Providing Helping Professionals with a Resource
Alcoholics Anonymous Wants to Work with You
Since A.A.’s beginnings, it has been our objective to work alongside the Professional Community
(CPC). We are always striving to strengthen and expand our communication with you. This helps us to work more
effectively with you in achieving our common purpose: to help the alcoholics still suffering. We also assist
the professionals working with alcoholics.
A helpful resource for professionals in the helping industry
The shared objective of Alcoholics Anonymous and professionals who specialize in working with individuals struggling with alcohol addiction is to assist the alcoholic in achieving sobriety and leading a fulfilling and healthy life.
As stated in our Preamble, the primary purpose of Alcoholics Anonymous is to maintain sobriety and assist other alcoholics in achieving the same. A.A. is an independent, nonprofit fellowship that is not associated with any particular religion, political affiliation, organization, or institution. However, through our policy of “cooperation but not affiliation” with the professional community, we can offer support and resources.
We can provide valuable personal experiences of those who have overcome alcoholism and serve as a continuous support system for those in recovery.
What is A.A.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who come together to share their personal experiences, strength, and hope with one another, in the hopes of solving their common problem of alcoholism and helping others to recover from alcoholism as well. The focus is on mutual support and encouragement, as members work together to achieve and maintain sobriety.
Membership in A.A. requires only a desire to stop drinking. There are no fees or dues for membership, and the organization is self-supporting through its members’ voluntary contributions.
Interested in an A.A. Presentation?
The Cooperation with the Professional Community in Western Missouri offers free presentations and talks about Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) for public or professional groups and organizations. Our knowledgeable members can share information about A.A.’s purpose, locations, and how it can assist those who suffer from alcoholism.
We are available for in-person or online video platform presentations at various venues such as schools, businesses, parole/probation offices, health fairs, art festivals, churches, community centers, medical centers, and treatment facilities. We distribute A.A. literature and promote the Meeting Guide app and A.A.’s official website, as well as our local Western Missouri A.A. website.
We aim to provide accurate information to professionals who work with alcoholics, and having our A.A. members speak to your group is an effective way to achieve this objective. Discover more about alcoholism and how A.A. can help those who suffer from it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Alcoholics Anonymous desires to collaborate with you.
A.A. has always aimed to collaborate with the professional community, and this objective remains unchanged since our inception. We constantly strive to improve and widen our channels of communication with you, and we value your feedback and recommendations. Your input assists us in working more efficiently with you toward our shared goal of helping those who are still struggling with alcoholism.
Western 39 of Missouri A.A. Presentations
We welcome you to invite the CPC Committee to conduct a complimentary presentation or discussion on A.A. for your professional, public, or organizational group. Our team is ready to provide information on what A.A. entails, its location, and how it can support those who continue to suffer from alcoholism. Our services are available at no charge, and we aim to educate those who are interested in learning more about A.A.
We can conduct presentations in various settings, including schools, local businesses, health fairs, DUI classes, parole/probation offices, art festivals, churches, civic groups, community centers, medical centers, treatment facilities, and anywhere else where the A.A. message may be valuable. We also distribute A.A. literature that points to our free Meeting Guide app, the A.A. main website and the Western Missouri A.A. website.
Discover how A.A. in your location can be beneficial for legal and corrections professionals.
Alcoholics Anonymous seeks to collaborate with you
A.A. has had a longstanding objective of cooperating with the professional community. We consistently strive to improve and broaden our communication with you, and your feedback and suggestions are always appreciated. They enable us to collaborate with you more effectively in accomplishing our shared goal of helping those who continue to struggle with alcoholism.
What We Do
The Corrections Committee of A.A. in Western Missouri strives to assist A.A. members who are incarcerated by organizing A.A. meetings within correctional facilities and supplying A.A. literature for correctional facility libraries.
- Facilitate A.A. meetings within facilities, whether virtually or in person.
- Supply A.A. literature to Correctional Facility libraries and reading rooms through facility Chaplains, to enable access for A.A. members who are incarcerated and wish to pursue sobriety.
- Assist incarcerated individuals in transitioning to their local A.A. community by establishing Prerelease contacts.
- Increase awareness of the Corrections Correspondence Service (C.C.S.) among members of the A.A. community who are incarcerated and those who are not.
A.A. is available in correctional facilities.
In the United States and Canada, there are around 1,360 A.A. groups that meet in correctional facilities, each with a unique local agreement between the facility administrators and nearby A.A. groups.
The question of why inmates need A.A. while in prison is common, but the program is more than abstaining from alcohol and has been described as a way of life; with the success of A.A. groups in correctional facilities, it’s evident that the program can assist incarcerated alcoholics to lead a sober and fulfilling life during and after their time in custody.
A significant number of inmates were sentenced for crimes in which alcohol played a crucial role, and this percentage is seemingly higher among those incarcerated in youth offender facilities.
Correctional professionals frequently observe numerous advantages for inmates who participate in A.A. meetings and believe that the chances of successful reintegration into society are enhanced by involvement in the program.
Working together with the CPC Committee.
The goal of CPC committees is to educate professionals and those who aspire to join the profession about A.A., including our identity, location, abilities, and limitations. They aim to improve communication and discover straightforward and practical ways of working together without forming any associations.
What We Do
Partnering with non-alcoholic professionals can be an effective method of spreading the message to individuals who are grappling with alcoholism but may not have access to A.A. meetings in their local area. By working with professionals, individuals struggling with alcoholism can be reached in regions where A.A. may not be accessible, or they can be reached earlier with the help of informed non-A.A. members.
How We Accomplish Our Purpose
To Provide information about Alcoholics Anonymous to interested professionals, promoting positive connections between them and members of the A.A. community.
Encourage the sharing of information about CPC initiatives with the Area 39 A.A. community, highlighting the significance of providing A.A. literature at pertinent professional gatherings when appropriate.
Get Involved (A.A. Members)
Any member of Alcoholics Anonymous residing in Western Missouri can participate in our committee. For more details on how to get involved, please begin by referring to our resources.
If you are a professional seeking further information about A.A., please reach out to our Area CPC Chair.
Public Information Committee
Similar to all of A.A., the fundamental aim of members engaged in Public Information service is to convey the A.A. message to the individual struggling with alcoholism.
What We Do
Our Public Information Committee disseminates information about A.A. to the broader community through a variety of activities.
- Deliver talks about A.A. information at schools and civic organization meetings.
- Distribute A.A. literature to schools and offices.
- Verify that the local media has precise information about A.A
- Furnish A.A. public service announcements to the local media.
Our Approach to Achieving Objectives.
- Ensure the media receive correct information about AA, particularly regarding our Anonymity Tradition.
- Update Area 39 and its Districts, Groups, and individual A.A. members about the latest Public Information directives and emerging issues proposed by the General Service Conference to ensure effective delivery of the A.A. message to the still-suffering alcoholic.
- Conduct the Area 39 Public Information Committee’s operations in compliance with the instructions outlined in the Public Information Kit accessible from GSO.
Want an A.A. presentation?
Invite our Public Information Committee to deliver a complimentary presentation on A.A. to your public or professional group or organization. We’re available to provide information on what A.A. is, where to find it, and how it can assist those struggling with alcoholism.
Our Public Information Committee Members can speak in person or via online video platforms at various venues, including schools, local businesses, parole/probation offices, DUI classes, health fairs, art festivals, churches, civic groups, community centers, medical centers, and treatment facilities, to share the A.A. message. We also provide A.A. literature, highlighting our free Meeting Guide app, the A.A. main website, and the Western Missouri A.A. website.
A corrections committee aims to facilitate the efforts of individual members and groups in Alcoholics Anonymous who are dedicated to sharing our message of recovery with individuals who are incarcerated or may be incarcerated in the future.
What we do
- One option to ensure accessibility to A.A. meetings is to make them available in facilities, either through virtual or in-person formats.
- To support AA members who are incarcerated and interested in maintaining sobriety, AA literature can be provided to Correctional Facility libraries and reading rooms. This can be facilitated through facility Chaplains, ensuring access to literature for those behind bars who are seeking help.
- To assist AA members who are incarcerated in transitioning to a local AA community, prerelease contacts can be established. These contacts can help members connect with local AA groups and resources before their release, providing them with a support network to aid their transition back into society and maintain their sobriety.
- To increase awareness of the Corrections Correspondence Service (C.C.S.) among both inside and outside A.A. members, efforts can be made to promote the service through various channels. These can include outreach campaigns, social media, newsletters, and other communication channels to inform members about the service and its benefits. Additionally, promoting C.C.S. through local AA groups and meetings can also help increase awareness and encourage participation.
Achieving Our Purpose: Our Approach.
- Make A.A. recovery message available to incarcerated members.
- Encourage members of the Area 39 Western Missouri A.A. community to initiate and participate in A.A. meetings behind the walls.
- Promote A.A. Area Collaborate with members’ participation in Corrections Correspondence Service.
- Encourage A.A. members to read “A.A. Guidelines on Corrections Committees” for carrying recovery messages.
- Collaborate with Area 39 Bridge the Gap Committee regarding correctional facilities.
The Area 39 Treatment Committee is a committee within Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) that is responsible for coordinating the efforts of AA members and groups who want to carry the message of recovery to alcoholics in treatment and outpatient settings. The committee works to establish relationships with treatment centers and hospitals in the area, provides literature and information about AA to those facilities, and helps to organize and support AA meetings and activities within treatment and outpatient settings. The committee’s overall goal is to carry the message of recovery to as many alcoholics as possible and to help them achieve and maintain sobriety through the AA program.
What We Do
The volunteers aim to reach out to treatment facilities in their district to inform the administrators about the benefits of A.A. in supporting their clients’ recovery. Additionally, they seek to assist those clients who are interested in maintaining their sobriety to transition from the treatment setting to the A.A. fellowship.
How We Accomplish Our Purpose
- With the approval of the administration, A.A. meetings can be brought into treatment settings.
- Individual and group participation is encouraged, and many groups choose to “adopt” a treatment facility, offering in-house meetings in addition to their regular meetings.
- The committee collaborates with temporary contact programs, such as Bridge The Gap (BTG).
- By collaborating with committees like Cooperation with the Professional Community (CPC), the Area 39 Treatment Committee offers literature, presentations, and workshops to administrators.