AA Discussion Meeting Topics (298)

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

76 thoughts on “AA Discussion Meeting Topics (298)

  1. Mark H May 10, 2009 / 11:46 am

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

  2. Sharon May 14, 2009 / 10:37 am

    THANKS…nice share.

  3. Diann June 13, 2009 / 1:18 pm

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

    • Leslie H June 17, 2009 / 2:33 pm

      This is a great example of the 12th step! Thank you for helping others help others. Thank you.

  4. donny j July 1, 2009 / 6:20 pm

    thanks for the great topics

  5. M July 3, 2009 / 2:11 pm

    KEEPING IT GREEN

    • Lydia July 3, 2009 / 2:47 pm

      Added. Thank you!

      • Anonymous April 18, 2013 / 1:03 am

        I love yall

  6. Jen B. November 19, 2009 / 9:07 pm

    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 January 12, 2010 / 6:31 pm

    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 January 30, 2010 / 1:32 pm

    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 April 7, 2010 / 7:35 pm

    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 April 16, 2010 / 9:19 pm

    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 April 28, 2010 / 2:09 pm

    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

    • Anonymous October 16, 2012 / 1:54 am

      People pleasing

      • Lydia October 23, 2012 / 11:44 pm

        Added, thanks!

  12. headwinds325 June 2, 2010 / 1:38 am

    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 June 18, 2010 / 10:09 am

    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 July 8, 2010 / 9:26 pm

    how about entering the world of the spirit

  15. robert fyfe July 19, 2010 / 8:47 pm

    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 August 28, 2010 / 1:51 pm

    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 October 4, 2010 / 7:56 pm

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

  18. Craig and Christine J. October 11, 2010 / 11:40 pm

    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 November 3, 2010 / 9:54 pm

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

  20. chrystal December 3, 2010 / 2:09 am

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

  21. Tom December 6, 2010 / 7:39 pm

    Thanks. very useful

  22. Tom December 6, 2010 / 7:41 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to compile these. Very useful

  23. Audrey December 18, 2010 / 3:19 am

    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. January 10, 2011 / 3:12 am

    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 January 18, 2011 / 6:41 pm

    You are awesome! Thanks so much.

    • Susan V January 26, 2011 / 8:16 pm

      How about :Listen To Your Instincts”?

      • Lydia January 26, 2011 / 11:09 pm

        Thanks! I added “instincts,” since I’m not sure we SHOULD listen to our instincts. But instincts are certainly talked about in the literature.

  26. Susan V January 27, 2011 / 2:07 pm

    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. John D May 10, 2011 / 12:14 pm

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

  28. Dan May 14, 2011 / 7:37 pm

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

  29. Anonymous June 12, 2011 / 4:02 pm

    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!

  30. Developer November 2, 2011 / 5:03 am

    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

  31. Rachel November 15, 2011 / 1:16 am

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

    • Lydia November 15, 2011 / 10:32 pm

      As far as I can tell, it does not appear there.

  32. Nancy December 17, 2011 / 8:57 pm

    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.

  33. Chris January 11, 2012 / 2:04 pm

    wounderfull list of topics, very usefull

  34. Anonymous January 26, 2012 / 12:00 am

    this helped alot(: <3

  35. Anonymous January 27, 2012 / 3:02 am

    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.

  36. Yvonne April 24, 2012 / 2:59 pm

    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.

    • Lydia April 24, 2012 / 9:06 pm

      Yvonne, I sent you an email that says: Hi Yvonne – you made a comment on my blog, but that’s really not the place for it. I know of nothing you can do to help your brother beyond going to Al anon. It takes time, you have to actually attend the meetings. But I believe that it will help, if you do it.

      http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/how-to-find-a-meeting

      Good luck to you.

  37. Annie May 2, 2012 / 12:56 am

    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.

    • Lydia May 3, 2012 / 11:51 pm

      Added, thank you!

  38. Michael S. May 26, 2012 / 4:43 am

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

  39. TheSoundOfDrums September 24, 2012 / 10:15 am

    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 September 25, 2012 / 2:59 pm

      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.

  40. sherry September 27, 2012 / 4:00 pm

    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 September 28, 2012 / 12:20 am

      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!

  41. Robin Renee Drane November 6, 2012 / 9:34 pm

    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

  42. Dylan and Sandie December 30, 2012 / 7:58 am

    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

  43. Sara January 15, 2013 / 4:09 pm

    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 January 15, 2013 / 10:07 pm

      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.

  44. Anonymous February 8, 2013 / 5:48 pm

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

  45. Anonymous March 5, 2013 / 1:29 am

    Thank you so much!!

  46. Gail June 8, 2013 / 9:00 pm

    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 June 9, 2013 / 12:55 am

      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.

  47. EdB July 7, 2013 / 3:54 pm

    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

    • Lydia July 7, 2013 / 6:02 pm

      That’s fine. Glad to be useful. And welcome!

  48. Lorey L. Manassas, VA July 13, 2013 / 5:35 pm

    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!

  49. Melissa October 25, 2013 / 4:50 pm

    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 November 7, 2013 / 12:20 am

      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!!

  50. charles tatsch December 1, 2013 / 12:57 am

    It gave me new ideas for topics.thx so much

  51. mark m December 3, 2013 / 2:40 pm

    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.

  52. Anonymous May 28, 2014 / 5:53 am

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

  53. Alphonse.B September 11, 2014 / 7:37 am

    Great and useful.

  54. Anonymous November 3, 2014 / 5:36 pm

    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….. )

    • Lydia November 6, 2014 / 11:11 pm

      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.

  55. Anonymous November 17, 2014 / 7:28 pm

    “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.

  56. Lydia November 17, 2014 / 9:49 pm

    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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