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"YOU CAN RECOVER" MEETING FORMAT

I. Greeting:

 

Good evening. Welcome to the Tuesday night big book group  "You Can Recover." We will open the meeting with a two minute moment of silence.
 


II. My name is _______ and I am an alcoholic.
 


III. Preamble of A.A.

 

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 A.A. membership; we are self supporting through our own contributions. A.A. 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.

 


IV. Preamble of You Can Recover.

 

 “Sobriety—the freedom from alcohol—through the teaching and practicing of the twelve steps is the sole purpose of an AA group.” as quoted by Bill Wilson.
 

The purpose of this meeting is to help alcoholics recover by the studying, discussing, and practicing of the twelve steps as they are laid out in the Big Book.

It has been our hard-learned experience that other methods did not work with us. Some of us have tried other methods and our results were disastrous, until we looked at the basic and simple approach the Big Book offers.

It has become apparent to us that when we stopped blaming people, places, and things for our problems, and decided to take an honest and fearless look at ourselves as the root cause of our alcoholism, and decided to apply these twelve principles in our lives, we got better.

 

This meeting is modeled after the Big Book Step Study Hyannis structure and format yet you may share here if you are an alcoholic. If you have been through the Big Book with a Big Book Step Study sponsor by the Big Book Step Study Hyannis method please share in the typical manner. If you have not been through the 12 steps by this method and wish to share tonight we ask that you keep your comments to the reading and step we are covering tonight.

If discussion strays from the reading or step being studied,  you will be reminded of the purpose of this meeting with the raising of a hand. It is not the group’s intention to be intimidating or insulting to anyone. We only know that if you are talking about the problem, you cannot possibly be talking about the solution. We are more than willing to talk to you about other things. If you have a situation, feel free to discuss it with someone after the meeting.  If you have a question pertaining to the step, please feel free to ask during the discussion part of the meeting.


Group conscience has voted a five-minute limit on comments.

 

Will all those who have gone through the steps and are into the amends of step nine, as they are laid out in the Big Book with a Big Book Step Study sponsor by the Big Book Step Study method, please raise your hands.

 


V. Secretary’s Report

 

 

VI. Tonight we are on Step _______, which is on p. (or pgs.) _______ in the Big Book. Please commence with the reading.


 

VII. As chairman, I have asked _______ to speak on this step.



VIII. Read to the group this part of the Group Preamble when the speaker is finished.

 

This meeting is modeled after the Big Book Step Study Hyannis structure and format yet you may share here if you are an alcoholic. If you have been through the Big Book with a Big Book Step Study sponsor by the Big Book Step Study Hyannis format please share in the typical manner. If you have not been through the 12 steps by this method and wish to share tonight we ask that you keep your comments to the reading and step we are covering tonight.

If discussion strays from the reading and step being studied a hand will be raised, and you will be reminded of the purpose of this meeting . It is not the group’s intention to be intimidating or insulting to anyone. We only know that if you are talking about the problem, you cannot possibly be talking about the solution. We are more than willing to talk to you about other things. If you have a situation, feel free to discuss it with someone after the meeting.  If you have a question pertaining to the step, please feel free to ask during this part of the meeting.


Group conscience has voted a five-minute limit on comments. A bell will be rung at 4 minutes to let you know you have one minute left, again at 5 minutes to let you know your time is up. (Elaborate on the group preamble if necessary.)

 


IX. Proceed to member’s sharing their experiences on step from where the reading left off.

 

 

X. Chairperson's share if time allows and any closing statements by the speaker.

 

 

XI. We will observe the 7th Tradition, may we have the collection at this time?


 

XII. Closing.

 

Choose a newcomer, someone who hasn't been through the process, to read...

 

The chapter titled "A Vision For You" closes on page 164 with the following:

 

                "Our book is meant to be suggestive only. We realize we know only a little. God will constantly disclose more to you and to us. Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. The answer will come, if your own house is in order. But obviously you cannot transmit something you haven't got. See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come to pass for you and countless others. This is the Great Fact for us.

                Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.

                May God bless you and keep you --- until then."

 

Thank you to our speaker, ______, for sharing his experience with the Big Book and Step _____.

 

Will all those who have been through the steps in the Big Book by the Big Book Step Study method and are willing to sponsor a member through the Steps in the Big Book please raise their hands.
 

 

XIII. The Lord's Prayer.