Alcoholics Anonymous 

South Africa

 

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
Wednesday 19:30 Open (Speaker meeting) Bromhof Speaker Group Randpark Ridge United Church, 46 Tin Road, Bromhof View Details
Wednesday 19:00 Closed Living Sober Group (Primarily Gay & Lesbian) Parktown North Methodist Church Hall, 7th Avenue, Parktown North View Details
Wednesday 19:00 Open (Last Wednesday) Living Sober Group (Primarily Gay & Lesbian) Parktown North Methodist Church Hall, 7th Avenue, Parktown North View Details
Wednesday 20:00 Open Midrand Group Calvary Methodist Church, Corner of Harry Galaun Road and 7th Avenue, Halfway Garden, Midrand View Details
Wednesday 19:00 Open New Roots Group St. John's the Evangelist Church, Corner Pam & Benmore Roads, Benmore View Details
Wednesday 18h30 Open Sandown Group Sandown Clinic, West Street @ the entrance to Michelangelo Hotel, Sandown View Details
Wednesday 18h00 Closed Sobriety Manor Group Norscot Manor Recreation Centre, 16b Penguin Drive, Norscot, Bryanston View Details
Wednesday 19:30 Open We Agnostics Group Blairgowrie Recreation Centre, 8 Park Lane, Blairgowrie, Randburg View Details

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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