Human Resources Professionals

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 self-supporting
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.
Copyright © by A.A. Grapevine, Inc.;
reprinted with permission.
Many organizations — corporations, unions and governmental agencies — have established programs to work with employees whose personal problems have affected their job performance and their families.
Labor and management are increasingly aware of the disease of alcoholism and its high financial and human costs, and recognize the benefits of helping their employees.

To employers, supervisors and personnel professionals

Alcoholics Anonymous can make available to labor, management, medical, social services, human resources and employee assistance program professionals the cumulative experience of more than two million recovered alcoholics now living comfortable and productive lives without alcohol. A.A. is available in virtually every community with more than 66,000 groups in the United States and Canada alone.
A.A. can help organizations, corporations and businesses, regardless of size, contact men and women who have achieved sobriety, and are willing to share their experience freely with anyone who seeks help.
The A.A. Fellowship is nonprofessional and available at no cost; its primary purpose is the personal recovery and continued sobriety of
those alcoholics who turn to it for help. The A.A. approach is based on the ability of recovered alcoholics to help those who are still drinking.

Singleness of purpose and problems other than alcohol

Some professionals refer to alcoholism and drug addiction as “substance abuse” or “chemical dependency.” Nonalcoholics are, therefore, sometimes introduced to A.A. and encouraged to attend
A.A. meetings. Nonalcoholics may attend open A.A. meetings as observers, but only those with a drinking problem may attend
closed A.A. meetings.

To co-workers

If you have a co-worker who may be a problem drinker, your understanding of the nature of the problem can play a vital part in helping the drinker to achieve and maintain sobriety. You can take some action to assist in recovery by developing an understanding of the A.A. program.* You may want to speak with an A.A. member or read some A.A. literature, which explains our program of recovery and gives a general idea of how A.A. works.
You may also want to contact Al-Anon Family Groups. Though it is entirely separate from Alcoholics Anonymous, it uses the general principles of the A.A. program as a guide for husbands, wives, relatives, friends and others close to alcoholics.
(Al-Anon’s website:

A.A. welcomes any opportunity to:

1. Meet with any employer to discuss ways A.A. can cooperate.
2. Conduct employee meetings to explain the A.A. program of recovery.
3. Take employees with a drinking problem to A.A. meetings.

How to contact A.A.

You may use the Contact us page on this wesbaite asking us and we will guide you or A.A. or Alcoholics Anonymous is listed in most search engines and telephone directories. If A.A. is not listed, please write to the General Service Office, Box 459,  Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163.
G.S.O.’s A.A. website:

A.A. Video for Employment/Human Resources Professionals


A.A. Literature