Aa Meeting Experience

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Prior to attending an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, I had little knowledge of what actually went on at these meetings. I obviously knew it was for people who identified that they had a drinking problem and wanted to get help, but I did not know the specifics. My Grandfather on my Dad’s side of the family was involved with AA and attended meetings right up until he passed away. Another one of my Dad’s friends who has been arrested multiple times for alcohol related problems also attends these meetings. My previous knowledge of these meeting came from my conversations with them and my Dad. However, I till retained a limited sense of what actually went on because I did not feel it was my place to ask pointed questions about the meetings and their problems. The AA meeting that I went to was held at Ascension Church located in Worcester, and it was certainly an interesting experience for me. I tend to associate alcoholism as more of a male disease for some reason, likely because of the portrayal of neglectful fathers in a lot of television and movies. However, I was surprised at the number of women that were at the meeting. There was definitely more males at the meeting, but it was not …show more content…
Overall though, the experience was much better than what I was expecting and it was eye opening to see what seemed like regular people going through such dramatic struggles as a result of alcohol addiction. I was also surprised by how effective this type of group meeting appeared to be for a lot of these people even when it is such a simple idea. The commitment from each person who attended the meeting was also surprising. At the end of the day, This meeting allowed me to look at things from a different perspective and be thankful for everything that I have. I have seen what alcoholism has done to families and after this meeting I am only more appreciative of the life that I

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