Frequently Asked Questions

Newcomer FAQ

Am I an alcoholic?

What Is An Alcoholic? An alcoholic is known as someone who drinks alcohol beyond his or her ability to control it and is unable to stop consuming alcohol voluntarily. Most often this is coupled with being habitually intoxicated, daily drinking, and drinking larger quantities of alcohol than most.

What is Alcoholics Anonymous?

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

If I go to an A.A. meeting, does that commit me to anything?

No. A.A. does not keep membership files, or attendance records. You do not have to reveal anything about yourself. No one will bother you if you don’t want to come back.

How do you become an A.A. group member?

The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking. (Tradition Three) Thus, group membership requires no formal application.  Just as we are members of A.A. if we say we are, so are we members of a group if we say we are and we keep coming back.

What A.A. Does NOT Do
  1. Make medical or psychiatric diagnoses or prognoses, or offer advice.

  2. Provide drying-out or nursing services, hospitalization, drugs, housing, jobs, money or other welfare services.

  3. Accept any money for its services or contributions from outside sources.

  4. Provide letters of reference to parole boards, lawyers, court officials, social agencies, employers, etc.

  5. Engage in or support education, research, or professional treatment.

Who belongs to Alcoholics Anonymous?

Like other illnesses, alcoholism strikes all sorts of people. So the men and women in A.A. are of all races and nationalities, all religions and no religion at all. They are rich and poor and just average. They work at all occupations, as lawyers and housewives, teachers and truck drivers, waitresses and members of the clergy. A.A. does not keep a list of members, but groups do report how many people belong to each one. From these reports, total A.A. membership is estimated at over 2,000,000.

There’s a lot of talk about God, though, isn’t there?

The majority of A.A. members believe that we have found the solution to our drinking problem not through individual willpower, but through a power greater than ourselves. However, everyone defines this power as he or she wishes. Many people call it God, others think it is the A.A. group, still others don’t believe in it at all. There is room in A.A. for people of all shades of belief and non-belief.

What advice do you give new members?

In our experience, the people who recover in A.A. are those who: (a) stay away from the first drink; (b) attend A.A. meetings regularly; (c) seek out the people in A.A. who have successfully stayed sober for some time; (d) try to put into practice the A.A. program of recovery.

What if I have more questions?

Additional questions and answers can be found here

Alano Club FAQ

What is the purpose of the Alano Club?

The Alano Club of Escondido is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has been helping local people with alcohol and other drug problems to resume an alcohol and drug-free life since the early 1979. Its purpose is to provide people in recovery with a safe and clean place to gather for recovery meetings, fellowship, and recreation, in a supportive environment in which people can work at changing their lives.

What happens at the Alano Club?

It is a site for Recovery meetings, fellowship, and recreation. It is a place of hope for those who are suffering from alcoholism or drug addiction; a place to go when afraid, or lonely and suffering. It is a resource to the recovery community, a support for the families and loved ones of those struggling with alcoholism and addiction, and most of all, a place where miracles occur.

What is the history of the Alano Club?

By its own traditions, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) cannot finance or lend its name to any outside organization, so “clubhouses” for recovering alcoholics sprang up in the 1930s soon after AA’s founding. Initially called “24-Hour Clubs,” and operated apart from AA by recovering alcoholics, these institutions met the need among recovering people and their families for companionship and sober recreation, and soon came to be called “AA’s second miracle.” Alano Clubs are the most common among the thousands of recovery clubs around the world that provide “safe haven” to travelers who are recovered alcoholics and addicts as well as a social hub for the local recovery community.

What does it mean to become an Alano Club volunteer?

The Alano Club seeks volunteers for one-time projects, for committee membership, and for leadership positions. Time commitment can vary from one month to one, two, or three years. You do not have to be involved in a 12-Step program to volunteer. Anyone can apply for a volunteer position – but all volunteers must be free from substance use.

What does it mean to become an Alano Club member?

The Alano Club is a membership organization. There is only one paid staff position. All other Club functions are performed by members and volunteers. Serving the Alano Club also means serving people of all ages and race who seek support in recovery from drugs, alcohol, and other afflictions. The Alano Club of Escondido membership dues are $50.00 a year single or $80.00 per couple. Lifetime membership is $500.00 single or $800.00 per couple.

Can I bring my family to an A.A. meeting?

Family members or close friends are welcome at “Open” A.A. meetings. Discuss this with your local contact.

What can the families of alcoholics do?

A.A. is just for the alcoholics, but two other fellowships can help their relatives. One is Al-Anon Family Groups. The other is Alateen, for teenagers who have alcoholic parents.


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