FAQ’s to Finding a Meeting

Navigating the space to find the right meeting for you specific preferences can be confusing! Here are a set of FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Question’s) commonly asked when finding meeting’s:

Q: What is an Open Meeting? 

An open meeting is OPEN to anyone who wants to attend! These meetings provide a space for individuals who feel comfortable with diverse groups who have different relationships with substances and/or addictive behaviors.

Q: What is a Closed Meeting?

Closed meetings are only for individuals who are struggling with a specific substance-use addiction or those who think they might have an addiction problem. Closed meetings provide an atmosphere in which individuals can feel more certain that those attending will be able to identify with them. Newcomers may feel more comfortable at a closed meeting for the same reason.

Q: What does AA, NA, & MA mean?

AA stands for Alcohol Anonymous which is a structured group created to support individuals dealing with substance use/abuse from Alcohol.

NA stands for Narcotics Anonymous which is a structured group created to support individuals dealing with substance use/abuse from any other substance but alcohol.

MA stands for Marijuana Anonymous (MA) which is a structured group created to support individuals dealing with substance use/abuse specifically from Marijuana.

Q: What does Addictive Behaviors mean?

Addictive behaviors are the compulsion to continually engage in an activity or behavior despite the negative impact on the person’s ability to remain mentally and/or physically healthy and functional in the home and community. These behaviors and activities can encompass gambling, shopping, sex, food, and exercise.

Q: What does a 12 Step Meeting mean?

The 12 Steps were created by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous to establish guidelines for the best way to overcome an addiction to alcohol. This program has created 12 steps centered around overcoming addiction and the connection one has to God. Although the 12 Steps are heavy on spirituality, many nonreligious people have found the program immensely helpful. The language emphasizes the presence of God as each participant understands him, allowing for different interpretations and religious beliefs.

Q: What does Big Book/12 Traditions meeting mean?

The 12 Traditions speak to the members of Alcoholics Anonymous as a group, unlike the steps, which are focused on the individual. The traditions are defined in the Big Book, the main governing literature of Alcoholics Anonymous. Most 12-step groups have also adapted the 12 traditions for their own recovery plans.

Q: What does a Speaker meeting mean?

One or more members selected beforehand share, as described in the Big Book, telling what they were like, what happened and what they are like now. Depending upon the group conscience for general guidelines, some groups prefer that members who speak have a minimum period of continuous sobriety. Speaker meetings often are open meetings.