Alcoholics Anonymous CPC Presentation

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					 Alcoholics
Anonymous




Northeast Texas Area
     District 54
          Who are we????

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship
of men and women who share their experience, strength,
and hope with each other that they my 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 self-supporting 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.
  What Does A.A. Do?
          (How does it work?)
• A.A. members share their experience with
  anyone seeking help with a drinking
  problem; they give person-to-person service
  or "sponsorship" to the alcoholic coming to
  A.A. from any source.

• The A.A. program, set forth in our Twelve
  Steps, offers the alcoholic a way to develop a
  satisfying life without alcohol.

• This program is discussed at A.A. group
  meetings

• Importance of a Higher Power

• No new ideas - Surrender, self-inventory,
  admission, restitution, prayer, service
                 The 12 Steps
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had
become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to
sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as
we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact
nature of our wrongs.
6.Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make
amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to
do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong
promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact
with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for
us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried
to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all
our affairs.
      A.A. Meetings

• Open vs. Closed Meetings

•   Discussion Meetings
•   Speaker Meetings
•   Step Meetings
•   ―Big Book‖ Meetings

• Correctional or Treatment
  Facilities Meetings
• Informational Meetings
A.A.’s Spirit of Service

• A.A. members help others in
  order to help themselves.

• From Page 89 of the Big Book,
  the basic text of Alcoholics
           Anonymous:

 “Practical experience shows
 that nothing will so much insure
 immunity from drinking as
 intensive work with other
 alcoholics. It works when other
 activities fail…”
What does A.A. NOT do?
• Recruit

• Check up on its members

• Promote any religious viewpoint

• Label or diagnose anyone as alcoholic

• Provide medical advice or services

• Affiliate with other organizations

• Accept money from outside sources

• Reveal individual identities at the level of
  press, radio, films, or TV (or the Internet)

• Provide letters of reference, or provide
  proof of attendance at AA meetings
  (though individual members might)
 Singleness of Purpose
• A.A. offers help to alcoholics

• Focus on      recovery    from
  alcoholism

• Anyone may       attend   open
  meetings

• Only those with a drinking
  problem may attend closed
  meetings or become A.A.
  members

• The A.A. message is freely
  offered
AA Unity: Who runs A.A.?


    AA Groups & Their Members


     Local District Committees

         Area Assemblies

            National
           Conference


               GSO
     AA Cooperation,
      (But Not Affiliation)


 How Do A.A. members
           and
 Professionals Interact?

• Referrals from professionals
  can save lives

• A.A.    members    in   your
  community can help and
  provide a support network for
  your employees with drinking
  problems
    AA Cooperation,
       (But Not Affiliation)

  Proof of Attendance at
      A.A. Meetings
• Signing slips – it is up to each
  A.A. member or chairperson
  whether to sign

• Professional familiar with A.A.
  counsels employee

• A.A. groups and members
  are not allied with any
  program and are not ‗bound‘
  by the signature
Cooperation with the
   Professional
 Community (C.P.C)
• Local A.A. members             form
  C.P.C. committees

 – Contact local professionals

 – Provide A.A. literature

 – Offer      presentations       to
   professionals on history of A.A.,
   Twelve Steps, what A.A. does
   and does not do, etc.

 – Exhibit at health fairs        and
   professional conferences
     How to Find and
     Benefit from A.A.
• Maintain contact with C.P.C.
  committee chair
• Use a local intergroup or
  central office for A.A. meeting
  information
• Attend an open A.A. meeting
• Read A.A. literature
• Subscribe to About A.A.
  newsletter
• Contact the General Service
  Office to get connected with a
  local A.A. committee
   How to Find and
   Benefit from A.A.
     Locally: District 54
 http://www.district54.org

Dallas Central Office of A.A.
       (214) 887-6699
 http://www.aadallas.org

A.A. General Service Office
        P. O. Box 459
   Grand Central Station
    New York, NY 10163
       (212) 870-3400
     http://www.aa.org