The Deal Men’s Group meets twice a week and with one purpose: to provide a space for alcoholics to learn not just how to stop drinking, but how to stay stopped.
The meeting is attended week in and week out by members with decades of experience in working with alcoholics in need. We, after all, were all once alcoholics in need ourselves.
It is our pleasure, privilege, and obligation to give freely only that which was given freely to us: a simple twelve step program, and the encouragement and guidance to best carry it out.
a simple twelve step program, and the encouragement and guidance to best carry it out.
One step at a time
What to do now?
Recovery can be overwhelming. You don’t have to go it alone. Below is a step by step guide to getting started.
1. Am I an alcoholic?
Take the test.
2. Come to a meeting
All information regarding The Deal’s weekly meeting arrangements, plus a handful of links to some other great meetings worth checking out.
3. Reach out
If you have further queries regarding meetings, transport, access, anonymity, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Resources for alcoholics
Doing the work
Listen to our experience
We at the Deal Men’s Group are sons, brothers, husbands, and fathers from all walks of life. We record and share our experience, strength, and hope so that others might, in identifying with a common problem, share in a solution that promises recovery.
We have produced three simple and succinct booklets for alcoholics to use in conjunction with our primary text, Alcoholics Anonymous (‘the big book’.)
These booklets are a wonderful way for you and your sponsor to track your progress through the 12 step process.
Get your Big Book
‘Alcoholics Anonymous’ (the ‘Big Book’) is our basic text. It contains the 12 step program, copious amounts of information about what it means to be an alcoholic, and a litany of personal accounts written by alcoholics who have recovered from an otherwise hopeless state.
Frequently asked questions
We members of Alcoholics Anonymous are fellowship of people who have lost the ability to control our drinking. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. Our meetings are designed to introduce newcomers to the 12-step program as outlined in our primary text ‘Alcoholics Anonymous’, and to share our experience, strength, and hope with each other. We also use our meetings to support one another, and to offer experiences to each other of how the twelve steps are working in our lives. We have also been known to spend a fair bit of time laughing, drinking coffee, and making lifelong connections.
An AA meeting may take one of several forms, but at any meeting you will find alcoholics talking about what drinking did to their lives and personalities, what actions they took to recover, and how they are living their lives today.
AA’s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole.
A sponsor is a member of AA who has recovered from alcoholism through the AA 12 Step Program of Recovery.
To maintain our recovery, we take other alcoholics through the 12 Step Program as our sponsors did with us when we asked for help.
- Attend regular AA meetings
- Find a home group
- Find a sponsor
- Get a service commitment
- Stay connected and plugged into other AA members via phone calls.
Experience, strength and hope.
We share our experience, strength, and hope for three vital reasons:
- To give others the opportunity to identify as alcoholics
- To describe our own experience of twelve step recovery
- To demonstrate and reflect upon the changes we’ve experienced
The Deal Men’s group runs a weekly study of The Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book. Two members take us through the program step-by-step, and recordings of these book studies are available here.
Big Book Study Meetings
General Shares & Guest Speakers
I alone must decide to do this, but I cannot do it alone
The friendships, bonds, support and camaraderie that we have within this fellowship are incredible and available to you too!