Welcome to the
AA Beginners Group



My name is __________.
My last drink was on ____________.






Join me in a moment of silence for those who are struggling with the disease of alcoholism...





































The Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Amen.




A.A. PREAMBLE

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 A.A. membership; we are selfsupporting through our
own contributions. A.A. 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.


Copyright The AA Grapevine, Inc. Reprinted with permission




Anonymity is our spiritual foundation. Keep names and discussion confidential. Anything that the leader or any other member says is only their opinion. No one person can speak on behalf of the entire worldwide fellowship of 2 million people.

































If you are still drinking and are planning to stop,
you may want to ask your doctor for help to detox!
Quitting drinking can cause your body to experience sever medical issues.
It is possible to have seizures and even worse, including death.
We are not doctors here. Search out the advice of your doctor first.






Announcements

Open the chat box & post the following items:

  • Visit www.aabeginners.com (user ID: anonymous PW: member,) for a list of this groups meetings & 12 Step Workshops.

  • Visit https://www.aa.org/what-is-aa for a virtual beginner pack

  • Order AA Big Book https://onlineliterature.aa.org/products/books/big-books-all-languages-and-formats

  • https://www.aa.org/the-big-book download the PDF for free.

  • Every AA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions. We observe monetary 7th Tradition contributions in Pay Pal aabeginnersgroup@gmail.com.

  • Currently, people are pressured to go to AA by the courts for drunk driving. That does not mean they are alcoholics or have a desire to stop drinking. If you are one of these people, you can send a request by email to aabeginnersgroup@gmail.com to get your proof of attendance sheet signed. You do not have to stay for this meeting to get a signature, but if you have a desire to stop drinking you are welcome to stay and participate in todays discussion.

  • Host/Chair contact info: Dave Carmona 313-551-9453














  • First Things First

    When we first come to A.A., many of us do not realize the first drink triggers the compulsion to drink more and more; it deludes us into thinking we can drink another safely, then another and another. How do we avoid just that first drink for at least one day? Here are some suggestions:


    • The twenty-four hour plan. Dont pick up a drink for 24 hours. Dont worry about tomorrow. Just focus on not picking up the 1st drink today. You cant get drunk if you dont pick up the 1st drink.

    • Ask God or Higher Power for help to stay sober today.

    • Goto AA Meetings on a regular basis.

    • Get a sponsor to help you take the 12 Steps of AA

    • Get the Big Book of AA at www.aa.org

    • Change your routines or travel routes during drinking hours.

    • If you have any compulsions or urges, postpone it and call someone in AA.

    • Exchange phone numbers with sober people in chat box.








































    Welcome to Alcoholics Anonymous

    People in AA have had difficulty trying to stop drinking on their own. We have lost families, friends, jobs, homes, and possessions due to drinking. Some people havent lost anything. They simply wish to stop and would like some help. Whatever your reason is for coming to AA, you are not alone. If this is your very first meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, Welcome. If you are coming back after a relapse, Welcome back.






    Alcoholism is a Disease

    Alcoholism is the habitual use of alcoholic beverages. It is a compulsive, obsessive and progressive disease affecting us physically, mentally, and spiritually, with symptoms such as blackouts, liver problems, depression, anxiety, horrible feelings, and various other medical problems. All of this adds to the unmanageability that our drinking may cause.







































    Let's go around the room
    and introduce ourselves


    Can you answer the following points...
    1. First name?

    2. How long have you been sober?






































    Step 1

    There are 12 Steps. Lets get started on Step 1.

    If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably alcoholic. If that be the case, you may be suffering from an illness which only a spiritual experience will conquer. No one here will call you an alcoholic. Only you can decide that for yourself.

    We had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholic. This is the 1st step in recovery.

    Most alcoholics have lost the power of choice when it comes to drinking. Our so called will-power becomes practically non-existent. When people suggest that we assert our own willpower, we cant.

    Lack of power, that is our problem.

    But, there is One who has all power. That one is God. May you find Him now!

    Try to be open-minded and ask your conception of a Higher Power for help to stay sober for today. Once we tap this source of ALL POWER, we can confirm

    Step 1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable.

    We WERE powerless (past tense) because we have tapped this source of all power.




    Open Floor
    We start off by letting the newest people speak first.
    1st time visitors and people with 2 weeks or less.
    • What brings you to AA?

    • Do you think you are powerless over alcohol?

    • Do you have a desire to stop drinking?

    • What are your thoughts on God or a Higher Power?























    Step 2

    When we reach Step 2, we are willing to believe there is a power greater than ourselves.

    The question at hand is, can this power actually do something like relieve our alcoholism?

    When we see changes in peoples lives and they claim that God had restored their sanity, we either start believing or we are actually convinced that he can restore us too.

    The Big Book reads like this concerning Steps 1 and 2: Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas.

    • a. That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives. (Step 1)
    • b. That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism. (Step 2)
    • c. That God could and would if He were sought. (Step 2)











    Open Floor
    Step 2 reads like this:

    Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

    For those who have 2 weeks to 1 month sober...

    • Do you believe that God can remove alcoholic insanity?

    • When the book says ...you may be suffering from an illness which only a spiritual experience will conquer. What are your thoughts about that?

    • Do you believe that spiritual principles can solve all your problems?
























    Step 3

    Step 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.

    The first requirement is that we be convinced that any life run on self-will can hardly be a success. We had to quit playing God. It didnt work.

    Next, we decided that hereafter in this drama of life, God was going to be our Director.
    • He is the principle; we are his agents.
    • He is the Father, and we are His children.
    Most good ideas are simple, and this concept was the keystone of the new and triumphant arch through which we passed to freedom.

    When we sincerely take such a position, all sorts of remarkable things follow.
    • We had a new employer.
    • Being all powerful, He provides what we need, if we keep close to Him and perform his work well.
    • Established on such a footing we became less and less interested in ourselves, our little plans and designs.
    • More and more we became interested in seeing what we could contribute to life.
    • As we felt new power flow in...
    • as we enjoyed peace of mind...
    • as we discovered we could face life successfully...
    • as we became conscious of His presence...
    • we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter.
    We were reborn.

    We were now at Step Three. You can join us in the 3rd Step Prayer now. God, I offer myself to Thee, to build with me and do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of Life. May I do Thy will always! Amen. We thought well before taking this step making sure that we were ready; that we could abandon ourselves utterly to Him.








    Open Floor
    Can you please share your experience with the first 3 steps and how they lead into the rest of the 12 steps.

    • Those who have been sober 2 months to 6 months

    • Those who have been sober 6 months to 1 year

    • Those who have been sober 1 year to 5 years

    • etc...























    Visit us at www.aabeginners.com
    Login ID: anonymous
    PW: member


    We want to thank everyone for attending todays meeting.

    We close with the Lords Prayer.

    Our Father, who art in Heaven, Hallowed by Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory Forever, AMEN.