Founded in 1984, the First Cebu Group of Alcoholics Anonymous continues to help those seeking to change their lives by getting rid of their addiction to alcohol. The group hopes to help alcoholics recover, change and rebuild their lives by attending meetings and talking with other alcoholics.
The origins of the worldwide fellowship known as Alcoholics Anonymous began in 1935, when two persons started to discuss their drinking problems. They found out that they can stay sober by talking with another person who understands their own experience, one day at a time. AA now has more than 2 million members in over 160 countries.
Alcoholics Anonymous Cebu abides by the AA Preamble, which specifically states that:
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Meetings usually start with the popular welcome statement, “I am (name), an alcoholic.” Whoever is responsible for facilitating the meeting will read the Preamble prior to introductions. There will be various readings and the attendees will engage in a sharing session afterwards.
Alcoholics Anonymous Cebu conduct their weekly meetings in The Convento conference room of the Redemptorist Church. The room is located at the back of the church, which is located at Queens Road, Cebu City. It is walking distance from the Fuente Osmeña Circle. All meetings last for an hour and are scheduled from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Below is the schedule for AA Meetings held at the Redemptorist Church:
|Mondays||English speaking||open discussion||closed meeting|
|Thursdays||English speaking||“12 and 12” reading||closed meeting|
|Fridays||Cebuano speaking||open meeting|
|Saturdays||English speaking||Big Book reading||open meeting|
There are also other AA meetings in Cebu that you can attend. Below is a schedule:
|Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.||Dr.Pardis Chiropractic Clinic
Ayala Mall 2nd Basement Level
|Wednesdays, 9 a.m.||Lapu-Lapu City Jail c/o Jack or Thomas|
|Fridays, 5 p.m.||Lapu-Lapu opposite Entermann Bldg.||open meeting|
|Sundays, 10 a.m.||Lapu-Lapu opposite Ompad Entermann Bldg.||open meeting|
|Saturdays, 2 p.m.||Dalaguete (Maries’ Restaurant)||open meeting|
Note: Closed meetings are exclusively for alcoholics and those who have a desire to stop drinking. Open meetings are open to anyone, whether you are alcoholic or not.
All help from Alcoholics Anonymous is free and they assure you that all information shared will remain confidential. So, if you have a problem with alcohol or if you are affected by someone’s alcohol abuse, you can call their 24/7 Helpline at (032)406-1637. You can also contact AA for concerns through their mobile number (0917)309-0118. You can call and speak in Cebuano or English.
These are the contact persons for the meetings:
|Mobile Number||Landline Number|
If you are interested in learning about Alcoholics Anonymous Cebu, you can visit their official website: http://www.aaphilippines-cebu.info/Home_Page.php. For inquiries, you may also send an e-mail to [email protected]