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Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

Hours of Operation:

Sunday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. til 11:00 p.m.

Friday – Saturday 7:00 a.m. til 1:00 a.m.

What to Expect at Your First AA Meeting

If you’re new to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and considering attending your first meeting, it’s natural to feel a mix of curiosity and apprehension. Let’s demystify the experience and help you feel more at ease. Here’s what you can expect:

What Is an AA Meeting?2024-04-19T15:10:50-04:00

An AA meeting is a gathering of individuals who have faced challenges with alcohol. It’s a supportive community where people share their experiences, listen to others, and offer encouragement. AA follows a 12-step recovery model that emphasizes specific principles to guide sobriety.

Arriving at the Meeting2024-05-13T15:54:29-04:00

Arrive Early: Arriving a little early allows you to get oriented and find the meeting room.

Meeting Format2024-04-19T15:10:00-04:00

Variety: Each meeting is unique, but they generally last 60 to 90 minutes. Some may be shorter or longer.

Greeting: Expect a warm welcome from fellow attendees.

Seating: Find a seat; there’s no assigned seating.

Speaker or Discussion: Meetings can be either speaker meetings (where a member shares their story) or discussion meetings (where everyone participates).


Voluntary: Sharing is voluntary. You don’t have to speak if you’re not comfortable.

Listening: Actively listen to others’ stories; you’ll likely identify with shared experiences.

No Pressure: There’s no pressure to share unless you’re ready. Some meetings have a designated sharing time, while others allow spontaneous sharing.

Support and Camaraderie2024-04-19T15:00:10-04:00

Fellowship: AA meetings provide a safe, confidential space to discuss addiction, challenges, and recovery.

Tips and Encouragement: Members offer tips and encouragement based on their own journeys.

Positive Outcomes: Research suggests that attending meetings can lead to positive outcomes for many participants.

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