Starting a new meeting

Here you can find some suggestions for how to start a new meeting, whether online or a face-to-face meeting in your area. Starting a new meeting is an incredible act of service which can help not only you, but also other struggling addicts in your area.

• The good news is that starting a new meeting is very simple! Anybody, anywhere can start an ITAA meeting – there is no need to receive permission from anybody.

• We recommend reading “A Vision For You” in the Big Book of AA. The chapter is incredibly inspiring and includes practical advice and guidance for those seeking to start new meetings.

The Twelve traditions of ITAA are useful guides in stewarding a new meeting.

• You only need two people seeking to recover from internet and technology addiction to start a meeting. And there is no need to get discouraged if you are alone – some meetings have been started by individuals patiently showing up to their meeting, sometimes for weeks, until a newcomer finds the meeting and joins them.

• If you are starting a face-to-face meeting, it can be a good idea to look at places where other 12-step meetings are held and ask if they have any space available for you to start a new ITAA meeting. Once you have decided on a location, you can let us know the meeting place, time, and contact details, and we can list them on the website. 

• If you are starting an online meeting, just send us a message through the contact form on the website and we can add it to the calendar.

• A helpful format for small meetings with just a few people is to read from 12-step literature. You can take turns reading passages and sharing reflections. You can also use or adapt the format we traditionally use in the phone meetings.

• For face-to-face meetings, you can put up flyers; most 12-step clubhouses have a place where you can leave a flyer or list your meeting details. 

• Have perseverance, patience, and trust in higher power.