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Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous describes itself on its website as follows: "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. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety."    
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AA had its origins in 1935 in Akron, Ohio as the outcome of a meeting between Bill W., a New York stockbroker, and Dr. Bob S., an Akron surgeon.  Both had been hopeless alcoholics, and both had been in contact with the Oxford Group, a mostly nonalcoholic fellowship that emphasized universal spiritual values.  Out of their meeting evolved several support groups, in Akron, Cleveland, and New York City.  In 1939 Bill W. published his basic textbook, Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism, explaining his methods, including the core Twelve Steps for recovery.

Wikipedia describes AA meetings as follows: "AA meetings are "quasi-ritualized therapeutic sessions run by and for, alcoholics". They are usually informal and often feature discussions. Local AA directories list a variety of weekly meetings. Those listed as "closed" are only for those with "a desire to stop drinking, while "open" meetings are available to anyone." 

What BCGV does

For a number of years BCGV has rented portions of the Scott Building for the weekly meetings of two local AA groups. 

The Paoli AA Group

meets Thursday and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m.  For information, contact Mike M. at 610-715-8279; additionally for Thursday, Kirsten E., 610-618-6316, and for Sunday, Ann S., 610-408-0350. 

The Great Valley AA Group

meets at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays. For the Tuesday group, contact either Joe L. at 610-666-9266 or Peggy B. at 610-783-6720.

Area information 24/7: call Philadelphia Intergroup at 215-923-7900.