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AA OPEN MEETINGS – INFORMATION FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
MOST people in Britain have heard of Alcoholics Anonymous and many will be aware that they hold mysterious “meetings”.
But what actually happens at an AA meeting?
At the very basic level, a group of alcoholics get together, have a cup of tea and then – one at a time – share their experience, strength and hope.
They describe what their life was like when they were drinking, what happened to make them seek help for their problem and what life is like now.
This, astonishing as it may sound, is how many millions of people around the world get sober – and stay sober - through the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.
There are more than 4,000 AA meetings in the UK every week. Most towns in Britain have an AA meeting, many have several.
The meetings are free and there is no waiting list to join AA.
Most AA meetings are ‘closed’. These meetings are limited to alcoholics and those who think or know they have a problem with drinking. They provide an opportunity for members to relate their experiences with one another on problems related to drinking patterns and attempts to achieve stable sobriety.
But some meetings are ‘open’. As the term suggests, meetings of this type are open to alcoholics, their friends and families and to anyone helping someone else to solve a drinking problem. This, of course, includes doctors, nurses, counsellors, therapists, care workers etc.
In AA, we are keen to encourage health and care professionals to visit an open meeting, so they may feel more confident in recommending Alcoholics Anonymous to clients.
Below, please find a list of open meetings in the Cheshire East AA area which you would be more than welcome to attend. We shall be adding to this list all the time.
If you would like any more information, please feel free to contact me on this email:
We look forward to welcoming you at a meeting soon.
November is Alcoholics Anonymous Awareness Month where our Fellowship tries harder than ever to raise awareness of what AA does for the still-suffering alcoholic.
As part of AA Awareness Month, some groups hold open meetings. Unlike normal, closed AA meetings – which are open only to those who have a problem with drinking – open meetings are, as the name suggests, open to all.
So if you have a friend or relative who you think may have a problem with alcohol, or if you work in an occupation which brings you into contact with drinking alcoholics, you may find it helpful to attend an open meeting.
Here are some groups that are holding open meetings this month:
Wilmslow Nursery Lane Friday
St. Anne’s Church Hall, Nursery Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5JG
Friday November 25, 8pm
Salvation Army, Tabley St, Northwich, CW9 5DP
Thursday November 17, 8pm
United Reform Church, Alderley Road SK9 1PR
Open to non-AA members first Wednesday of every Month
St. Mary’s Church School, New King St CW10 9EB
Open to non-AA members first Tuesday of every other month
St Willfrids Church Hall, Witton St, Northwich, CW9 5NP
Saturday November 26, 10am
Hazel Grove Saturday
Hazel Grove Baptist Church, Station St, Hazel Grove. SK7 4EX
Saturday December 3, 10.30am