Is AA Free?

Alcoholics Anonymous is a program that does not require payments or insurance for enrollment. This group is based solely on peer involvement and discussion, so there is no need for dues or fees of any kind. If you would like to find treatment call 800-839-1686Who Answers? today.

AA is Free of Charge

AA is free to anyone who wishes to attend meetings, practice the 12 steps, and become part of the program. There are many reasons why this option is without cost for its members and why it is of particular benefit to those who may be considering attending a meeting in the future.

AA Free

AA doesn’t require any form of payment or insurance coverage.

  • Substance abuse and addiction can be extremely difficult on someone financially, whether it is because the individual loses their job as a result of their behavior or spends all their money on alcohol. Having a free treatment option is especially helpful to people in this situation, of which there are many.
  • Some people will not seek out treatment at all because of the cost factor, believing it will be better for them to go through their recovery alone. This can save many individuals from this often dangerous decision and make it less likely for the person to experience relapse and other issues.
  • A person can begin AA right away without having to wait for a payment to clear or insurance companies to get involved. There are many meetings available, often once or multiple times a day in larger cities, and individuals can focus on finding immediate help instead of waiting for payments to go through.

While there is often a collection taken up at the program, members are free to contribute as much or as little as they like. There is no mandatory payment expected.

AA is Flexible

This is only one of the reasons why AA is such a flexible program, which makes it very attractive and beneficial to many recovering alcoholics. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, “One reason for the popularity of MHGs [mutual-help groups, of which AA is one] may be their inherent flexibility and responsiveness. People can attend MHGs as frequently and for as long as they want without insurance and without divulging personal information.”

The flexibility of the program also makes a person more likely to use it when they need it and move on when they no longer do. You can attend AA for as long as you like without ever paying a cent and then leave the program when you are ready. If you feel later on in your recovery that the program could benefit you again, you may decide to attend another meeting or go to them on a regular basis, picking up right where you left off. Whatever your situation, you won’t be asked to pay for the program.

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Will AA Help Me?

Attending a meeting won’t cost you anything, and you can find out if the program would be helpful to you by doing so. You can also call 800-839-1686Who Answers? to learn more about AA or to find meetings scheduled near you. Call now to find out if AA might be helpful to you.

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