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What are AA Meetings?

Meetings are the regular group meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. In general, they are held at the same location once or several times a week at set times.

The three common types of meetings

In a closed meeting

only alcoholics and anyone who has a desire to stop drinking meet. Anyone with something to say, ask or want to share with the group can do so.
Everyone speaks only for himself and about himself - his own feelings. Last names should not be mentioned, criticism should not be given and advice should not be given. In closed meetings, the alcoholic can develop the ability - through the openness and honest confession of others - to recognize himself. He learns to take a self-critical look at his own weaknesses, mistakes and ways of acting and finally to reveal them.
Any other AA will have had the same difficulties and can describe how he coped with it and what he is doing differently today than he was in the past. The realization that you are not alone with your problem and the feeling of being understood give you courage. The examples of others who have found a new start in life from a seemingly hopeless situation give hope.
The AA often only recognizes the true meaning of one's own share in the face of difficulties during the pronunciation.

At an open meeting

In addition to alcoholics, family members, friends, relatives or other interested parties also take part. In general, the course of the meeting does not differ from that of the closed meeting, but the topics and contents of the conversation are mostly on a different level - due to the participation of non-alcoholics.

The public information meeting

is appropriate if the circle of interested parties in an open meeting is too large or a group wants to reach a larger number of people. Everyone who feels addressed is welcome to take this opportunity. This type of meeting also allows specialist speakers to speak on the subject of alcoholism. In addition to foreign AA friends (because of the anonymity at their own location), doctors, therapists, pastors or employees of the social services who are close to the community can also speak as speakers.