Alcoholics Anonymous Support Group (Aa) - Essay

796 Words Nov 8th, 2012 4 Pages
N121L Alcoholics Anonymous Support Group (AA)
Location: Wesley Church on Barstow The support group I attended was on October 19th, 2012 at 12pm at Wesley Church located on Barstow Avenue. It was in the Winterburg Education Building in room 3. A gentleman by the name of Andy was leading the group. He first said a prayer and then asked if there were any new members. There were none so he asked if there were visitors. I introduced myself and said I was a Fresno State nursing student. He then said today they were going to talk about Step 12, which was about service. Service was about introducing AA to people that could benefit from the program. Before you were expected to complete step 12, they wanted you to complete steps 1-11 first.
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The other two people at the meeting declined to speak. They said they just wanted to listen. During the rest of the meeting, Andy spoke more about Step 12 and how to get to that step. Next was another prayer while everyone joined hands. The meeting ended at 1:10pm.
I observed the following Yalom’s Curative Factors during the AA meeting: 1. Instillation of Hope - faith that the treatment mode can and will be effective. All the members felt that with God’s strength they can overcome the impossible. 2. Universality - demonstration that we are not alone in our misery or our "problems". By attending the AA meetings, the members knew that they were not alone and there are others struggling with the same issue. 3. Imparting of information - didactic instruction about mental health, mental illness, psychodynamics or whatever else might be the focal problem of the group. (Ex. OCOA, Alanon; learning about the disease process itself). It’s important for members to get facts about their condition through formal teaching. 4. Altruism - opportunity to rise out of oneself and help somebody else; the feeling of usefulness. Altruism was discussed in Step 12. 5. Corrective recapitulation of primary family group - experiencing transference relationships growing out of primary family experiences providing the opportunity to relearn and clarify distortions. Members learned that they could resolve issues from the past
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