I’ll be honest, I was a bit skeptical of going to this meeting. I was nervous, anxious, and worried what they might think or ask. At the same time though, I was also excited. I was excited because I wanted to learn more about Alcohol Anonymous. Walking into a church where I knew no one and knew what these people struggle with was a bit eye opening.
On 11/12/2015, CM wet to the “A” dorm to locate the client. Client was lying in bed and CM requested for the client to come to the social service office. CM along with the client completed Bi-Weekly ILP Review. Client was alert, satisfactorily groomed, and casually dressed. She was cooperative and appropriate in the meeting.
Alcoholism is a chronic brain disease that affects all walks of life and does not have any bounders (Gossop, Stewart, & Marsden, 2008). I choose to attend an Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) meeting since this disease is prevalent among adolescents and adults. The meeting was held in the first-floor forum at Pilgrim Congressional Church in Queens New York. The goals of the AA meeting were stated explicitly by the leader conducting the meeting. The mission of the organization is to maintain sobriety by helping alcoholics achieve recovery.
In my experience of observing Alcoholics Anonymous group, it was a great experience. In my experience, I notice a lot of things in the Alcoholic Anonymous group. The first thing I notice while observing the group session is they have Alcoholics Anonymous bible that read a section every session. They read the same passage that discuss that how important it is to keep all information that is said in the group confidential. They were vey clear with that information.
I have never been in a room with so many desperate people. There were people desperate to stay sober because they have just begun their path to sobriety. There were people who were desperate to keep the life that they are living because AA meetings have shown them that life is worth living and they are just starting to feel that they are worthy of that new life. There were also people that have been sober for a very long time (25 years) and still attending meetings. They seemed desperate to lead others to this life that they say is so much more today than it was
J.M. is an 82-year-old women, and lives alone. She lives in an urban area of Watertown, NY. Within, Watertown she lives in a senior living building for ages 55 and older. This building is made up of 42 apartments. The majority of the apartments are single units but there is one, two bedroom apartment.
I attended my very first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting last week. Prior to the open Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, I did not have prior knowledge to what it entailed. Social media, society and my peers had depicted a negative image in my head of how the meetings go about. Going into an unexpected and different environment made me nervous. The level of nervousness I was experiencing is abnormal.
Self Help Reflection Paper: Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in the city of Akron, Ohio by two exceptionally different men. Bill Wilson was a New York stockbroker while Dr. Bob Smith was a physician (Wiechelt, 2015, p.1011). While the pair led two widely different professions, they shared commonality in the fact that they both struggled with an alcohol addiction. Through several meetings, the two quickly realized that there was a great need for a support system for effective recovery. Each of them brought something unique to the table, creating a perfect mixture of ideas to form a well rounded framework for a recovery group.
I attended an alcoholic anonymous group session twice to observe and write a PowerPoint presentation for my class during my undergrad time. It was large group consist of about 50 people. The leader of the group was able to set a positive tone. He started the session with prayer, and then explained how everybody can benefit from sharing each other experiences especially to new members. The leader was firmed and able to show concern and understanding.
Growing up with family and friends that had no access to mental health care, the solution to everything was to just “get over it.” Any sort of help was for “crazy peotple.” At the age of 13, my mental health spiraled out of control and I was recommended to go to therapy. I learned a lot about myself and used it to drive my future career goals. My purpose is to learn about why our communities are in the poor situation they are in and to strengthen the people into becoming more successful, to break the stereotypes about latinos that are constantly being said by ignorant people.
I attended an AA meeting with the Promises Group at St. Michaels Church, at 5pm on February 6th, 2017. There were around 30 individuals at this group; 25 males and 5 females. There was one individual, that had to get his paper signed; however, he stayed for the whole meeting and shared his story. A judge had ordered him to come to AA meeting due to getting many DUIs. This individual said he was very happy that he is a part of this AA group, and that they have become like his family.
It was a normal spring day for California during the drought, unbearably hot. Although my family was inside Saint Michael’s Church, attending Sunday Mass, we could still feel the heat. I couldn’t even tell if the air conditioner. The church looked beautiful as the sun glowed through the stain glass windows, but it felt like an oven in there. Many women had brought hand fans and were fanning themselves, trying to cool off.