My Visit to an Alcoholics' Anonymous Meeting

explanatory Essay
2396 words
2396 words

On February 27, 2014, I visited an Alcohol Anonymous (A.A) therapeutic group meeting called Another Chance. Another Chance is an intergroup meeting located inside the Concord Baptist Church of Christ, at 833 Gardner C. Taylor Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11216. Another Chance has been in operation for over thirty years, and holds open discussion meetings on alcohol use and prevention, every Thursday from six in the evening until seven o’clock. This group interaction with alcohol substance use and abuse focuses on helping all members regardless of race, ethnicity or culture, to abstain from drinking one day at a time; and encourages them to maintain healthy thoughts and emotions through the use of the “Twelve Steps and Traditions” of recovery and intervention approaches.

Alcohol Anonymous (AA) is a fellowship worldwide consisting of over one hundred thousand men and women who are alcoholics, banded together in solving a common problem and in helping fellow alcohol users in their recovery from alcoholism. A.A.'s twelve steps are considered a list of principles which are spiritual in their nature, and if practiced as a way of life by members, can help significantly in expelling a member’s obsession to drink, and enable a holistic awareness. Step one is when the member admits they are powerless over the use of alcohol, resulting in an unmanageable life. No one wants to admit defeat, but admitting powerlessness over alcohol is the first step in becoming liberated. Step two is having a belief that the almighty power can restore their sanity. Step three is making the decision to turn their will and life over in the protection of the almighty God, which is the key to willingness of change as noted by the Twelve Steps of recovery. Step four is...

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...ethnicity or culture; it happens to anyone such as, doctors, lawyers, teacher, judges, students and many more. My observation of the meeting was that every member seemed to really listen to each other’s sharing, where each member shared an experience, and others could relate to that particular experience or had similar experiences, such as struggling with promiscuous behavior or relapses in attending meetings, but they still stuck with the program because they wanted change in their lives. No one was rushed in their sharing, and everyone was opened and friendly. It was a cohesive group. I felt a sense of that openness, when I was introduced to everyone, and included at close of the meeting, where everyone one formed a circle, held hands and recited the serenity prayer. Overall, it was a new and knowledgeable experience Another Chance gave me.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that another chance is an alcohol anonymous (a.a) therapeutic group meeting located inside the concord baptist church of christ.
  • Describes the twelve steps of alcohol anonymous (aa) as a list of principles which are spiritual in their nature, and if practiced by members, can help significantly in expelling alcoholism.
  • Explains that there are twelve traditions of alcoholics anonymous (a.a) that follow the twelve steps, which apply to the life of the fellowship program itself.
  • Explains that alcoholism is considered a major health issue by many resources. alcohol anonymous (a.a) was developed to help sufferers abstain from drinking and learn positive ways to live life without the use of alcohol.
  • Explains the constructive goals of motivational interviewing for alcohol anonymous, such as engaging clients at meetings, eliciting change talk, and engaging in motivation to make positive changes.
  • Explains that there are no set group intervention approaches used at another chance, however, behavioral approach and motivational interviewing are two methods which the members work with.
  • Describes the effectiveness of motivational interviewing (mi) in the field of alcohol misuse and abuse. the meeting was dominated by a sub-group where the speaker, an african american woman, spoke of her experience being an alcoholic for over thirty years.
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