“You are an AA member if you say so. You can declare yourself in; nobody can keep you out. No matter who you are, no matter how low you’ve gone, no matter how grave your emotional complications – even your crimes – we still can’t deny you AA. We don’t want to keep you out.”
~ Alcoholics Anonymous, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
Very early in recovery, you learn not to let yourself get too lonely or too bored, because both can lead to relapse. You are taught that when you feel overwhelmed by either of these emotions – go to a meeting, because the positive interaction with others will help keep you sober.
One of the best things about Alcoholics Anonymous is the fact that there is ALWAYS a meeting going on SOMEWHERE. That’s especially true in Washington State – if you have a problem with alcohol, you can rest assured that you can find a group of people just like you, ready to offer you fellowship, strength, support, and inspiration.
Best of all, since Alcoholics Anonymous is founded on principles, not personalities, you can rest assured that you will always be able to find comfort and healing within AA meeting halls.
Let’s take a look at some of the best AA meetings in a few of Washington State’s major cities:
Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings in the Seattle Area (Metropolitan population: 3,733,580)
#1 Ed-Lynn Fellowship Group
Ed-Lynn Fellowship Hall
19820 40th Ave. W. Suite 114
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Why the Ed-Lynn Fellowship?
If you live in the Seattle area and REALLY need a meeting, then this is the group for you. There is a MINIMUM of FOUR meetings held daily – Noon, 5 PM, 8 PM, and 10 PM, and FIVE on Saturday – 29 a week! There is even a different late-night group that meets at midnight at the same location three nights a week.
Best of all, every meeting is one-and-a-half hours, so someone who is really struggling can find 48 hours of fellowship every week to help keep them sober.
#2 Seattle Area Support Groups
115 15th Ave. E. Suite 201
Seattle, WA 98112
Why the Seattle Area Support Groups?
On any given day at this location, the Seattle Area Support groups hold at least three meetings, for a total of 28 weekly meetings. But what makes this one of Washington State’s best Alcoholics Anonymous locations is the focus on diversity – there are specialized meetings for specific genders as well as LBGTQ+ individuals, atheists, and seniors.
#3 Abigail’s Ghost Group
Denny Park Lutheran
766 John St.
Seattle, WA 98109
Why Abigail’s Ghost group?
This early-morning group (7:00 am – 8:00 a.m.) meets just once daily, but what REALLY sets them apart is the fact that three times a week, meetings are interpreted into American Sign Language.
Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings in the Spokane Area (Metropolitan population: 547,924)
#1 5th Avenue Group
5th Avenue Fellowship Hall
3115 E. 5th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99202
Why the 5th Avenue group?
The 5th Avenue group makes itself available to everyone in need by holding four meetings every single day – 7 AM (Wakeup), Noon (Nooner), 5:30 PM (Happy Hour), and 8 PM (Evening).
#2 The Alano Club
1700 W. 7th
Spokane, WA 99204
Why the Alano Club?
The Alano Club location always use people in need someplace positive to go by holding 20 meetings a week, including a regular Speaker Meeting on Saturdays. People who are health-conscious can attend daily non-smoking meetings at noon.
Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings in the Tacoma Area (Population: 207,948)
3411 E. McKinley Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98404
Why the McKinley Hall group?
Problem drinkers need a predictable schedule, and that’s exactly what they get in this group – every day of the week, they can show up at 10 AM, 2 PM, and 5:30 PM for a meeting – plus an early-morning bonus on Sundays. That’s 24 meetings a week!
Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings in the Vancouver Area (Population: 169,294)
6415 E. Mill Plain Blvd. Suite A
Parkhill Shopping Center
Vancouver, WA 98661
Why the Lighthouse group?
The Lighthouse group makes it easy to hit your “90 meetings in 90 days” goal by holding SIX daily meetings during the week, SEVEN on Saturdays, and FOUR on Sundays – 41 total for the week!
Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings in the Bellevue Area (Population: 139,820)
Eastside Alano Club
12302 NE. 8th St.
Bellevue, WA 98005
Why the Eastside Alano Club?
Although some local churches hold meetings as well, the Eastside Alano Club is THE hub for the majority of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in the Bellevue area – with anywhere from EIGHT to TWELVE daily meetings. Weekly, a total of 66 meetings are held at the clubhouse and annex, including women-only and Spanish-language meetings.
What all this means is that if you have a problem with drinking and you want to STOP, there are plenty of meetings available to you, no matter where you live in Washington State. There are rooms full of people just like you, waiting to share their stories and support you as you regain control of your life.