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1. Meeting needs to be in a quiet uninterupted room at fixed times.

2. Welcome - Chairperson starts the meeting on time by giving a welcome
like "I am Bob, an alcoholic. I would like to welcome you to the Monday
evening Narcology Centre meeting. We would like to give a special welcome
to new attendees and have you introduce yourselves".

3. "Preamble" read by chairperson

4. Chairperson asks that a member or members read the "How It Works" from
the "Alcoholics Anonymous" book.

5. The "12 Traditions" are read by a member or members.

6. The AA / SUPPORT GROUP GUIDELINES may be reviewed if new people are
present. (The group may refer to a posted chart)

1) KEEP CONFIDENTIALITY - "What you hear here stays here"

2) MAKE "I STATEMENTS" - Avoid using "you" or "we"

3) STAY IN THE "HERE AND NOW" - Share what you are dealing with today or
this week.

4) SHARE FEELINGS about your experience, strength, and hope.


6) NO CROSSTALK - No asking of questions or discussion

7. The chairperson may suggest a topic or step to share on at the meeting.
Each time someone shares they will begin by first saying " I am Bob, I am
an alcoholic". The group will then respond by saying "Hi Bob". After
someone finishes sharing the group will respond with "Thanks, Bob". This
builds respect.

8. When the time for the meeting to close the chairperson will ask the
attendees for someone to chair the next meeting. Then he will ask all to
stand and hold hands and say or read the "Serenity

Source: www.darvsmith.com/dox/aa.html

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From Barb M.

Updated February 09, 2004

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*/Those who have never attended a 12-step meeting have some misconceptions
about how the meetings actually work. Barb M., a long-time member explains
what you can expect at your first meeting./*

I often hear people, new to the concept of attending a 12-step meeting,
voice fears and reservations surrounding their expectations of what will go
on during the meeting. For those who hold these fears or for those who are
just curious, let me start off by saying, the door isn't locked!

For myself, before attending my first AA meeting, here were some of the
thoughts that went through my head.

· I would be surrounded and generally malled by these so called "helpful"

· I would have to stand up and say, "I am an alcoholic."

· I would have to tell all of my secrets surrounding my addiction to

· I would have to participate in group hugs.

· I would have to pray.

· I would be joining a cult.

· I would see people I recognized.

Sound familiar? Let me share with you my experience with AA thus far.

My first meeting was held behind a church in separate building upstairs. It
was on a Sunday afternoon and almost everyone

Source: alcoholism.about.com/cs/meetings/a/aa040208a.htm

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