Recently, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has appeared in Dongguan, through the ingenuity and compassion of a foreigner who has lived in Dongguan for ten years. In the West, those who need this kind of support often attend AA, a non-profit series of meetings, where people addicted to alcohol go to listen and support each other. People sit in a circle, drink coffee and talk, sharing their stories and showing unconditional support.
You may barely (or never) see AA groups in China—according to what could be found on www.aa.org website, so far only Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong offer this kind of supportive interactive gathering.
AA DG meetings are currently held on Sunday mornings at 10 am, at the outdoor area of Starbucks at One Mall in Nancheng. Attendees must look for an expat sat with a copy of HERE! to gather and meet for the session. The program is for English speakers only, and does adhere to the traditional AA group style, following the 12 step tradition.
For those who wish to know more but with privacy in mind, HERE! is acting as an inbetweener to help AA-participants (potentials) and the organizers get connected. If you have any questions, you are welcome to send an e-mail to email@example.com. Please note, all your information will be kept confidential and there’s no direct contact between two parties before attending.