Solution 62 A.A.
Welcome to Solution 62 meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous
You are the most important part of this meeting! Everyone has been there and knows how new sobriety can be overwhelming. Please take advantage of the Newcomer Liaisons and temporary sponsor volunteers. They are resources to help you get started on this amazing journey, available to answer any questions you have and help you feel at home.
It is our goal to ensure you are in a safe environment, and your anonymity is protected. Please read the meeting safety information on the website. We want you to feel comfortable during meetings and fellowship. If anyone is sending private messages that threaten your comfort zone, please contact one of the meeting hosts or email the link at the bottom of every webpage.
If you're comfortable then please introduce yourself and share if possible during the meeting. A great suggestion to break the "ice" and get used to sharing it just say, "Hi my name is (name), and I'm an (alcoholic, unsure, or skip), thank you for this meeting." In the hopes of creating a less intimidating situation, we have set aside some time at the beginning and end of the meeting just for you. We hope you'll find our meeting a receptive environment, and as you progress in recovery we hope you'll be able to pass the message on to others. If you are uncomfortable sharing yet, then please hang in there and see if you can find someone you might be comfortable with. That's one of the things the newcomer liaison can help you with. A great suggestion to break the "ice" and get used to sharing it just say, "Hi my name is (name), and I'm an (alcoholic or unsure), thank you for this meeting."
Suggestions to stay sober
Suggestions from Solution 62 members:
Don't put drink, no matter what
Eat something sweet (your body will crave sugar since you are not ingesting alcohol which turns to sugar)
Go to AA meetings
Go to more AA meetings, find a F2F meeting
Find a sponsor and utilize them
Gather phone numbers from other members
Call another alcoholic every day
Read the A.A. Big Book
Don't put drink, no matter what
The 5 basics from The Stepping Stones:
Go to a meeting
Call your sponsor
Read the literature
Don't drink no matter fuck'n what
Al-Anon - An independent fellowship with the stated purpose of helping relatives and friends of alcoholics.
AWOL: A way of life” is a kind of meeting devoted to the study of the 12 Steps. AWOL meetings use a specific format to study the 12 Steps of AA for a prescribed period of time, usually six to 12 months.
Closed Meeting: An AA meeting for alcoholics only, of whom have a desire to stop drinking.
Cross talk: giving advice to others who have already shared, speaking directly to another person rather than to the group and questioning or interrupting the person speaking at the time.
Dry Drunk: A person who has stopped drinking alcohol but who still acts impulsively, behaves in dysfunctional ways and makes risky decisions associated with addiction. Signs of dry drunk syndrome can include dishonesty, isolation, depression, anxiety and glamorizing alcohol use. Also described in the Big Book, Angry, Irritable, and Discontented, all are signs of untreated alcoholism.
F2F meeting: An in-person meeting, Face to Face
Fellowship: A fellowship refers to a group of people who share similar goals. Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship where the common goal is to stay sober and help others to achieve sobriety.
Friend of Bill: A recovering alcoholic, especially one who is a member of AA. Are you a friend of Bills? Is a safe way to ask someone if they are in AA.
Geographical Cure: This is when people try to escape their alcoholism by moving to a new location. Such attempts are unlikely to be successful because the individual will take their addiction with them, or while escaping to the "Greenland icecaps, " an "Eskimo shows up with a bottle of scotch and ruins it all." Alcoholics Anonymous pg. 101
H.A.L.T: Means hungry, angry, lonely, and tired. For recovering addicts and alcoholics, this word is how they monitor their state of physical and mental well-being.
Higher Power: A vital element of the AA program is accepting that some higher power can help the individual defeat their addiction. For many people, this higher power is thoughts of as God. This is why non-believers can feel comfortable with AA. There is no rule that says that people need to have God as their higher power. They may decide to choose the power of the group to be their higher power instead.
Home Group: Most AA members will have one group that they attend most frequently. It is beneficial to have one regular group because it makes it possible to build relationships with other members.
IOP: intensive Outpatient Treatment (also known as IOP for "Intensive Outpatient Program") is a primary treatment program recommended in some circumstances by a clinical and medical assessment.
Pink Cloud: A is a phenomenon many recovering addicts experience when they first go into recovery. When pink clouding, they feel a sense of euphoria that's then followed by a crash of feelings once reality sets in.
Rooms/Halls: AA slang for AA meetings.
Jackpot: Terrible things that happen as a result of drinking.
Old Timer: Generally considered someone who has at least a decade of sobriety.
Mocus: A state of confusion, often referring to the state of mind brought about by detoxification.
Open Meeting: An AA meeting that welcomes everyone who has an interest in AA.
7th Tradition: The Seventh Tradition states: “Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.” While contributions cover each group's rent and other expenses, the Seventh Tradition is essential at every level of A.A. service.
Rule 62: Defined in the book, The Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions, Tradition Four, page 149, "Don't take yourself too damn seriously," Referring to ones ego allowing a person to get away from the direction of this simple program of Alcoholics Anonymous. Solution 62 is a group named because of the egotistical actions of the owner of another website hosting A.A. meetings. Just like Middleton Group #1, A.K.A. "The A.A. Center," that website no longer functions.
Sobriety: Sobriety means more than just staying sober. It also means living a good life and doing the right things.
Sponsor: A sponsor is an experienced member who will be able to provide support and advice on a one to one basis. Sponsor also take the sponsee through the Big Book and the 12 Steps. For more information, please see the A.A. Pamphlet Questions and Answers about Sponsorship.
Step Study Meeting: This is meeting where the main focus is studying the program. Members share about their experience of working the step under discussion.
Stinking Thinking: Negative thinking can be dangerous for people in recovery. They may start to believe that staying sober is not so wonderful. Stinking thinking can easily lead to relapse.
Thirteenth Stepping: This is where more experienced members of the group take sexual advantage of vulnerable new members. Also refers to one member dating another.
Twelve Steps: This is the AA program in the form of steps that members should take.
Twelve Traditions: These are the guidelines for how the meetings should be managed and how the organization functions.
Two Stepper: This refers to those members who attend meetings but do not follow the AA program.