Some professionals refer to alcoholism and drug addiction as "substance abuse" or "chemical dependency." Nonalcoholics are therefore sometimes introduced to A.A. and encouraged to attend A.A. meetings.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. 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 achieve sobriety. Copyright by A.A. Grapevine, Inc. reprinted with permission
A.A. Group Meetings: Open Meetings are for anyone interested in Alcoholics Anonymous.
Closed Meetings are limited to only those who have a desire to stop drinking.
In all of our Group Meetings we focus on our Fifth Tradition Primary Purpose of the Group carrying it's message to the Alcoholic who still suffers, hence we introduce ourselves as either alcoholics or as a person who has a desire to stop drinking. All Group Meetings focus on recovery from alcoholism. We do not introduce ourselves as addicts as that is the introduction used in another fellowship called Narcotics Anonymous, which we are not allied nor affiliated with.
A.A. Membership: If you have a drinking problem, regardless whether you have other problems or not, you can be an A.A. Member. We do have A.A. Members who are alcoholic and have other problems. Consequently some of them work with others who have similar issues, but on an individual basis, not as A.A. Groups.
Below is an A.A. Conference approved pamphlet concerning this subject. It answers many questions regarding what A.A. can do and cannot do regarding these other problems.
We do sympathize with the Addicts predicament. Links provided to contact other Fellowships for help. Alcoholics Anonymous cooperates with but is not allied nor affiliated with these other Fellowships, Society or Organizations. These links are provided as a public service and is not an endorsement.
Literature excerpts reprinted with permission of A.A. World Services Inc.