This is the official web site for the District 15/ Intergroup located within Area 1  (Alabama/Northwest Florida). District 15 is located in the Florida Panhandle and covers both Bay and Gulf counties. The primary purpose of this web site is to carry the message of A.A. For those seeking a meeting, we have provided our schedule and meeting locations. There is information for those new to A.A. or those that think they might have a drinking problem. We have also provided a link to the A.A. General Service Office web site where additional information on the program of A.A. can be found. If you're a family  member or friend of an alcoholic and their drinking is having an adverse affect on your life then Al-Anon can help; their primary purpose is to help the families of alcoholics.

 

             Meetings that are Temporarily Closed:

The Nooner's Group
The Frantic Serenity Group
Keep it Simple Group
Central Group
Higher Power Group
Surfside Serentiy Group
Port St Joe Serenity Group

 
   
 

New Face to Face Meeting!

New outdoor meeting at St. Andrews’, Oaks by the Bay park, on Monday’s at Noon.

Please bring a chair if you have one, if not there should be a few extras. Social Distancing will be observed.

   
  Dothan, AL List of Meetings that are either temporarily relocated or are still open. Click here for the list.
   
 

Due to the current health precautions required to keep our friends and family safe, the Country Round Up has been cancelled. We look forward to their return next year and thank them for all the work they had already done. We know the convention committee is as disappointed as we are but hopefully everyone will stay safe and healthy and be able to attend in 2021.

   
  AA International convention cancelled
   
 
Significant March Dates in AA History
March 1, 1941- Jack Alexander's Saturday Evening Post article, over 6000 new members by years end
March 3 1947 - Nell Wing started work at Alcoholic Foundation (AA's original name for the General Service Office) at 415 Lexington Avenue
March 4, 1891 - Lois Wilson is born.
March 5, 1945 - Time Magazine reports Detroit radio broadcasts of AA members.
March 16, 1940 - Alcoholic Foundation & Works Publishing move from Newark to 30 Vesey St in lower Manhattan. First headquarters of our own.
March 21, 1881 - Anne Smith, Dr Bob's wife, is born.
March 21, 1966- Ebby T. died in Ballston Spa, NY
March 31, 1947- 1st AA group in London, England
March 1941- 1st AA prison group at San Quentin Feb 1940 - 1st AA clubhouse opens at 334-1/2 West 24th Street, NYC
March 1946 - The March of Time film, made in 1946, was a documentary film on alcoholism which highlighed Alcoholics Anonymous as a means to recovery.
 

Free access to the Grapevine and La Vina 2020 issues:
Due to the current changing health situation, many AA meetings across the U.S. and Canada are finding it safer to close. To help members during this time, we are giving everyone free access to most of our 2020 Grapevine and La Viña issues.

Click here: https://www.aagrapevine.org/we-are-here-to-help

 
     
 

Surfside Serenity Group has a new home and would like to welcome everyone to come out! We are now meeting in the Gulf County Beaches Fire Station in Port St Joe, 7912 Alabama Ave, Port St Joe, Fl 32456 on Friday and Sunday at 6 PM Central Time [ 7 PM Eastern Time] Please come out and visit with us!

 
     
 

New Meeting - Bayou George Group - New Meeting
There is a new meeting in town on Tuesday, 7:00 pm, at the Bayou George First Baptist Church, 6227 Hwy 2301, Panama City, FL
Please come out and support our newest meeting!

 
     
  New Spanish Speaking Meeting
New Spanish speaking meeting at the CAYA Club, Wednesday and Saturday, 8:30-10:00pm.
CAYA Club, 8317 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL
 
     
  Area Convention  
     
 

More About Alcoholism

MOST OF us have been unwilling to admit we were real alcoholics. No person likes to think he is bodily and mentally different from his fellows. Therefore, it is not surprising that our drinking careers have been characterized by countless vain attempts to prove we could drink like other people. The idea that somehow,  someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death.
  We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery. The delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed.
  We alcoholics are men and women who have lost the ability to control our drinking. We know that no real alcoholic ever recovers control. All of us felt at times that we were regaining control, but such intervals—usually brief—were inevitably followedby still less control, which led in time to pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization. We are convinced to a man that alcoholics of our type are in the grip of a progressive illness. Over any considerable period we get worse, never better.
  We are like men who have lost their legs; they never grow new ones. Neither does there appear to be any kind of treatment which will make alcoholics of our kind like other men. We have tried every imaginable remedy. In some instances there has been brief recovery, followed always by a still worse relapse. Physicians who are familiar with alcoholism agree there is no such thing as making a normal drinker out of an alcoholic. Science may one day accomplish this, but it hasn’t done so yet.  
   Despite all we can say, many who are real alcoholics are not going to believe they are in that class. By every form of self-deception and experimentation, they will try to prove themselves exceptions to the rule, therefore nonalcoholic. If anyone who is showing inability to control his drinking can do the right- about-face and drink like a gentleman, our hats are off to him. Heaven knows, we have tried hard enough and long enough to drink like other people!  
   Here are some of the methods we have tried: Drinking beer only, limiting the number of drinks, never drinking alone, never drinking in the morning, drinking only at home, never having it in the house, never drinking during business hours, drinking only at parties, switching from scotch to brandy, drinking only natural wines, agreeing to resign if ever drunk on the job, taking a trip, not taking a trip, swearing off forever (with and without a solemn oath), taking more physical exercise, reading inspirational books, going to health farms and sanitariums, accepting voluntary commitment to asylums—we could increase the list ad infinitum.

p.30-31, Alcoholics Anonymous, Reprinted with permission of AA World Services