AA Meeting: Alcoholics Anonymous

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An AA meeting may take one of several forms, typically at any meeting you will find alcoholics talking about what drinking did to their lives and personalities. Individuals might also divulge what actions they took to help themselves, and how they are living their lives today. A.A. groups have both open and closed meetings. Closed meetings are for A.A. members only, or for those who have a drinking problem and desire to stop drinking. Open meetings are available to anyone interested in the Alcoholics Anonymous program. This includes anyone who suffers from alcohol addiction, and proactive individuals who just want to get involved. I thought it would be more convenient to attend a meeting in my own town. I just jumped on google and found a…show more content…
When I pulled up to the meeting I assumed there would be a large number of people talking among themselves, and using profanity. I also assumed that I would be overwhelmed with the smell of alcohol on their breath. Shortly after getting there I realized it was quite the opposite. I took a quick look around and realized they’re no different than me. I found myself taking a second look just because I was baffled by the situation. The majority of the members were clean, well dressed, and looked rather healthy. The class I was in happened to be all males, from various backgrounds. If I had to guess I would say it had similar demographics to the city we were in, other than it being predominantly…show more content…
As you can see from my personal experience, it could change your whole outlook on the issue. At any meeting, you will find people with similarities, talking about what drinking did to their lives, and what actions they took to help themselves, and how they are living their lives today. AA is a great place for men and women who have lost their ability to control their drinking and have found themselves in trouble, just like my friend. AA’s ultimate goal is to create a satisfying life without alcohol, and they need all the moral support they can. Going to an AA meeting doesn’t commit you to anything, and they don’t keep any sort of records. It’s not like giving a retail store your email information, and they never stop harassing you. Although, you may run into someone you know, like I did. Just understand they’re in there for the same reason you are. If you feel uncomfortable then just attend another meeting, there is a lot out there. From what I’ve noticed, churches tend to be a very common place for an AA meeting. Don’t worry though, they won’t pressure you into becoming a

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