Virtual AA meeting on Zoom:
Thanks to the support from Samoans in recovery across the globe, we are now able to offer a bilingual Samoan/English AA meeting on Zoom!
This is an open meeting, meaning that alcoholics and non alcoholics are welcome to attend. If you are interested in AA and how it helps people to recover from alcoholism you may attend. We ask that "who you see, what you hear, when you leave the meeting, leave it there." Who attends the meeting and what we share is to be kept confidential. If you attend our Zoom meeting, please respect our anonymity.
The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking. AA is nonprofessional and not affiliated with other organizations. The members stay sober themselves through intensive work with other alcoholics. We can do together what we could not do alone, stay sober.
Click here for some tips on how to maintain your own anonymity on a Zoom meeting. For example, you can change your name when you join a meeting and turn off the video. Turning off the video, or minimizing the meeting will also help with accessing Zoom on low bandwidth internet connections. We typically identify ourselves by first name only, but you can also simply say you are a member of AA and leave it at that.
Click here to access the readings for the meeting.
Alcoholics Anonymous Pago Pago Zoom meeting
Tuesdays at 4:00pm American Samoa local time (-11 UTC).
Meeting ID: 891 934 0590
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The Anonymity of its members is an vital tradition in Alcoholics Anonymous. “Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities” (AA tradition 12). Simply stated, when in a meeting "who you see, what you hear, when you leave, leave it here." Who attends the meeting and what they share is to be kept confidential. If you attend our Zoom meeting, please respect our anonymity. Violations of privacy can drive members from AA and that could be the difference between life and death to an Alcoholic.
Click here for an in-depth write up on what anonymity is, and why is it important in AA.
Since the COVID 19 pandemic has caused changes in how AA meetings are conducted globally, there are now MANY, MANY more online recovery meeting options. There are thousands of meetings occurring around the clock that we can access via Zoom and other internet platforms (in English anyway). There are so many it's overwhelming, especially for a newcomer. A member on Tutuila can help you figure out how to connect with the online meetings. You can also check out the links page here for more info.
If you want to stop drinking, we can help
If you are concerned about your own drinking, you are welcome to join us. The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking. AA is nonprofessional and not affiliated with other organizations. The members stay sober themselves through intensive work with other alcoholics. We can do together what we could not do alone, stay sober. For more information email us.
The 12 step program of recovery that we practice in AA is outlined in the book, Alcoholics Anonymous (click the link to read this book online). This book and all of the program literature can be found at the AA website.
If you are concerned about someone else's drinking, the program of AlAnon is especially for family and others affected by someone else's drinking. AlAnon is your best source of information on how you can help your loved one. AlAnon's website is here.
A special request for Samoans in recovery off-island:
Samoans who have found recovery off-island, please join our weekly Zoom meeting. Your experience, strength and hope will most certainly be a lifeline for those struggling here.
We are interested in creating a network of Samoan language speakers who can 12 step those in need on-island. We would also like to post some speakers tapes on this website in the Samoan language (speakers tapes by Samoans in recovery are also welcome in English). If you can't send audio or video, please send written testimonies if you are willing to have them published here. The purpose of this is to show people struggling with alcoholism here on-island that there is hope, and that they are not alone. Please email us!
Another way you can help AA in American Samoa and Samoa is to advocate to your local AA General Service Office for the translation of AA literature into the Samoan language. At this time only a few pamphlets are translated but not the core texts of the Big Book and 12 X 12.
Thank you for your interest in AA, and for reading this.
Information about AA in Samoa (in Apia, Upolu) can be found here at AA in Samoa.