It was my pleasure to attend my first ever Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting. This particular meeting was held at 7:30pm in the lunch room at Richmond Community Hospital. Richmond Community Hospital is located within Richmond, Virginia in an area known as Church Hill. The group is called Church Hill and is open to the public for opportunities to join or observed. In addition, the meeting’s content consists of topic discussions and numerous formats.
The support group I am interested in using for my Support Group Paper is a support group called Narcotics Anonymous. Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit organization that assists individuals to recovery from their addiction of using drugs. This type of organization has support groups that express their experiences of using drugs, how it affects the user and those closest to them, and supports each member in the support group to keep from using drugs again, as done in its support group.
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.
Jamal is a 32-year-old, homosexual, African American male. Jamal started experimenting with drugs at the age of sixteen. Jamal drank alcohol each weekend and smoked marijuana on a periodic basis throughout his adolescent years. By twenty Jamal started drinking massively and exploring with Ecstasy. By twenty-three Jamal preceded toward methamphetamine. Jamal continued initially smoking it several times weekly.
I am still not fully recovered and I most likely won’t ever be, there will always be that little voice inside my head. I started my journey with addiction and recovery the summer before freshman year. Everything changed going into highschool. I started hanging out with different friends, I slacked in school, and my personality was trash.
History of Organization Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) was founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith in Akron, Ohio, and is a spiritual based organization with the sole purpose “to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety” threw fellowship. Alcoholic Anonymous (A.A.) foundation is built on a 12 step program that involves taking 12 step that will guarantee your sobriety (according to A.A.) because you start the 12 steps but you never end, it is designed for you to consistently work the 12 steps for the rest of your life to remain sober. There are 12 traditions with the 12 steps and this is what A.A. has taught them as they go through the program. When attending an A.A. meeting there are no membership fees or dues to pay and
I have never been to an AA meeting before, and I had a completely different imagination of how a meeting takes place. I thought the meeting was held in a depressing state, dark, and everyone is sad/drunk. However, my experience was exactly the opposite of what I imagined. Even though this was the first AA meeting that I have attended, I feel like I have been attending AA all my life. The members are friendly, supportive, and not shy to express their proudness of being part of AA.
The Support Group is a bi-weekly meeting of people struggling to overcome an eating disorder, guided by a clinical social worker. This group aims to improve motivation and empowerment to overcome the eating disorder. The objectives of the group work are to reinforce awareness and motivation for change, help initiate a treatment and establish a good disconnection between the own perception and what it really is, accompanying during the therapeutic process to avoid relapses and dropouts and accompanying the recovery of vital projects and social and family relations once the process is finished, in addition to sharing with others the emotions generated by the disorder, and especially the desire to leave the disorder behind. The group
Alcoholics Anonymous is a healing support group with its primary purpose to help alcoholics stay sober anonymously and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety. The meeting that I have attended was the University/ Women’s group at 4021 Walnut St. The meeting was held in West Philadelphia in University City on Friday October 21, 2016. The meeting opens up with prayer and a spiritual meditation for guidance and power to get through recovery.
Tears streamed down my face as I took one last look at my childhood home. It was a bittersweet moment. I had been longing to move to California for months, but it was not until that moment had I realized how much I would miss Georgia. When I finally stepped into the car, my heart felt like it was shattering into pieces. I would be leaving behind a good life, one full of loving friends and neighbors, in replacement of moving across the country to a place that I had never before seen.
As previously mentioned above, Narcotics Anonymous is a support group where individuals who are addicted to drug using can go into recovery with the help of others to cleanse themselves mentally, physically, and emotionally from drugs. The support group accepts individuals who are looking to stop their use of any illegal drugs, substance use, and alcohol consumption. An individual(s) with a problem with alcohol and substance use is viewed as an illness, based on the severity of use, and its affects it does to an individual. Alcohol and substance use can start at any age from adolescent to older adult age. An onset of alcohol and substance use can be known when/if there is an indication of it from an individual’s family history, and/or family
The meeting that I attended this week was Narcotics Anonymous (NA). NA is a fellowship that includes men and women who struggle with addiction. The members of the group are supporters or recovering addicts, and the purpose is to maintain complete abstinence (Narcotics Anonymous, 2017). Prior to attending the group, I was not informed about the group and was uncertain of what to be expected. Unfortunately, the night that I attended was not a traditional session, as they were celebrating the milestones of a few members.
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.
I went to Alcoholic Anonymous meeting on February 09, 2017. The meeting took place in Ascension Lutheran Church on Main Street, Amherst. Prior to the meeting, I thought I would be uncomfortable if I went, but I am really glad that I went. It was an enlightening learning experience for me.
NABA Club I attended an open AA meeting at the NABA Club located in Atlanta. Upon observation, I noticed that majority of the people attending were in their early forties to late fifties consisting mostly of men. As I walked in, I felt so welcomed at the meeting because of the positive energy surrounding the room. This is one of those places where everyone is and will always be welcome, regardless of their race, religion, or background.