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Old 10-04-2010, 10:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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discussion topics for AA meeting

Hello all. Can anyone point me to a good (long) list of discussion topics for AA meetings? I'm especially interested in topics for beginner meetings.

I've found the material on the AA website as well as at the Grapevine.

I guess I'm being lazy and am hoping someone has a really good list of topics they would be willing to post here or email me.

Maybe we could just create the list here? Off the top of my head, here's what I come up with:

Honesty
Hope
Trust/faith
Responsibility
Asking for help
Acceptance
Gratitude
Home group
Getting a sponsor
Working the Steps
Change
Spirituality
Our liquor was but a symptom
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Old 10-04-2010, 10:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:02 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Controlled drinking
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:07 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Had to drop the word "blame" from our speech and thought
Self-will run riot
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Exact nature of our wrongs
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:11 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I've thrown these out and got nothing but blank faces...

Discuss your direct experience with:
the 4th Dimension
Being Reborn


We don't do many "pick a topic" meetings 'round here. Just about every table is literature based - heh......the comments aren't necessarily but it's a start

The WORST tables I've ever been to have had these topics:
who's got a problem to discuss?
and my personal least-favorite: Relationships (lol... here's a table of ppl who are powerless and can't manage their own lives but they're looking to give advice to someone on how to run their relationship-- that one kills me)
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:12 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:16 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Quick-tempered criticism and furious, power-driven argument
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:43 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:48 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:58 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Elimination of self-centeredness
Honest, pure, unselfish and loving
Would you like to be right or happy?
"I came for my drinking and stayed for my thinking."
"Sobriety is its own reward."
"The first drink gets you drunk. "
Keep an open mind."
"Where ever you go, there you are!"
Living in the present
"Expectations are resentments waiting to happen."
"It's ok to look back just don't stare"
Powerless but not helpless
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Old 10-04-2010, 12:32 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I like The Jaywalker story, but it's literature based (BB).
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Old 10-04-2010, 04:10 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Gosh...
Looks like you have found many already
Good to know you are chairing meetings.

For Beginners meetings....many groups I know
have voted to rotate...Steps 1-2 and 3

Then back to Step 1.
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Old 10-04-2010, 04:47 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Topics I would have liked
How to drink like a cool dude.
How to drink and hide it without her having a sixth sense.
How to drink and remember it.
How not to make a weekend last 7 days

One of the best newcomer meeting I've been to recently was experiences of powerless with a drink and powerless without.
Sounds like you got a good list going there buddy.
Steps 1.2.3.is what I see most here in uk.
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