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If you are interested in attending an AA meeting or any of the other 12-step programs, please call your local LAP for information about a meeting near you.
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At some point, the meeting pauses for announcements and to collect funds for AA’s Seventh Tradition, which states that AA groups are self-supporting through their own contributions.
Cash donations of a dollar or two are usual, although newcomers are not required to contribute until they understand what AA is about. At the end of the meeting, the group members stand, join hands, and recite the Lord’s Prayer or the Serenity Prayer, for those who care to join.
An AA meeting may be “open” or “closed.” In closed meetings, only alcoholics (or individuals with a desire to stop drinking) may attend.
Open meetings are open to anyone, including family or friends of an alcoholic.Other conversations stop and people take their seats.The chairperson will announce that the meeting will begin with a moment of silence, sometimes followed by the recitation of the Serenity Prayer (“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”).Some people who have never attended an AA meeting express unease with 12-step programs because of “all the talk about God.” In AA, “God” is to be understood as “a higher power”—interpreted in any way that works for you.Therefore, a “Group of Drunks” (GOD) providing “Good, Orderly Direction” (GOD) can be the higher power for the alcoholic if he or she so decides.Meetings may also address a specific population such as women or men only or gays and lesbians.