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
Monday 18:00 Open Cape Town 3 Group Carpenter's Shop 14A, Roeland Street, Cape Town (Meeting in big dining room at the back) View Details
Monday 20h00 Open YES Group (Youth Enjoying Sobriety) Congregational Hall, Corner of Kloof and Eaton Roads, Gardens, Cape Town View Details
Tuesday 20h00 Closed Hope Street Group (Primarily Gay & Lesbian) Congregational Hall, Corner of Kloof Road and Eaton Road, Gardens, Cape Town View Details
Wednesday 18:00 Closed Cape Town 3 Group Carpenter's Shop 14A, Roeland Street, Cape Town (Meeting in big dining room at the back) View Details
Wednesday 18h00 Open Cocktail Tales (Gay Men's Group) Pride Shelter Trust, 1 Molteno Road, Oranjezicht View Details
Thursday 18:00 Closed Big Book Study Group Salvation Army Citadel, 9 Vrede Street, Gardens, Cape Town View Details
Thursday 19:00 Open (Last Thursday) Cape Town One Group Gardens Presbyterian Church Hall, 151 Hatfield Street, intersection of Upper Orange Street, & Annandale Road, Gardens View Details
Friday 18:00 Open (Newcomers) Cape Town 3 Group Carpenter's Shop 14A, Roeland Street, Cape Town (Meeting in big dining room at the back) View Details
Friday 13h05 Open Green Market Express Group Methodist Church Hall, corner of Burg & Longmarket Streets, Greenmarket Square, Cape Town View Details
Saturday 11:00 Open Cape Town 3 Group Carpenter's Shop 14A, Roeland Street, Cape Town (Meeting in big dining room at the back) View Details
Saturday 07h30 Open Green Door Group NG Church, Upper Union Street, Gardens, Cape Town View Details
Saturday 19h00 Open Saturday Night Alive Cape Town Union Congregational Church, Corner of Kloof and Eaton Roads, Gardens View Details
Sunday 17h00 Open Green Door Group NG Church, Upper Union Street, Gardens, Cape Town 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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