over the Memphis area there are meetings: 365 days a
year, morning, noon and night. The schedule
for these meetings may be found in our meeting
directory, available at every group or from our office,
or on this web site. Take in as many meetings as you
can: many long-sober AA's suggest jump-starting your
program by attending as many AA meetings as possible.
most of us, one particular AA group has become a unique
haven for our sobriety, a place where we have many friends,
where we can feel particularly safe in sharing exactly
what's going on with us today. This special place is
known throughout the AA fellowship as the Home Group.
In the Greater
Memphis area there are a number of large AA groups that
meet several times each day, and there are smaller groups
that meet from once to five times per week. You are
encouraged to visit groups of different types before
deciding where you feel most at home. Ultimately, involvement
at the group level will be more important to you than
the size of the group or how often it meets. Our AA
experience tells us that giving away what we have been
so freely given is fundamental to our continued sobriety,
and we can always find many varied ways to be of service
in our home groups.
few members may tell you that they stay sober without
the aid of a sponsor, and having one is indeed not a
requirement. However, our AA experience tells us that
you will have a much better chance with a sponsor
than without one. In fact, you will probably find
that communicating with your sponsor is a vital part
of your participation in the AA program.
will listen to you and make suggestions based on his
or her experience. S/he will not serve as a financial
advisor, marriage counselor or psychologist, however.
Sponsors are but experienced guides to the AA program
of recovery: the Twelve Steps.
Some AA groups will help you find a temporary sponsor;
if you are not certain about your group's practices
regarding sponsorship, simply ask the chairperson after
is a "one day at a time" way of living. We try to
break life into small pieces that we can handle.
We stay sober one day at a time, or when necessary,
one hour at a time. We do our jobs one task at a time.
We solve our problems one problem at a time; we clean
up our past one mess at a time.
24 hour program" is a phrase used to describe a
basic A.A. approach to the problem of staying sober.
AA's never swear off alcohol for life, never take pledges
committing themselves not to take a drink "tomorrow".
By the time they turned to A.A. for help, they had discovered
that, no matter how sincere they may have been in promising
themselves to abstain from alcohol "in the future",
somehow they forgot the pledge and got drunk. The compulsion
to drink proved more powerful than the best intentions
not to drink. The A.A. member recognizes that the biggest
problem is to stay sober now! The current 24 hours is
the only period the A.A. can do anything about as far
as drinking is concerned. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow
never comes. "But today" the A.A. says, "today,
I will not take a drink. I may be tempted to take a
drink tomorrow - and perhaps I will. but tomorrow is
something to worry about when it comes. My big problem
is not to take a drink during this 24 hours." From
the pamphlet "44 Questions"