Text Size
Smaller
Bigger

The Benefits of AA

answered 08:33 AM EST, Tue March 12, 2013
anonymous anonymous
How often am I supposed to go to AA meetings to get the benefit? I haven’t gone yet because I am sort of intimidated by walking into a meeting without knowing a lot about how it works.

Jim LaPierre Says...

I'm loving your question and I have some good news for you that you'll likely find hard to believe: EVERYONE who has gone into AA for the first time has gone with trepidation/fear/social anxiety/feeling bad about themselves.

Here's the key - go with an open mind. Take it all in and know that everyone in that room knows how you feel as a newcomer.

How often should you go? There's an expression I love, "Don't leave until the miracle happens." I also love their expression, "Keep coming back. It works if you work it and you're worth it!" I couldn't agree more.

My recommendation is to hit 90 meetings in 90 days to get the full affect. Unless you're living in an especially rural area there are probably multiple meetings a day near by to you. Google "AA (your hometown) meetings" and you'll see where and when they are.

Check out different meetings - each has a slightly different feel.

Good luck to you!

Email It Send this page Print It Print friendly page Subscribe Subscribe to this topic category

Page last updated Mar 12, 2013

Call Now for
Rehab Options
Insurance Accepted
(Except Medicare)

Join Thousands of Readers

who receive our weekly recovery newsletter.

Alcoholism: Featured Experts
All Experts

This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.