the question of clubs
June 2023 | Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions | Traditions

The Question of Clubs

What’s the connection between clubs and AA? When is it affiliation?

I had “the gift of desperation” when I got to my first AA meeting at a club not far from my home. I was ready to do whatever it took to be free from drinking. So after hearing the pitch for joining the club at the beginning of an AA meeting, I filled out the application and turned it in. That’s when the oldtimer I gave it to told me I had to have 90 days of sobriety before I could join. My heart sank. There was no way I would be able to stay sober for 90 days. I felt like crying.


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