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A Student Nurse's Perspective Of Alcoholics Anonymous

1060 words - 5 pages

When the term alcohol anonymous is said most of us think of a group of drunks that can’t seem to get themselves together and stay clean. For the student nurse this is the view that she had going into her first alcohol anonymous meeting. As bad as it sounds, it is kind of hard to imagine what goes through the minds and lives of people who deal with this struggle on a daily basis. Innervison was the eye opener that the student nurse needed to clear all the stereotypes, and negative thoughts about people that just seemed to want to drink and never get their lives together. Innervision is a non-profit organization that specializes in help with recovery patients, helping consumers find employment, education, and provides resources for patients with psychiatric disabilities.
Discussion of Disability and disorder
According to Sheila L. Videbeck a nursing professor at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa “alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that is absorbed rapidly into the bloodstream.” Many patients that attend alcohol anonymous meetings are those that have been drinking alcohol for a long period of time, and cannot seem to quit on their own without any help. Some common side effects of drinking alcohol long term include cardiac myopathy, Wernicke’s encephalopathy, korsakoff’s psychosis, pancreatitis, esophagitis, hepatitis, cirrhosis, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, and ascites. Signs and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal usually being 4-12 hours after the last drink, or after a major reduction in alcohol intake. Many patients have to be put on drugs to help them cope with the withdrawal symptoms. Most patients are prescribed benzodiazepines to suppress the withdrawal symptoms. Treatment of alcohol is where alcohol anonymous meetings are helpful to the client.

Discussion of Group and Group Type
According to (Vidbeck 2014) “Alcohol Anonymous (AA) was founded in the 1930’s by alcoholics”. These alcoholics came up with a 12-step program for recovery, which is based on the mission that total elimination is essential and that alcoholics need support in order for them to remain sober. Innervison leads a small focused group that follows these 12-steps to help alcoholics try to get back on their feet and try to remain sober while doing so. A Summary of the 12-steps is as follows; 1.Admit that the alcohol has control over our life and we cannot manage the addiction on our own. 2. Realized that a power that is greater than us can help us get our sanity back. 3. Make a decision that we will turn our ways and lives over to God. 4. Take an inventory of ourselves and our ways. 5. Admit to God and ourselves and to someone else our faults. 6. Were ready for God to remove all these flaws in our character. 7. Respectfully ask God to remove our defects 8. Make a list of those we have done wrong and be willing to find peace with them. 9. Go find those people on the list and sincerely apologize. 10. Continue to examine ourselves...

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