AA Meeting Reflection

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AA Meeting Reflection Many people who have never had an addiction may not understand the difficulty of becoming better, and that is because we have never been in circumstances where our life depended upon a substance (Berry & Ramnath, 2013). However, for people who have had a substance addiction, the difficulty to becoming better is harder because they need to regain control over their thoughts and lives. According to the alcoholic anonymous recovery program, a twelve-step meeting is a very efficient program that helps people regain control over their thoughts and their lives. One vital part of this program is the twelve traditions and twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Although the overall goal of this meeting is for members to stay sober while …show more content…

One of the first misconceptions that I had about the twelve-step meeting was that the meeting was going to be like the group therapies that they show on television, where everyone sits in a circle to share their stories and then when the meeting is over, the people approach you to give you support and to tell you that you are not alone. However, after attending the meeting, I came to the realization that the misconceptions were incorrect, because, after attending the meeting, I came to realize that this view was just part of my media-induced imagination. Surprisingly, the meeting that I went to was more like a family gathering than a group therapy. My second misconception was that I had was that the people attending the meeting were going to start having serious withdrawn symptoms, and I was scared that during the meeting, one of the participants was going to have of those episodes where the get so angry that they may want to hurt someone. Yet, during the meeting, no one had any serious withdrawn symptoms because the members, who were at this AA meeting, had been sober for more than a year or

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