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Information for Prison Staff

Our philosophy of anonymity assures and comforts anyone seeking our help.

All work undertaken by members of Alcoholics Anonymous is entirely voluntary.

Our aim is to access all inmates and offer recovery from alcoholism through AA.

Alcoholics Anonymous has been visiting prisons since the late fifties; the co-operation and understanding from governors and prison staff has made this possible.

AA is involved in the majority of prison establishments in Great Britain.

Services available include:

  • Meetings – The principal path to AA recovery where direct contact with other alcoholics offers guidance, support and encouragement.
  • Visits – by AA members to those who are unable to attend meetings.
  • Prison Postal Service – where inmates correspond with prison sponsors via our General Service Office
  • Before Release – An inmate engaging with AA meetings in prison can be met on release and taken to an AA meeting, encouraging them to carry on attending AA.

Support for Prison Staff

AA members will attend the establishment to inform staff on what AA has to offer,  explain the AA program of recovery and the literature available.