Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting
The meeting I attended took place in Cumberland at a local church. There were 14 people in attendance, excluding myself. Among the 14 people, there were 5 women and 9 men. The average attendee was approximately between the ages of 40-50, 3 people appeared to be under the age of 30.
It seemed as though most of those in attendance would be of low socioeconomic status. They did appear for the most part well kempt. My expectations of the meeting were a little different than my experience. I expected to walk into a room filled with smoke. This was not the case. They were to walk outside of the church to smoke. I was pretty worried about this because I have trouble breathing around smokers.
The focus was Step #2 –humility. There was one AA birthday and in general the meeting consisted of the “birthday boy” telling his story. Some were talking about humility, their jobs and a discussion of how they perceive themselves. One of the women got up partway through the meeting and paced. For the most part the attendees related to one another well. I found that more than half of the people started out going to AA by court order and ended up staying for themselves. There were a few that didn’t seem to speak very much. I assumed that was because of me being there. Maybe I made them feel uncomfortable.
One of the gentlemen asked me if I had been to any of the meetings before and if I knew anyone who did. I explained to him that my brother has been attending addictions meetings at this church as well as Pittsburgh, where he lives. Also that he has been attending for many years. It has helped him tremendously.