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My Trip To An Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting

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Addiction has become a common affliction. As cliche as it sounds, nothing is further from the truth, alcohol alone is responsible for approximately 1.8 million deaths a year worldwide, which computes to around 3.2% of deaths worldwide. Its estimated that over 76 million people are affected by alcohol use disorders. People abuse it because society looks at alcohol as a normal part of life, in fact it is commonly promoted. Alcohol can impart someone with confidence and happiness or it can spiral them into complete depression and depravity, and all thats needed is a 10 minute drive to the local supermarket to buy whatever appeals to us. The number of alcoholics has risen drastically over the decades. In the 1970's America started to recognize the growing problem of alcoholism; therefore, organizations were established in an effort to help the people that wanted help. The different organizations and groups eventually lead to the formation of a group called Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). AA has become the best treatment for people that have the disease of Alcoholism
On October 14, I made my visit to an AA meeting for the first time to better understand the organization and how it worked. The atmosphere seemed bleak and quite at the beginning of the meeting, probably because it was small, with only four of the groups members showing up. The members conducted the meeting themselves and for most of the meeting took little notice of either myself or my partner. One lady was skeptical at first about letting us sit in the meeting, but once the other members came they all indicated that they were happy to have us there and we were welcome to participate if we were so inclined. The members themselves appeared to be very comfortable with each other which i believe can be attributed to the general feeling AA expounds. The members would introduce themselves, in unison with traditional meetings. After the member would introduce themselves all the other members would greet them, for ex. “Hello Mark”. While each member was very friendly to one another it did not appear that the members who were 3 males and one female had any relations outside of the group meetings every week.
There was one member who can be referred to as Mark, that clearly stood out from the other three members. While all three of the other members definitely seemed to benefit from the weekly meetings, Mark distinguished himself by his need for the meetings. Each member at one point in there personal stories mentioned how much they benefit from coming to these inspirational meetings and fully advocate their effectiveness. However, Mark was slightly different from the rest because of how his life had been thus far. Mark was blunt and...

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