Only you can decide whether you want to give Alcoholics Anonymous a try—whether you think it can help you. We who are in A.A. came because we finally gave up trying to control our drinking. We still hated to admit that we could never drink safely. Then we heard from other A.A. members that we were sick. (We thought so for years!) We found out that many people suffered from the same feelings of guilt and loneliness and hopelessness that we did. We found out that we had these feelings because we had the disease of alcoholism. We decided to try to face up to what alcohol had done to us. Here are some of the questions we tried to answer honestly. If we answered YES to four or more questions, we were in deep trouble with our drinking. See how you do. Remember, there is no disgrace in facing up to the fact that you have a problem.
Will I find people like me in A.A.?
Like other illnesses, alcoholism strikes all kinds of people. So the men and women in A.A. are of all races and nationalities, all religions and no religion at all. They are rich and poor and just average. They work at all occupations, as lawyers and housewives, teachers and truck drivers, waitresses and members of the clergy.
Do you think you’re different?
We are all different. We are all pretty special people. But we are also all alcoholics and all sober in A.A. together. In this, we are more like each other than different. Here in A.A., we find the shared humanity that enables us to live out our widely different lives and pursue our separate and individual destinies. You are welcome to join us.
Do you need help now?
If you are concerned with a drinking problem and need to speak with someone, contact an A.A. intergroup or central office nearest you. Most A.A. intergroup and central offices have 24 hour hotlines and maintain a meeting schedule on their websites. For a listing of all meetings in Western Washington, go here.