Is A.A. for me?2021-11-18T15:33:58-08:00

Is A.A. for me?

Only you can decide whether you want to give Alcoholics Anonymous a try. Admitting you might need help, or admitting that you’re an alcoholic, takes courage. There are a lot of resources that may help you decide whether A.A. could be right for you. We want to help. Contact us anytime or learn more by exploring the information below, and then get in touch with us or check out a meeting. You don’t have to do this alone.

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Self-Assessment: answer yes or no to these questions to learn more about your relationship with alcohol

1 Do you lose time from work due to drinking?

2 Is drinking making your home life unhappy?

3 Do you drink because you are shy with other people?

4 Is drinking affecting your reputation?

5 Have you ever felt remorse after drinking?

6 Have you gotten into financial difficulties as a result of drinking?

7 Do you turn to lower companions and an inferior environment when drinking?

8 Does your drinking make you careless of your family’s welfare?

9 Has your ambition decreased since drinking?

10 Do you crave a drink at a definite time daily?

11 Do you want a drink the next morning?

12 Does drinking cause you to have difficulty sleeping?

13 Has your efficiency decreased since drinking?

14 Is drinking jeopardizing your job or business?

15 Do you drink to escape from worries or troubles?

16 Do you drink alone?

17 Have you ever had a complete loss of memory as a result of drinking?

18 Has your physician ever treated you for drinking?

19 Do you drink to build up your self-confidence?

20 Have you ever been to a hospital or institution on account of drinking?

If you answered YES to any one of the questions, there is a definite warning that you may be an alcoholic. If you answered YES to any two, the chances are that you are an alcoholic.

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You are not alone. Meet others who have had a problem with alcohol.

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Call us

Speak to a sober alcoholic 24 hours a day.

SF 415-674-1821
Marin 415-499-0400

Email us

We have volunteers here to help and answer your questions.

aa@aasfmarin.org

FAQs about A.A.

Can I go to an A.A. meeting drunk?2021-05-26T17:42:21-07:00
Can I bring my family to an A.A. meeting?2021-05-26T17:39:34-07:00

Family members or close friends are welcome at Open A.A. meetings. Call Central Office to find out.

What advice do you give new members?2021-05-26T17:39:34-07:00

In our experience, the people who recover in A.A. are those who:

  • Stay away from the first drink
  • Attend A.A. meetings regularly
  • Seek out the people in A.A. who have successfully stayed sober for some time
  • Try to put into practice the A.A. program of recovery
  • Obtain and study the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous
Am I an alcoholic?2021-05-26T17:39:34-07:00

We do not like to pronounce any individual as alcoholic. It’s a decision that each drinker has to make for themselves. But if, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably alcoholic. And A.A. can help!

If you repeatedly drink more than you intend or want to, if you get into trouble or have memory lapses when you drink, you may be an alcoholic. Only you can decide. It is often suggested, attend six meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and listen for the similarities in the stories of others.

What happens if I meet people I know?2021-05-26T17:39:34-07:00
If I go to an A.A. meeting, does that commit me to anything?2021-05-26T17:39:34-07:00
Does A.A. cost anything?2021-08-10T12:31:27-07:00
What is a home group?2021-05-26T17:39:34-07:00
What is a sponsor?2021-05-26T17:39:34-07:00
What is the Big Book?2021-05-26T17:39:34-07:00
What are A.A. meetings like?2021-08-10T16:19:21-07:00

There are many types of meetings, but at any meeting you will find alcoholics talking about what drinking did to their lives and personalities, what actions they took to help themselves, and how they are living their lives today. An A.A. meeting may take one of several formats, including those specifically geared toward beginners and those featuring speakers, where one sober member shares their experience, strength and hope. Generally, our experience indicates that the best meeting to attend is the first one you can get to.

How do I find a meeting?2021-08-10T12:36:19-07:00
Do I have to give my name?2021-05-26T17:40:12-07:00
What about anonymity?2021-05-26T17:40:12-07:00
Will I have to speak?2021-05-26T17:40:12-07:00
What if I have a Court Card I need signed?2021-05-26T17:40:12-07:00
Is A.A. a religious organization?2021-05-26T17:40:12-07:00

No. Nor is it allied with any religious organization.

There’s a lot of talk about God, though, isn’t there?2021-05-26T17:40:12-07:00

The majority of A.A. members believe that we have found the solution to our drinking problem not through individual willpower, but through a power greater than ourselves. However, everyone defines this power as he or she wishes. Many people call it God, others think it is the A.A. group, still others don’t believe in it at all. There is room in A.A. for people of all shades of belief and non-belief.

Helpful Literature

A Newcomer Asks

Common questions for new members

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Is A.A. For Me?

Understand whether A.A. is a fit or not

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FAQs About A.A

Answers the questions most frequently asked about A.A. by alcoholics seeking help, as well as by their families and friends

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Q & A on Sponsorship

What Is Sponsorship?

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