Frequently Asked Questions

Is this an atheist meeting?

No.  Or meeting is geared toward anyone who has an unconventional concept of a power greater than themselve.  For some of us, that power is not supernatural.  It is something we can see and use such as other people or the law of physics.  For others, our greater power is something we can not explain.  Still others don’t define or name the ower they rely on.  If your quest for thruth has brought you this far you are probably going to like it here.

Will I be asked to pray?

No.  Unlike traditionnal AA meetings, we do not open or close the meeting in prayer.  We open with various readings, such as the AA Preamble and close with the AA’s Statement of Responsibiity.

The Statement of Responsibility says:

” I am Responsible.  When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of AA always to be there.  And for that:  I am Responsible”

Are the steps the same?

(c) The A.A. Grapevine. Used with permission.

What do you talk about?

We are a topic discussion meeting.  Our topics relate to our recovery from alcoholism and are chosen by the person chairing the meeting.  If any member has a pressing problem that puts his or her sobriety in jeoperdy we discuss thatas well.  Every meeting is a bit different.

Topic Examples:

  • Slogans
  • etc
  • etc

Will there be anyone there trying to convert me to agnosticism, or "save" me?

Not likely.  We are an OPEN meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, meaning anyone may attend regarless if they have a desire to stop drinking or not.  We are responsible for keeping the hand of AA out for anyone tht reaches out for help.  Our group does not tolerate bashing relions nor do we tolerate proselytism.  We do not engage in any controversy, we only provide a safe environment to recover.

Is there a lot of "God" talk?

Sometimes.  We welcome those with questions about their higher powers as those with fim beliefs.  We talk about “God” because he’s referred to in six of the twelve steps.  We are NOT here to debate the existence of God or gods, nor are we here to bash regligions.  We are here to stay sober and to be of maximum service to our fellows.  We, like any other AA meeting, discuss issues that affect our sobriety.

How is the meeting run?

Our MEETING FORMAT can be read:  HERE

How can I help or get involved?

As with most A.A. meetings, there are many ways to get involved.  We have many service positions available for people with no sobriety at all to those with years of it.  The best way to be of service of course, is simply by showing up to a meeting.  There truly is power in one member helping another.  Our group conscience meeings are held monthly and the perfect place to start.  Check out our NEWS page for upcoming service opportunities or contact us to volunteer.

What if i'm a drug addict or qualify for another fellowship?

We are OPEN meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous for three reasons:  First, we want to show you how a group of drunks like us manage to stay sober using the 12-Step fellowship.  Second, many of us qualify for other 12-Step fellowship and we want a plac where we feel comfortable speaking openly and hoestly.  Third, we want the general public to see that there are many paths to recovery – that we have a solution we all emphatically agree on.

What if I have a conventional concept of a power greater than myself?

As long as you don’t mind sitting next to aheaten or two, come pull up a chair!

As the book says, we are people who normally would not mix.  But there exists among us a fellowship, a frendliness, and an understanding which is indescribably wondrful.  See you at the Meetings…