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AA Meetings

Closed meetings are for A.A. members only, or for those who have a drinking problem and "have a desire to stop drinking."

Open meetings are available to anyone interested in Alcoholics Anonymous’ program of recovery from alcoholism. Nonalcoholics may attend open meetings as observers.

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Day Time Type Group Name Physical Address Action
Tuesday 19h30 Open Cambridge Group 19 Hebbe Street, Cambridge, East London View Details
Monday 19h30 Open East London Group Catholic Church Hall, Corner Caxton & Rhodes Streets, Quigney, East London View Details
Thursday 19h30 Open Gonubie Group Gonubie Baptist Church, 2 Watsonia Crescent, Gonubie View Details
Monday 19h30 Open Grahamstown Protea Group Princess Alice Hall, 18 African Street, Grahamstown View Details
Tuesday 19h30 Closed Kenton-on-Sea Group Methodist Church Hall, Corner Kenton & Kariega Roads, Kenton-on-Sea View Details
Tuesday 19h30 Open (1st Tuesday) Kenton-on-Sea Group Methodist Church Hall, Corner Kenton & Kariega Roads, Kenton-on-Sea View Details
Thursday 19h00 Closed Port Alfred Group Baptist Church, 25 York Road, Port Alfred, 6170 View Details
Thursday 19h00 Open (1st Thursday) Port Alfred Group Baptist Church, 25 York Road, Port Alfred, 6170 View Details
Tuesday 17:30 Open Queenstown Group 10 Scholarswalk Street, Victoria Park, Queenstown (private home) View Details
Thursday 18:30 Open Somerset East Group All Saints United Church Hall, Beaufort Street, Somerset East View Details
Monday 18:00 Open Sunland SRV Group Assembly Cafe, 60 Caledon Street, Graaff Reinet View Details
Thursday 18:30 Open All Saints Group All Saints United Church Hall, 44 Beaufort Street, Somerset East View Details
Tuesday 17:30 Open Assisi Group St Francis Bay United Church, St Francis Drive, St Francis Bay View Details
Saturday 15:00 Open Bloemendal Group St Joseph's Catholic Church Hall, 28 Aspeling Street, Bloemendal View Details
Thursday 19h30 Open Comfort Group Holy Spirit Church, 256 Harrington Street (corner Rensburg Street), Arcadia, Port Elizabeth View Details
Friday 19h30 Closed Gelvandale Group Christ the King Anglican Church Hall, Sable Street, Gelvandale View Details
Friday 19h30 Open (Last Friday) Gelvandale Group Christ the King Anglican Church Hall, Sable Street, Gelvandale View Details
Thursday 18:30 Open Jeffreys Bay Group St Francis Anglican Church, Corner Goedehoop & St Francis Streets View Details
Monday 19:00 Open Lamplight Group St Marks Anglican Church Hall, Corner Voortrekker & Main Roads View Details
Wednesday 19h30 Closed Lorraine Ladies Group Lorraine Methodist Church Hall, 78 Luneville Road, Lorraine View Details
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Here are some issues a lot of us worried about before coming to our first AA meeting:

Will I be asked a lot of questions?

No, it’s not like going to a doctor or a health clinic. AA meetings are very informal. Just take a seat and listen to the stories members will tell about their drinking and their recovery. You can talk to people if you want to or just keep to yourself until you feel more comfortable.


Do I have to “sign up”?

No. There’s nothing to sign. If, at some stage you want to join a particular group you just say so. If you don’t want to join any group, that’s okay too. No one should tell you what to do about your drinking. If you want to keep drinking that’s your business. We just suggest that, if you want to stop drinking, you try doing what we did.


How much will it cost?

There is no charge for attending an AA meeting. Usually a collection is taken at the end of each meeting to cover the costs of renting the hall and providing refreshments. Only AA members can contribute. There’s no obligation but most people contribute.


Do I have to get up and speak in front of people?

The meeting will consist of members telling their stories but if anyone isn’t in the mood to talk, it’s fine to decline. You may be invited to speak but it’s quite okay if you don’t want to.


Is AA a religious organisation?

No. Quite a few AA meetings are held in church halls but that’s only because they’re convenient and affordable venues. AA groups are in no way affiliated with the churches or other organisations whose meeting rooms we rent. The AA program is certainly a spiritual one, but what that means is left up to the individual to decide.


What type of meetings are there?

By far the most common type of AA meeting is called an speaker meeting. Members just tell their stories of what they were like, what happened and what life is like for them now. There are also Steps meetings where AA’s 12-Step program of recovery is discussed in detail. There are also various other types of discussion meetings.


What are closed or open meetings?

Most  AA meetings are “open”. That is, anyone is welcome to attend. “Closed” meetings are for AA members or people who are new to AA who want to stop drinking. How many people are at a meeting? This varies greatly. In cities, a typical meeting might have ten to twenty members. Some big meetings might have 50 or more. Some have only a handful. In remote areas some meetings might have only two or three members.


Who goes to AA meetings?

You’ll find all sorts of people at AA meetings. Men, women, young, old, well off and not well off.


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