Alcoholics Anonymous Reaction Paper Essay Research Paper

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Alcoholics Anonymous Reaction Paper Essay, Research Paper BEFORE When I saw the Alcoholics Anonymous assignment on our syllabus earlier this semester I thought, “Oh my god, I have to go to some stupid AA meeting.” In the weeks prior to attending the meeting, I was very nervous about attending it because I did not know what to expect. Some of the questions going through my mind were: “Was everyone expected to talk at the meeting?” and “Was I going to be criticized as the outsider wanting to know what AA was all about?” Those were my two main concerns. However, I knew someone who is currently a member of AA. His name is “PB”. “PB” is the husband of my supervisor and he was more than willing to take me to a meeting and show me what Alcoholics Anonymous was

all about. Before leaving for the meeting, I asked “PB” several questions. They ranged from the length of the meeting to specific problems some of the members. He told me not to be surprised if there were some members who were admitted alcoholics and narcotic addicts. As I questioned him further, he said that many of the people in that predicament were also former criminals. One person in particular was so involved with both drugs and alcohol that he nearly died at the emergency room from an alcohol overdose. Now that my questions were answered, I felt much more at ease and ready to go to the meeting. The building where the meeting took place is located in an office park near The Colonnade. The meeting room is perfect for Alcoholics Anonymous. The room is surrounded by

numerous oak trees with a small pond in the center of the complex. Having this view in front of the group could only help a person feel at ease with themselves. When “PB” and I arrived, he introduced me to all of the members who made me feel welcome. As I surveyed the participants, I could notice that they were from all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. One section I found interesting is the differing occupations of the people in the room. Some of them were very surprising to me and I will mention them in a later section. DURING As the meeting started, we began with a serenity prayer and read the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. The second step was the focus of the meeting. I stared at the poster containing the step because it took me quite some time to interpret

what it meant. This step states: “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” My interpretation was that an alcoholic had to believe that a power such as God or another deity could cleanse his or her mind of this insidious disease. As it turned out, I was half right and half wrong. The first speaker was named Marshall. Marshall is a successful businessman and has been a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for over ten years. He relayed his story about how his Power restored him to sanity. Marshall said that prior to becoming a member, he knew everything. “I could do anything I wanted to when I wanted to. If anyone disagreed with me, I would do whatever it took to have that person agree with me. It was my way or the highway.” With those

statements, Marshall admitted that when he was drunk, his temper got the best of him. After becoming a member, Marshall along with many of the members of the group was able to complete the first step with ease. The second step, however, was going to be a problem. “When I looked at that sign, I was scared because I have been an atheist for most of my adult life.” He was hoping that he could skip step two and return to it later, but he was told that he had to complete it before he could advance. Marshall said it took quite some time but that higher Power did come to him and it wiped out the “insanity” that was ruining his life. After listening to his speech, I was wondering to myself why these members felt they were insane. If I saw one of these people on the streets, I