Alcoholics Anonymous Essay

395 WordsJul 25, 20112 Pages
I recently attended an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in my hometown. Prior to the meeting I had certain expectations about the members that would be present. My preconception regarding the demographics in the meeting consisted of an older population, one in which had time to develop an alcoholic addiction. I was surprised to see that no age, race or gender was immune to this addiction. The population spanned from individuals as young as nineteen to those in their fifth and sixth decade with a majority young and Caucasian. I also believed that a lower economic status would positively increase the numbers, but again, I was surprised to see that economic status did not appear to matter. I did not expect the meeting to be as structured and littered with tradition. The meeting was opened with various members reading from a book. A few members would introduce themselves, state their addiction and announce what reading they would be doing for the meeting. Among the readings were the twelve steps to recovery. After the readings were complete, the floor was open to individuals to introduce themselves and share stories as they wished. We observed that individuals that make the decision to try to remain sober have other people in the group serve as sponsors. There was a man that had been doing so well with his fight to stay sober, but a recent fishing trip with some friends sent him into a drinking spree once more. He realized that now more than ever he needed the support of others that were both sober, positive influences and able to understand what the weight of the addiction actually felt like. Several others had the opportunity to share their stories, but the main trend was the necessity and appreciation for the support this group offers. Although it was a very intense and awkward experience, this experience made me thankful that such groups exist for
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