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CHESTER CONFERENCE 2014. Terms of Engagement The potential, constraints, availability and response of Alcoholics Anonymous. THE TRADITIONS OF AA. Have helped to maintain AA since its inception in 1935 Written in 1946 and published in AA Grapevine

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Chester conference 2014

CHESTER CONFERENCE 2014

Terms of Engagement

The potential, constraints, availability and response of Alcoholics Anonymous


The traditions of aa

THE TRADITIONS OF AA

Have helped to maintain AA since its inception in 1935

Written in 1946 and published in AA Grapevine

Adopted by AA’s first International Convention in 1950


The traditions of aa1

THE TRADITIONS OF AA

Tradition 2: …Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.

Tradition 3: The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking

Tradition 6: …ought never endorse, finance or lend the AA name to any outside facility.


Traditions of aa

TRADITIONS OF AA

Tradition 7: Every AA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

Tradition 10: AA has no opinion on outside issues; hence the AA name ought never be drawn into public controversy


Opportunities for aa

OPPORTUNITIES FOR AA

Increased numbers at meetings

Requests for new meetings

Increase in Twelfth Step calls

More requests to give talks and presentations

More requests to meet people prior to meetings

Increased respectability and credibility for AA in professional and wider community


Challenges for aa

CHALLENGES FOR AA

  • Unease with respect to:

    • Traditions (esp. 6 and 10 – affiliation/endorsement)

    • Perceptions about coercion

  • Over-saturation at smaller meetings

  • More dually-addicted people at meetings

  • Vacant liaison officer posts


Let s be friendly with our friends friends on the alcoholism front

Let’s Be Friendly With Our Friends:Friends on the Alcoholism Front

So let us work alongside all these

projects of promise to hasten the

recovery of those millions who have

not yet found their way out. These

varied labors do not need our special

endorsement; they need only a helping

hand when, as individuals, we

can possibly give it. (Bill W, 1958)


Conference 2014

CONFERENCE 2014

“Can the Fellowship share experience and make recommendations on how we can respond positively to the recovery agenda and external initiatives in the professional community”

Maintain Traditions, integrity and autonomy – cooperate but not affiliate

Produce set of slides for presentations to the professional community

Sufficient supporting literature for AA groups and professionals

Liaison officers to work together


Young people s project

YOUNG PEOPLE’S PROJECT

This Project is undertaking to address the needs of the younger person who is seeking help with their drinking problem

I shall now handover to my colleague Phil W, who is the coordinator of the Project


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