For Newcomers

New to AA?

Here are some things that we've found helpful:

On-Line Local Meeting Calendar for Milwaukie, Clackamas, West Linn, Oregon City, Canby, Molalla & surrounding areas - regular meetings are where we find hope, support, and the A.A. message of recovery.

District 15 Meeting Schedule - download in printable PDF format; you can also pick up a printed schedule at most meetings.

Note that anyone is welcome at "open" meetings, while "closed" meetings are limited to those who want to stop drinking and stay sober.

Some helpful information from our national office:

AA pamphlet "A Newcomer Asks"

Frequently Asked Questions

"On Sponsorship" - a sponsor is a person who has worked the 12 Steps and is willing to guide you through them.

"Alcoholics Anonymous" - known as the "Big Book", it is the basic text of A.A.; essential reading for long term recovery, it explains A.A.'s view of what alcoholism is and our program of recovery.


Got a question? Need to talk with someone? Want someone to accompany you to your first meeting?

Contact Us Via Email, or call:

Portland AA Hotline: 503-223-8569 (*For Medical Emergencies please dial 911*)

Service Is The Secret

Most of us find that service work - helping out in a group, serving at the District, Intergroup, or Area levels - is key to long term sobriety. Here are some suggestions for Service Opportunities, whether you’re just getting started or have been around for a while.

Additional Reading

There is no charge for A.A. meetings, membership, or sponsorship; we do this because helping other alcoholics helps us in our recovery. No one will tell you that you're an alcoholic; that's a decision only you can make. You don't have to identify as an alcoholic to attend meetings or become a member - the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

Everyone is welcome in A.A. regardless of age, race, gender, ethnic background, disability, or criminal record - the disease of alcoholism can strike anyone. All communications are completely confidential - "Anonymous" is half of our name.