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Alcoholics Anonymous: Questions Answered in Franklin

We need the support of people who understand alcoholism while we work through recovery.  Alcoholics Anonymous provides a safe community to talk and a set of guiding principles for tackling problems. Below are the most frequently googled questions related to Alcoholics Anonymous.

Welcome to alcoholics anonymous

AA is simply a group of men and women with a common goal.

The six most commonly asked questions near Franklin, Indiana:

Q:  Do I have to be an alcoholic to go to an AA meeting?

Answer: Everyone is welcome at open meetings, and ‘closed’ meetings are dedicated solely to those who identify personally as alcoholics.  The only requirement for AA is a desire to stop drinking.

Q:  What milestones does Alcoholics Anonymous award tokens for?

Answer:  Alcoholics Anonymous awards tokens to acknowledge sobriety of various lengths of time.  Groups acknowledge members as they meet daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly milestones.

Q:  Does Alcoholics Anonymous destroy friendships?

Answer:   It is possible for individuals to outgrow old unhealthy friendships while working a self-improvement program like Alcoholics Anonymous. The fourth step suggests ‘radical acceptance’ by taking a thorough moral inventory of our current relationships.  It will ultimately be up to you to decide which relationships to keep and which to let go of.


Q:  What happens at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting?

Answer:  Some meetings are ‘speaker meetings’, where an individual in the program tells their personal story about what it was like, what happened, and what it is like now. These meetings are generally open to the public. There are also ‘closed’ meetings, which are generally smaller and more intimate.

There are many different styles of meetings.  For many people, AA meetings are a great way of ‘googling’ questions you’d only otherwise type into your computer screen!  It can be very comforting to meet people who have the same struggles.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a proven recovery program in which we come together to discuss a common problem without shame.  All AA meetings follow a code of personal anonymity, with members reminding themselves at the end of every meeting, “What’s said here, stays here (Hear, Hear!)”

Q:  What are my local AA meetings like in Franklin Indiana?

Answer:  Word-of-mouth is great for learning the best meetings in your area.  Ask around, and know that you won’t be pressured to share at your first meeting.  For those in Johnson County, take a look at “According to Bill”, meeting Mondays at 8pm at Ann’s Restaurant.

Q:  What are the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous?


Answer:  The 12 steps outline a time-tested path to sobriety.  

Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.

Step 2: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

Step 4: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Step 5: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Step 6: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Step 7: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

Step 8: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

Step 9: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Step 11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Find Alcoholics Anonymous meetings Mondays at 8pm in Franklin, Indiana at Ann’s Restaurant.

Or, get in touch with Tara Treatment Center