What is A W O L ? An A.W.O.L. is "A Way of Life"
- AWOL is a method of studying the Twelve Steps using a specific format.
- The AWOL is NOT a GreySheet meeting. It is a closed step study group.
- AWOL groups are led by experienced co-leaders who have long-term abstinence and have completed at least one AWOL Step Study before.
- There are rules for participation:
- Leaders and participants must maintain at least 90 days of back-to-back GreySheet abstinence during the course of an AWOL.
- Attendance is required. No more than two meetings may be missed in the course of the AWOL (usually 9 - 12 months).
- AWOL Groups meet face-to-face or on the phone at a designated time.
How Do I Join?
- You must have at least 90 days of back-to-back GreySheet abstinence to join an AWOL.
- An AWOL group begins with three open meetings.
- Everyone who is interested is required to attend at least one open meeting where participants introduce themselves and discuss the logistics and rules of the AWOL.
- After the first three open meetings, the AWOL closes to existing members.
- Those who want to participate in the group commit to attending every week, until working through all 12 Steps.
Where and When is the Next AWOL?
- There are several closed AWOLs going on right now.
- Future AWOLs will be announced on the GreyNet, Phone Meetings, and this website, as they are opened to begin.
What Materials Will I Need?
- AWOL groups may use one of the following books to study the Twelve Steps:
- The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
- The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous
- The Little Red Book (1986, Hardcover Edition)
- Materials that accompany the study of these books may also be required and/or provided.
- Participants may also be asked to use a daily meditation book of their choice.