Alcoholic Anonymous Reaction Paper

612 WordsJun 16, 20133 Pages
Rob Doiter Professor Jakeson 3/6/12 Drugs and Behavior A.A. Meeting Reaction Recently, I attended an A.A. meeting, which stands for, alcoholic anonymous. The meeting I went to was located in Penfield, NY at 1601 Jackson Road, area code 14526. It was called the Yellow House. When I walked in, everyone was very welcoming and nice. Many people stared at me intensely as I entered the Yellow House. I think they thought I was a recovering alcoholic, until I explained to them later that I was there to listen and observe for a school project for my drugs and behavior class. The place was very cozy inside, had a number of chairs lined up for everyone to sit down and coffee ready to drink. I sat down in one of…show more content…
I also realized everyone laughed at everything that was the least bit funny to make it feel like a warm, comfortable, atmosphere. There are meetings every night at this place in Penfield at 5:30 P.M. Each meeting has a different name every night. The meeting I went to was called a “First Step” meeting. It was for people attending the yellow house or an alcoholic anonymous meeting somewhere for the first time and admitting they are an alcoholic and that they want to get sober. When you start the program, you commit yourself to following a “12 step program” and attending 90 days of alcoholics anonymous. The first step states “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol-that our lives had become unmanageable.” And when you finish the program, you end with the last step, step number twelve, which states: “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” Attending the alcoholics anonymous groups around the world has changed many recovering alcoholics lives and brought stability to their mind body and
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