Attending an AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meeting for the first time can be intimidating and nerve-wracking, but it can also be a valuable step in your recovery journey. Here is a general idea of what to expect at an AA meeting:
Introduction: At the beginning of the meeting, someone may introduce themselves and welcome attendees. They may also read a brief passage from AA literature.
Sharing: Attendees will have the opportunity to share their stories and experiences with addiction and recovery. You can share as much or as little as you are comfortable with, and you can also choose to pass if you prefer.
Discussion: After sharing, other attendees may offer support, advice, and encouragement. There may also be a discussion of a specific topic related to addiction and recovery.
Closing: The meeting will typically end with a closing statement or prayer.
It’s important to note that each AA meeting can have its unique format and style, but the overall goal is to provide a supportive and non-judgmental space for individuals to share and work on their recovery. You don’t have to identify as an alcoholic to attend an AA meeting, and you can always contact the local chapter for more information about their meetings.