What type of meetings or events does Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor?
There are two basic types of meetings... Speaker and Discussion. Either type can be Open or Closed.
Speaker meetings consist mainly of a main speaker that usually
reviews his or her past drinking experiences that led to their arrival
at A.A.,followed by his or her interpretation of the recovery program
and how they apply it to their life. Participation is limited to the
speaker who is a volunteer (speaking at A.A. meetings is not a
requirement of membership).
Discussion meetings are "round-table" discussions pertaining to some
aspect of sobriety or the A.A. recovery program. Participation is
voluntary. Members share their experience with each other.
Open meetings are open to the public. Spouses often accompany their
alcoholic mates to these meetings. Interested parties are also welcome
to attend, particularly those whose work involves contact with an
Closed meetings are restricted to A.A. members only (anyone who has
a desire to stop drinking may consider themselves to be a member if
they so choose).
As a general rule speaker meetings are open and discussion meetings
are closed, although there are several open discussion groups in the
Events such as conventions or roundups are weekend or one-day
gatherings that provide a series of speakers and panelists. Such events
are open to the public. Note that unlike regular A.A. meetings there is
usually a registration fee involved to cover the expenses involved with
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