We’re glad you’re here.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an international group of men and women whose common purpose is to achieve sobriety from alcoholism. It is a nonprofessional, self-supporting, inclusive group. AA District 6 of Georgia consists of communities in Columbus, Phenix City, and surrounding areas. District 6 maintains the traditions and principles of A.A. to provide:
- Recovery from alcoholism
- Unity with each other
- Performing service work to help others
Through meetings, sponsorship, events, service work, and celebrations, District 6 continues to encourage and support recovery, unity, and service. If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol, we encourage you to find a meeting or you can read more about alcoholism from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. For more information about Alcoholics Anonymous please visit aa.org. For more information about Georgia Area AA, please visit aageorgia.org.
Find a Meeting
Meetings happen daily across the valley and online. Meetings provide a place to safely talk to other alcoholics about life situations and better understand alcoholism. All meetings held are anonymous meaning there is no mention of who attended or what was said.
For the Newcomer
If you, or someone you know, thinks you have a problem with alcohol, we are glad you’ve come here. Only you can decide if you are ready to give AA a try. The following resources can help you better understand AA and help you on your journey.
How it Works
Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average. There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest. Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it — then you are ready to take certain steps. At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely. Remember that we deal with alcohol — cunning, baffling, powerful! Without help it is too much for us. But there is One who has all power — that One is God. May you find Him now! Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon. Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program of recovery:
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Many of us exclaimed, “What an order! I can’t go through with it.’’ Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection. Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas:
- That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives.
- That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism.
- That God could and would if He were sought.
From pages 58-60 in the book Alcoholics Anonymous.
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Pamphlets and Literature
These pamphlets and literature are available at AA.org. Visit AA.org for additional resources and information.
There are meetings daily throughout the Columbus and Phenix City Areas. You can find the list on the meetings page. Each meeting has a topic and a meeting type.
- Is AA for you?
- A Newcomer Asks…
- Young People and AA
- Do you think you’re different?
- AA Big Book
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
Finding a Meeting
Types of Meetings
- Closed Meeting:
A closed meeting is open to anyone who identifies as an alcoholic
- Open Meeting:
An open meeting is open to anyone who wishes to attend, whether they’ve decided to start their sobriety journey or just trying to understand more about the program
In a discussion meeting, a topic is introduced by the member leading the meeting, or chairing the meeting. Individuals in the meeting are allowed to share their experience, strength, and hope with others.
- 12 and 12:
In a 12 and 12 meeting, the group reads through the 12 and 12 together. Each meetings a section or chapter of text is read and a discussion topic comes from the reading.
The Grapevine is magazine release monthly for AA with stories written by other individuals in AA. In each Grapevine meeting, a story from the magazine is read and is discussed.
In a speaker meeting, a member of AA shares their journey to AA and how AA has impacted their life.
A birthday meeting is usually held monthly to celebrate individulas sobriety birthday. Most frequently this are held the last meeting day of each month.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect at a meeting?
Meetings usually last 1 hour and follow a similar format.
The meeting begins with the Serenity Prayer. After the serenity prayer, readings are read that introduce AA including how it works, the traditions, and the promises of AA.
After the readings, often it is asked if there are any newcomers that would like to introduce themselves by their first name only. Sometimes announcements may be made as well.
Following this, the chair of the meeting introduces the topic or speaker. Once the chair shares, the floor is open for sharing. The purpose is to share your experience, strength, and hope with others.
When it is time to end, the chair will then make any final announcements and the meeting will be closed out with a moment of silence, followed by the Lord’s prayer.
Do I have to say my name?
Anonymity is taken very seriously at AA. Sharing your name is a way for others to be able to welcome you and for you to begin to feel a part of the fellowship. If you are visiting, it is not required that you share your name.
If you choose to be a part of AA, it is encouraged to introduce yourself by your first name only and say your name before each time you share.
Do I have to believe in God as a part of AA?
What are the AA Big Book and the Twelve and Twelve?
- The AA Big Book was written by one of the founders of AA in 1939. The manuscript is largely unchanged. The same details, description of the alcoholic, and steps to sobriety all hold true to this day. You can find the book online on AA.org
- The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, often referred to as the 12 & 12, was originally published in 1953. The book takes a deeper look at each of the individual steps and traditions of the fellowship. You can find the book online AA.org.