Alcoholics Anonymous is a self-supporting fellowship of men and women, not allied by any denomination, political organization or institution, working together to achieve sobriety by working the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Most of the time, AA meetings will are devoted to an open sharing session, in which those in attendance discuss any personal issues, worries, and/or concerns. Other times, AA meetings have guest speakers who come and share their story based on the topic of the discussion taking place at the meeting. There are many benefits for alcoholics and/or drug addicts who choose to share at an AA meeting, since sharing is a great way to relieve pent-up stress and tension that one may be experiencing at that time. Membership to AA is open to men and women of all ages who want to achieve lifelong sobriety and recovery.