Keep It Simple * Let Go and Let God * Think BEFORE You Drink * Easy Does It
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.
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem.
It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age, social, or education requirements.
Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
Participation is 100% anonymous. We do not report your participation to anyone and we do not repeat anything you say.
As anonymity is the “spiritual foundation of all our Traditions,” we observe anonymity at all times.
In 2013, the 63rd General Service Conference affirmed that “the Internet, social media, and all forms of public communications are implicit in the last phrase of the short form of Tradition Eleven, which reads: ‘…at the level of press, radio, and films.'"
In simplest form, this means that A.A.s do not publicly identify themselves as A.A. members using their full names and/or full-face images.
Modern communication in A.A. is flowing from one alcoholic to another in ways that are high-tech, relatively open-ended and evolving quickly. Protecting anonymity is a major concern for members, who are accessing the Internet in ever-growing numbers.
When we use digital media, we are responsible for our own anonymity and for protecting that of others. When we post, text, or blog, we should consider whether we are breaking our anonymity or the anonymity of our fellow AAs.
"None of us would be here today if somebody hadn't taken time to explain things to us, to give us a little pat on the back, to take us to a meeting or two, to do numerous little kind and thoughtful acts in our behalf.
So let us never get such a degree of smug complacency that we're not willing to extend, or attempt to extend, to our less fortunate brothers (and sisters) that help which has been so beneficial to us." - Dr. Bob
To keep it, you have to give it away.
This is a simple program. Let's not louse it all up with... complexities and things that are interesting to the scientific mind, but have little to do with our A.A. work.
Our Twelve Steps,... resolve themselves into the words “love” and “service.” We understand what love is, and we understand what service is. So let's bear those two things in mind, always.
Let us also remember to guard our tongue, and if we must use it, let's use it with kindness and consideration and tolerance.
... Most responsible for our growth as a fellowship and most vital to our continuity, I would say, (is) the “Concept of Anonymity.”
Anonymity has two attributes essential to our individual and collective survival; the spiritual and the practical.
On the spiritual level, anonymity demands the greatest discipline of which we are capable; on the practical level, anonymity has brought protection for the newcomer, respect, the support of the world outside, and security.
Since the book, Alcoholics Anonymous first appeared in 1939, this basic text has helped millions of men and women recover from alcoholism.
Currently available in the General Service Conference-approved Fourth Edition, the Big Book contains the stories of the co-founders, as well as many members of diverse backgrounds who have found recovery in the worldwide Fellowship.
Buy your copy at the TARA Club.
Literature published by A.A. World Services, Inc. is a resource for the recovering alcoholic and for anyone who wants to find out about Alcoholics Anonymous, its history, and how it works. General Service Conference-approved literature reflects the group conscience of the Fellowship of A.A. and includes the book Alcoholics Anonymous (affectionately known by members as the Big Book.
AA literature may be purchased in the TARA Club office.
Al-Anon members are people, just like you, who are worried about someone with a drinking problem. Family members have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others who have faced the same or similar problems.
Our personal situations and experiences may be different, but we share as equals because of what we have in common: our lives have been affected by another person's drinking.
Al-Anon is a mutual support group.
We can find understanding and support when we share our common experiences with each other.
Some come to Al-Anon because their spouse or partner has struggled with alcoholism.
For others, the problem drinker is a parent, child, grandchild, brother, sister or close friend.
Many who come to Al-Anon are in despair, feeling hopeless, unable to believe that things can ever change. We want our lives to be different, but nothing we have done has brought about change. We all come to Al-Anon because we want and need help.
In Al-Anon members share their own experiences, strengths, and hopes with each other. You will meet others who share your feelings and frustrations, if not your exact situation. We come together to learn a better way of life.
This information is both
for people who may have a drinking problem and
for those in contact with people who have,
or are suspected of having a problem.
This sheet tells what to expect from Alcoholics Anonymous.
It describes what A.A. is, what A.A. does,
& what A.A. does not do.
Talk to any TARA Club officer or your GSR.
Let them know you are ready to return to
in-person group meetings.
This is your clubhouse and we need you
to re-engage, pay your membership dues, take ownership in your group, contribute to your 7th Tradition basket, join a committee, and bring your ideas to Quarterly Business Meetings. Plug yourself back into the TARA Club and become active in the process.
Don't forget to make your payments and donations while you are here. Thank you.
Your Officers and Board of Directors.