AA Speakers Needed For DUI Classes

DUI Flier

Guideline for-Speaking at RI State "Alcohol Education Program”

Alcohol-Education Program" (DUI) classes are courses people who have received DUI convictions must usually attend to satisfy the terms of their court sentences. These courses are designed to provide drivers with information about making safe driving choices and being better drivers. They are usually part of a larger court sentence that may include mandated alcohol counseling, community service, fines, and jail time. In the spirit of cooperation, we have accepted an invitation by the Department of Driver Retraining for AA Speakers to provide those in attendance information about AA and to carry the message of recovery to alcoholics through a third person. For a large number of newcomers, their first approach to AA may come as a result of just such a " jackpot" It is entirely in keeping within the AA Traditions for AA members to speak at non-AA meetings, providing information about AA and our program of-Recovery, as long as a few simple guidelines are observed.

As AA members, we assume an enormous responsibility when asked to speak at Non-AA meetings. We need to always be careful to explain that we are not speaking for AA as a whole. There is no "AA Spokesperson". We never suggest that AA is the "only way to get sober" nor do we minimize the -effort s of other organizations or programs. We are cautious not to claim to be experts on medical, physiological, or psychological aspects of alcoholism, no matter what our professional or educational background maybe. We must remember why we are there. Our primary purpose is to share information on what Alcoholics Anonymous is, how our program of recovery works and where we can be found if the listener decides that they may be interested in what we have to offer

Suggested Outline for Speaking.

  • Introduction and Anonymity Statement

               Identify as an Alcoholics and first name only.

              Request anonymity be respected and explain reasons - Suggestion: Read anonymity card obtainable at the Central Service Office

 

  • Alcoholics Anonymous

             What is it? What isn't It?, 12 Step Program (how it works for us),  Traditions 

             Explain difference between an open and closed meeting

            Explains different types of meetings (Speaker, discussion, Literature based)

            Information on where to find AA. (provide meeting schedules, website address, phone number)

 

  • Personal Recovery Story Drinking Pattern and experience

                     Why you decided to seek help

                    What you found in AA

                    What your life is like now

  • Questions and Answers

                        Allow time for the listeners to ask any questions they may have (often times there are no questions)

RI Central Service will provide you with AA literature that can be distributed to the attendees.

Always remember you may be someone's first experience with Alcoholics Anonymous and they may base their opinion {good or bad) of our Fellowship on what is said and how it is said. This may someday make the difference between life or death for a still suffering alcoholic.

Thank You for your service in this vital 12 Step Work