"On your first visit tell him about the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. If he shows interest, lend him your copy of this book."

Alcoholics Anonymous, page 94 (Working with Others)

Below please find AA conference-approved literature online to get started reading and understanding the Program and how it works.
Click here to go to the Intergroup Bookstore online.

Big Book (Online) - this is our basic text. This link will open in a new tab and allow you to access the Big Book one chapter at a time online. Please purchase the Big Book for yourself so you can read it in its entirety and reference it as you grow in your recovery. You can do this through your local Intergroup.

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (Online) - this is our other basic text explaining each step and tradition in detail. The link will open in a new tab and allow you to access the 12 & 12 one chapter at a time online. Please purchase your own copy through your local Intergroup.

Daily Reflections (Online) - this link will open in another tab and take you to the Daily Reflections page online. The Daily Reflections are short meditations from our literature to help you start your day with a Program mindset.

The AA Group Online (pamphlet) - this link will open in another tab and take you to a PDF of The AA Group pamphlet. The AA Group is the top tier of the AA structure. The 1st Tradition states that, "Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon AA unity."

"Each group has but one primary purpose - to stay sober and to help other alcoholics achieve sobriety." (Tradition 5) Understanding the functions of an AA group allow members to ensure that their group's primary purpose is served. This pamphlet explains the suggested AA group structure for maximum service to its members as it relates to the Traditions. It defines the trusted servant roles and other valuable functions within the group.

Questions & Answers on Sponsorship (pamphlet) - this link will open the Q & A PDF in a new tab. This pamphlet explains the role of a sponsor beautifully and has a wonderful FAQ section. It will get the newcomer started on their way with important information on choosing (and staying with) their sponsor in their recovery.

Living Sober (Online) - this link will open in a new tab and take you to the Living Sober Chapters online. Living Sober is a book that is written to assist newcomers with the early days of sobriety. It is very useful and an easy read. Please consider purchasing your own copy through Intergroup.

Leading a Newcomer Meeting (Online) -This booklet is for all A.A.s. Although it is written mainly to help the group holding beginners meetings, or the member leading them, any other A.A. will find it worthwhile reading.

Step Study Guide - Herb K. -This is a guide for step study. View it as a suggestion to working AA's 12 steps of recovery.

The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.

  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Alcoholics Anonymous, page 59 (How is Works)

The 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.

  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.

  3. The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.

  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.

  5. Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.

  6. An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

  7. Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

  8. Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

  9. A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

  10. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

  11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films.

  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Alcoholics Anonymous, page 562 (Appendices)

The 12 Concepts of Alcoholics Anonymous

Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

the courage to change the things I can,

and the wisdom to know the difference.

Full Version

God, grant me the Serenity To accept the things I cannot change...

Courage to change the things I can, And Wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.

Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, Not as I would have it.

Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His will.

That I may be reasonably happy in this life, And supremely happy with Him forever in the next.


Third Step Prayer

God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of Life.

Alcoholics Anonymous, page 63 (How It Works)

Seventh Step Prayer

My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.

Alcoholics Anonymous, page 76 (Into Action)