AWOL or “a way of life” is a kind of meeting devoted to the study of the 12 Steps. AWOL meetings use a specific format to study the 12 Steps of AA for a prescribed period of time, usually six to 12 months. AWOL step study meetings are led by individuals in recovery who have completed a previous AWOL. Participation in AWOL meetings requires 90 days of sustained abstinence. For those who live a long distance from in-person AWOL step study meetings, AWOL phone meetings are available in some locations.