Are You New to AA?

Alcoholics Anonymous is a program of a new way of life without alcohol, a program that is working successfully for millions of men and women throughout the world, and in all walks of life. The experience of A.A. members is that alcoholism is a progressive illness that cannot be cured, but which, like some other illnesses, can be arrested – by staying away from the first drink, one day at a time.

A.A. members, as volunteers, are happy to offer help by sharing their experience, strength and hope in staying sober. One of the ways members stay sober is by helping other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Please choose an option below that best describes who you are:

1. For the problem drinker

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. Then we heard from other A.A. members that we were sick. (We thought so for years!) We found out that many people suffered from the same feelings of guilt and loneliness and hopelessness that we did. We found out that we had these feelings because we had the disease of alcoholism.

We decided to try and face up to what alcohol had done to us. Here are some of the questions we tried to answer honestly.

We encourage you to:

  • Call the Ashtabula Intergroup Office or 24-Hour Hot Line or an Intergroup office near you.
    Click here to search U.S. and Canada
  • Attend an A.A. meeting within the greater Cleveland area
  • Read more about how A.A. can help

2. For the family member or friend of someone who has a drinking problem

  • Read “Is There an Alcoholic in Your Life?”
    Explains the A.A. program as it affects anyone close to an alcoholic-spouse, family
    member, friend.
  • Contact Cleveland Ohio Al-Anon Family Groups
  •  Contact Al-Anon Family Groups

3. For the professional or if you need to refer someone to A.A.

Read more how A.A. members can help professionals

  • If you are in Northeast Ohio you can contact specific committees, including:
    Members of the clergy, medical professions, legal professions, Correctional Facilities,
    Treatment Facilities, and general inquiries.
  • If you are anywhere outside NE Ohio and are a health care professional, correctional or
    treatment facility professional, media or news professional, employee assistance
    professional, educator, member of the clergy, counselor, social worker or a student,
    please contact our General Service Office and they will direct your inquiry accordingly.