Meeting At The Daily Drinkers Club

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On Friday afternoon, I attended an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting at the Daily Drinkers Club. The people that ran this meeting were very helpful and once alcoholics, so they were open to answering any questions that I had. The meeting started promptly at 3:00 pm and the mediator Tony introduced himself. First, the preamble was read and two chapters (chapter 3 and a portion of chapter 5) out of the Alcoholics Anonymous book were read by the people who came to the meeting. One very important action that occurred was the collection of money for the meeting space. Since this rely heavily on donations to for have these meetings every day, they need at least $30.00/ daily to run sufficiently. The main discussion themes that were shared by the participants were their solutions to how they dealt with addiction and how taking ownership was their key to success. Promptly at 3:58 pm an AA participant read the “Vision for you” and the meeting was dismissed.
Social Change Mechanism Different AA participants spoke and only three of their stories stuck with me the most. Attendee A has been sober for 8 years. He stated that the reason the people relapse is due to “complacency”. The mechanism that I associated with his story was the social change mechanism. When he was an addict he could not read or write and hung out with the same people who were on drugs. Once he started getting sober and decided to change his life, he came to the realization that his friends were part of the problem

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