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Old 02-03-2009, 08:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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how long does an aa meeting last?

i have found one i may attend saturday but just curious how long
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Old 02-03-2009, 08:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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In my experience, usually about an hour. But I've been to a few that were 2 hours long with an intermission in between.
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Old 02-03-2009, 08:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The ones I went to were an hour.
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Old 02-03-2009, 08:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Usually an hour, but it is not at all unusual for someone to leave early.

No excuse necessary, just get up and go.
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Old 02-03-2009, 08:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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depends on the meeting.. my home group we average about 45 min.. sometimes more sometimes less. (all are GOOD!)
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Old 02-03-2009, 08:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Since we are on AA questions........is there anything you need to do before your first meeting? Can you just show up?
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Old 02-03-2009, 08:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 02-03-2009, 08:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm on 32 days sober - I think this has been the easy part.

Now I think I need to reach out and get some tools to help me keep it up, learn how to LIVE life sober.

I almost have the courage worked up to try one out this Saturday.
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:11 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:13 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Meetings I go to are usually an hour to an hour and fifteen minues. Speaker meetings tend to be longer than discussion meetings.
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:27 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Glad you are planning to go....

I think AA is an awesome way to live sober
and hope you will too.
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:29 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm looking into a meeting at 7:30 Saturday morning - nice and early, no time to chicken out.

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Old 02-03-2009, 10:47 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Since we are on AA questions........is there anything you need to do before your first meeting? Can you just show up?
Everything you ever needed to know about your first AA meeting. I wish I had read it before I went:

Your First AA Meeting
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Old 02-04-2009, 12:00 AM   #14 (permalink)
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That is a great link! Thank you! I was thinking on my way home tonight that I should attend a meeting on Saturday. A Clubhouse meeting was recommended. Now I know what that means!
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Old 02-04-2009, 12:30 AM   #15 (permalink)
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In the UK they all seem to be 90 minutes which is 30 minutes too long IMO!
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Old 02-04-2009, 12:56 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Like everyone else said on here, anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half.
I personally liked the longer meetings better, sometimes I wished they would never end!
I also liked meetings more that were held at A.A. Meeting Halls, also called Alano-Clubs here, where they usually have them going on all day.
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Old 02-04-2009, 03:00 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Also to those looking at AA, unless you live in a very small area, there are plenty of AA meeting to choose from. I live in a medium sized city - about 350,000 - and there are about 250 meetings a week here.

If you google "your city, your state aa meetings", you'll usually find them all.
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Old 02-04-2009, 06:11 AM   #18 (permalink)
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My home group is super punctual -- our meetings are an hour on the dot.

Glad to hear you're planning to go!
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Old 02-04-2009, 06:28 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Almost as important as the meeting itself is coming early and staying late. You get to meet and know the people this way, and the ones that do come early and/or stay late usually have a pretty good program.

It doesn't take long - maybe 20 minutes either side of the meeting - but to me its worth it. After all I sure put my time in at the bar! The least I could do is put similar effort into AA.
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Usually an hour, but it is not at all unusual for someone to leave early.

No excuse necessary, just get up and go.
What if I'm being forced to attend by my probation officer and I need them to sign a reporting sheet? Will they sign it before the meeting ends or do I need to stay for the whole thing?
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