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THE MEETING FORMAT

Welcome to the Monday Night meeting of Rageaholics Anonymous. This is a closed meeting; open to all who identify as Rageaholics. We ask that all cell phones and pagers be turned off or silenced at this time. My name is_________________, I am a rageaholic. Are there any other rageaholics present?

Thank you for coming. May we have a moment of silence, followed by the Serenity Prayer:

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Rageaholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help other rageaholics to recover from acting out in compulsive and destructive anger. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop raging.  There are no dues or fees for RA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. RA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay abstinent from rage and help other rageaholics to achieve abstinence.

Would someone please read “The Twelve Steps”?

Would someone please read “Our course”?

Would someone please read “The Abstinence Statement”?

There are copies of the phone list on the literature table. Having someone to talk to in times of need can make the difference between raging or not. At this time, we will circulate the master phone list. Please add your name and/or email if you’d like, or make additions or corrections.

Are there any newcomers in attendance?

SKIP THIS HIGHLIGHTED SECTION IF NO NEWCOMERS ARE IN ATTENDANCE

We have set aside time for newcomers to share at the end of the meeting. A newcomer is described as anyone attending his or her first Rageaholics Anonymous meeting, or this particular meeting for the first time. If you are a newcomer, you are welcome to introduce yourself at this time by your first name. This is not to embarrass you, but so that we may get to know you better.

PAUSE TO LET NEWCOMERS, IF ANY, INTRODUCE THEMSELVES

We will now go around the room and introduce ourselves, stating our first name and our disease. Let’s start on my right.

MEMBERS INTRODUCE THEMSELVES

Would someone like to volunteer to be the Timer tonight?

SECRETARY GIVES  EGG TIMER TO THE VOLUNTEER

SKIP THIS HIGHLIGHTED SECTION EXCEPT ON THE FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH

The first Monday of each month is a Book Study. We read through the first 164 pages of THE BIG BOOK OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS. When this is completed, we go on to read through Step 12 in the TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS. The timer is set for 10 minutes. Each member reads a paragraph, then passes the book to the person on their right. After ten minutes of reading has occurred and the timer sounds, the person reading should complete the paragraph they are on. The Literature Person will then mark the spot where the reading concluded.  Would our Literature Person please begin tonight’s reading?

AFTER THE READING, THE LEADER RESUMES:

All who care to are encouraged to address subjects touched upon in tonight’s reading and how they may pertain to our individual recoveries. However, if anyone feels the need to discuss issues unrelated to the reading they are free to do so.

In sharing, members may discuss their individual rage behaviors, as well as the length and nature of their abstinence. In the spirit of love and respect, this meeting asks that during sharing, members not engage in cross-talk. Specifically, we refrain from questioning or commenting while another person is sharing. We also avoid referring critically or judgmentally to anyone else’s share. We steer clear of charged or triggering statements as well as acting out our anger in the group. Instead, we attempt to express the feelings beneath our rage in an effort to seek awareness, objectivity, and the willingness to surrender our disease.

We will now have open sharing until 8:15 pm. At that time, newcomers may share, if they care to, followed by burning desires if time allows. Please keep your sharing to ___ minutes or less. The timer will sound after ___ minutes, leaving one minute to wrap up. At 8:20 pm, sharing will conclude for Secretary’s Announcements. Those wishing to share may raise their hands. I will choose the first person to speak.  Sharing will continue, tag style.  Who would like to begin?

AT 8:20 PM, AFTER GROUP SHARING CONCLUDES:

It is now time for Secretary’s Announcements.

FOLLOWING SECRETARY’S ANNOUCEMENTS, LEADER RESUMES:

In closing, we would like to say that the opinions expressed here were those of the person who gave them. Take what you like and leave the rest. The things you heard were spoken in confidence and should be treated as confidential. So remember: Who you see here, when you leave here, let it stay here…

GROUP: Here, here.

A few words to those of you who have not been with us long. Whatever your problems, there are those among us who have had them, too. If you can keep an open mind, you will come to realize that there is no situation too difficult to be overcome and no unhappiness too great to be lessened. Talk to each other. Reason things out.  But let there be no gossip or criticism. Instead, let understanding, peace and love of the program grow in you one day at a time.

Would someone please read “Gaining In Humility”?

Would someone please read “The Promises”?

Bill Wilson wrote: “When brimming with gratitude, one’s heart must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion that we can ever know.” It is tradition to end this meeting by acknowledging our gratitude. Starting on my left and continuing around the room, all who care to are invited to share one thing they feel grateful for in their lives today.

AFTER GROUP SHARES:

Keeping in our thoughts the rageaholic who still suffers, in and out of this room, will all who care to stand and join hands, as we recite the Serenity Prayer?

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