Alcoholics Anonymous Essay

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Since I gave several friends that attend The University of Miami, I asked and researched if they held AA meetings and it turns out that they do. They hold weekly meetings at University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine. The meeting I attended was on wednesday March 31rst, 2010. I went with a friend because I am not student of UM and they are allowed to bring a friend, and there was a total of about 11 people in the room. As we were sitting in the room waiting for the meeting to start, I couldn't help but think of how cliche the whole scenario was. Sitting in a circle with people who ...view middle of the document...

After that he insisted that we review the first step which is the admission of alcoholism. He talked about how many people misquote step 1, and how it is the most misquoted steps of all 12. He wanted to make a point that step 1 is an acknowledgement that we have become convinced in our inner-most selves that we are alcoholics. ( saved that line on my iphone). As the meeting went on group members were asked to share their thoughts about the previous meeting which about 5 people did if i'm not mistaken. They had discussed step 4 that past week which deals with the understanding why you are they way you are and owning up to it. After feeling a little awkward being one of the very few not saying a thing, there was this one guy, who I remember admitting that he was an alcoholic and explained why. He said he drank to just forget everything that was going on in his life, not being able to go to school, working for minimum wage at public, his mom throwing him out, and I think the list went on. After hearing this guy talk about why he was there, that is when my opinion changed about these meetings. A lot of people have different reasons why they are the way they are now and I totally respect the fact that they are trying to help themselves and do something about it despite what is going on in their lives. Attending this meeting has definitely given me a new perspective on people that are just trying to get through tough times.

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