The Pros And Cons Of Addiction As A Disease

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Addiction Is a Disease The phenomenon of addiction provides various views and beliefs of on how it affects people’s lives. Addiction, in many aspects, may add spice to one’s life, but it can also be compared to a disease that disintegrates one’s life. This notion of addiction as a disease encourages the community to discover a useful resolution to somehow stop this widespread issue. Beneficially, the 12-step program was established in 1930’s. The 12-step program first started with the Alcoholic Anonymous group meeting that was founded by Bill Watson and Dr. Robert Smith in Ohio (Roger, 2012). The success and effectiveness of Alcoholic Anonymous had led to the creation of other group meetings, like the Narcotic Anonymous. Alcoholic Anonymous …show more content…
One part of the room had a coffee station where all members and visitors are welcome to get their cup of coffee. The student nurses were warmly welcomed by everyone, and were offered to sit on the couches located at right side of the room. The AA meeting started with a prayer led by the secretary, and proceeded with the reading of the “Preamble of Alcoholics” by a selected AA member. Before they carried on to the main agenda of the meeting, the secretary asked each member to list the food they wanted to bring for their upcoming picnic meeting for next week. After that, they continued the meeting with the reading of the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions or philosophies. The most significant requirement under the Twelve traditions was the “desire to stop drinking” (General Service Office [G.S.O.], 2016). The AA emphasized that the program can only work to those alcoholics who are sincere enough to stop drinking; consequently, it is not for those alcoholics who are unwilling to stop their addiction (G.S.O., 2016). The philosophies of AA focuses on the total abstinence, honesty, powerlessness over the addiction, accountability, and connection with the higher power (G.S.O., 2016). …show more content…
Both meetings were conducted by addicts (the sectaries) for addicts (the participants). The meetings were formatted following the 12-step program and the members aim to carry the message of recovery to the others who still suffers from addiction (AA & NA members, personal communication, September 1-2, 2016). The locations were convenient for those who wanted to seek support because both meeting rooms are on the same building. The AA and NA meetings were both considered an “open meeting” because they were open to anyone who wanted to attend. Also, the arrangement and/or set-up of the tables and chairs were similar; both have coffee station for

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