Use the “A.A. Meetings” menu tab above to locate an A.A. meeting near you. There are many types of meetings, including those specifically geared toward beginners and those featuring speakers, where one sober member shares their experience, strength and hope. Generally, however, our experience indicates that the best meeting to attend is the first one you can get to. In the past few year’s meetings have gone from being strictly In-Person to include Online and now also Hybrid meetings, which are a mix of In-Person and Online. A.A. meetings vary widely by format and intention. We suggest that newcomers attend a variety of meetings before deciding if A.A. is for them. We hope you can find something that will work for you.

Closed meetings: A closed meeting is for people who themselves have a desire to stop drinking. Closed meetings give members an opportunity to discuss particular phases of their alcoholic problem that can be understood best only by other alcoholics.

Open meetings: An open meeting is one that anyone, alcoholic or nonalcoholic, may attend. The only obligation is that they do not disclose the names or identities of A.A. members outside the meeting.

Beginner meetings are intended for people in the first year or so of sobriety, and generally focus on Steps 1, 2 and 3 of the recovery program.

Literature meetings are devoted to the study and discussion of the Big Book or other A.A.-approved literature.

At discussion meetings, one member shares their experience, strength and hope briefly before opening the meeting for others to share.

At speaker meetings, one or two people share their story in greater detail, for a longer time. The meeting may or may not then be opened for others to share.