The Avondale chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous holds meetings five times a week, Monday through Friday. These meetings are held in the bottom floor of the Church of Firstborn building just off of the main street in downtown Avondale. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are “open nights”. This means that anyone interested in the AA program is invited to attend. You do not have to be an alcoholic or even know anyone who is. These meetings are lively and often uplifting as people from all walks of life are invited to share stories that are a part of their recovery. This meeting starts at 8:00 pm.
Tuesdays and Thursdays are the nights for what are called “closed meetings”. These meetings are reserved exclusively for those who are working through the AA program for themselves. These meetings highlight the only requirement of AA; that of strict confidentiality regarding who attends meetings and the things that are discussed. These closed meetings are often a little more severe than the open meetings because of the real concerns, questions, and stories that are so valuable in recovery are anonymously shared in them.
In addition to the regularly scheduled meetings, our AA group holds unofficial socials and parties on occasion. These provide comradery and support as well as a fun light atmosphere that is a safe, alcohol-free, zone. For this reason, these unofficial gatherings are often by invitation only, to ensure the atmosphere is conducive to what the AA program is all about.
These events usually include an Independence Day BBQ and a Christmas dinner. If you are looking to attend either of these gatherings, ask a discussion leader for a ticket the next time you participate in a meeting. Though AA is not a religion, the process of overcoming alcoholism is often a spiritual one. Because of this, tight bonds are often formed between members. We encourage members to hold events on their own to foster and encourages these bonds. Such activities will help maintain sobriety and often make the difference.