What is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA)?

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international group for those who struggle with alcohol addiction or other chemical dependencies and have a desire to quit. There are over two million members worldwide and groups meet almost everywhere. Anyone who has alcohol addiction can be a member — there are no fees, rules or paperwork. People from all walks of life attend AA meetings as there are no religious, racial or political affiliations associated with the group. Meetings are also very informal, meaning there are no leaders or doctors present. Members share stories and have conversations on their progress or setbacks in order to try and help each other gain some inspiration to quit drinking or stay sober.

Narcotics Anonymous is a very similar group for those who struggle with any kind of drug addiction. Just like AA, NA meetings are held almost everywhere and anyone who wants to get clean or stay clean is welcome to attend. NA is also a nonprofit organization, meaning there are no fees or dues as their goal is not to make money, but to help people with addictions. They have an open-door policy, so people can choose to start or stop attending meetings any time. They have found, however, that those who continue to go to meetings regularly stay clean more often than those who skip or stop attending.

Both AA and NA are safe places — there is no judgment, only people with common problems gathering together to help each other find solutions. It doesn’t matter how long someone has been struggling from addiction, only that they are ready to take steps to become sober.

AA Meeting Schedules

  • Dillon County: Tuesdays at 8PM
    206 W. Washington Street
    Dillon, SC 29536
    Call 843-445-7119 for information.
  • Marion County: Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays at 8PM
    First United Methodist Church
    307 E. Godbold Street
    In Uncle Charlie's Hut behind Church
    Marion, SC 29571
    Call 843-445-7119 for information.
  • Marlboro County: Tuesdays and Fridays at 8PM
    A.A. Hut
    321 Woodland Drive
    Bennettsville, SC 29512
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