It is suggested that members regularly attend meetings with other members who share their particular recovery problem. New meetings
are added regularly. In accordance with the First Step, twelve-step groups
emphasize self-admission by members of the problem they are recovering from. It is in this spirit that members often identify themselves along with an admission of their problem.
Some meetings are known as dual-identity groups
which encourage attendance from certain demographics Some areas have, for example, women's groups; men's groups; and gay, lesbian, and transgendered groups. There are also in some areas beginner's groups as well as "old-timer" groups
that limit who can share, or speak during the meeting, by the length of time the members have in that fellowship.