AA Discussion Meeting Topics (301)

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

78 thoughts on “AA Discussion Meeting Topics (301)

  1. 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.


  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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


  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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…


  21. 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.

    • 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!

  22. 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

  23. 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.

    • 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.

  24. 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?

    • 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.

  25. 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

  26. 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!

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. A drug is a drug is a drug is an NA saying …………………………………..,,,( it kind of breaks the aa
    4 th tradition of our primary purpose….. )

    • Thank you for this, but I disagree. The message that any drug is OK because it’s not alcohol is dangerous, in my opinion. People, especially newcomers, need to hear about abstinence. My opinion only.

  30. “Do the next right thing” is not a slogan. It actually, somehow, came from pre-school jargan. Sequential order. It’s poor gramar and and actually has not been around that long. Maybe 6 years or so if that. I’m glad to notice (in the past couple months) that some people at meetings are making a point of saying ‘do the right thing’. I’ve asked the women I sponsor to please don’t say ‘do the next right thing’. We are always to try and do the right thing.
    I also noticed there were many un-highlighted slogans which have been around since the beginning of AA.
    In response to the comment above! It’s more than just your opinion, that drug use is not ok! Bill Wilson addresses this issue. Pick up the book “Launguage of the Heart”. There are many letters written by Bill over the years that are in this book.

  31. Thank you for your comment. I know, however, that they were saying “do the next right thing” 35 years ago when I started AA. In my experience, AA is very regional in some ways. I also think of the meaning a little differently than you describe. I use it for when someone expresses something like “I don’t know what to do.” Do the NEXT right thing should narrow that down. Like, brush your teeth, pay your bill, scoop the cat litter box. The NEXT right thing is the next thing that needs to be done. I hope I expressed that well.

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