Welcome to the Metro Atlanta Central Office of Alcoholics Anonymous website. The Central Office, by A.A. tradition, exists primarily as a service organization. It is the first point of contact with A.A. for many who believe they may have a drinking problem. It’s an A.A. member at our office who answers the phone when anyone in the 18 metro county area calls Alcoholics Anonymous.

What is Alcoholics Anonymous?

Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination or politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and to help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.”

A.A. Preamble – Reprinted w/ the permission of the A.A. Grapevine Inc.

“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. Most of the information is available in more detail in literature published by A.A. World Services, Inc. This sheet tells what to expect from Alcoholics Anonymous. It describes what A.A. is, what A.A. does, and what A.A. does not do.”

Information on Alcoholics Anonymous

“Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.”

Twelve Questions Only You Can Answer
Is A.A. for Me?
Do You Think You’re Different
A Brief Guide to A.A.
This is A.A.
A Newcomer Asks
Frequently Asked Questions About A.A.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.

How Do You Become an A.A. Group Member?
“The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking” (Tradition Three). Thus, group membership requires no formal application. Just as we are members of A.A. if we say we are, so are we members of a group if we say we are.

Self-support: The Seventh Tradition
There are no dues or fees for membership in A.A., but we do have expenses such as rent, refreshments, A.A. Conference-approved literature, meeting lists and contributions to services provided by the local intergroup (central office), district and area, and the General Service Office of A.A. In keeping with the Seventh Tradition a group may “pass the basket” for contributions, and members are encouraged to participate.

We are not an organization in the conventional sense of the word… We are not allied with any particular faith, sect or denomination, nor do we oppose anyone. We simply wish to be helpful to those who are afflicted.”

Big Book – Foreword to the First Edition pages xiii-xiv

In simple language, we are not a religious organization, nor do we require any such affiliation.  We are bound in a kinship of common suffering, and by a program of action under the twelve steps that provide a way out. Our aim is to be inclusive, rather than exclusive, of all who suffer.

We have a few practices that may resemble what is observed in some religious practices, but they are found in many organizations, such as financial self-support.  While many meetings occur in churches, the spaces are only rented to Alcoholics Anonymous. The relationship between Alcoholics Anonymous and religious organizations was forged in the earliest days of AA because many disheartened clergy sent their afflicted members to us for the unique help we provide. Throughout the years, religious, social and medical organizations have embraced the methods practiced in Alcoholics Anonymous as a pathway to permanent sobriety, one day at a time.

The unique remedy is found in a path to Spirituality, which begins for many of us as a reliance on the AA Group for support.  The majority of members believe that our strength comes from a power greater than ourselves. Still, we are encouraged to “find our own conception” — it just has to be a power greater than ourselves. There is room for all shades of belief and non-belief. Many of us, in these skeptical beginnings, are surprised to tap into an unsuspected inner reservoir of strength, supported by our friends in the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, that we eventually identify as a Higher Power.

Many Pathways to Spirituality
The “God” Word: Agnostic and Atheist Members in A.A.
One Big Tent: Atheist and Agnostic AA members share their experience strength and hope

A.A. today represents “a membership whose characteristics – of age, gender, race and culture – have widened and have deepened to encompass virtually everyone the first 100 members could have hoped to reach.”

Big Book – Foreword to the Fourth Edition pg. xxiii

At “open meetings,” speakers tell how they drank, how they discovered A.A., and how its program has helped them. Members may bring relatives or friends, and usually anyone interested in A.A. is also welcome to attend “open meetings” as an observer.

Closed meetings” are for alcoholics only. These are group discussions, and any members who want to may speak up, to ask questions and to share their thoughts with fellow members. At “closed meetings,” A.A.s can get help with personal problems in staying sober and in everyday living. Some other A.A.s can explain how they have already handled the same problems — often by using one or more of the Twelve Steps.

Do You Think You’re Different?
A.A. and the Armed Forces
A.A. for the Native North American
A.A. for the Older Alcoholic
A.A. for Alcoholics with Mental Health issues – and their Sponsors
A.A. for the Black and African American Alcoholic
A Message to Teenagers
Access to A.A. – Members share on overcoming barriers
Behind the Walls: A Message of Hope
Hispanic Women in A.A.
LGBTQ Alcoholics in A.A.
Problems Other Than Alcohol
Women in A.A.
Young People in A.A.

There are a variety of formats for A.A. meetings and each meeting takes on the feel of their local area. At most meetings you will hear members talk about what drinking did to them and to those around them. Most also share what actions they took to stop drinking and how they are living their lives today.

What to Expect at an A.A. Meeting
The A.A. Group…Where It All Begins
Questions & Answers on Sponsorship


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Concerned About Their Drinking?

“If someone you care about has a drinking problem, A.A. might have a solution for them. A.A. has helped more than two million alcoholics stop drinking. Recovery works through one alcoholic sharing their experience with another. A.A. is made up of alcoholics helping alcoholics recover. 

Al-Anon Family Groups is another Twelve Step program of recovery. Their members are made up of people concerned with someone’s drinking problem.

In Al-Anon, members have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others who have faced similar problems.

from Alcoholics Anonymous – A.A. Family Friend
Discover Al-Anon
Al-Anon in Georgia
Metro Atlanta Al-Anon/AlaTeen

“Our Twelfth Step — carrying the message — is the basic service that the A.A. Fellowship gives; this is our principal aim and the main reason for our existence. Therefore, A.A. is more than a set of principles; it is a society for alcoholics in action. We must carry the message, else we ourselves can wither and those who haven’t been given the truth may die.”

The A.A. Service Manual, “A.A.’s Legacy of Service,” page S1

Cooperating with nonalcoholic professionals is an effective way to carry the message to the sick alcoholic. Such people often meet the alcoholic in places where A.A. is not present. Through professionals, alcoholics may be reached who might otherwise never find the program, or they may be reached sooner with the help of informed non-A.A.s. Here is a list of jobs and professions that your local C.P.C. committee has approached. You may contact us for help at [email protected] or call Central Office 404-523-5650.

Your local C.P.C. committee may think of others: alcoholism or substance abuse counselors; armed forces officers, unit commanders or military chaplains; athletic coaches; corrections officers; court officials; educators; employers or employee assistance professionals; health care professionals; clergypersons; judges; juvenile services professionals; law enforcement officers; lawyers; probation or parole professionals; professional students; public health officials; senior services professionals; social workers; union officials.

If You are A Professional…
A Message to Corrections Professionals…
A.A. in Correctional Facilities
A.A. Video in Correctional Facilities
Faith Leaders Ask About A.A.
A.A. Video for Legal and Corrections Professionals
A.A. as a Resource For Drug & Alcohol Court Professionals
An Open Letter to Health Care Professionals
A.A. Video for Healthcare Professionals
Is there a Problem Drinker in the Workplace?
A.A. Video for Employment/Human Resources Professionals
“What A.A. is and What It Is Not” for Treatment Facilities
Working with Students Attending Professional Schools
Digital Press Kit


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