This FAQ (frequented asked questions) page is dedicated to the questions submitted to the Mat-Su District 11 relevant to website navigation, upcoming events, schedules, etc. If you are looking for District committee or other service related meetings, please review the calendar portion of the website.
1) What is the best way to look for a meeting on the website?
ANSWER: With this new website, there are numerous ways to find an AA meeting in the Mat-Su Area-
Probably the easiest way to find a meeting is to click the MEETINGS link at the top of the page and either click a map location or any of the Meeting titles. You can also “sort” by click on a “tag”; i.e. Big Book Study and it will sort all Big Book Study’s.
Lastly, once you find the AA meeting you are looking for, make sure you click all three tabs for that particular meeting.
2) Will someone come and pick me up to an AA meeting?
ANSWER: Probably not. If you call the hotline and find the closest meeting to you, arrange transportation to the meeting and many times if you announce at the meeting you need a ride back home, someone might volunteer.
3) The Courts (Drug court or any other) have mandated I attend x-amount of AA meetings per week. How will my meeting attendance be validated?
ANSWER: AA has absolutely no affiliation with any of the courts or outside entities. Many meetings as a courtesy will sign a provided court slip but it is not required by the AA group or the AA meeting chairperson. Court slips are signed with a first name and last initial only and each member does not represent AA.
4) I am a student and required to attend one or several AA meetings. What meeting would you recommend?
ANSWER: If you are not a self-proclaimed AA member you should attend an OPEN meeting as defined on the HOME page. Also, it is inappropriate to take notes during the meeting and certainly document anything that is shared in the meeting.
5) I have a friend, a spouse, a family member or co-worker that might have a drinking problem. What can I do to help?
ANSWER: Our experience, albeit as difficult as it might seem is for the concerned person to attend Al-Anon. The alcoholic seems to need to hit absolute bottom before recovery is a viable option and folks working a successful Al-Anon program have discovered that good intentions of enabling the practicing alcoholic could actually be detrimental.
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.
The Alaska Al-Anon website is http://www.al-anon-ak.org/.