Ever Wonder… How Can Newcomers Be Reached and Helped?

It’s in there.  The A.A. Group… Where It All Begins

Designed for easy reference, the pamphlet covers four main areas:

  • What an A.A. group is.
  • How a group functions.
  • Group relations with others in the community.
  • How the group fits into the structure of A.A. as a whole.   

How Can Newcomers Be Reached and Helped?

Naturally, alcoholics cannot be helped by A.A. unless they know A.A. exists, and know where to find it. So it is a good idea for groups in smaller towns to communicate their meeting place and times to public agencies. Along with such a notice, it is helpful to distribute the flyer “A.A. at a Glance” or the pamphlet “Alcoholics Anonymous in Your Community.”

In large urban areas, the central office, intergroup or district meeting list of all groups can be used for this purpose.

Should an A.A. group let the public know how to obtain information on open A.A. meetings? Some groups do, but for only one reason — to let the community know of the availability of help for alcoholics through our program. Such small notices are usually placed in community service sections of the local newspaper to let people know how to get in touch with nearby A.A. meetings, if they so desire.

Some groups keep lists of members available to do Twelfth Step work. Groups may have hospitality committees and/or greeters to make sure no new member, visitor or inquiring prospect goes unwelcomed.

Sponsors usually take the responsibility for helping newcomers find their way in A.A. Much help can be found in the A.A. pamphlet “Questions and Answers on Sponsorship.”

From The A.A. Group… Where It All Begins p24