What’s the difference between open and closed meetings?

Closed Meetings

You don’t need to be a member of the Antioch Recovery Club to attend ‘Closed’ meetings.

Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon Family Groups, Narcotics Anonymous, Heroin Anonymous, and Cocaine Anonymous meetings are generally closed meetings unless otherwise stated. Attendance at closed meetings is limited to persons who have a desire to stop drinking, using, fearing for those who drink or use, etc. That’s it…. 

It is up to individuals to determine if they are “qualified” to attend, based on the following criteria from Tradition 3 of the 12 step groups:

Alcoholics Anonymous: The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.

Al-Anon: The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend.

Narcotics Anonymous:  The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using.

Cocaine Anonymous: The only requirement for C.A. membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances.

Heroin Anonymous: The only requirement for H.A. membership is a desire to stop suffering from heroin addiction.

 

Open Meetings

Open meetings are for anyone who is interested in Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Narcotics Anonymous, and Cocaine Anonymous. If a meeting is “open” it will be so designated on the published schedule. Open meetings can be attended by students, professionals, and other non-members interested in learning more about the recovery programs.

The designation of a meeting as “open” does not change the meetings primary purpose of the group.

The Primary Purpose from Tradition 5 of the individual fellowships are:

Alcoholics Anonymous: Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.

Al-Anon: Al-Anon has but one primary purpose: to help families of alcoholics.

Narcotics Anonymous:  Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry the message to the addict who still suffers.

Cocaine Anonymous: Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to the addict who still suffers.

Heroin Anonymous: Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to the heroin addict who still
suffers.

Generally speaking, when attending one 12 step meeting, members do not mention their membership in other 12 step groups during the meeting, to keep the meeting focused on its primary purpose.

If a meeting is not designated either open or closed on a published schedule, it should be considered closed.

 

Example Closed and Open Meeting Statements:

 

    

Updated: April 17, 2018 — 4:09 pm
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