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Playa del Carmen, Mexico Alcoholics Anonymous English Speaking Group IN PERSON MEETINGS! Monday noon en Español: sabado 7pm Wednesday 5:30pm JOIN A VIRTUAL MEETING DAILY at 9AM and 5:30PM via zoom WE ARE STILL HERE YOU ARE NOT ALONE

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.

The COVID-19 stay at home order has been lifted in Quintana Roo. Restrictions are in place to ensure the safe opening of public spaces and businesses, this means we are opening our room for in person meetings on a small scale.

English meetings will be Mondays at noon and Wednesdays at 5:30pm.

En espańol, nos reunimos precencial el sábado a las 7pm.

We are still having online Zoom meetings daily at 9am and 5:30pm. Y en español en los lunes, miercoles, y viernes a las 7pm.

YANA AA In-Person Meetings

We are opening our room again! There will be limited capacity and strict safety protocols, as per government guidelines.

All the meeting times listed are Playa/Cancun time.

  • English Meetings
  • Reuniones En Español
  • Meeting Location
  • Safety Guidelines

Open Meetings

We have once again opened in-person English speaking meetings. Two per week: Monday at noon and Wednesday at 5:30pm.

Twice Weekly

Monday at noon (12pm)

→ Open Topic

Wednesday at 5:30pm

→ The Promises

En Español

Nos reunimos precencial el sábado a las 7pm.

Una vez por semana

Sábado 7pm

Limited Attendees

Solo se permiten 12 personas adentro, por favor llegue temprano a tomar asiento.

Una excepción: Los principiantes siempre tienen un lugar.

Where We Are

Our meeting room is located on the west side of 45th Avenue between Juarez and Calle 2 Norte.

Accessibility

Our AA room is not fully accessible, as there is a single step up to enter the room.

What to Tell a Taxi Driver

Tell the taxi driver it is between Juarez and Calle 2 Nte, on Avenida 45 (en avenida cuarenta y cinco, entre Juarez y calle dos norte). You can also pull us up on google maps and show the driver the pin on the map.

All About Safety

Our primary purpose is to stay sober and to help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

To achieve this we have to abide by governmental health protocols to reduce the transmission rate of the coronavirus.

Limited Attendees

We can only allow 12 people in the room at once. This will be on a first come, first serve basis (come early to ensure a seat).

Exception: Newcomers will always be given a seat!

Before the Meeting

The room will be disinfected before and after the meeting. This includes the chairs, the coffee maker, the bathroom, the meeting format, readings, and everything else in the room.

We have a person who cleans the YANA room multiple times per week, she is informed about how to deep clean with the newest safety measures and cleaning products.

Coffee will be prepared by the chairperson and the chairperson will wear gloves while doing these preparations.

Entering the Meeting

Everyone must use antibacterial gel when entering the room, which will be provided.

Everyone must step on a mat with bleach to disinfect your shoes.

Everyone must bring a mask (we hope to be able to provide masks for anyone who does not have one).

During the Meeting

Chairs will be spaced out, with a maximum of 12 members in the room at any given time, due to the space of the room. No two people who live in separate households can sit directly next to each other. This will help us maintain social distancing guidelines.

We suggest members keep their mask on at all times during the meeting, even when sharing.

If you want coffee during the meeting, you are free to stand up at any point and help yourself. We suggest you limit your intake or skip the coffee altogether, to limit time spent without a mask.

After the Meeting

Each person is in charge of cleaning their own cup, there will not be one person doing service to clean all the cups, you must clean your own.

Please do not gather closely to hug or greet each other before or after the meeting. Waves and elbow bumps are a great alternative!

Respect other people’s space if speaking to someone individually before or after the meeting, maintain social distancing at all times.

The room will be disinfected again after the meeting is over.

AA Online Meetings

Our online meetings are taking place via the Zoom platform.

All the meeting times listed are Playa/Cancun time.

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

Open AA Meetings

We have two English speaking meetings happening on a daily basis at 9am and 5:30pm. 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

Meeting Link: zoom.us/j/545176642

Password: yanaplaya

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 4pm

Women’s meetings are once a week, on Sundays, at 4pm on Zoom.

Zoom Details

The meeting code and password are changing regularly, to get the current meeting ID and passscode visit aameridamexico.com.

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: 473 265 356

Enlace de la reunión: zoom.us/j/473265356

Llamar por teléfono y usar la ID:

    • En Mexico? Usa una de estos:
      • +52 554 161 4288
      • +52 229 910 0061
    • Otro lugar? Encuentra tu numero:

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 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.

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
  • Principles
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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 Zoom 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.

Please make sure to mute the microphone on your phone or computer unless you are sharing. When you are ready to share, please introduce yourself with your name and where you are from.

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?

Will [___________] please read our AA Preamble.

Would someone please read How It Works (p.58) or More About Alcoholism (p.30). [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, we suggest you keep your shares to around 3 to 5 minutes, 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

Near the end of the meeting:

Our 7th Tradition States that we are self-supporting through our own contributions. We still need to collect money to keep our rent paid to open when we’re able to again. 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.

[Paste following into chat: Text YANA to +1 202 858 1233 US/CAN or https://www.moneypool.mx/p/j9dlmTE in MEX or visit aaplayadelcarmen.com  ]

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.]

 

UNMUTE ALL MICS SO WE CAN TALK TO EACH OTHER

CLICK ON “END MEETING”

BE SURE TO SIGN OUT OF THE ACCOUNT

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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

From page 164 in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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

From pages 83-84 in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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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The AA Principles

The AA Principles and Steps

1

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

Honesty

2

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

Hope

3

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

Faith

4

Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Courage

5

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

Integrity

6

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

Willingness

7

Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

Humility

8

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

Brotherly Love

9

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

Discipline

10

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

Perseverance

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.

Spirituality

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.

Service

Finding AA 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.

Al-Anon Meeting Resources

Here are some of the basic meeting materials and our online format.
  • Info
  • Opening
  • Steps
  • Traditions
  • Rights
  • Closing
  • Readings
  • 7th
  • Violence
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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

Meeting Link: zoom.us/j/6078915750

Password: yanaplaya

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

Suggested Topics

First Saturday of the month

→ Step

Second Saturday of the month

→ Tradition

Third Saturday of the month

→ Story

Fourth Saturday of the month

→ Open Topic

Fifth Saturday of the month

→ Open Topic/Speaker

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Al-Anon Meeting Opening Statement

We welcome you to the Playa del Carmen English Speaking Al-Anon Meeting, and hope you will find in this fellowship the help and friendship we have been privileged to enjoy.

We who live, or have lived, with the problem of alcoholism understand as perhaps few others can. We, too, were lonely and frustrated but in Al-Anon we discover that no situation is really hopeless and that it is possible for us to find contentment and even happiness, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.

We urge you to try our program. It has helped many of us find solutions that lead to serenity. So much depends on our own attitudes, and as we learn to place our problem in its true perspective, we find it loses its power to dominate our thoughts and our lives.

The family situation is bound to improve as we apply the Al-Anon ideas. Without such spiritual help living with an alcoholic is too much for most of us. Our thinking becomes distorted by trying to force solutions, and we become irritable and unreasonable without knowing it.

The Al-Anon program is based on the suggested Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, which we try, little by little, one day at a time, to apply to our lives along with our slogans and the Serenity Prayer. The loving interchange of help among members and daily reading of Al-Anon literature thus make us ready to receive the priceless gift of serenity.

Al-Anon is an anonymous fellowship. Everything that is said here, in the group meeting and member-to- member, must be held in confidence. Only in this way can we feel free to say what is on our minds and in our hearts, for this is how we help one another in Al- Anon.

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Preamble

The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.

Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution; does not engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions.

Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.

Reprinted with permission from Al-Anon Family Groups.

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Twelve Steps of Al-Anon

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 God.

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 God 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 God's 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 others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Based on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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Twelve Traditions of Al-Anon

1

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

2

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

3

The relatives of alcoholics, when gathered together for mutual aid, may call themselves an Al-Anon Family Group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend.

4

Each group should be autonomous, except in matters affecting another group or Al-Anon or AA as a whole.

5

Each Al-Anon Family Group has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps of AA ourselves, by encouraging and understanding our alcoholic relatives, and by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics.

6

Our Family Groups ought never endorse, finance or lend our name to any outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary spiritual aim. Although a separate entity, we should always co-operate with Alcoholics Anonymous.

7

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

8

Al-Anon Twelfth Step work should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

9

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

10

The Al-Anon Family Group 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, films, and TV. We need guard with special care the anonymity of all AA members.

12

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

Reprinted with permission from Al-Anon Family Groups.

Personal Bill of Rights

1

I have the right to ask for what I want.

2

I have the right to say no to requests or demands I cannot meet.

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I have the right to express all of my feelings, positive or negative.

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I have the right to change my mind.

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I have the right to follow my own values and standards.

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I have the right to say no to anything when I feel I am not ready, it is unsafe, or it violates my values.

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I have the right to determine my own priorities.

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I have the right not to be responsible for others' behaviors, actions, feelings, or problems.

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I have the right to expect honesty from others.

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I have the right to be angry at someone I love.

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I have the right to be uniquely myself.

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I have the right to feel scared and say, ''I'm afraid.''

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I have the right to say, ''I don't know.''

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I have the right not to give excuses or reasons for my behavior.

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I have the right to make decisions based on my feelings.

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I have the right to my own needs for personal space and time.

18

I have the right to be playful and frivolous.

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I have the right to be healthier than those around me.

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I have the right to make friends and be comfortable around people.

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I have the right to change and grow.

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I have the right to have my needs and wants respected by others.

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I have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.

25

I have the right to be happy.

As used in our Playa del Carmen Al-Anon meeting, noted as “author unknown”

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Al-Anon Suggested Closing Statement

In closing, we would like to say that the opinions expressed here were strictly those of the person who gave them. Take what you liked and leave the rest.

The things you heard were spoken in confidence and should be treated as confidential. Keep them within the walls of this room and the confines of your mind.

A few special words to those of you who haven’t been with us long: Whatever your problems there are those among us who have had them, too. If you try to keep an open mind you will find help. You will come to realize that there is no situation too difficult to be bettered and no unhappiness too great to be lessened.

We aren’t perfect. The welcome we give you may not show the warmth we have in our hearts for you. After a while, you’ll discover that though you may not like all of us you’ll love us in a very special way, the same way we already love you.

Talk to each other, reason things out with someone else but let there be no gossip or criticism of one another. Instead, let the understanding love and peace of the program grow in you one day at a time.

Would all who care to join me in the Serenity Prayer.

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.

Closing statement reprinted with permission from Al-Anon Family Groups.

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Daily Readings

The Medium account @AlAnonFragments posts the daily readings from:

One Day at a Time in Al-Anon

Courage to Change

Hope for Today

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.

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

A Special Word to Anyone Confronted with Violence

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Al-Anon’s gentle process unfolds gradually, over time. But those of us facing violent, potentially life-threatening situations may have to make immediate choices to ensure safety for ourselves and our children. This may mean arranging for a safe house with a neighbor or friend, calling for police protection, or leaving money and an extra set of car keys where they can be collected at any time in case of emergency.

It is not necessary to decide how to resolve the situation once and for all—only how to get out of harm’s way until this process of awareness, acceptance, and action can free us to make choices for ourselves that we can live with.

Anyone who has been physically or sexually abused or even threatened may be terrified of taking action at all. It can require every ounce of courage and faith to act decisively. But no one has to accept violence. No matter what seems to trigger the attack, we all deserve to be safe.

Tapping Other Resources

Al-Anon’s purpose is to help families and friends of alcoholics. We come together to find help and support in dealing with the effects of alcoholism. In time we discover that the principles of our program can be practiced “in all our affairs.” But there are times when, in order to work through especially challenging circumstances, we may need more specialized support from mental, spiritual, physical, or legal advisors. Many of us have benefited from taking care of these needs in addition to coming to Al-Anon.

Reprinted with permission from In All Our Affairs: Making Crises Work for You, Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.

Nearby English Speaking Meetings

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

CoDA - Codependents Anonymous

Monday & Wednesday at 7:30pm (Playa time)

There is a CoDA group in Playa del Carmen. Currently meetings are being held on Zoom.

CoDA Monday 7:30pm

Meeting ID: 811-6347-2441

Code: codaplaya

CoDA Wednesday 7:30pm

Meeting ID: 830-5969-6037

Code: codaplaya

Cancun AA

Cozumel AA

Meetings in Cozumel are closed until further notice. Find support in Cozumel by visiting their website.

Isla Mujeres AA

Merida AA

In person meetings in Merida are closed until further notice. Find support and links to their Zoom meetings by visiting their website.

Monterrey AA

There are no meetings being held in Monterrey until further notice.

NA - Narcotics Anonymous

The NA room in Playa del Carmen is closed due to the pandemic but they have meetings on Zoom. Visit their website for more info.

NA Monday-Friday 5:30pm

Meeting ID: 971-539-068

Password: just4today

Puerto Aventuras AA

There are no meetings being held in Puerto Adventuras until further notice.

Puerto Morelos AA

There are no meetings being held in Puerto Morelos until further notice.

Tulum AA

Tulum is not holding in person meetings until further notice, they are setting up online resources, find more information or contact someone by visiting their website.