Other Services and Resources
We have resources and committees to inform the professional community and the general public about Alcoholics Anonymous.
We have a fully stocked bookstore with books, pamphlets, directories and other items to help alcoholics get and stay sober. Our bookstore is located in our Intergroup Office or you can order materials online. If you need a purchase order number for your purchasing agent, please call us. We’re happy to help.
Pamphlet racks filled with Alcoholics Anonymous literature are available for placement in libraries, schools, medical offices, union halls, etc. We can also provide public service announcement spots for radio and television.
Our Speakers Committee, upon request, provides A.A. speakers to schools, colleges, service clubs, union meetings, senior citizen centers, driving schools, professional symposiums and other events where there is concern about alcohol abuse. If you’d like to schedule a speaker for your event, please give us notice at least two weeks in advance (preferably one month or more) so we have adequate time to schedule a speaker.
Our Cooperation with the Professional Community (CPC) Committee is available to distribute information and answer questions at health fairs, symposiums, conferences, street fairs, and expungement fairs. If you’d like A.A. to staff a table or booth at your event, please give us notice at least two weeks in advance (preferably one month or more) so we have adequate time to schedule a volunteers.
Our Institutions Committee carries A.A. meetings into jails, hospitals, in-patient rehabs, and other places where clients can’t get out to meetings. We currently carry meetings to nearly 40 commitments each week. If you’d like to us to bring an A.A. meeting to your institution, please contact us.
SOME TYPICAL MISCONCEPTIONS
Here is a list of things that A.A. is not and does not do:
- IS NOT a religious movement
- IS NOT a temperance movement
- IS NOT a social service organization (it has no paid social workers or professional field workers)
- IS NOT an educational agency
- IS NOT a cure or “cure-all”
- IS NOT an employment agency
- DOES NOT solicit or accept funds from outside sources; voluntary contributions from members and groups support A.A. services
- DOES NOT run hospitals, rest homes, clubhouses, or any outside enterprises
- DOES NOT prescribe treatment for alcoholics
- DOES NOT pay for treatment of alcoholics
The sole purpose of A.A. is to help the alcoholic who wants to stop drinking and stay stopped.