New to AA

New to AA

Alcoholics Anonymous is a Twelve Step Fellowship dedicated to helping anyone suffering because of their drinking. 

The Twelve Step programme is the suggested format for recovery from alcoholism and its effects.

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 AA membership;

We are self-supporting through our own contributions.

AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation 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. 

See our Brief Guide to AA

The Twelve Steps

AA’s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole.

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 practice these  principles in all our affairs.