Essay on Attendence of an Aa Meeting in March 2008

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Name of Group Attended: Alcoholics Anonymous
Facility and Location of Group Attended:
Date and Time of Group Attended: 3/30/08 at 7 p.m.
Name of Group Leader: Bill

A. A description of the group purpose and setting, providing enough information to let the instructor understand the group set-up.

The main purpose of this meeting is for the attendants to stay sober and help other members achieve and/or maintain sobriety. The only requirement of attending is the desire to stop drinking. It was an open speaker meeting which meant that alcoholics and nonalcoholics were welcomed to attend. This meeting was the type of meeting the members of A.A. share their stories, their problems with alcohol, what brought them there, and how
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1. Introduction: The group leader(Bill) started by calling the meeting to order and offered period of silence. Then Bill introduced himself and welcomed everyone. He explained it was an open speaker meeting. He read the AA preamble which stated “the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking,” and that “AA has no dues or fees.” that AA is not affilated with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not endorse or opposes any causes and that the primary purpose of the group is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

2. Activity: A section from AA "The Big Book" was read aloud,

3. Sharing: During this meeting four different people went up and told their stories about their experiences with alcohol, how they came to Alcoholics Anonymous and how their lives have changed as a result of going to Alcoholics Anonymous. Announcements from the leader and group members followed. Donations were collected, by passing a basket around the room.
4. Processing: The members simply listened to the others when they got up and told their stories. They didn’t make comments or judge they just witnessed it.
5. Generalizing: The leader expressed appreciation for donations, sharing and attendance.
6. Application: The leader asked them to keep the AA Serenity Prayer in mind when they are tempted to drink.

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