You’re looking for help, but you’re afraid there isn’t anyone out there who could possibly do what you’ve done, much less understand and accept you for who you are. Take a breath, and know that your first SAA meeting will be an experience of acceptance and understanding.
As you work up the courage and come through the door, you’ll see the faces of men and women who know your troubles: they’ve all been there too. You will probably be asked by at least one person if this is your first meeting, and asked to introduce yourself to the group with just your first name. The leader of the meeting may then explain to you how that meeting will introduce you to the SAA 12 step recovery program. Your first meeting will likely be an opportunity for you to listen to others’ stories, learn how the program works for them, and ask questions, or share as much or as little as you’re comfortable doing.
You WON’T be required to do anything — you never will be. In SAA, as with most 12 step programs, participation is voluntary. Your recovery is your own, we’re here to help you.
Every meeting is slightly different. We recommend that you attend at least six meetings before you decide whether SAA has anything to offer you. Some meetings regularly draw a big crowd, and some are sparsely attended. If one meeting doesn’t work for you, try another.
If your would prefer to speak with someone over the phone before deciding to attend a meeting, please call our phone line 608-845-2309 any day, any time. Please leave a voicemail with your first name and a phone number where we can reach you later. The line is checked by our members daily.