AA Meeting Locator

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What is the AA Meeting Locator?

We’ve developed the AA Meeting Locator as a convenient, easy-to-use tool for individuals in Massachusetts who are looking for peer support in their recovery. The tool automatically pulls the latest information about Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings in the greater Boston area so you can find a meeting near you in minutes. Just enter your zip code to find nearby meetings. You can also filter the meeting listings by time of day, day of week, and information source. Questions about how to use this tool? Email us at info@metaaddictiontreatment.com.

Why should I attend an AA or NA meeting?

AA and NA meetings use the 12-step model to help individuals understand, manage, and control their drinking or drug use. The ultimate goal of AA and NA is to help people suffering with alcohol use disorder (AUD) and other forms of substance use disorder (SUD) reach and maintain lasting sobriety. Many people attend AA or NA meetings on a regular basis even after they have completed a treatment program for alcoholism or drug use. AA and NA provide an important level of peer support that can make recovery easier, regardless of which stage you’re in. Meetings are non-judgmental spaces where individuals from all walks of life can help each other navigate their recovery and reach long-term sobriety. Best of all, AA and NA meetings are available in nearly every region of the world, so you can typically find a meeting to attend no matter where you are.

Are AA and NA meetings free?

AA and NA work hard to be available to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. For this reason, AA and NA meetings are free. Many AA and NA groups will ask for voluntary donations to help cover meeting costs, including food, drinks, and space rental fees, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you aren’t able to attend an AA or NA meeting in person, many meeting chapters also host sessions online or via phone.

Can I attend an AA or NA meeting if I don’t have a drinking or drug use issue?

There are typically two types of AA and NA meetings: open and closed.

Open meetings, as their name suggests, are open to anyone who would like to attend, whether or not they have an issue with their drinking or drug use. These meetings are a great fit for individuals who are considering recovery, as well as others who are trying to help a family member or friend get sober. Open meetings abide by the same set of rules that govern all AA and NA meetings: attendees remain anonymous to those outside the group and must respect each other’s personal experiences.

Closed meetings are intended only for individuals who are seeking to get sober or who are in active recovery themselves. By limiting the meetings in this way, organizers can ensure a productive and focused conversation about recovery among people who are actually looking to get or stay sober. Some closed meetings may include a wide-ranging discussion about alcoholism or drug use, while others will be more closely moderated by the organizers. Either way, members must remain respectful and not divulge any topics that were discussed in the meeting to anyone outside of the meeting space.

Are AA or NA meetings appropriate for family members or friends?

Open AA and NA meetings can be a positive opportunity for family members or friends who are worried about their loved ones’ drinking or drug use to learn more about the recovery process. However, this is not the only option available to individuals affected by another person’s drinking. Organizations like Al-Anon and Alateen are designed to help family and friends of alcoholics learn to cope with the demands that come with the disease of addiction. Like AA, they host regular meetings and are widely available. Family members and friends of individuals in recovery from drug addiction can seek support from organizations like Nar-Anon.

Should I attend an AA meeting if I struggle with drug use, or an NA meeting if I drink?

While AA is an excellent peer support network, the focus of their meetings is on helping individuals overcome alcohol use disorder. NA meetings are oriented towards helping people recover from drug addiction. Both organizations use a similar 12-step peer support model, but their focus is different. While neither organization will turn you away, you’ll benefit more from attending the appropriate meeting that meets your recovery goals.

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