Drugs and Alchohol
The first meeting I attended was an AA and a NA meeting. At first, I was very nervous attending it because I didn’t know what to expect. I always had the impression that all people who attended these meetings were typical people that you see in bars with long hair, and beards; but I was wrong. They look normal just like you and me. There were young people, and middle-aged people. Some of them I never would have expected that they were alcoholics or drug addicts.
Both meetings seemed to be very similar to me. They both introduced themselves the same way, for example hi my name is Gino and I’m an alcoholic, or I’m addicted to cocaine. They both sat in a group and discussed their addiction, their progress, and any problems that they were having. Prior to the start of the meeting I asked the counselor what was the main reason that the majority of the people are in these meetings. In both cases, drugs or alcohol was due to serious family problems, and they do it to get their minds off of the problem. It is their way of getting away.
Since both meetings are so similar, there are things that I like and dislike about both. I like the fact that it is a group effort to help one another because everyone there has the same problem, and there are different ideas shared on how to overcome the addiction. It seems to me that everyone is fine when they are together at...