AA Discussion Meeting Topics (291)

Note:  In order to be as helpful and inclusive as possible, some of these are repetitive as in “Turning it Over” and “Step Three,” which basically is turning it over, or in “Economic Insecurity” and “Money,” which encompasses economic insecurity.  I’ve also bolded the topics that are, to my knowledge, slogans.

  1. Acceptance
  2. Accepting My Alcoholism
  3. Act As If
  4. Action
  5. Addictive Personality
  6. Adversity
  7. Agnostics (We Agnostics)
  8. Amends Beyond “I’m Sorry”
  9. Amends, Making Hard Amends
  10. Anger
  11. Anniversaries
  12. Anonymity
  13. Asking for Help
  14. Attitude
  15. Attraction not Promotion
  16. Balance
  17. Being Considerate of Others (in and out of AA)
  18. Being Useful
  19. Big Book (Using the Big Book)
  20. Boredom with the Program
  21. (The) Bottom is Where You Stop Digging (you hit bottom when you stop digging)
  22. Breaking My Anonymity
  23. Bring the Body and the Mind Will Follow
  24. But For the Grace of God
  25. Carry This Message
  26. Change
  27. Changing Routines, Changing People, Places and Things (to avoid drinking)
  28. Character Defects
  29. Choice
  30. Clarity of Thought
  31. Codependence
  32. Compassion
  33. Complacency
  34. Completely Giving Myself to This Simple Program
  35. Contempt Prior to Investigation
  36. Courage
  37. Courage to Change the Things I Can (Serenity Prayer)
  38. Cravings
  39. Cunning, Baffling, Powerful
  40. Decision Making
  41. Dealing with Difficult People
  42. Denial
  43. Dependence
  44. Detaching, Detaching with Love
  45. Disappointment
  46. Discipline
  47. Disease Concept
  48. Do the Next Right Thing
  49. Don’t Drink and Go To Meetings
  50. Don’t Quit Before the Miracle
  51. Drinking Occasions
  52. (A) Drug is a Drug
  53. Drugs (Problems Other Than Alcohol)
  54. Drunk Who Brought You In Will Take You Out
  55. Dry Drunks
  56. Easy Does It
  57. Economic Insecurity
  58. Ego (ego-smashing, Easing God Out)
  59. Eleventh Step Prayer (Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi)
  60. Emotional Balance (from Step 10)
  61. Emotional Hangover (from Step 10)
  62. Emotional Sobriety (Emotions)
  63. Enjoying Life (Having Fun Sober)
  64. Expect a Miracle
  65. Expectations (Unreasonable Expectation, Pre-Planned Resentments)
  66. Experience (Sharing Our Experience)
  67. Experience, Strength and Hope
  68. Faith
  69. Fake It Till You Make It
  70. (The) Family Afterwards
  71. Fear
  72. Fear of Failure/Fear of Success
  73. Feelings and Emotions
  74. Feeling Different
  75. Fellowship
  76. First Drink Gets You Drunk
  77. First Things First
  78. First Thought Wrong
  79. Fixing Me, Not You
  80. Forgiveness
  81. Forgiving Others
  82. Forgiving Ourselves
  83. Foundation
  84. Fourth Dimension (from page 25 in The Big Book)
  85. Freedom
  86. Freedom from Bondage
  87. Friendship
  88. Fun
  89. Gift of Desperation
  90. Gifts of the Program
  91. God as I Understand Him
  92. Gossip
  93. Gratitude
  94. Greed, Gluttony, Having Enough
  95. Group Membership (belonging to a group, having a “home” group)
  96. Growth
  97. Growth through Pain
  98. Guilt
  99. Handling Failure
  100. Handling Success
  101. Happiness
  102. Happy, Joyous and Free
  103. Higher Power
  104. Hitting Bottom
  105. Holidays
  106. Honesty (Rigorous Honesty)
  107. Hope
  108. How do you maintain your spiritual condition?
  109. How do you work the steps?
  110. How easy does it (working the program, staying sober) get?
  111. Has has your concept of a higher power changed in sobriety?
  112. How Have You Changed?
  113. How Important Is It?
  114. How it Works (Twelve Step Recovery)
  115. Humility
  116. Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired (HALT)
  117. I Am Responsible
  118. Identify, Don’t Compare
  119. If God is in charge, why do we sweat the small stuff?
  120. If it’s not practical, it’s not spiritual
  121. If nothing changes, nothing changes
  122. Improving the Quality of My Sobriety
  123. Insanity
  124. Insidious (Patiently Waiting for a Chance to Ensnare)
  125. Instincts
  126. Integrity
  127. Inventory (Taking My Own)
  128. Inventory (Taking That of Others)
  129. Isolating
  130. It Is What It Is
  131. Jealousy
  132. Joy, The Joy of Living
  133. Keep Coming Back
  134. Keep it Simple
  135. Keeping it Green
  136. Let Go and Let God
  137. Letting Go (of Outcomes)
  138. Letting Go (of the Past)
  139. Letting Go (of People, Places and Things)
  140. Life on Life’s Terms
  141. Literature as a Tool (Using the Big Book, Twelve and Twelve, meditations, etc)
  142. Live and Let Live
  143. Living in the Real World
  144. Living in the Moment, Living in the Present, Living in the Now
  145. Living with Myself in Sobriety
  146. Loss
  147. Love
  148. Meditation
  149. Meeting Makers Make It
  150. Meetings
  151. Mental, Spiritual and Physical Disease
  152. Mental Illness (Problems Other Than Alcohol)
  153. Moderation
  154. Money
  155. More will be Revealed
  156. No Pain, No Gain
  157. Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes
  158. One Day at a Time
  159. Online meetings
  160. Organized Religion
  161. Other Addictions
  162. Pain
  163. Pass it On
  164. Patience
  165. People Pleasing
  166. Perceptions vs. Reality
  167. Perseverance
  168. Physical Illness (Problems Other Than Alcohol)
  169. Powerlessness
  170. Practicing These Principles in All Our Affairs
  171. Prayer
  172. Pride
  173. Pride in Reverse
  174. Primary Purpose/Singleness of Purpose
  175. Principles Before Personalities
  176. Priorities
  177. Projection (Thinking About Outcomes that are in the Future, Good and Bad)
  178. Progress, Not Perfection
  179. Progression
  180. Promises
  181. Rationalization, minimizing and justifying, self-justification
  182. Recovered or Recovering?
  183. Recovery (Getting Better)
  184. Regret (We Will Not Regret the Past, Promises)
  185. Relapse
  186. Relationships
  187. Relaxing, Relaxation
  188. Remember What You Would Have Settled For
  189. Remembering Your Last Drunk
  190. Remorse
  191. Resentment
  192. Resolutions
  193. Responsibility
  194. Restless, Irritable and Discontent (RID)
  195. Restraint of Tongue and Pen
  196. Rituals of Sobriety
  197. Road Rage
  198. Rule #62 (from Tradition Four)
  199. Sanity
  200. Secrets (You’re Only as Sick as Your Secrets or Your Secrets will get You Drunk)
  201. Self Acceptance
  202. Self-Centeredness
  203. Self Esteem
  204. Self Pity
  205. Self Seeking
  206. Self-Will
  207. Selfishness
  208. Serenity
  209. Serenity Prayer
  210. Service
  211. Sex
  212. Sharing (talking or telling my story) at Meetings
  213. Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired
  214. Slips
  215. Slogans
  216. Sobriety Dates
  217. Spiritual Awakening
  218. Spiritual Axiom (from Step Ten, page 90, 12 and 12)
  219. Spiritual Part of the Program
  220. Spirituality
  221. Sponsorship
  222. Staying Away from the First Drink
  223. Staying in the Now
  224. Step One
  225. Step Two
  226. Step Three
  227. Step Four
  228. Step Five
  229. Step Six
  230. Step Seven
  231. Step Eight
  232. Step Nine
  233. Step Ten
  234. Step Eleven
  235. Step Twelve
  236. Stick with the Winners
  237. Strength (Sharing Our Strength, What is Your Strength?)
  238. Stress (Coping with Stress)
  239. Suggestions (Taking the Suggestions)
  240. Surrender
  241. Taking Risks
  242. Taking Things for Granted (before and after sobriety)
  243. Telling on Yourself
  244. “Terminal” Uniqueness – feeling unique can kill me
  245. Think, Think, Think
  246. This Too Shall Pass
  247. Time (Time Takes Time)
  248. To Thine Own Self Be True
  249. Tolerance
  250. Tools of the Program
  251. Tradition One
  252. Tradition Two
  253. Tradition Three
  254. Tradition Four
  255. Tradition Five
  256. Tradition Six
  257. Tradition Seven
  258. Tradition Eight
  259. Tradition Nine
  260. Tradition Ten
  261. Tradition Eleven
  262. Tradition Twelve
  263. Triggers
  264. Trust
  265. Trust God, Clean House, Help Others
  266. Turning it Over
  267. Twelfth Step Calls (going to see someone who is asking for help and/or drinking)
  268. Twenty-four Hours a Day (one hour, one minute at a time)
  269. Unfinished Amends
  270. Unmanageability
  271. Using the Program Instead of Using Alcohol
  272. Using the Telephone
  273. Utilize Don’t Analyze
  274. Wait to Worry
  275. We are not a glum lot (from page 132 of the Big Book)
  276. We of the Program
  277. What Convinced You That You Had a Problem?
  278. What is AA?
  279. What do You do to Stay Sober?
  280. What have you gained from the program?
  281. What outside forces keep you from drinking?
  282. When others are drinking (and potentially dangerous, what do you do?)
  283. Who supported you to get sober?  To stay sober?
  284. Why Are You Here?
  285. Why did you get sober?
  286. Will power
  287. Willing to go to Any Lengths
  288. Willingness
  289. Wisdom to Know the Difference (Serenity Prayer)
  290. Wreckage of the Past
  291. Yets

72 Responses to AA Discussion Meeting Topics (291)

  1. Mark H says:

    Very useful. Thanks for taking the time. I’m sure compiling this list was quite an experience. Buona 24

  2. Sharon says:

    THANKS…nice share.

  3. Diann says:

    Awesome! Just what I needed. Thanks for taking the time to put this together. diann p

  4. donny j says:

    thanks for the great topics

  5. M says:

    KEEPING IT GREEN

  6. Jen B. says:

    Thanks for your help. I am putting together a meeting for women based on our common solution. These idease will be useful!

  7. Doreen G says:

    Thanks for the topic list. I started a womem’s group several months ago. What we do is everyone puts a topic in the basket, the chair picks the topic from the basket & we all share on it. This list will keep us going for a while.

  8. STEVE S says:

    THANKS SO MUCH-THE LENTH OF SILENCE AT OUR MEETINGS WILL BE LESS NOW WHEN THE CHAIRPERSON ASKS FOR A TOPIC-WE’LL HAVE A DIFFERENT TOPIC ALMOST FOR EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR-GRATEFUL-STEVE S. CORTLAND N.Y.

  9. Bernie1733 says:

    I thought I would look through the internet to see if I could find a topic for my meeting tonight.As was said ,sometimes that second moment of silence can be a killer lol.Thanks alot for compiling these!I”ll look like a very thoughtfull drunk tonight. Please accept my appreciation for sitting down and putting these topics together.
    Thanks again,Bernie

  10. Sue says:

    Thank You! I have been chairing a discussion meeting for over 2 years now and am always trying to think of “different” topics. This list had several different ideas.

  11. ewetenkamp says:

    A.A has been wonderful to me and i have lots of friends i have one question can the need for approval be a topic for a meeting that is one of my many character defects i have only been in a year dec 6 2008 is my sobriety date please let me know thank you ps going to meetings is a great stress reliever

  12. headwinds325 says:

    These topics are wonderful! In May, I chaired my home group for my 24th anniversary, and I was so glad I had these!

  13. moglow says:

    Wonderful comprehensive and thoughtful list. thank you for the hard work – seems in all you do. I am chairing a 7am this morning and was stumped. Now I have MANY I want to use. Thanks.

  14. tony z says:

    how about entering the world of the spirit

  15. robert fyfe says:

    I would like to thank you;so much for the wonderful topics.Ihave a bad memory as a result of brain damage from alcohol.and allways forget a topic for my aa group closed discusion meeting thankyou i put them in my favorites file.one day at a time.

  16. elizabeth lock says:

    I have heard there is a list of topics from the first early AA meetings that focused on discussion rather than the steps. Does anyone know where to find it.thanks elizabeth

  17. Bob fisher says:

    I’m speaking tonight at a beginner’s meeting…..what a useful tool…..thanks so much for sharing

  18. Craig and Christine J. says:

    My husband and I have recently moved out of the country and are hungry to start a topic discussion meeting similar to the one we left back home.
    This list has helped immensly.
    Thank you from Mexico.

  19. Jo says:

    Every word a special one to me on my journey in recovery thank u xx

  20. chrystal says:

    Thank you so much for this list it is very helpful to me.

  21. Tom says:

    Thanks. very useful

  22. Tom says:

    Thanks for taking the time to compile these. Very useful

  23. Audrey says:

    Huge hit tonight! Friday before the Holiday; chose the topic expectations = guaranteed resentments disappointment! Excellent meeting. Thanks for PASSING IT ON!! xo

  24. Brandon C. says:

    Thank you for the topics. I am writtin’ them on popsicle sticks so we can have everyone grab one and talk on that topic or just the chair pick one and we can share on it.

  25. Donald says:

    You are awesome! Thanks so much.

  26. Susan V says:

    How about Trust Your Intincts ie: I trust my intincts when my intincts tell me to stay away from People Places and Things that may bring me to a drink!

  27. Kristin H. says:

    Excellent list, indeed.

  28. John D says:

    Thanks for this list, using it for a meeting I’m chairing at the moment and bookmarked for future use too.

  29. Dan says:

    Thanks. How about Dr. Bob’s prescription: “Trust God, Clean House, Help Others.”

  30. Anonymous says:

    Thanks so much for putting this together… one of my character defects is procrastination… I’m chairing a meeting in an hour and
    am suppoed to bring a topic… haha! God bless you!

  31. Developer says:

    I thought I would look through the internet to see if I could find a topic for my meeting tonight.As was said ,sometimes that second moment of silence can be a killer lol.Thanks alot for compiling these!I”ll look like a very thoughtfull drunk tonight. Please accept my appreciation for sitting down and putting these topics together.
    Thanks again,Bernie

    +1

  32. Rachel says:

    Where does the phrase “gift of desperation” appear in the big book?

  33. Nancy says:

    You have got to be an alcoholic, no one else would have this many suggested topics. Isn’t there one that say’s “keep it simple” on here? Just Kidding, thank you this will be very helpful.

  34. Chris says:

    wounderfull list of topics, very usefull

  35. Anonymous says:

    this helped alot(: <3

  36. Anonymous says:

    thank you so much for making this list. I totally panic when faced with leading a meeting and picking the topic. You’ve given me so many ideas.

  37. Yvonne says:

    My brother needs help he killing his self by drinking a lot. Our mom past in November 2011 and that the only way for him to deal with it but its killing him. He already have health issue .
    I love my brother very much its killing me to see him like that Help.

  38. Annie says:

    SEX, I have yet to see a discussion about sex. When I suggested sex, everyone in the group thanked me for it. Each one had a story. After the meeting they shook my hand.

  39. Michael S. says:

    Thank you so very much. This helps me to help others.

  40. TheSoundOfDrums says:

    i’m curious about this. i’m a younger person who likes to drink (emphasis on likes)…i’m not someone who gets aggressive, violent, or any malevolent repercussions, maybe just acts stupid at the most part… I consider myself an alcoholic…i don’t harm anyone and am a respectful person no matter what my state is…however, the only thing people see is my harm to myself…that’s about it…i don’t offend people, don’t hurt people, don’t do anything like that; just my friends’ concerns…but i enjoy it…it’s my own choice and i like it…i’ve thought about the idea of why i indulge myself sometimes and to be the most honest sometimes, i think people suck…i think i’m an amazing person and, after meeting the tons of people i have, i don’t think anyone has the right to share my company with…maybe i’m too selfish…maybe i’m too sure of myself….i’m starting to find a dark side of myself and would like some advice…i think my kidneys are starting to hurt daily…i enjoy it though…i think there’s a sense of suicidal tendencies definitely involved that i actually enjoy…it’s on of the many conundrums i’m looking at…i don’t want jesus to save my life, i’m just looking for like-minded people…

    peace

    • Susan says:

      TSOD–

      Thank you for your honesty. You made it green for me because I USED TO THINK LIKE YOU. God Speed. May you find him now.

  41. sherry says:

    wonderful topic list i am charing a closed meeting tonight came to the library to research a topic for a closed meeting so newcomers can understand the difference in open and closed meeting what do you suggest thank you sherry c.

    • Lydia says:

      I suggest that you tell them that closed meetings are for alcoholics and those who think they may have a drinking problem only, and that anyone can attend open meetings. Not much more to say about it than that!

  42. this is a great list of topics and I thank you for taking the time to get them together as I am chairing a meeting for the next 3 months you have enough info for the next 3 years lol but I am very greatful thank you soooo much it is well appreciated

  43. me and my wife opened up a 12 step club in vegas called the journey club las vegas.She wanted to start a popsicle stick meeting this was very helpful thanks.Dylan and Sandie

  44. Sara says:

    I know you put a lot of effort into this list, which I appreciate, as well as your enthusiasm. However, I would caution that some of these “topics” have no place in an AA meeting. Several are from the “treatment center” industry such as “Triggers”; Some are just old party-line stuff that has crept into the rooms and you will NOT find literature support for — and in fact will find in the literature the exact opposite- such as “Do The Next Right Thing” — like I know what that is! I need God for guidance, not my mind (where the problem centers). or “Keeping It Green” — the BB makes it plain that at certian times we will have no mental defense, that we are unable to recall the suffering and humiliation of even a week or month ago. If just remembering my last drunk worked, I would not need AA. And “What Brought You Here?” Really? Ummm …. drinking!! What did you do to stay sober today? Uggh – worst topic ever. Totally ego-feeding and sets up the illusion that I have anything to do with whether or not I drink. Alcoholics have lost the power of choice in drink. We never get that back. I’ve never understood why anyone gets stumped for a topic. Do you own a Big Book or Twelve & Twelve? Maybe there’s one or two lying around your meeting place? Open it, read from it. Bam. Guaranteed topic that is the accurate message of AA.

    • Lydia says:

      Thanks for your comment and your opinion. I disagree that some of these have no place in a meeting, and that we must rigidly stick to the books to be “accurate.” But thanks.

  45. Anonymous says:

    I have a good one: “How to transmit something that I haven’t got?”

  46. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much!!

  47. Gail says:

    I’m confused. You said that the Third Step was about turning it over. I don’t think that’s right. Isn’t it about making a decision?

    • Lydia says:

      Making a decision to what? Change my socks? No. It’s about making a decision to turn my will and my life over. I don’t think splitting hairs helps anything.

  48. EdB says:

    Wow this is awesome. I woke up this morning thinking I should google “good topics for an aa meeting” and maybe start building a random topic selector for my online home group website thing, and you’ll never guess who was the number one response ;)

    I hope you don’t mind, and will cease and desist immediately if you do, but I’ve taken your list and made a random topic selector out of it for our chatroom thing.

    got you in my feed reader now … looking forward to reading more :)

    Hugs, EdB

  49. Lorey L. Manassas, VA says:

    Wow. An exhaustive study and a fine list. Thanks so much for all your efforts, and your continued efforts to update. I am a last minute speaker for tonight’s meeting, and this has given me the ideas I needed!

  50. Melissa says:

    To the person that suggested SEX, this is just a suggestion, but a topic like that should be personal, like with a sponsor. Not in an open forum – especially at a Newcomers or Open Meeting. That can be very uncomfortable & should stay within the same sex. Like the old quote says, Take your mess to your Sponsor & the message to the meeting.

    • Anonymous says:

      Go to a meeting as often as you can….and then some!!
      Talk about whatever you have to WHATEVER you have to. This is a process, a journey, something you should never take for granted!
      Its none of your business what someone else thinks.
      This is life or death!!

  51. charles tatsch says:

    It gave me new ideas for topics.thx so much

  52. mark m says:

    i came looking for a list of topics because i dont trust my own mind sometimes to decide what to choose, and found that i waas in the right ballpark. and much more in your site. thanx for your 12th step internet.when i am most troubled it seems i am called to chair a topic meeting. i nod inwardly and say yes and then fret and go through mental gymnastics before just saying itll be okay its just a meeting and even when i screw up i can still be of service to someone.

  53. Anonymous says:

    You could consolidate this list to: passage(s) from the first 164 pages of the Big Book.

  54. Alphonse.B says:

    Great and useful.

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