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Alcoholics Anonymous offers a 12-step programme; a set of guidelines designed as ‘steps’ towards recovery.

The final step is to be of service. It’s the main reason for our existence.

Being of service means helping other alcoholics get and stay sober, either directly or indirectly.

Service is a core principle of AA, and a vital part of recovery.

Service can take many forms, such as:

  • Sharing your experience, strength, and hope with other alcoholics.
  • Volunteering at a meeting, such as setting up chairs, making coffee, greeting newcomers, or chairing a meeting.
  • Participating in wider service activities, such as answering phone calls, distributing literature, or representing your group at regional or national level.
  • Promoting the work of AA in hospitals, prisons, schools, or other places where people may need help.

Service is not only beneficial to others, but also to yourself. It can help you stay sober, develop gratitude, humility, and self-esteem, and connect with a Fellowship of peers.

Without practising service, AA would simply cease to exist.

A Declaration of Unity

This we owe to AA’s future; to place our common welfare first; to keep our Fellowship united.

For on AA unity depend our lives, and the lives of those to come.

I am Responsible….

When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of AA always to be there. And for that: I am responsible.