The Alcoholics Anonymous Mission Statement
The Alcoholics Anonymous mission statement is essentially their "Preamble."
The Alcoholics Anonymous Preamble
The following is the Alcoholics Anonymous Preamble.
"Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope
with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage
in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety."
The Mission Statement of Area Alcoholics Anonymous
It is interesting to note that various Alcoholics Anonymous regions or areas have their own mission
These more "local" statements of operation do not deviate in any way from the parent AA organization; they
merely outline how the local AA areas go about doing their recovery work in their local areas.
For instance, the following is the Mission Statement for area 16, Georgia:
To communicate what Alcoholics Anonymous is to the visitor and to do so in a simple way.
Hence the content being the Preamble and the external links to the General Service Offices of Alcoholics
Anonymous and the Grapevine.
To direct visitors to meeting places by providing group names, the street address of meeting places, general
driving directions to the meetings, and current meeting schedules.
To serve as an internal tool to dispense continually up to date meeting schedules in a cost effective package on
one page, for copies, if possible, and with ease of editing for the webmasters.
Source: Alcoholics Anonymous in Georgia.
The Mission Statement of AAOnline
Due to the popularity and the accessibility of the Internet, alcoholics have access to the AA message and
recovery program online.
One such online AA organization is AAOnline. The following represents the mission statement of AAOnline.
The primary purpose of AAOnline.net is to carry the Alcoholics Anonymous message of recovery to the
alcoholic who still suffers.
In using this electronic medium, the message of recovery can be brought to those unable to physically attend
meetings and shared under the protection of increased anonymity with those who would not otherwise have made
contact in any other way.
Our purpose at AAOnline.net also includes supporting the continued recovery of those wishing to supplement their
regular face to face meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous in the continuation of their journey of spiritual
awakening and in becoming happy and usefully whole.
Conclusion: The Alcoholics Anonymous Mission Statement
Although the Alcoholics Anonymous mission statement is basically their Preamble, a number of local
Alcoholics Anonymous groups do, however, have their own mission statements.
It must be emphasized, however, that these local "statements of operation" do not deviate in any significant way
from the parent Alcoholics Anonymous organization.
That is, they basically articulate how the local Alcoholics Anonymous groups conduct "recovery work" in
their local areas.