What’s the difference between open and closed meetings?

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Closed Meeting

This is a closed meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. In support of A.A.’s singleness of purpose, attendance at closed meetings is limited to persons who have a desire to stop drinking. If you think you have a problem with alcohol you are welcome to attend this meeting. We ask that discussing our problems, we confine ourselves to those problems as they relate to alcoholism.

Open Meeting

This is an open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. We are glad you are here — especially newcomers. In keeping with our singleness of purpose and our Third Tradition which states “The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking,” we ask that all who participate confine their discussion to their problems with alcohol.

Lead and Discussion Meetings

There are also difference kinds of Meetings. Lead meetings one person tells their story of what life was like while drinking, how they found AA had how applied AA principles has made life better.

In a discussion meeting someone brings up a topic such as how do I not drink at by friend’s wedding reception where I’m the best man? How do it toast the couple? How did you work a certain step? Or anything related to alcoholism. Then those attending share their experience, strength and hope on how they solved the problem.

There are also Big Book and 12 & 12 meetings where a chapter of one of those books are read and discussed.

I hope this answers your questions. However, if you have any other questions, we’re here to help. Call is at 513-351-0422, sent email to info@aacincinnati.org or send postal mail to 2245 Gilbert Ave. Suite 304 Cincinnati, OH 45206. As I said, “We’re here to help.”

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