Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting
An alcoholics anonymous meeting otherwise known as AA is designed to help alcoholics to abstain from taking alcohol. In these meetings, there are required to talk to other people with the addiction problem, and together they help each other in abstaining (Kaskutas, 2009). During these meetings, alcoholics have the chance to admit that they have a problem controlling their addiction and through the group, they can restore sanity in their life and become sober.
I got to the meeting some minutes earlier before the meeting started to ensure that I had the time to talk to the leader of the meeting. The leader was hesitant at first after learning that I am not an addict. However, after talking to him for a while, he welcomed me in the meeting but warned me that whatever is shared in the meeting is supposed to be kept secret by the group members. Therefore, I should ensure anonymity with whatever I do with the information from the meeting as is one of the guiding principles of the group. The meeting started with all the people introducing themselves.
The members of the group are friendly, and they encourage one another. They were excited to see a new face and their leader explained why I was in the meeting. The meeting took one hour with a ten minutes break where during the break the members took some refreshments. During the break, the members were loquacious and wanted to know more about my course and the issues that we learn that are related to them and their meeting. The members in the meeting were both male and female, but the females were more. The people were of different ages. The teenagers and old people were few. The highest population was of people between twenty-eight years to forty years.
The topics that were discussed in the meeting during that day revolved around making amends. As explained by the leader, amends needed to be made in the different sectors of an addict’s life. This includes amends regarding personal behavior, friends, and relationship with family among others. Members gave examples of areas in their lives where they feel that they need to make amends. One of the male members explained that he needed to amend the relationship with his wife so that he can be a better husband and father to his child.
One of the teenagers in the group explained that she felt she needed new friends as most of her friends go out partying on most of the weekends and this would pull her back into taking alcohol. The meeting ended after agreeing on what topic to be discussed in the next meeting which would be the following day. After the meeting, I asked the leader more about the topics they cover in the meeting, and he explained to me that they use different books to come up with topics of discussion. Examples of these books include Living Sober, As Bill Sees It and The Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous.
The AA meetings are effective since they operate using a timetable that ensures they deal with issues that affect the members (Kaskutas, 2009). Using these meetings, alcoholics gain by listening to other people with similar problems and get insights on how to deal with their problem (Gidugu et.al, 2015). Alcoholics gain motivation from these groups to remain sober, and they get a support network that encourages them to remain sober, and this prevents a relapse. Private alcohol treatments are costly, and therefore AA meetings serve as a good solution for people who cannot afford the private treatments since AA is free.
Gidugu, V., Rogers, E. S., Harrington, S., Maru, M., Johnson, G., Cohee, J., & Hinkel, J. (2015). Individual peer support: A qualitative study of mechanisms of its effectiveness. Community mental health journal, 51(4), 445-452.
Kaskutas, L. A. (2009). Alcoholics Anonymous effectiveness: Faith meets science. Journal of addictive diseases, 28(2), 145-157.