AA Zoom Meetings
There are now tens of thousands of online AA zoom meetings in the United States.
AA Central Office has assembled an excellent database people can use. Here is access to the National Directory of AA zoom meetings. Utilize the search feature in the upper right-hand corner to filter what type of meeting, date, and time.
- It automatically brings up meetings in your current location, day, and time.
Click the button below to access the free national and international directory of AA zoom meetings. The New York General Service Office offers it. Click the green button for immediate access.
For the last 85 years, in-person Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings have been the heart and soul of its recovery process. They are a core element of the AA program for those who use these 12-step support groups to maintain sobriety.
- The coronavirus has served as a path into the digital world for Alcoholics Anonymous.
Instead of meetings in churches, lodges, clubs, and other brick-and-mortar locations, many AA groups are now meeting on Zoom. It is an easy-to-use computer and smartphone app that keeps much of AA and the country digitally connected.
- Since the middle of 2020, online Zoom meetings have taken over the 12-step recovery world.
Digital support groups are an absolute Godsend for AA. Zoom keeps those people in recovery connected and attends meetings regularly during the virus crisis.
Online AA meetings time seems to have arrived. Although the exact number of online AA meetings is unavailable, Zoom’s daily users jumped from 10 million to over 200 million in the past three months.
Zoom works on mobile as well as desktop/laptop devices. Here’s how to participate:
- Have the numeric ID number and password to the meeting you wish to attend
- Open the Zoom app on whatever device you’re using
- log-on, adjust the microphone and video settings
Attending a meeting on a smartphone gives the user less visibility and options.
You don’t need your free Zoom account to attend a meeting. However, like having your profile picture, some options are only available when you log in through your account.
Meetings are free too. However, for an appointment to run for more than 40 minutes, a monthly hosting fee of $15 is required. The Zoom website offers step-by-step tutorials on how to get started.
Searching on Facebook is another resource for finding online Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, as are local Alcoholics Anonymous intergroup websites.
A vital part of Alcoholics Anonymous’ mission is anonymity, and many people are justifiably concerned about security and privacy relating to online meetings. Using a fictitious name, a person can stay anonymous at a Zoom Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
Online meetings make “passing the basket” virtually impossible. There are several other methods available. They include mailing a check to the local intergroup office or the treasurer. Zelle is another method of making contributions to a group.
There is an alternative method of accessing Zoom meetings. People who have limited internet access can call into Zoom meetings using the following procedure;
- On a cell or landline, dial; 408 – 638 – 0968*
- At the prompt, enter the Zoom meeting ID and then press #
- Disconnect from the meeting by hanging up
- *This number may vary depending on your location
Traditionally, meetings have taken place in church basements and other available spaces.
Groups share a common struggle and a mission to help support each other’s sobriety and enrich their recovery from alcoholism.
When Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith founded Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935, they likely couldn’t have imagined virtual gatherings.
Zoom has come under fire for what some experts believe are lax security policies. Recent hacks have sent officials at Zoom scrambling to make their platform more secure.
In response to criticism, engineers at the company have stopped developing any new features for the software. Instead, they have shifted their focus to tightening privacy and security protocols.
As of April 4th, 2020, all recent meetings must be password protected.
“Zoom takes its users’ security, privacy, and trust extremely seriously,” a spokesman told The Guardian. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working around the clock to ensure that hospitals, universities, schools, and businesses can stay connected.”
- Zoom recently admitted their claim of “end-to-end encryption” was inaccurate
- According to CBS, “zoom-bombing” by uninvited visitors hacking into meetings causes disruptions
- Strong password protection prevents hackers.
- There is a toolkit available to deal with unwanted visitors.
One of the significant benefits of AA Zoom meetings is attending anywhere without leaving home. In addition, worldwide attendance is a unique opportunity to attend sessions hosted in different parts of the country and the world.
That said, it’s understandable to want to be among familiar faces. So someone can start their Zoom AA meeting. San Francisco’s AA Intergroup published a how-to guide for maximum Zoom privacy.