Welcome To Chile’s English Speaking AA Group
The English Speaking AA Group in Chile was started in the 1974 by British and North American AA members living in Chile. There were no Spanish speaking AA groups at that time either, but the local Chilean, Spanish speaking, community has also grown significantly. Our English speaking group has maintained itself through the 80s, to the present, as a meeting where AA Expats, Travelers and English speaking Chileans, can share their experience, strength and hope. Today we are happy to benefit from the support of many full time resident members, temporarily relocated members, and traveling AA members looking for a meeting in their native English language. We welcome you to join us at any of our 6 meetings in Santiago Chile, and wish you a happy 24 hours, one day at a time.
WHO WE ARE
Information on Alcoholics Anonymous
For Anyone New Coming to A.A. – For Anyone Referring People to A.A.
This information is both for people who may have a drinking problem and for those in contact with people who have, or are suspected of having, a problem. Most of the information is available in more detail in literature published by A.A. World Services, Inc. This sheet tells what to expect from Alcoholics Anonymous. It describes what A.A. is, what A.A. does, and what A.A. does not do.
Singleness of Purpose and Problems Other Than Alcohol
Some professionals refer to alcoholism and drug addiction as “substance abuse” or “chemical dependency.” Nonalcoholics are, therefore, sometimes introduced to A.A. and encouraged to attend A.A. meetings. Anyone may attend open A.A. meetings, but only those with a drinking problem may attend closed meetings.
A renowned psychiatrist, who served as a nonalcoholic trustee of the A.A. General Service Board, made the following statement:
“Singleness of purpose is essential to the effective treatment of alcoholism. The reason for such exaggerated focus is to overcome denial. The denial associated with alcoholism is cunning, baffling, and powerful and affects the patient, helper, and the community. Unless alcoholism is kept relentlessly in the foreground, other issues will usurp everybody’s attention.”
What Does A.A. Do?
1. A.A. members share their experience with anyone seeking help with a drinking problem; they give person-to-person service or “sponsorship” to the alcoholic coming to A.A. from any source.
2. The A.A. program, set forth in our Twelve Steps, offers the alcoholic a way to develop a satisfying life without alcohol.
3. This program is discussed at A.A. group meetings:
a. Open discussion meetings — one member speaks briefly about his or her drinking experience, and then leads a discussion on A.A. recovery or any drinking-related problem anyone brings up. (Closed meetings are for A.A.s or anyone who may have a drinking problem.)
b. Closed discussion meetings — conducted just as open discussions are, but for alcoholics or prospective A.A.s only.
c. Step meetings (usually closed) — discussion of one of the Twelve Steps.
d. A.A. members also take meetings into correctional and treatment facilities.
What A.A. Does Not Do
A.A. does not:
1. Furnish initial motivation for alcoholics to recover
2. Solicit members
3. Engage in or sponsor research
4. Keep attendance records or case histories
5. Join “councils” of social agencies
6. Follow up or try to control its members
7. Make medical or psychological diagnoses or prognoses
8. Provide drying-out or nursing services, hospitalization, drugs, or any medical or psychiatric treatment
9. Offer religious services or host/sponsor retreats.
10. Engage in education about alcohol
11. Provide housing, food, clothing, jobs, money, or any other welfare or social services
12. Provide domestic or vocational counseling
13. Accept any money for its services, or any contributions from non-A.A. sources
14. Provide letters of reference to parole boards, lawyers, court officials, social agencies, employers, etc.
The primary purpose of A.A. is to carry its message of recovery to the alcoholic seeking help. Almost every alcoholism treatment tries to help the alcoholic maintain sobriety. Regardless of the road we follow, we all head for the same destination, recovery of the alcoholic person. Together, we can do what none of us could accomplish alone.
We are English-speaking members of AA in Santiago. Some of us are in Chile permanently, others live here for months at a time and we are blessed at our meetings with the presence of tourists coming through Chile. We warmly invite you to join us, wherever you come from.
We have meetings on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the “HABLA INGLESA GROUP”.