Time-One wrote:In Houston, there are over 2,500 groups. I visit several for diversity. Love 'em all. None are the same.
Isn't that just absolutely AWESOME!!! It reminds me of when I lived in Los Angeles. I could easily go to five different meetings a day, 365 days a year, and never attend the same meeting for a couple of years!!!
(Now... that's a real opportunity to hide-out in AA! Just move to Houston or Los Angeles!!!)
Houston sounds like a place I'd like to live or to stay for an extended visit! All the trips I've made to Houston have been business. It's time for a pleasure trip to see how many AA Groups I can Fellowship with in a reasonably short amount of time!
Now... for the topic: Have you guys/girls (especially the one's that live in larger cities)... thought about the AA-er's that have no local Groups? Sometimes, they are one... or two AA's in their town. Some have to travel a hundred miles or more to visit another AA meeting.
I was contacted through the Internet (this site) by a guy some place in South Africa... that found an old "Big Book" and he was trying to find out if this "AA thing" was still around!
The book got his attention because he had a serious drinking problem and had discovered through reading the book... that "he was alcoholic"... and he had a desire to be sober!
There were no AA's and no meetings near him... so he didn't have the problem of "how long till I can chair a meeting?" There were no meetings so he would have been clueless to be reading this topic and wondering "What are they talking about?"
We started working together online on him taking the Steps... and, he found a buddy that wanted to sober up, also. We got through Step 4, and a little sharing with Step 5. I haven't heard from him in a while and I hope he is sober, sane and doing well... and finally started an AA meeting in his little place somewhere in South Africa! (If you're reading this and it's you... Let me hear from you!!!).
Note: I've also been contacted by numerous Alkies here in the USA... that have no near-by meetings... and they have to travel a hundred miles or more... to attend an AA meeting!
So, three (what I hope will be) helpful hints:
1. If you are an AA-er and considering a geographic... be sure to take your Big Book and a phone list... just in case you land in a place with no AA meetings!
2. If you're one of those -- who have received the "counsel of many" and you think that going to meetings will keep you sober... (Or, that 90 meetings in 90 days... will do the trick)
Be careful about where you live!!!
3. And, if you are one of those... alcoholics... and you want to sober up and stay sober... and you live in an area that it's more than a hundred miles to an AA meeting... Have hope!!! All you need is to get a Big Book, read it, and follow the instructions in the book!!! That's how most of AA got started all around the world (outside of Akron, Cleveland, New York, and PA)!!!