How Can We Help? | Alcoholics Anonymous Edinburgh & Midlothian

How Can We Help?

  • All professionals are welcome to attend our “open” meetings. There are over 4000 meetings in Great Britain.
  • We are willing to provide speakers to attend outside groups.AA speakers regularly talk at schools to help younger people understand the effects of alcohol.
  • We are willing to participate in local alcohol initiatives.
  • We are always willing to co-operate with Professionals and offer our help in dealing with the ‘still suffering alcoholic’.
  • AA can bring ‘display units’ & literature to any event.
  • We welcome opportunities to use Newspapers, Radio and Television to offer our help to those who still suffer.
  • Probation services and Courts are welcome to use our “Proof of Attendance” at meetings to further their help to the alcoholic.

What does AA do?

AA members share their experience with anyone seeking help with a drink problem. They give person to person service or “sponsorship”, to the alcoholic coming to AA from any source.The AA programme set out in out Twelve Steps, offers the alcoholic a way to develop a satisfying life without alcohol.This programme is discussed at AA meetings.

What AA does not do:

  • Furnish initial motivation for alcoholics to recover.
  • Solicit members.
  • Engage in or sponsor research.
  • Join ‘councils’ of social agencies.
  • Follow up or try to control its members.
  • Make medical or psychological diagnosis or prognosis.
  • Provide ‘drying out’ or nursing services, hospitalisation, drugs or any medical or psychiatric treatment.
  • Offer religious services.
  • Engage in education about alcohol.
  • Provide housing, food, clothing, jobs, money or any other welfare or social services.
  • Provide domestic or vocational counselling.
  • Accept any money for its services, or any contributions from non AA sources.

Public Information (PI) in AA means carrying the message of recovery to the still suffering alcoholic by informing the general public about the AA programme; we do this by getting in touch with the media, managers, welfare officers in industry and the Trades’ Unions, Schools, and indeed any organisation of a public nature whether it be organised or voluntary, which is in a position to pass on the knowledge of the existence of AA and what it can do for the still suffering alcoholic.

Call our National Helpline for FREE on 0800 917 7650

AA Edinburgh and Midlothian is committed to providing safe venues for our meetings. We encourage group members to help keep AA safe by taking sensible precautions, both with personal belongings and by being mindful about giving out personal information.