Personal Experience with Alcoholics Anonymous

3334 WordsFeb 3, 201813 Pages
It begins like all the other meeting. “Hi, my name is...and I am an addict.” I’ve lost count for how many first names I have come to associate with addiction. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)? Check. Narcotics Anonymous (NA)? Been there, done that. This being the first time I have ever encountered self identified sex addicts. How does this addiction differ from the addictions I have come to know and claim as my own? In a diagnosis of this particular addiction, there must be some form of cohesion. The answer lays in the biological and physiological factors that surround this addiction. These central ideas have lead to examining the conversation surrounding sex addiction and what this conversation has to say. Will a consensus exist for an addiction, that to me, seems harder to “prove” or identify as some other forms of addiction. The literature seems varied and with no central consensus seems to exists, which makes for a fascinating research topic. Prior to venturing into the depth of sexual addiction, defining addiction seems like a logical step. Working through various dictionary definitions and real world applications, a working definition of addiction; a repeated and continuos behavior demonstrated despite negative outcomes (Hyman 1994). Behaviors that can also be a result of one or more neurological impairments (Hyman, 1994). Symptoms of addiction include and/or limited or impaired control over substances (in the case of substance addiction) or behavior, preoccupation, worry,
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