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The Beaufort County Group Alcoholics Anonymous meetings take place in Washington, Chocowinity, and Belhaven, North Carolina.

The purpose of all our meetings 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.”

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Our Schedule

Sunday 3:00p – 4:00p
 👋 Beginners Meeting (o)
213 E 2nd St, Washington, NC

Monday 7:00p – 8:00p
👍 Discussion (o)
213 E 2nd St, Washington, NC

Tuesday 1:00p – 2:00p
👍 Discussion (o)
213 E 2nd St, Washington, NC

Tuesday 6:00p – 7:00p
 🧘‍♂️ Step 11 Discussion (o)
182 NC-33, Chocowinity, NC

Wednesday 1:00p – 2:00p
 🪜 Steps and Traditions (c)
213 E 2nd St, Washington, NC

Thursday 7:00p – 8:00p
📘 Big Book Study (o)
213 E 2nd St, Washington, NC

Friday 7:00p – 8:00p
👍 Discussion (o)
182 NC-33, Chocowinity, NC

Saturday 10:00a – 11:00a
👍 Discussion (o)
213 E 2nd St, Washington, NC

Saturday 7:00p – 8:00p
👍 Discussion (o)
545 E Main St, Belhaven, NC

Meeting Types

Open (o) meetings are available to anyone interested in Alcoholics Anonymous’s program of recovery from alcoholism. Non-alcoholics may attend open meetings as observers. 
Closed (c) meetings are for A.A. members only or for those who have a drinking problem and “have a desire to stop drinking.”

At both types of meetings, it may be requested that participants confine their discussion to matters pertaining to recovery from alcoholism.

Whether open or closed, A.A. group meetings are conducted by A.A. members who determine the format of their meetings.

Common Meeting Formats

Discussion. Whether closed or open, an A.A. member serving as “leader” or “chair” opens the meeting using that group’s format, and selects a topic for discussion. Background for many topic meetings derives from A.A. literature, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (Big Book), Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, As Bill Sees It, Daily Reflections, and from AA Grapevine.

Speaker. One or more members selected beforehand “share” — as described in the Big Book — telling “what we were like, what happened, and what we are like now.” Depending on the meeting’s general guidelines (determined by the “group conscience”), some groups prefer that members who speak have a minimum period of continuous sobriety. Speaker meetings often are open meetings.

Beginners. Usually led by a group member who has been sober awhile, these are sessions to help newcomers. Beginners meetings may also follow a discussion format, or focus on Steps One, Two and Three. (A Guide for Leading Beginners Meetings is available from G.S.O.)

Step, Tradition or Big Book. Because the Twelve Steps are the foundation of personal recovery in A.A., many groups devote one or more meetings a week to the study of each Step in rotation; some discuss two or three Steps at a time. These same formats may be applied to group meetings on the Big Book or the Twelve Traditions. Many groups make it a practice to read aloud pertinent material from the Big Book or Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions at the beginning of the meeting.

What Happens at Meetings

The chair usually opens the meeting with the A.A. Preamble and a few remarks. Some call for a moment of silence and/or recite the Serenity Prayer. The chair will often ask if there are any people new to A.A. attending the meeting who would like to introduce themselves. It isn’t mandatory to identify yourself but it might be helpful if you are attending your first meeting. Many meetings begin with a reading from the Big Book — frequently a portion of Chapter 5 (“How It Works”) or Chapter 3 (“More About Alcoholism”). A statement about anonymity in A.A. as a valuable privacy principle for new and longtime members might be read. Many meetings close with members joining in a moment of silence followed by a prayer, or perhaps by reciting the Responsibility Statement or other A.A. text.

After the Meeting

People gather and talk, and there is a social air in the room once the meeting is over. Some may introduce themselves to you and offer their help or share their experiences getting sober. While many members find this time after the meeting valuable, it is up to you if you want to stay and socialize.