Friday, 26 October 2018

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AA’s mission

Though AA’s avowed mission is to carry its message to alcoholics, the fellowship does not really have a one-size-fits-all definition of alcoholism. This has created some confusion when nonalcoholics inadvertently show up at meetings that are supposed to be for alcoholics only, or when people with other addictions seek AA’s help. A few groups even insist that people must declare themselves alcoholics in order to participate in a “closed” meeting.

But who is an alcoholic? The AA pioneers were not insistent that people should immediately declare themselves alcoholics in order to receive help. Newcomers were invited to attend meetings and then decide for themselves if they were alcoholics and needed the program. In today’s environment, we have the added factor that troubled people might be addicted to both drugs and alcohol. Such cross-addiction, in fact, seems to be a strong trend. We also know that any alcoholic can easily become cross-addicted if he or she uses other drugs.

Our best course is to keep the door open for any person who comes to AA sincerely desiring help. If people find their answer in AA, they probably belong in the fellowship.

I’ll be grateful today that I was able to admit that I had a problem and needed AA’s help. I’ll accept others just as I was accepted. To stay sober and grow in the program. I do not need to define alcoholism for anybody other myself.

© 1996 by Hazelden Foundation 
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