Going in to the meeting I was terrified and felt very awkward. I did not want the members to think I was intruding or that I was there to judge. Once I got in the room, my whole outlook changed. I immediately felt comfortable and welcomed in the environment. There was one small moment of discomfort when one older member started making nasty comments to a very young member because he was “talking way too much”.
It was rather difficult to figure out how to get into the church since all the doors were locked. However with the help of a man, who also was going to the AA meeting and also did not know how to get in, we figured it out. I had a moment of shock when I saw that the sign in front of the church was in spanish and I feared that the meeting might be in spanish as well. Since I don 't speak spanish, that would have been unfortunate for me. Luckily the meeting was in english however
Many people are more stressed and uneasy when meeting at the workplace rather than at a public location that is relaxing and quiet but not too quiet to where it is uncomfortable. The barrier that affected the meeting where that they got distracted a couple times by the TVs in the Starbucks, the other people sitting near them, and the food that they were eating hindered them from talking while chewing. They seemed to stay on track for the most part; however, these factors did affect the discussion at certain times. It is good to introduce conversation topics other than what is on the agenda of the meeting, so the group members are not totally bored; however, they must circle back in an efficient and timely manner.
Even as an adult, she will see a particular building and think, “Maybe that’s it! I’ve found it!” So far, she hasn’t been successful which is also odd. The reader wonders if travel is restricted as well. Another way the students are controlled at Hailsham is by constant surveillance.
This was such a unique experience for me because I have never visited a jail before. I had misconceptions about what it would look like, I imagined it would be similar to the Alcatraz Jail with prisoners behind bars. I was scared that they would be able to reach out or be able to spit on me. When we first entered the jail we were separated by the walls and the glass, so we didn’t go inside to see each holding cell. It was not as dangerous as I thought because I was kind of nervous going into it.
By volunteering, I was able to interact with all of the recruiters on a more personal level than everyone else. Additionally, volunteering allowed me to become familiar with the layout of EXPO so I did not have to struggle to find the companies I wanted to talk to at the conclusion of my shift. I managed to have discussions with several recruiters and students, and I even received an interview. By helping me overcome my insecurities, WEP also enabled me to have an excellent interview.
I would like to attend more of these workshops because I learned so much and I enjoyed the interactions I had with the members. I think this is a great way to help offenders as a community. We have a choice and it amazes me to see all these individuals behind these workshops who take so much time and effort to volunteer for bringing change and creating meaningful relationships. I think we all humans need to learn to accept one another to whoever we are and not hurt each other and get immune and desensitized to violence.
I cannot express how much I have learned, and how much I have grown professionally as well as personally. My courage stems from the support of you all. Please visit me here while I am on the road, and perhaps you can see through my eyes. This journey is not for myself alone, but for us! Join me and travel the great United States, and see the wonders of the world.
When I searched for meeting availability, there were only two meetings available that appeared to accommodate a more “freethinking” addicts. I couldn’t attend that meeting and now I wish I could have to see what it would have been identical or different among both meeting’s. Undoubtedly, this program seems to work for those who have attended and followed it. I do wonder what the outcomes are for those who are non-believers in god or other religious entities. Overall, this was a great experience and I respect the difficult effort the families and addicts put into their road to
I thought that attending a support group would be an interesting experience where I would be able to meet people that struggle with an addiction face to face. I would be able to understand that those people are normal people that we see everyday and think that they do not have any problems. Attending a support group will help me open my mind about how to treat a patient with an addiction and have extra understanding of what they go through. My expectations are to be able to listen to their stories and learn how the addiction works and how they behave.
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
I was interested in hearing stories and experiences of those who struggled with drug addiction. I wondered if I would receive any insight regarding my family members who have suffered from drug addiction. Going into the meeting, I was prepared to introduce myself if necessary and did not hold feelings of anxiety regarding the potential necessity for introduction. Upon arrival, I noticed a big church with various entrances. I was unsure where to enter and did not want to enter into the wrong door.