The Effects Of Alcohol Addiction On The United States Essay

1697 Words Oct 7th, 2015 7 Pages
During the course of the semester I have learned about the many substances individuals can become addicted to, specifically alcohol. It is one thing to learn, read, and hear about in class what alcohol addiction can do to an individual; it is another to be able to personally hear and experience the stories of recovering addicts. Since a lot of our reading and class discussion has focused on the large problem of alcohol addiction in the United States, I chose to attend an Alcoholics Anonyms (AA) meeting. It was difficult at first to find an open meeting around my area. To start my search I searched online, looked in the newspapers, and lastly talked with family members. It was through talking with family members that I learned that of a close family friend who happens to be a recovering alcoholic. I contacted him and asked if he would be willing to bring me along to one of his weekly AA meetings. It was a great relief to me to be able to go to the meeting with someone because I was nervous at the thought of going alone. The specific meeting that I attended was held at the United Methodist Church in Island Heights, New Jersey. This is a tiny little community located at the mouth of the Toms River. Every Friday in this Church the “Hope” group holds their open AA meeting. The meeting was held in the upstairs gathering room. There is a kitchen off to the side and then it is just a large open room filled with tables and chairs. As you walked into the room, there were two men at…

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