Global Steps AA Meetings


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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Twelve Step Sponsorship:How it Works pp. 56-57

Posted by Dayzed on February 1, 2015 at 12:05 PM


1. Ethics

2. Confidentiality

3. Mutual honesty

4. Working the Steps

5. Meeting attendance

6. Sponsor availability

7. Frequency of contact

8. When and where to call

9. Sponsor replacement

10. Spirituality


Working the Steps

The Steps form the basis of every Twelve Step recovery program. Other program activities (meetings, sponsors, and Conference-approved literature) are designed to support us in working the Steps. Since our primary function as sponsors is to help our sponsees work the Steps, we should emphasize their importance from the beginning. My expectation for each of my sponsees is that he will be willing to work the Twelve Steps, and I ask for that commitment before agreeing to sponsor him.

Starting the Steps is a priority for program newcomers.


Meeting Attendance

For newcomers to Alcoholics Anonymous, the suggested meeting attendance is ninety meetings in ninety days. Such a rigorous meeting schedule gives newcomers a firm grounding in program principles and establishes a new behavioral pattern based on acceptance of their alcoholism. It also represents a commitment to sobriety and to the work it requires. Ninety meetings in ninety days can also be recommended for other Twelve Step programs to help newcomers reduce their loneliness and sense of isolation. For these reasons and more, many of us have the “ninety-in-ninety” expectation for our sponsees and make that commitment a condition of sponsorship. I encourage my newcomer sponsees to include as many speaker meetings as possible in their ninety meetings. Speaker meetings help newcomers identify as alcoholics, addicts, or compulsive individuals . Speaker meetings also show newcomers that they can recover in a Twelve Step program and that they can be happy and successful. In speaker meetings, they get a full hour of experience, strength, and hope relating to recovery.

Speaker meetings are especially good for newcomers.


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8:41 PM on February 3, 2015 
Dinah_M available to sponsor women. 25 years sober.

Let's read the first 164 pages and discuss. Skype connect me at

Prefer to sponsor women. Handle on Global Steps AA meeting rooms is Dinah_M

I like to use Dr. Paul O's Unofficial Guide to the 12 steps. THANKS