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Old 06-06-2011, 06:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
nandm
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What I have been taught is a closed meeting is open to those that "have a desire to stop drinking" and an open meeting is just that open to anyone who chooses to come be it students doing research or just someone off the street. So if your sister has a desire to quit drinking don't hesitate to take her to a closed meeting but if not then I would encourage you to find an open meeting to take her to.
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The Difference Between Open and Closed A.A. Meetings

The purpose of all A.A. group meetings, as the Preamble states, is for A.A. members to "share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism." Toward this end, A.A. groups have both open and closed meetings.

Closed meetings are for A.A. members only, or for those who have a drinking problem and "have a desire to stop drinking."

Open meetings are available to anyone interested in Alcoholics Anonymous’ program of recovery from alcoholism. Nonalcoholics may attend open meetings as observers.
source: http://www.aavirginia.org/hp/meetings/ocm.html
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