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There is a solution. You no longer have to live like this. You are not alone. You are not the first. If you think you have a drinking problem, and are looking to get to a meeting of alcoholics anonymous, we hope that this website will help you.

No one can tell you that you are an alcoholic. People may point out indications that you have a drinking problem -- loss of control, drunken driving, arrests, lost jobs, broken marriages or relationships, blackouts, the shakes, etc. Only you can decide if youare actually an alcoholic, then we invite you to keep coming back.

Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.


click here to go to the website of AA world service to read the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous®

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Link to Area 15

Local area meeting schedules and locations information in two downloadable formats:

Our meeting lists are often called the "Where and When".

Where & When by Town - PDF

Spanish Speaking - AA
Directorio españo - PDF

Give back to AA by serving on a committee.

Related phone numbers and links

AA Helpline: 941-951-6810

Local clubs and frequent meeting locations: AA neither approves nor disapproves of clubs. They are an outside enterprise.

• Serenity Room Bradenton 941-753-7760
• Gratitude Room Bradenton 941-782-4298
• Gratitude Club Sarasota 941-953-5182



WHAT IS THE CENTRAL OFFICE OF SARA-MANA AND WHAT DOES IT DO?

The Central OFFICE Functions as a clearing house for information throughout the Sara-Mana Intergroup and the 4th district of the AA service structure as out lined in the “AA Guidelines for Central Offices”. This office is the headquarters of administrative activity for the Groups of District 4 of Alcoholics Anonymous which serves Manatee and Sarasota Counties in Florida.

The Central Office is responsible for helping to coordinate the interaction of these groups, Intergroup and General Services and to collaborate with their various boards to develop policy and assure adherence to the twelve Traditions and twelve Concepts of AA’s World Services, in implementing the local group conscience. The Office provides the vital thread of AA continuity, as personnel is in constant change among the boards and committees. Although the office is in place to accommodate all of our committees and members needs, special attention is sometimes given to our Intergroup and General Service bodies.

The Central Office assists the following committees in carrying out their responsibilities.

1 .  Supports Intergroup:

    

        a.    Maintains  Answering Service(help Line)

   

        b.    Aids the where & when committee and keeps records of new meetings or groups and

               a current list  of  changes.

    

        c  .  Acts as the informational hub for inter action between groups and Intergroups throughout

               the US and Canada.

    

       d.    Assists and supports the Website Committee

2.    Aids General Services committees      

    

       a  .  Supplies Public Information and Outreach:            

              The Central Office plays a key role in Public Relations:  Its personnel represents the AA

              Fellowship and greets the general  Public and professional community to explain the

              out-reach scope and goals of Alcoholics Anonymous,  what AA is and what AA is not..       

   

       b   . Assists Treatment       

       c.    Informs Special Needs Committee of inquiry’s        

       d .   Aids the Literature Committee and supplies necessary information as requested       

       e.    Store archival information for local service associations        

        f.     Accommodates the Grapevine/LaVina Committee and corresponds directly with

               Grapevine Inc. as required.       

       g.    Store archival information for local service associations        

       h.    Accommodates the Grapevine/LaVina Committee and corresponds directly with

              Grapevine   Inc. as required.

3.    Operates a Website

4.    Maintain a calendar of service activities for the local AA community.

5.   Maintains Administrative Offices.

6.    makes all Conference approved AA Literature available to our members.

7.   The Central Office also supplies a variety of non-conference approved literature

       and related materials.

 

8.    The Central Office staff provides guidance and expertise to the Telephone Volunteers

        who provide  an Answering Service for the district. The staff also handles emergency

        calls which may be beyond  the skills of the individual volunteer. The staff Clarifies AA

        policy and provides information about   the local AA meetings and the fellowship as required.

 9.    Provides guidance and expertise to Group Secretaries or other members as they attempt

        to fulfill  their task on committees or other assignments for the fellowship

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 10.  Receives contributions from our Groups and see that they are distributed to the various

         service entities.

As a result of and due to the spirit of rotation, (board members, group officers, volunteers and others), the Office offers the continuity and support required in developing cooperation among people with a wide divergence of personalities and attitudes.

   

AA Helpline: 941-951-6810
Central Office of Sara-Mana 1748 Independence Blvd., Suite B-2 Sarasota, FL 34234    TEL - 941-351-4818

Al-Anon Helpline 941-749-1750 -- This website is not affiliated in any way with Al-Anon. We provide this number as a courtesy