AA HOTLINE 522-5059

East Walla Walla County & Milton-Freewater, OR

GOD,
Grant me Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference.

New District 9 Address P O Box 224

To those now in its fold, Alcoholics Anonymous has made the difference between misery and sobriety, and often the difference between life and death.

WHAT IS A.A.?

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is non-professional, self-supporting, non-denominational, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

A.A. has no central authority, minimal organization, and a handful of Traditions instead of laws. A.A. is shaped by the collective voice of its local groups and their representatives to the General Service Conference, which works toward unanimity on matters vital to the Fellowship. Each group functions independently, except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.

A.A.'s essential group work is done by alcoholics who are themselves recovering in the Fellowship, and each of us is entitled to do our A.A. service in the way we think best within the spirit of the Traditions. This means that we function as a democracy, with all plans for group action approved by the majority voice. No single individual is appointed to act for the group or for Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole.

Each group is as unique as a thumbprint, and approaches to carrying the message of sobriety vary not just from group to group but from region to region. Acting autonomously, each group charts its own course. The better informed the members, the stronger and more cohesive the group and the greater the assurance that when a newcomer reaches out for help, the hand of A.A. always will be there.

WHAT DOES A.A. DO?

  1. A.A. members share their experience, strength and hope with anyone seeking help with a drinking problem; they give person-to-person service or "sponsorship" to the alcoholic coming to A.A. from any source.
  2. The A.A. program, set forth in our Twelve Steps, offers the alcoholic a way to develop a satisfying life without alcohol.
  3. The twelve-step program is discussed at A.A. group meetings, where A.A. members "tell their stories." They describe their experiences with alcohol, how they came to A.A., and how their lives have changed as a result of A.A.
    1. Open meetings: open to alcoholics and non-alcoholics. (Attendance at an open A.A. meeting is the best way to learn what A.A. is, what it does, and what it does not do.)
    2. Closed meetings: for alcoholics or prospective A.A.s only.(Closed meetings are for A.A.s or anyone who may have a drinking problem.)
    3. Step meetings (usually closed) are discussion of one of the Twelve Steps.
    4. A.A. members may also take meetings into correctional and treatment facilities.