12-step meetings really help

Start a new meeting

Here are some suggestions on how to start a new meeting, be it online or as a face-to-face meeting near you. Starting a new meeting is an incredible service that can help not only you but other struggling addicts in your area as well.

• The good news is that starting a new meeting is very easy! Anyone can start an ITAA meeting, anywhere - there is no need to get anyone's permission.

• We recommend “A Vision For You” In The Big Book of AA. The chapter is incredibly inspiring and provides practical advice and guidance for those looking to start new meetings.

• • The twelve traditions of the ITAA are useful guides for managing a new meeting.

• You only need two people who are looking to take a break from their internet and technology addiction to start a meeting. And when you are alone, you don't need to be discouraged. Some meetings were started by people who sometimes patiently showed up to their meeting for weeks until a newbie finds the meeting and joins them.

• If you are starting a face-to-face meeting, it may be a good idea to look at places where other 12-step meetings are taking place and ask if there is space for you to start a new ITAA meeting. Once you have decided on a location, you can tell us the meeting point, time and contact details and we can list them on the website.

• If you start an online meeting, send us a message using the contact form on the website so we can add it to the calendar. Make sure you read the ITAA's suggestions for security compliance.

• A helpful format for small meetings with just a few people is reading from 12-step literature. You can take turns reading passages and exchanging reflections. You can also use or customize the format we traditionally use in the conference calls.

• You can register for personal meetings Flyer ;; Most 12-tier clubhouses allow you to leave a flyer or list your meeting details.

• Perseverance, patience and trust in higher power.