Newcomers - this is a term used in AA about people new to the fellowship, the programme, sobriety etc.
Over the years I've seen Newcomers come and go, some come in and either don't want to really stop or expect someone to do it for them or whatever. One saying I heard a long time ago was - It is no good coming to AA for back problems. The Newcomer looks at you oddly. You know to get your wife off your back, your boss off your back, your landlord off your back etc. Many I think just make a show of it exactly to ease those back problems. Some do connect and put in the effort and seem to be getting it then suddenly drop out. I remember getting a call from one guy like that who decided to stop coming as he couldn't get the courage up to share (i.e. speak) at a meeting. I tried to tell him it didn't matter - his choice etc. In the end I realized he needed a justification for why AA couldn't work for him. His choice.
Anyway some newcomers come in and get it and stay - they may slip and slide but they become regulars, I watch them collecting monthly sobriety chips in their first year etc. I see the light come back on in their eyes. Then sometimes they amaze me - someone a few months in shared at a meeting and it was one of the most profound moments in my life. I won't share what he shared just that it struck such a chord in me it was like a massive resonance in my head and heart. Fantastic. I also gave a newcomer a lift home one night this week - I nearly didn't recognize this clean, well dressed man from the scruffy guy who'd sat at the back the week before in his first meeting. A man who has a chance now and seems to want it asking about more meetings and not trying to run before he can walk just trying to get to meetings and staying away from the drink - his new lodgings have a no alcohol on premises policy which is good for him too.
People who have no personal experience of AA or addiction sometimes ask me why I still need to go to meetings. Firstly to get and keep me sober but also to help these others if I can, but frankly more often than not it is them helping me rather than the other way round!