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If you can't stop drinking, the best thing you can do right now is talk to someone.

If you want to stop drinking and you’re having trouble doing that, then you’ve come to the right place. Turns out many of us have experienced the same problem!

A.A. helps to connect and support people who want to stop drinking. We’re here for you because we’ve been in your shoes. We know it can be tough, but all you need is a desire to stop drinking.

If you would like to talk to someone who has stopped drinking for awhile and is happy about it, please call us right now.

We have someone available 24/7 who wants to help:

(215) 923-7900

Para comunicarte con la línea de ayuda en español, llama al

215-398-2540

Go to a meeting in your area

Meetings are one of the best ways to get help with a drinking problem. Go to any meeting; introduce yourself, and say you need help. As scary as this may seem, remember that every one of us did the same thing when we were ready.

Is A.A. for you?

Only you can decide whether to give AA a try. In AA, we don’t diagnose you or tell you if and when you should stop drinking. That’s your decision to make. Below are some questions that might help you to sort it out for yourself. See if you can recognize any of these situations in your own life. Remember, there’s no disgrace in facing up to the fact that you have a problem.

Answer Yes or No to the Following Questions
  1. Have you ever decided to stop drinking for a week or so, but only lasted for a couple of days?
  2. Do you wish people would mind their own business about your drinking and stop telling you what to do?
  3. Have you ever switched from one kind of drink to another in the hope that this would keep you from getting drunk?
  4. Have you had to have an eye-opener upon awakening during the past year? Do you need a drink to get started, or to stop shaking?
  5. Do you envy people who can drink without getting into trouble?
  6. Have you had problems connected with drinking during the past year?
  7. Has your drinking caused trouble at home?
  8. Do you ever try to get “extra” drinks at a party because you do not get enough?
  9. Do you tell yourself you can stop drinking any time you want to, even though you keep getting drunk when you don’t mean to?
  10. Have you missed days of work or school because of drinking?
  11. Do you have “blackouts”?
  12. Have you ever felt that your life would be better if you did not drink?
What’s your score?

Did you answer YES to four or more questions? If so, you probably have trouble with your drinking. Why do we say this? Because thousands of people in AA have said so for many years. They found out the truth about themselves – the hard way. But again, only you can decide whether you think AA is for you. Try to keep an open mind on the subject. If the answer is YES, we will be glad to show you how we stopped drinking ourselves.

Just call, email us or use our “find a meeting” feature to check it out. AA does not promise to solve your life’s problems. But we can show you how we are learning to live without drinking “one day at a time.” We stay away from that “first drink.” If there is no first one, there cannot be a tenth one. And when we got rid of alcohol, we found that life became much more manageable. The great news is you never have to take another drink.

Anonymity

Members of AA protect their anonymity:

to protect the AA organization, their professional and private lives, the lives of other alcoholics and most importantly, those seeking help with their drinking problem: the newcomer.

Your anonymity will be protected. AA does not keep information on their members nor track or record who contacts them.

Can't stop drinking? Try an A.A. meeting.

Only you can make that determination. To be an alcoholic means that we cannot consistently predict or control our consumption and that negative consequences from our drinking are occurring in our lives (physical, mental, emotional, financial, and/or social). A doctor specializing in alcoholic treatment (and early friend of AA) said that we alcoholics suffer from an illness of a two-fold nature; an obsession of the mind to experience the ease and comfort that comes from taking a drink and an allergy of the body which, after taking the first drink, triggers a phenomenon of craving. This craving is powerful enough to ensure we cannot consistently control the frequency or amount we consume.

No. We offer a 12-step approach to living without alcohol which can be heard about at our meetings. We do not offer a residential program or medical attention.

No. We are not religious and want to avoid any conflict on this topic. We consider ourselves a spiritual program, and our steps are broad and open to anyone who is not steadfastly closed to spiritual principles.

You are a member when you can say “I think I might have a problem with alcohol”. You are then welcome at all AA meetings, both open and closed. They usually last one hour.

AA is an unusual organization. It has no leaders or governing bodies. Each meeting makes its own decisions. However, experience has led to the publication of our Twelve Traditions which are intended to help groups avoid previous pitfalls.

AA has no dues or fees. We do not accept outside donations and are supported exclusively by the contributions members make during meetings, by mail or online.

Generally, yes. We are bound to a tradition of non-affiliation with any outside entity, but we do seek to be cooperative. Each individual meeting or member decides whether they sign such cards.

The Twelve Steps are the core of the A.A. program of recovery. They are suggestions of actions and shifts in attitude found in our primary text, Alcoholics Anonymous (also called “the Big Book”), that many have found necessary to maintain their sobriety.

That will be up to you, but as one member suggested “My sobriety is a living thing and must be tended diligently, or it will wither and die.”

How can I get more information?

Please call (215-923-7900) or email us at :manager@aasepia.org anytime.