Page 3 of 3

Re: Plugging HA home group at AA meetings?

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:41 am
by shimmer
@tomsteve

I didn't include it in the OP because I wasn't aware that that wasn't standard procedure in other areas, I thought it was and therefore you guys would understand what I was talking about.

My bad, I now realize that's not as common as I thought it was, and I clarified in my next few posts.

Re: Plugging HA home group at AA meetings?

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:56 am
by Spirit Flower
shimmer, some of us are confused because there is a difference in the meanings of the word "plugging" and saying. Plugging means more like advertising.

In our group, we ask if there's any visitors and the usual answer is "Bill alcoholic from xx state" or if they are from Houston, they usually mention from xx group. This is not plugging.

Re: Plugging HA home group at AA meetings?

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:18 am
by Noels
:D :D :D Good morning :D :D :D this is becoming complicated. Just do what you feel in your heart to do hon. I'm sure if they're not happy with it they'll tell you after meeting. You're never going to know until you actually do it and what's the worst that can happen? Chill and be happy. Be yourself. :wink:
xxx Noels

Re: Plugging HA home group at AA meetings?

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:32 am
by Blue Moon
I agree with "keep.it simple ", and wouldn't mention it. If in AA, what's relevant is your AA Home Group. I don't walk into an AA meeting and announce myself as a member of the local animal shelter, Mensa, or a sailing club. Being a member of another 12-Step fellowship is the same thing.

So if you don't have a Home Group that's an AA group, you don't have a Home Group in AA. If troubled by this, perhaps the simplest thing to do is pick one.

Re: Plugging HA home group at AA meetings?

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:12 am
by Layne
So if you don't have a Home Group that's an AA group, you don't have a Home Group in AA.
Ditto this. Short and simple and hits the nail on the head.
When at a meeting of AA and this arises
Like the chairperson will ask "Any out of town guests want to stand up, introduce yourself, and plug your home group?" or some similar variation of that.
I would imagine that they are asking about "your home (AA) group" and just not including the descriptor of AA because it never entered their mind that it was necessary.

Re: Plugging HA home group at AA meetings?

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:21 pm
by Lali
shimmer wrote:My home group has HA in the name, which makes it obvious it's not an AA meeting. I know my home group isn't Heroin Anonymous, lol.

I'm just asking because I honestly don't know what the rule of thumb is on it and I don't want to seem disrespectful towards AA or the people of the meeting.
What is the actual name of your home group, BTW? I don't believe you have even mentioned it.

Re: Plugging HA home group at AA meetings?

Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:39 pm
by shimmer
I prefer not to say.

Re: Plugging HA home group at AA meetings?

Posted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:20 am
by Noels
:lol: Touche :lol: have an awesome weekend Shimmer.
Mwah xxx Noels

Re: Plugging HA home group at AA meetings?

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:07 am
by sanderson43
Do you know where HA could be met?

Re: Plugging HA home group at AA meetings?

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 4:22 am
by Brock
Welcome here sanderson, you have posted a question in an older thread and it’s a bit unclear as to what you mean. I believe HA stands for heroin anonymous, and if you are wondering how to find their meetings you can do so by Googling the name.

Re: Plugging HA home group at AA meetings?

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:49 am
by Indianapolis
I've been to a lot of out of town meetings, introduced myself and my home town, etc. I love hitting meetings when I travel. But, I've never been asked to identify my home group. Usually just saying "I'm Erik, an alcoholic from Indianapolis, happy to be here sober today with y'all" has been sufficient.

I have ZERO problem with narcotic addicts in AA -- past "step zero" (don't use today) it's all the same program and issues. But, not everyone believes the same, and not all groups have reached the same consensus. To aim toward unity and avoid discord (First Tradition...) I'd likely suggest the "when in rome" thing mentioned above.