sometimes even interesting, but at the time I didn't drink or use anything, not even in moderate amounts my own use didn't start for another 3 yearsI did however have a very strong tendancy or addiction, if you will to lying.
I lied about everything, and I was damn good at it, I could convince someone that the sky was green, or that I was the CEO of the biggest company that ever existed. From a very young age I lied, I remember my first real lie was in 3rd grade at the ripe old age of 7 now you're probably asking yourself what any of this has to do with AA meetings, but here's the answer AA lives by its 12 steps, and anyone who takes the time to translate those 12 steps and figure out how they relate to thier own life, can actually use them to thier advantage.
That first time around I went for about 6 monthes and in those 6 monthes I was truly able to help myself stop lying.
Whats truly crazy about it, is that after I stopped going, I saw myself begin to tell lies again, of course they started out as "little white lies" but then progressed back to the full span of lying about everything and on a side note, I immediately sought treatment in other forms, and have since then been an honest person.
So now flash forward to the present time, about 2 years ago I got my second DUI in 13 monthes, and as part of my "punishment" i've been ordered to attend 2 AA meetings a week.
Every meeting is a different experience, theres some meetings that I walk out of saying "jeez, I can't belive I just wasted 2 hours of my life sitting through that" and there are definatly some meetings that I walk out of and think "wow, my life is going to be better because of what I just learned" In that respect it makes it very difficult to summarize what AA means to me or to anyone for that matter.
But simply knowing that if I'm having a bad day and I want to have a drink, I can go to one of my local meetings and for 1 or 2 hours I can divert my cravings, and by the time I've listened to what everyone has said, I won't feel the need to go home and have a glass of wine Its hard to explain exactly what AA means to me, or does for me, but as I said before, its different for everyone.
AA meetings are merely people talking, its what you take from those meetings that will or will not change your life I often feel that everyone shoudl attend one meeting, at some point in thier life, because even though you may not embrace it, or stand by thier beliefs I agree with some but not all of thier traditions and stepstheres always something to be learned by seeing how the other half lives If you or your friend are interested in attending a meeting, you can most likely go online and find one close to where you live.
I live in CT and if by chance you live around here as well I'd be more than happy to give you the info on good meetings to attend.
If you don't live around here, go on your local AA chapters website and search for area meetings. Good ones to attend in this situation would be Open Discussion or Open Speaker my favorite meetings, some will even state that they are geared towards beginners, which will give you the feeling of a meeting, without getting too personal.
I hope I was at least a little helpful. And, thank you for giving me the chance to tell my story, its been helpful beyond beliefAlcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their Find out more about AA meetings in Ireland, our publications and literature.
Dec 14, · Alcoholics Anonymous as a spiritual experience Only the first of the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous mentions alcohol. The other 11 talk about redemption, restoring moral character, and devotion to God (or other higher power).
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