AA wants to spread word

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By David Giuliani

The spokesman for area Alcoholics Anonymous groups says that if it weren’t for the program, he likely wouldn’t be alive today.

He and other members want to inform the public about AA during a public forum on Sunday. They want to tell residents about how AA operates and what it can do for the community.

It’s the first such public forum in years, the spokesman said.

“AA is one alcoholic talking to another,” said the spokesman, who requested to remain anonymous because of the group’s rules. “We understand what others are going through. Non-alcoholics may not understand why it’s hard to quit.”

“The guy next to me at AA may not look like me and may not have anything in common with me. But we have a lot in common (because of alcoholism). You make a connection,” the spokesman said.

District 6, which consists of much of northeastern New Mexico, has eight AA groups. The groups have sent out invitations to 375 people in the area, including those in the medical, legal and educational professions. Also, people who are interested in joining AA are asked to come as well. Refreshments and literature will be provided.

The spokesman said going to a regular AA meeting may be intimidating to some at first, so this forum could be a more comfortable place for an alcoholic to get general information.

He said he had a phobia about going to AA at first, partly because people used religious words that he didn’t like. But he said that he learned that he should take what he can from meetings to help him with his recovery and leave out the rest.

“When I first went to AA, they saw I was nervous, and they were gentle,” he said.

The spokesman said he has been sober for 24 years.

At a glance

What: Alcoholics Anonymous public information forum. Refreshments and literature will be provided.

When: 2-4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Highlands University’s Leveo Sanchez Lecture Hall (G-35)