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SUNDAY

Northwest Nooners

Times: 12:00 pm

Address: Southminster Presbyterian Church 916 E. Central Rd. Arlington Heights, IL

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MONDAY

Northwest Nooners

Times: 12:00 pm

Address: Southminster Presbyterian Church 916 E. Central Rd. Arlington Heights, IL

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TUESDAY

Northwest Nooners

Times: 12:00 pm

Address: Southminster Presbyterian Church 916 E. Central Rd. Arlington Heights, IL

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WEDNESDAY

Northwest Nooners

Times: 12:00 pm

Address: Southminster Presbyterian Church 916 E. Central Rd. Arlington Heights, IL

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12 Steps & 12 Traditions Study Group

Times: 7:00 pm

Address: Lord of Life Lutheran Church 119 W. Wise Rd. Schaumberg, IL

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NW Suburbs Quad-A

Times: 7:00 pm

Address: Schaumberg Public Library 130 S. Roselle Rd. Schaumberg, IL

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THURSDAY

Northwest Nooners

Times: 12:00 pm

Address: Southminster Presbyterian Church 916 E. Central Rd. Arlington Heights, IL

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Step Sisters

Times: 7:00 pm

Address: 1st Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights 305 N. Dunton Ave. Arlington Heights, IL

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Big Book Priority Discussion

Times: 7:00 pm

Address: Lord of Life Lutheran Church 119 W. Wise Rd. Schaumberg, IL

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FRIDAY

Northwest Nooners

Times: 12:00 pm

Address: Southminster Presbyterian Church 916 E. Central Rd. Arlington Heights, IL

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St. Marcelline’s Step Discussion

Times: 7:00 pm

Address: St. Marcelline Roman Catholic Church 822 Springinsguth Rd. Schaumberg, IL

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Cuckoos Nest

Times: 8:30 pm

Address: Reba Place Church Ministry Center 535 Custer Ave. Room B Evanston, IL

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SATURDAY

Northwest Nooners

Times: 12:00 pm

Address: Southminster Presbyterian Church 916 E. Central Rd. Arlington Heights, IL

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SUNDAY

Shante AFG

Times: 2:00 pm

Address: St. Paul Lutheran Church 100 S. School St. Mount Prospect, IL

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Sunday Night Open Just for Today AFG

Times: 7:30 pm

Address: Busse Center for Specialty Medicine 880 W. Central Rd. Arlington Heights, IL

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MONDAY

Monday Morning Washday AFG

Times: 9:30 am

Address: St. Paul United Church of Christ 144 E. Palatine Rd. Palatine, IL

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Monday Night Just for Today AFG

Times: 7:30 pm

Address: Busse Center for Specialty Medicine 880 W. Central Rd. Arlington Heights, IL

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TUESDAY

Sunshine AFG

Times: 12:00 pm

Address: St. Nicholas Episcopal Church 1073 Ridge Ave. Elk Grove Village, IL

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How AFG Works

Times: 7:30 pm

Address: Fair Salt Creek Office Center 2010 E. Algonquin Rd. Schaumburg, IL

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WEDNESDAY

Sunrise AFG

Times: 7:30 am

Address: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 1190 N. Hicks Rd. Palatine, IL

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Wednesday Night Serenity Seekers AFG

Times: 7:30 pm

Address: St. Nicholas Church 1072 Ridge Ave. Elk Grove Village, IL

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THURSDAY

First Things First AFG

Times: 7:00 pm

Address: First Presbyterian Church 207 E. Center St. Itasca, IL

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Stepping Stones AFG

Times: 7:30 pm

Address: St. Edna’s Church 2525 N. Arlington Heights Rd. Arlington Heights, IL

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FRIDAY

Monday & Wednesday Morning AFG

Times: 9:30 am

Address: St. David’s Episcopal Church 2410 Glenview Rd. Glendview, IL

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Caring and Sharing AFG

Times: 7:30 pm

Address: Queen of the Rosary Church 680 W. Elk Grove Blvd. Elk Grove Village, IL

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SATURDAY

One Day at a Time AFG

Times: 9:30 am

Address: Holy Family Parish 2515 Palatine Rd. Inverness, IL

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Arlington Heights, IL – AA Meetings

What is Alcoholics Anonymous?

Alcoholics Anonymous is an organization that was originally founded in 1935. They offer peer support for people who have made the decision to stop drinking.  It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, non political, multi-cultural and is available globally.

AA has meetings scheduled all over the world, and there are several taking place each week in the Arlington Heights, Illinois area.

AA uses a 12 step program that is followed step 1 through step 12 and the only hope to stop the addiction is to stop the use of alcohol.

AA memberships are open to anyone who has a drinking problem and who wants to recover. There is no fee to be a member, and members do not have to pay any fees to attend meetings.

AA  meetings are run by others who have recovered from alcoholism so that they can relate and possibly advise the members.  The meetings receive no professional oversight and do not have a therapist available.

AA meetings are places where people can come and know that they will not be judged for their past, but can be encouraged and praised for their decision to get sober. The only requirement is to have a desire to stop drinking.

There are several different types of AA meetings, including:

  • Open meetings – These are meetings that anyone can attend, even people who are just there to provide support to a loved one.
  • Closed meetings – These meetings are more focused on those participants who acknowledge that they have a problem with addiction. These meetings are designed to give participants a sense of security and ease to encourage members to share and socialize.
  • Beginner’s meetings – These are for people who are new to AA and most likely also new to the recovery process.
  • 12-Step meetings – These meetings walk participants through the 12 Steps of AA.
  • Big Book Study meetings – During these meetings, participants work together going through the Big Book of AA.
  • Specific Group Meetings – These meetings are restricted to certain group characteristics. For example, there are women-only meetings, newcomers meetings, members of the LGBT community and various religions.
  • Online meetings – It is possible to also find AA meetings online.  Online meetings provide an opportunity for those who can not get away from home or live in a rural area that does not have a meeting nearby.  Online meetings are very private.

What to Expect During AA Meetings

Every AA meeting type has a different format that participants follow.

Newcomers are often nervous about what to expect when attending an AA meeting for the first time. They may be scared that they will be put on the spot or embarrassed in some way.

There is no need to be worried. New people are always welcome to sit and listen and then participate when they are ready to do so; although they will be warmly welcomed and asked to introduce themselves.

During AA meetings, any of the following may happen:

  • Usually, one person will lead the meeting and welcome everybody.
  • Certain participants or members may be asked to share on specific topics.
  • Crosstalk is discouraged during a meeting
  • There may be an open discussion, during which time, anyone can share with the group.
  • There may be a special speaker to go over a certain topic about alcohol abuse.
  • There may be a potluck dinner and/or a time for socialization.
  • Members may be assigned sponsors, and it is their job to provide one-on-one support outside of group meeting times.
  • Meetings can last from 60 to 90 minutes.

Attending AA can be very encouraging, and multitudes of people around the world have gotten the support they need. AA meetings have helped many abstain from their drinking addiction.

Why is Attending Addiction Recovery Meetings Important?

Attending addiction recovery meetings allow people with similar addictions to come together and share the roadblocks that they have in life with the addiction. This is helpful because the person can often give or receive advice to help manage the problem and they might not feel isolated with their addiction. Some of the benefits of attending recovery meetings are:

  • Understanding the implications of your addiction and how to handle roadblocks on the road to recovery.
  • Receiving help on how to handle the anxiety and depression as one manages the addiction.
  • Being able to share feelings without being judged by others.
  • Learning how to manage the addiction through working with peers or sponsors.
  • Having the opportunity of not being alone and being around others to share personal experiences.
  • Feeling a sense of control that allows a person to accept the addiction.

Organizations like AA make it possible for people to get the help they need and also to feel heard by others who have been in a similar place/situation like themselves.

Traveling to SpringBoard Recovery in Arizona for Drug and Alcohol Rehab

People often choose to travel from Arlington Heights, Illinois to SpringBoard Recovery for drug and alcohol rehab. Sometimes getting out of one’s comfort zone is the best way for a person to change.  There are numerous reasons why someone might make that decision, including:

  • Researching an addiction treatment program that accepts their health insurance plans.
  • Having the desire to get away from home and to be able to be on oneself during recovering from addiction.
  • Being in a private area if one is a public figure and needs seclusion during the recovery process.
  • Finding a recovery option that one wants to participate in that is not given at a nearby recovery center that the person lives near.
  • Recovering in a different area that will allow them to get away from triggers that might hinder the recovery process.
  • A fresh start gives a person a new beginning and no one knows who you are or your bad habits.

We at SpringBoard Recovery, offer recovery housing as well as our addiction treatment program. We are here to help. Please contact us today to learn more.

Attending AA can be very helpful, and multitudes of people around the globe have gotten the support they need to get clean. Many have been able to stop their addiction to substance abuse.