Alcoholics Anonymous Experience

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Alcoholics Anonymous is a controlled, welcoming and non-judgmental environment for people who are battling an addiction to alcohol. There are meetings spread throughout the country to assist those fighting. I attended a meeting on September 24, at Saint John’s Baptist Church, from 7:30 to 8:30. There were many members that came and told their stories. The majority of the participants were males above 40 years old. There were also about three females, one as young as early 30’s. There were only a few roles that were assigned throughout the meeting. A leader ran the meeting, a secretary that spoke about upcoming events that the church was holding, and also two other people were chosen at random to read. One person read prayer—that is read each …show more content…
The meeting was held in a room at the church. There were banners hanging from the head table and also on the wall that included encouraging sayings such as, “little by little” and many others. There were coffee and cookies that the members could enjoy while the meeting was taking place. The environment was welcoming and comfortable for those who were there as Alcoholics. I was an observer, however, the environment was not very welcoming to me. The members didn’t allow a chance to introduce myself and explain that I was an observer. I did not participate in meeting because it was stated that only alcoholics speak. Although I was uncomfortable, the participants felt as though they could share their stories with the …show more content…
The members follow a 12 step program that is designed to lead them to recovery. This 12 step program is the philosophy of these meetings. There were many religious moments during the time period. The meeting opened with a prayer and ended with a prayer. The end prayer was “Our father” in which we all stood in a circle and held hands as we recited the prayer—which brought everyone together and gave everyone the strength they needed until the next meeting they attended. There was also a banner that was hung next to the Alcoholics Anonymous banner that read “But for the grace of God” which reminds everyone that they are who they are because of

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