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Alcoholics Anonymous or AA defines itself as an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem. The foundation of the AA program is the AA meetings.
The very first AA meeting took place in the 1930s. Today, meetings are held all over the US and in other nations daily. They are designed as small groups to be supportive for a people in all stages of recovery from alcohol dependency.
AA meetings are based on the 12-step program that is now used in used in treatment programs throughout the world. They provide people suffering from alcoholism a place to meet, interact, learn and gain support from others also struggling with alcohol dependency. Through the meetings individuals in long-term recovery get the opportunity to help others by mentoring or sponsoring those that are new to the program. The meetings are designed to be friendly, open and relaxed. People wishing to attend can simply find where and when a convenient meeting is being held and show up. There are no costs to attend AA meetings and privacy/anonymity is completely respected. Attendees can go as often or as little as they wish.