AA MOVES ONLINE

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By AA Williamstown

Since 1945 Alcoholics Anonymous Australia has been helping men and women who have a desire to stop drinking achieve sobriety. As AA celebrates its 75th birthday their members are dealing with challenging times.

With the current stay-at-home restrictions due to Coronavirus face to face AA meetings, like so many things, have been forced to move online. Virtual meetings allow the message of recovery to continue and are available to anyone who has a desire to stop drinking. While AA has had online meetings since the internet first started their numbers have exploded to deal with social isolation requirements.

Susan*, who has been sober for 2 years has adapted to them. “Change is hard and online meetings wouldn’t have been my first choice. But the amount of online meetings that are now available worldwide is incredible. And the speed that the fellowship jumped on board online meetings has almost made the transition seamless. I attend more meetings now than ever. Even older members have embraced this technology with both hands. I can see these types of meeting having a valued place in AA long after restrictions are lifted.”

If you would like more information about Alcoholics Anonymous’ online meetings please go to aatimes.org.au or call 1300 22 22 22 to speak to a member. (*name changed)

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