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There is a solution. You no longer have to live like this. You are not alone. You are not the first. If you think you have a drinking problem, and are looking to get to a meeting of alcoholics anonymous, we hope that this website will help you.

No one can tell you that you are an alcoholic. People may point out indications that you have a drinking problem -- loss of control, drunken driving, arrests, lost jobs, broken marriages or relationships, blackouts, the shakes, etc. Only you can decide if youare actually an alcoholic, then we invite you to keep coming back.

Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.


click here to go to the website of AA world service to read the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous®

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Link to Area 15

Local area meeting schedules and locations information in two downloadable formats:

Our meeting lists are often called the "Where and When".

2014 Delegate Conference Report

Where & When by Town - PDF

Spanish Speaking - AA
Directorio españo - PDF

INTERGROUP

INTERGROUP BY-LAWS CURRENT PRACTICE

INTERGROUP BY-LAWS CURRENT PRACTICE ADOPTED REVISIONS

Related phone numbers and links

AA Helpline: 941-951-6810

Local clubs and frequent meeting locations: AA neither approves nor disapproves of clubs. They are an outside enterprise.

• Serenity Room Bradenton 941-753-7760
• Gratitude Room Bradenton 941-782-4298
• Gratitude Club Sarasota 941-953-5182

 

COURT ORDERED TO ATTEND AA?

You are not alone, and you are not the first. Many of us were sent to our first AA meetings by judges as a result of being arrested for drunken driving, family disputes, or some other problem involving alcohol. Some of us were sent here by our employers.

If you've come to AA for any of these reasons, you probably have some questions. We hope this pamphlet answers some of them. Click here for a downloadable pamphlet

Here is what AA says about AA:

"Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety."

The Alcoholics Anonymous Preamble - Printed with permission of The AA Grapevine®, Inc
Millions of people have found recovery through AA, including many who were sent by courts or their employers. There are AA meetings in virtually every country in the world, from Australia to Zambia, and from Ireland to Russia. While some who are sent to AA attend the required number of meetings and never return, others keep coming back because they find that AA helps them live comfortably without alcohol.

What is AA's role in the process?

Alcoholics Anonymous is not part of the judicial system. We do not work with the courts or the police department. We do not ask the courts to send people to us. When people do show up with court papers, we are not responsible for making sure the people are sober.

If a judge, court, school, or employer has sent you to AA meetings, it is because they believe there is evidence that you have a drinking problem. We had nothing to do with their decision-in fact, AA has no opinion as to whether you have a drinking problem or not.

If, however, you want to stop drinking, AA has a solution.

Here are a few points to remember:

If you have a desire to stop drinking, you may consider yourself an AA member. Otherwise, you will be a welcome guest at Open meetings. Please do not attend Closed meetings if you don't consider yourself a member or have a desire to stop drinking. In our printed Meeting Directory and on this Website all meetings are clearly marked as to whether they are Open or Closed. For further information please go to our Meetings section.

While most groups will sign court papers, this is for each individual group to decide. Since AA is not allied with the court system, AA is not required to do the court's work.

If a chairperson or other group member agrees to sign your papers, they will probably sign with their first name or initials. We are personally anonymous. We are not court employees.

If you have questions, please ask them before or after the meeting. You can always find someone willing to talk to you and answer your questions.

The people who voluntarily attend AA meetings are alcoholics. We come from all walks of life. We treat each other with respect.

In AA we honor all members' anonymity. While you are free to talk about or use any ideas that you hear at a meeting, please do not ever identify any person you hear or see there.

There are no dues or fees for AA membership. We are totally self-supporting through the voluntary contributions of our members. If you do not consider yourself a member, please refrain from contributing.
No one in AA can tell you that you are an alcoholic. Some people can point out indications that are symptomatic of a drinking problem: loss of control, drunk driving, arrests, lost jobs, broken marriages or relationships, blackouts, etc. But only you can decide if you actually are an alcoholic, and if that's your decision, we invite you to keep coming back.

   

AA Helpline: 941-951-6810
Central Office of Sara-Mana 1748 Independence Blvd., Suite B-2 Sarasota, FL 34234    TEL - 941-351-4818

Al-Anon Helpline 941-749-1750 -- This website is not affiliated in any way with Al-Anon. We provide this number as a courtesy