Huron & Tuscola Counties, Area 32, District 24
Alcoholics Anonymous was started in Akron, Ohio in 1935, when two "hopeless" drunks met.
Bill W., a stockbroker, was fighting his own battle against drinking. His encounter with Dr. Bob, a surgeon who was also struggling with alcoholism, led the two men to discover that helping another alcoholic was key to maintaining one's own sobriety. Using this principle, the men began a program of recovery that has helped millions find sobriety and serenity.
WHO RUNS AA?
AA has no real government. Each group is free to work out its own customs and ways of holding meetings, as long as it does not hurt other groups or AA as a whole. The members elect a chairperson, a secretary, and other group officers. These officers do not give orders to anybody; mostly, their job is to see that the meetings run smoothly.
The program suggests Twelve Steps as a basis of recovery.
The only requirement for AA is a desire to stop drinking.
Please click here to read the complete "How It Works", from Chapter 5 of the book Alcoholics Anonymous.