My Experience: My Personal Experience At The Christian Experience

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Upon learning about this assignment I struggled with an idea of what kind of meeting to attend. I thought about playing it safe and attending an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting as I have attended several of these meetings and know the basic flow of things. Not only does this go against the requirements of this paper but I feel that it would do me a disservice. I ultimately decided to attend a “Restore” meeting at my church. It is similar to A.A. but it addresses an array of addictions anywhere from porn, shopping, narcotics etc. I felt that attending this meeting would be a great opportunity to learn about other addictions and real life struggles that so many are plagued with. This meeting also incorporates the Christian perspective to these issues, …show more content…
When following the scent of the strong brew I found one of the attendance working at preparing the snacks and coffee for the soon to be arrival of others that are looking for restoration. I grabbed a cup and quickly found my seat in the back to which I felt gave me a sense of comfort for my social anxiety. It did help that there were familiar faces though. As soon as I got settled in I immediately familiarized the smell of coffee with my A.A. meetings. Do addicts in recovery swap out their drug of choice with coffee? This seems to be a pretty common refreshment offered in this type of setting, even during evening meetings. Either way I was grateful that it kept my fidgeting at bay while people started to get settled in. I began recognizing members from church while others I didn’t, this was after all open to the …show more content…
I took note of the age difference among the group members, myself being twenty-six the youngest looked to be about twenty, where the oldest looked to be no younger than sixty-five. I then began to note the difference in gender there were four women and five men in this particular group so it was pretty equal in that perspective. Some members looked to have had a pretty rough road where others look as though you would never know that they struggle with such a problem as addiction. There was also ethnical diversity among the group. It definitely was not your cookie cutter group and I found that so refreshing when first being introduced to self-help groups for addiction. It gave me a sense of hope in the group itself. “If it can help so many different people it can help me too.” I quickly learned it is about the work and eagerness that you put in to your recovery that makes the

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