You Are Not Alone! We Welcome You to Playa Del Carmen’s English-speaking fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. “Trudging the road of happy destiny”
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The You Are Not Alone Group welcomes you to Playa del Carmen’s English-speaking fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous!

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.

Find out more about AA as a whole both in Mexico and around the world.

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Covid-19 and YANA

The coronavirus pandemic is changing how we connect with each other. We cannot currently hold in person meetings, so we’ve closed our physical door and opened a virtual one.

Due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic, the governor of Quintana Roo has issued a stay at home order. To abide by the law and be of service in keeping the community safe, we have closed the door to our room and opened a virtual space for meetings.

Online Schedules

Our meetings are taking place via the Zoom platform.

All the meeting times listed are Playa/Cancun time.

  • English Meetings
  • Women's Meeting
  • En Español
  • Al-Anon
  • How to Zoom
  • 7th Traditions

Open AA Meetings

We have several English speaking meetings happening on a daily basis. All of these meetings are open and we encourage you to attend our virtual room via the Zoom platform.

Daily at 9am and 5:30pm

Monday

→ Open Topic

Tuesday

→ 12 & 12 Study

Wednesday

→ The Promises

Thursday

→ Open Topic

Friday

→ Principles of the Program

Saturday

→ 9am: 11th Step Meditation

→ 5:30pm: Speaker Meeting

Sunday

→ Big Book Study

Zoom Details

Zoom Meeting ID: 545 176 642

Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/545176642

Call in on the phone, follow the prompts and input the meeting ID:

    • In Mexico? Dial one of these numbers:
      • +52 554 161 4288
      • +52 229 910 0061
    • Elsewhere? Find your local/country number

Women's Meeting

In person, YANA usually has a women’s meeting on Sundays, but during this time we’re joining forces with the Merida women’s AA group for our Zoom meeting.

Sunday at 5pm

Women’s meetings are once a week, on Sundays, at 5pm on Zoom.

Zoom Details

Zoom Meeting ID: 683 668 7392

Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/6836687392

Call in on the phone, follow the prompts and input the meeting ID:

    • In Mexico? Dial one of these numbers:
      • +52 554 161 4288
      • +52 229 910 0061
    • Elsewhere? Find your local/country number

En Español

Nosotros tenemos reuniones de AA en español con Zoom.

3 veces de semana a las 7pm

Lunes, Miercoles, Viernes a las 7pm.

Detalles de Zoom

Zoom ID de reunión: 473 265 356

Zoom enlace de la reunión: https://zoom.us/j/473265356

Llamar por teléfono y usar la ID:

Al-Anon

Our regular Al-Anon meeting is available on Zoom. Al Anon is a meeting for people who have been affected by someone else’s disease of alcoholism. According to the third tradition, The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend.

Saturday at 10:30am

On Zoom there will be a weekly Al-Anon meeting at the same time that they had been occuring in the room, at 10:30am every Saturday.

Zoom Details

Zoom Meeting ID: 607 891 5750

Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/6078915750

Call in on the phone, follow the prompts and input the meeting ID:

    • In Mexico? Dial one of these numbers:
      • +52 554 161 4288
      • +52 229 910 0061
    • Elsewhere? Find your local/country number

All About Zoom

You can join a Zoom meeting from any device. That means you can connect on your smartphone, you can video join on your computer, or call into the meeting with your cell or landline.

Using the App

If you want to join a meeting using a smartphone, tablet, or computer you will first need an app. The easiest way to get the app is to just try to join a meeting and follow the prompts.

When you click to join a meeting, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom on whatever device you’re using. It’s perfectly safe to use this method and to download and install the app.

Life Hack: Do a test run with a test meeting by visiting https://zoom.us/test

Meeting IDs and Links

Zoom Meeting ID: this is is a 9 to 11 digit number that is used to join a Zoom meeting, you can use this ID directly by visiting zoom.us/join and inputting the ID, opening the app and using the ID, or when you call in on your phone.

Zoom Meeting Link: This link can be used on any device to bring you to the meeting, just click and follow the prompts.

Call in on a phone, dial your local number and follow the prompts. You’ll need to input the meeting ID to join the meeting.

    • In Mexico? Dial one of these numbers:
      • +52 554 161 4288
      • +52 229 910 0061
    • Elsewhere? Find your local/country number

In a Meeting

If you are not a chairperson, all you need to do is what you would do in any other meeting, just sit back and enjoy the ride. It’s helpful to learn how to mute and unmute your microphone to prevent ambient noise during other people’s shares and to be able to speak when you need to. There are other fun tricks and tools available in a Zoom meeting, but like we say in AA, let’s just keep it simple.

AA 7th Tradition

Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions. We are utilizing online platforms to “pass the basket” because we cannot do so in person. This is a place to provide the 7th tradition information to AA attendees who want to put change in the basket.

Donate Online

TEXT to DONATE

From a US or Canadian phone, text YANA to +1 (202) 858-1233

In Mexico

Visit MoneyPool.mx/p/j9dlmTE to donate from Mexico.

Al-Anon 7th Tradition

Every group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions. We are using online platforms to “pass the basket” because we cannot do so in person. This is a place to provide the 7th tradition information to Al-Anon attendees who want to put change in the basket.

Donate Online

TEXT to DONATE

From a US or Canadian phone, text ALANON to +1 (202) 858-1233

Meeting Resources

Here are some of the basic meeting materials and our online format.
  • Format
  • Preamble
  • How It Works
  • More About
  • Traditions
  • Vision For You
  • Promises
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Online Meeting Format - YANA

Hi, my name is [_____________] and I am an alcoholic. Welcome to the You Are Not Alone Group of Alcoholics Anonymous in Playa del Carmen. This is an open, English-speaking meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous and all are welcome.

Let us open this meeting with a moment of silence and then please join me in the Serenity Prayer. [MUTE MICS, except HOST].

 

Please silence your notifications on your devices now and please make sure to mute your microphone on your phone or computer when you are not sharing.

We ask that if you have consumed alcohol during the last 24 hours you just listen today, and we suggest that you talk to one of us after the meeting.

Is there anyone here for their very first AA meeting? [If there is a newcomer, the chairperson welcomes them and changes the planned meeting format to a First Step meeting. The First Step from 12 & 12 is read.]

 

Is there anyone here in their first 30 days of sobriety? Are there any AA birthdays? [If there is an AA birthday, the chairperson can ask them to share how they did it.]

 

Are there any AA announcements?

 

Let us go around the virtual room and introduce ourselves and where we are from. Unmute yourself to introduce yourself and mute it again after, please.

Will [___________] please read our AA Preamble.

 

Would someone please read How It Works (p.30) or More About Alcoholism (p.58). [Chairperson may pick either of these readings.]

 

*If the chairperson would like, they can ask someone to also read the 12 Traditions.

Please remember to respect the anonymity of each member present and we ask that participants keep their discussion to matters pertaining to recovery from alcoholism.

 

We ask that members do not interrupt or cross talk while someone is sharing during the meeting. Please be mindful of the length of your share when we have a larger meeting so that everyone has an opportunity to speak.

MONDAY – Open Topic          

TUESDAY – 12 & 12 Study       

WEDNESDAY – The Promises       

THURSDAY – Open Topic          

FRIDAY – Principles             

SATURDAY – 11th Step Meditation / Speaker    

SUNDAY – Big Book Study

At the end of the meeting:

 

Our 7th Tradition States that we are self-supporting through our own contributions. It pays for rent, coffee, signs, literature, and other expenses. We still need to collect money to keep our room open. If you have a US or Canadian phone, you can text to donate. Or use Moneypool in Mexico. See the info in the chat or visit aaplayadelcarmen.com.

 

[Copy and paste into the chat “Text YANA to +1 202 858 1233 US/CAN or https://www.moneypool.mx/p/j9dlmTE in MEX“]

If you did not get an opportunity to share during the meeting, or if you’re looking for a sponsor, please talk to one of us afterwards.

 

I’ve asked _______  to please read A Vision for You (p.164).

 

We will now close the meeting with the Serenity Prayer. [Ask all to mute mics, except the host.]

 

When finished, leave the meeting.

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A.A. Preamble

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 A.A. membership; we are selfsupporting through our own contributions. A.A. 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.

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How It Works

Reprinted from pages 58-60 in the book Alcoholics Anonymous.

Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average. There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.

Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it-then you are ready to take certain steps.

At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.

Remember that we deal with alcohol-cunning, baffling, powerful! Without help it is too much for us. But there is One who has all power-that One is God. May you find Him now!

Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon.

Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program of recovery:

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.

Many of us exclaimed, “What an order! I can’t go through with it.” Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.

Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas:

A

That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives.

B

That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism.

C

That God could and would if He were sought.

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More About Alcoholism

Reprinted from pages 30-31 in the book Alcoholics Anonymous.

Most of us have been unwilling to admit we were real alcoholics. No person likes to think he is bodily and mentally different from his fellows. Therefore, it is not surprising that our drinking careers have been characterized by countless vain attempts to prove we could drink like other people. The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death.

 

We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery. The delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed.

 

We alcoholics are men and women who have lost the ability to control our drinking. We know that no real alcoholic ever recovers control. All of us felt at times that we were regaining control, but such intervals—usually brief—were inevitably followed by still less control, which led in time to pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization. We are convinced to a man that alcoholics of our type are in the grip of a progressive illness. Over any considerable period we get worse, never better.

 

We are like men who have lost their legs; they never grow new ones. Neither does there appear to be any kind of treatment which will make alcoholics of our kind like other men. We have tried every imaginable remedy. In some instances there has been brief recovery, followed always by a still worse relapse. Physicians who are familiar with alcoholism agree there is no such thing as making a normal drinker out of an alcoholic. Science may one day accomplish this, but it hasn’t done so yet.

 

Despite all we can say, many who are real alcoholics are not going to believe they are in that class. By every form of self-deception and experimentation, they will try to prove themselves exceptions to the rule, therefore non-alcoholic.

 

If anyone who is showing inability to control his drinking can do the right-about-face and drink like a gentleman, our hats are off to him. Heaven knows, we have tried hard enough and long enough to drink like other people!

 

Here are some of the methods we have tried: Drinking beer only, limiting the number of drinks, never drinking alone, never drinking in the morning, drinking only at home, never having it in the house, never drinking during business hours, drinking only at parties, switching from scotch to brandy, drinking only natural wines, agreeing to resign if ever drunk on the job, taking a trip, not taking a trip, swearing off forever (with and without a solemn oath), taking more physical exercise, reading inspirational books, going to health farms and sanitariums, accepting voluntary commitment to asylums—we could increase the list ad infinitum.

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The 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous

Short Version

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 non-professional, 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.

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A Vision For You

Our book is meant to be suggestive only. We realize we know only a little. God will constantly disclose more to you and to us. Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. The answers will come, if your own house is in order. But obviously you cannot transmit something you haven’t got. See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come to pass for you and countless others. This is the Great Fact for us.

 

Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.

 

May God bless you and keep you–until then.

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The Promises

If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are halfway through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

 

Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us – sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.

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Finding Books Online

With a lack of meeting space and an increased difficulty in being able to access printed copies of our AA literature, it’s possible to find two of our primary texts for free online thanks to Alcoholics Anonymous.

Nearby English Speaking Meetings

There are many 12-step groups near and in Playa del Carmen.

Cancun AA

Cozumel AA

Meetings in Cozumel are closed until further notice. Find support in Cozumel by visiting their Covid-19 page.

Isla Mujeres AA

Merida AA

Meetings in Merida are closed until further notice. Find support and their Zoom meetings in Merida by visiting their Covid-19 page.

Monterrey AA

Due to Covid-19 there are no meetings being held in Monterrey until further notice.

Playa del Carmen Narcotics Anonymous

The NA room is closed due to the pandemic and they have meetings on zoom Monday-Friday at 5:30pm.

https://zoom.us/j/971539068
Password: just4today

Puerto Aventuras AA

Due to Covid-19 there are no meetings being held in Puerto Adventuras until further notice.

Puerto Morelos AA

Due to Covid-19 there are no meetings being held in Puerto Morelos until further notice.

Tulum AA

Due to Covid-19 Tulum is not holding in person meetings, they are setting up online resources.

Find information about meetings in Tulum on their website: aatulum.com