Responsibility Statement

I am Responsible. When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible.

Am I an Alcoholic?

Only you can decide whether you want to give AA a try or if you think it can help you.
We who are in AA came because we finally gave up trying to control our drinking. We still hated to admit that we could never drink safely. Then we heard from other AA members that we had a disease. We found that many people suffered from the same feelings of guilt, loneliness and hopelessness that we did.

Here's what to expect at meetings.

Those who have never attended an AA meeting don;t know what to expect and often have fears and and anxiety. Here is Steve, a member of six years, talking about his first meeting. "I remember it as if it happened yesterday. I was afraid and knew they would not welcome me, a stranger to their meeting. Boy was I wrong! I walked into the hall at the church where the meeting was held and almost everyone was already seated.A few were still at the coffeepot, but since I waited until the last moment, the meeting quickly started.
The man I sat next to reached over and shook my hand and whispered, 'newcomer, right.' Yes, I replied shakely. He told me not to worry, 'You are the most important person in the room. and I'll help you make it through.'
Here is how the meeting went. The chairman introduced himself and then read the A.A. Preamble. Then he asked some one to read How it Works." Then someone else read The Tweleve Traditions Another person read The Promises. I listened carefully as I had never heard them before. But I got scared when the chairman asked if there were any newcomers. My new friend whispered, ' Just say your name.' and I did.
The chair then announced that since there was a newcomer in the room we would talk about the 1st Step. They went around the room and each person spoke briefly about his or her experience coming into A.A. During the meeting people just began talking. They introduced themselves by their first name and said they were alcoholics. Then everyone else said Hi! I was amazed that their stories were so much like mine. After they completed sharing (they seemed very aware of the time the meeting ended), the chairman asked if there were any AA related announcements. Then they passed out chips. My new friend urged me to take a white chip (24 hour or surrender chip) and I did. The person passing out the chips hugged me and everyone applauded. Then the chairman gave me a list of all the meetings in the area and almost all the men in the room had put their names and phone number on the back. Then everyone gathered in a large circle and said the Lord's Prayer.
My new friend walked me out and asked me if I would like to go to a meeting with him the next morning. I said I would and he took my address and said he would pick me up My feeling as I drove home from that first meeting was one of relief and awe that there were people like me. I still felt some fear, but I knew that regardless of my fear, I wanted to go again."

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NCI and AA Literature

Read the updated meeting list for the Nature Coast.

Explore yourself with some questions


Answers the questions most frequently asked about A.A. by alcoholics seeking help, as well as by their families and friends.


Speaks to newcomers who may wonder how A.A. can work for someone "different.".

is AA

Introductory pamphlet describing the kind of people A.A.s are and what A.A.s have learned about alcoholism..


Condensed facts about AA.

The above is but a sampling of the literature available to aid the suffering Alcoholic. Attend a meeting or call us on our hotline at (352) 621-0599. We will make sure that you have the proper information that you need.