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|So the Courts Sent You to A.A.
and you Hate the Idea!
Don't Worry, It's Not All That Bad!.
“Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who Millions of people have found recovery through A.A., including many who were sent by the
share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they
may solve their common problem, and help others to recover from
“The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting
through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect,
denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to
engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to
courts or their employers. There are A.A. meetings in virtually every country in the world, from
Australia to Zambia, and from Ireland to Russia.
While some who are sent to A.A. attend the required number of meetings and never come back,
others keep coming back because they find that A.A. helps them live without alcohol.
Alcoholics Anonymous is not part of the court system. We do Not work for the courts or the
Police Department. We do not ask the courts to send people to us. When people do show up with
court papers, we are not responsible for making sure they are sober.
If a judge, court school, or employer has sent you to A.A. meetings, it is because they believe
there is evidence that you may have a drinking problem. We had nothing to do with their decision,
but A.A. does provide information about ALCOHOLISM and staying sober to interested parties..
REMEMBER THREE THINGS:
You are not alone, you are not the first, and you won’t be the last.
Many of us were sent to our first A.A. meeting by judges as a result of being arrested for drunk
driving, family disputes, or some other problem involving alcohol. Some of us were sent here by
this pamphlet answers some of them. If you can’t find the answer, feel free to ask someone.
BUT, IF YOU DO COME TO MEETINGS,
PLEASE REMEMBER A FEW POINTS.
You are a welcomed guest.
While most meetings will sign court cards/papers/forms*, some won’t. It’s up to each individual
meeting to decide their policy. Since A.A. is not allied with the court system, A.A. is not required to
do the court’s work. If you arrive at a meeting early, you can ask the secretary or chairman about
signing your paper* (*Note that court cards/papers/ forms refers to anything your are required by
any authority or agency to have signed, providing proof of attendance at an A.A. meeting to take to
that agency or authority.) If a meeting leader, chairman, or secretary agrees to sign your court
card*, They will probably just sign their first name or use their initials. We are personally
anonymous in A.A. We are not court employees.
In some meetings you can just put your card* in the 7th Tradition basket that is passed around,
and then pick up the signed card* after the meeting. Most meetings do believe “attendance” means
staying for all the meeting.
Many meetings are OPEN. Anyone can attend. Some meetings are CLOSED. Closed meetings
are for A.A. members, and those who have a desire to stop drinking. Please do not attend closed
meetings if you do not consider yourself an A.A. member, or do not have a desire to stop drinking.
Family members can attend Open meetings. Please do not bring children to Closed Meetings. (For
more information on Meeting types please check out our Meeting page)
If you have any questions, please ask them before the meeting starts, during a meeting break, or
when the meeting is over. You can always find someone willing to talk to you and answer your
questions. The men and women who voluntarily attend regular A.A. meetings are
alcoholics. They are also factory workers, doctors, homemakers, lawyers, ex-convicts, construction
workers, writers, actors, cab drivers, engineers, nurses, students, sales people, teachers, retirees,
unemployed, executives, etc. Some make more money than you do. Some don’t. Some have
college degrees. Some dropped out of grade school. Some are actually smarter than you. Some
aren’t. And yes, some of them really are rocket scientists.
A.A. is an anonymous organization. While you are free to take, repeat and use any ideas or
concepts that you hear at meetings, we ask that you please do not identify who to hear or see here.
If you decide that you are an alcoholic, or have a desire to stop drinking and that you want to be a
part of A.A., then you are automatically a member.
A.A. states, through the 7th Tradition, that: “There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership.
We are fully self-supporting through our own contributions.” If you consider yourself a
member of A.A., feel free to contribute to the basket that is passed around to cover room rent and
expenses. If you do not consider yourself a member, please do not consider.
REMEMBER: No one can tell you that you are an alcoholic. People can point out indications that
you have a drinking problem – loss of control, drink driving arrests, lost jobs, broken marriages or
relationships, blackouts, the shakes, etc. – but only you can decide if you are actually an alcoholic.
If you decide that you are, then you’re in the right place.
ONE FINAL NOTE: We are probably a lot happier to be here than you are. If you stick around
long enough, you’ll find out why.
Please ask someone for a schedule of meetings in this area (or you can print out the .pdf meeting
card at left.). KEEP COMING BACK!
If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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