Drinking Experience At An Aa Meeting

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Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting is a fellowship of men and women who comes together and support each other while they are trying to solve their drinking problems. Anyone can join or come observe an AA meeting. The only requirement to become a member of an AA program is to have the desire to stop drinking. In addition, it is free to attend an AA meeting and there are no appointments to make, which makes it extremely convenient for individuals. The AA meeting that I attended was at the Haymarket Center (932 W. Washington Blvd.). The AA meeting is every Monday from 7pm- 8:30pm. It was actually very convenient to get there from UIC College of Nursing; we just needed to take the Pink Line from Polk to Morgan (only 2 stops). It took us only 12 …show more content…
Majority of the participants that attended the meeting were African American, age ranges from 21 to 60. During the meeting, the participants were not allowed to hats. There were several men that were wearing hats; therefore, the program coordinator reminded the men about the policy and asked them to take off their hats. In the beginning of the program, the program coordinator asked several participants to read certain phases from a paper to remind each other about their traditions and ultimate goal, which is to be alcohol free. After reading certain phases, the program coordinator called a time period (29 days, 60 days, 90 days, 4 months….a year). If the participants are alcohol free within that certain time period, everyone in the room clapped their hands and congratulated them while they walk up to give the program coordinator a hug. I think it was very touching because it shows how supportive they are toward each other. After congratulating each other for being alcohol free, the program coordinator passed a basket around to collect money for rent. The participants are not required to pay money, but it would be greatly appreciated if they are willing to donate …show more content…
The speaker was an African American, who was probably in his 60s. He was in jailed for a decade because he stole someone’s car and took that person’s life. He basically missed the whole 1990s. After being released from jail, he became addicted to alcohol, cocaine, and heroin. In addition, he continued to commit crimes and constantly being sent back to jail. After he started attending an AA meeting, it changed his life and helped him became a better person. He has been drugs free and alcohol free for about eleven years and currently has a stable job with the help of a counselor. I thought it was nice to have speakers talk about their stories in order to inspire others to stop being addicted to drugs or alcohols and show others how their life has changed after attending an AA

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