Welcome to the Appalachian Ohio Intergroup Office site. We are an Alcoholics Anonymous Intergroup Office that is listed with the World Service Office in New York City.

AOIO Mission Statement

AOIO's primary purpose is to maintain a partnership with the groups in our community of South-Central and Southeastern Ohio, aiding those groups with carrying the Alcoholics Anonymous message to those who still suffer from alcoholism. AOIO shall be maintained, supervised and supported by those groups. AOIO will be responsible to the member groups that it serves and will adhere to the principles and spirit of A.A.'s Twelve Traditions, Twelve Concepts of World Services and the Three Legacies of Unity, Recovery and Service.

What is Alcoholics Anonymous?

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

  • The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop drinking.
  • There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self supporting through our own contributions.
  • A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
  • Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

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What Does A.A. Do?

  1. A.A. members share their experience with anyone seeking help with a drinking problem; they give person-to-person service or "sponsorship" to the alcoholic coming to A.A. from any source.
  2. The A.A. program, set forth in our Twelve Steps, offers the alcoholic a way to develop a satisfying life without alcohol.
  3. This program is discussed at A.A. group meetings.
    1. Open speaker meetings - open to alcoholics and nonalcoholics. (Attendace at an open A.A. meeting is the best way to learn what A.A. is, what it does, and what it does not do.) At speaker meetings, A.A. members "tell their stories." They describe their experience with alcohol, how they came to A.A., and how their lives have changed as a result of Alcoholics Anonymous.
    2. Open discussion meetings - one member speaks briefly about his or her drinking experience, and then leads a discussion on A.A. recovery or any drinking-related problem anyone brings up. (Closed meetings are for A.A.s or anyone who may have a drinking problem.)
    3. Closed discussion meetings - conducted just as open discussions are, but for alcoholics or prospective A.A.s only.
    4. Step meetings (usually closed) - discussion of one of the Twelve Steps.
    5. A.A. members also take meetings into correctional facilities and treatment settings.
    6. A.A. members may be asked to conduct the informational meetings about A.A. as part of A.S.A.P. (Alcohol Safety Action Project) and D.W.I. (Driving While Intoxicated) programs. These meeting about A.A. are not regular A.A. group meetings.

What A.A. Does Not Do?

A.A. does not
  1. Furnish initial motivation for alcoholics to recover.
  2. Solicit members.
  3. Engage in or sponsor research.
  4. Keep attendance records or case histories
  5. Join "councils" of social agencies (although A.A. members, groups and service offices frequently cooperate with them).
  6. Follow up or try to control its members.
  7. Make medical or psychological diagnoses or prognoses.
  8. Provide detox or nursing services, hospitalization, drugs, or any medical or psychiatric treatment.
  9. Offer religous services or host/sponsor retreats.
  10. Engage in education about alcohol
  11. Provide housing, food, clothing, jobs, money, or any other welfare or social services.
  12. Provide domestic or vocational counseling
  13. Accept any money for its services, or any contributions from non-A.A. sources.
  14. Provide letters of reference to parole boards, lawyers, court officials, social agencies, employers, etc.