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Old 09-01-2014, 11:48 AM
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Hello all, I'm looking to attend my 1st AA meeting (in a very long time) tonight, the only meeting is a closed meeting. I wanted to take a friend (ex) with me for support, would that be frowned upon?
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Old 09-01-2014, 11:53 AM
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call your intergroup

my home group wouldn't have a problem with it, but some groups do

closed meetings are for alcoholics or those who think they have an alcohol problem
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Old 09-01-2014, 11:56 AM
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I don't think so as long as the friend might only say something like "I'm a friend of the program." and perhaps not participate, just listen.

It realy depends on the type of meeting also. Perhaps a step meeting might not be a good idea. Ask before you go in.


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Old 09-01-2014, 11:58 AM
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There are open and closed meetings for a reason. Why don't you take your friend with you to an open meeting? I know several people who only attend closed meetings for the sole reason there are no "outsiders".
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Old 09-01-2014, 12:00 PM
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Thank you for the quick responses, he agreed to go with me for emotional support, and I'd really like him there this first time, super nervous!
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Old 09-01-2014, 12:03 PM
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There are open and closed meetings for a reason. Why don't you take your friend with you to an open meeting? I know several people who only attend closed meetings for the sole reason there are no "outsiders".
I'll ask before I go in, this will be the only meeting this week (until Saturday) I can attend because of work, the meeting on Saturday is an open one, I guess I could wait.
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Old 09-01-2014, 12:55 PM
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I'll ask before I go in, this will be the only meeting this week (until Saturday) I can attend because of work, the meeting on Saturday is an open one, I guess I could wait.
Go ahead and go, you'll do just fine.
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Old 09-01-2014, 01:08 PM
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Just call up and explain they should be fine about it

I have brought my gf before to a couple closed meetings

I just rang up explained that I couldn't do it alone with strangers at first they said bring her along whatever is comfortable
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