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The AA Preamble:

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may 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.

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What is A.A?   (Back to top…)
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, non-denominational, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem. A.A. members in our community range in age from their teens to nineties, in education from little to advanced degrees, and in income from little to considerable. Alcoholism plays no favorites, neither does A.A.


What does A.A. do?   (Back to top…)

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. Open speaker meetings-open to alcoholics and nonalcoholics. (Attendance at an open A.A. meeting is the best way to learn what A.A. is, what it does, and what it does not do.)

At speaker meetings, A.A. members “tell their stories.” They describe their experiences with alcohol, how they came to A.A., and how their lives have changed as a result of A.A. Open discussion meetings-one member speaks briefly about his or her drinking experience, and then leads a discussion on A.A. recovery or any drinking-related problem anyone brings up. (Closed meetings are for A.A.s or anyone who may have a drinking problem.) Closed discussion meetings-conducted just as open discussions are, but for alcoholics or prospective A.A.s only. Step meetings (usually closed)-discussion of one of the Twelve Steps. A.A. members may also take meetings into correctional and treatment facilities. A.A. members may be asked to conduct informational meetings about A.A. in schools, hospitals, and other public forums. These meetings about A.A. are not regular A.A. group meetings


How do I find AA Meetings?   (Back to top…)

  • Use our Web Site!  Click here for our meeting directory. 
  • Call our 24 hour hotline at (541) 342-4113
  • Come to Emerald Valley Intergroup, the local central office for AA:Emerald Valley Intergroup
    1259 Willamette Street
    Eugene, Oregon  97401

Are you concerned about another drinker?   (Back to top…)

If you are concerned about someone else’s drinking, you may want to contact Al-anon. They are a 12-step organization for family and friends of Alcoholics. Their local phone number is 741-2841. Al-anon has a website at


What A.A. does not do:   (Back to top…)

  • Furnish initial motivation for alcoholics to recover
  • Solicit members
  • Engage in or sponsor research
  • Keep attendance records or case histories
  • Join “councils” of social agencies
  • Follow up or try to control its members
  • Make medical or psychological diagnoses or prognoses
  • Provide drying-out or nursing services, hospitalization, drugs, or any medical or psychiatric treatment
  • Offer religious services
  • Engage in education about alcohol
  • Provide housing, food, clothing, jobs, money, or any other welfare or social services
  • Provide domestic or vocational counseling
  • Accept any money for its services, or any contributions from non-A.A. sources
  • Provide letters of reference to parole boards, lawyers, court officials


Court and Treatment Programs:   (Back to top…)

In the last years, A.A. groups have welcomed many new members from court programs and treatment facilities. Some have come to A.A voluntarily; others, under a degree of pressure. In our pamphlet “How A.A. Members Cooperate,” the following appears: We cannot discriminate against any prospective A.A. members, even if he or she comes to us under pressure from a court, an employer, or any other agency. Although the strength of our program lies in the voluntary nature of membership in A.A., many of us first attended meetings because we were forced to, either by someone else or by inner discomfort. But continual exposure to A.A. educated us to the true nature of the illness. . . . Who made the referral to A.A. is not what A.A. is interested in. It is the problem drinker who is our concern. . . . We cannot predict who will recover, nor have we the authority to decide how recovery should be sought by any other alcoholic.


Proof of Attendance:   (Back to top…)

Sometimes, courts ask for proof of attendance at A.A. meetings. Some groups, with the consent of the prospective members, have the A.A. group secretary sign or initial a slip that has been furnished by the court together with a self-addressed court envelope. The referred person supplies identification and mails the slip back to the court as proof of attendance. Other groups cooperate in different ways. There is no set procedure. The nature and extent of any group’s involvement in this process is entirely up to the individual group. This proof of attendance at meetings is not part of A.A.’s procedure. Each group is autonomous and has the right to choose whether or not to sign court slips. In some areas the attendees report on themselves, at the request of the referring agency, and thus alleviate breaking A.A. members’ anonymity.