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Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people 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.

Copyright © The AA Grapevine, Inc.

How It Works

Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average. There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.

Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it — then you are ready to take certain steps.

At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.

Remember that we deal with alcohol — cunning, baffling, powerful! Without help it is too much for us. But there is One who has all power — that One is God. May you find Him now!

Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon.

Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program of recovery:

  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.

Many of us exclaimed, “What an order! I can’t go through with it.’’ Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.

Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas:

(a) That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives.

(b) That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism.

(c) That God could and would if He were sought.

The 12 Traditions
  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
  6. An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
  11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
The 9th Step Promises

If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.




A.A. GSO SURVEY: How do you feel about anonymity and AA being on social media? The public information desk of the General Service Office in NY has asked delegates to share a survey with AA members regarding anonymity and use of social media. The information provided by this survey will be useful in guiding PI work done by AA. Here is the link to the survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/EN-anonymity

CO-SECRETARIES NEEDED FOR SATURDAY 5:30 AND THURSDAY AND FRIDAY 8:30 MEETINGS. JANUARY ROTATION: 6 months sobriety required. Please let the meeting know if you are available to co-secretary or tech the meeting.

SECRETARY TRAINING AND REFRESHER TRAINING: Secretary training and refresher training is still available upon request. In the training, you will learn about Meeting Secretary suggested etiquette and guidelines along with a few zoom room management details.

Contact zoom.trainer@ecfaa.org to request training. Also, a quick refresher on how to run a zoom AA meeting is on this website under our A.A. Resources section.

BUSINESS MEETING: The next business meeting is Monday, May 13, 2024 from 7-8:10 PM in the ECF Zoom room. If you have an agenda item for the business meeting, please contact business.manager@ecfaa.org.

FIRST THURSDAY WORKSHOP, May 2 2024: This workshop will focus on the spiritual principles we associate with Step 5, starting with Integrity. Our panel will discuss the principles they personally associate with Step 4 and participants will then ask questions and share their thoughts. We look forward to a lively and thoughtful conversation, so please join us at 7PM on Thursday, May 2.

BIRTHDAY NIGHT: ECF celebrates AA Birthdays/Anniversaries on the last Friday of each month at 6 PM. The next birthday night will be 6 PM, Friday, April 26th. Please join us to celebrate our days, months and years of recovery.

BIRTHDAY CHIPS: If you have an anniversary and would like a chip, please contact birthday.chips@ecfaa.org and one will be mailed to you (or have it mailed to your sponsor who can present it to you personally).

SPONSORSHIP: If you are currently available to be a sponsor, please type your name and the word "sponsor" with your phone number in the chat box at any online meeting. More information is available in the pamphlet  "Questions and Answers on Sponsorship" at aa.org. Another way to find a sponsor: listen to others in several different meetings. Sponsors will have more than a year sobriety; have a sponsor; have “worked the steps” and are available to be a mentor for you.

H&I SERVICE: AA members are needed to take A.A. meetings into jails, recovery centers, shelters and hospitals. This is 12th Step work at its most basic and vital, and a great opportunity to bring our program of hope to those who may be truly suffering. “It is the great paradox of A.A. that we know we can seldom keep the precious gift of sobriety unless we give it away”. (12&12, p. 151).

See the Area 53 (Oakland/Alameda) Roster for opportunities. Attend an orientation on Zoom on the first Wednesday each month at 6:30.
Meeting ID: 317 259 5765
Passcode: ACTION

Please contact our H&I Rep at handi@ecfaa.org if you have any questions or need more info.

NEWCOMER LITERATURE: If you are new and need literature, please contact literature@ecfaa.org for a newcomer packet.

COURT CARDS - ATTENDANCE VERIFICATION: Send an email to secretary.coordinator@ecfaa.org. Include your name, date and time of the meeting you attended, and name of the meeting secretary. Your attendance will be verified within 24 hours.

A.A. Literature Online

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Secretary Downloads

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Training Downloads