A.A. continues because there is sorely a need. The Program’s purpose has remained steadfast for over 81 years. We do not gather to socialize, we do not gather to catch up on the events in the lives of friends, we do not gather to seek the approval of others – our sole purpose is to relate to those present, our experience, strength, and hope that recovery is possible. There is hope in the Program, it is by sharing our experiences that we demonstrate the strength we have received through working the Twelve Steps. Every day there are literally thousands who open the door to a Fellowship in the hope of change and growth. Be they sober a long time or just a few hours – the hope is there, always. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.