Iattended two AA meetings at our School Conference Hall on Saturdayand Sunday night, which is not usual for most of the college student.Both meetings were for members of an Alcoholics Anonymous men andwomen’s group within the city. The meetings were held in an immensearray of men and women who gather monthly to discourse theirhabituation journey, besides to allow for and obtain their primaryobjective to remain sedate.
Myexperience at the first AA meeting for women left a big mark in mylife both professionally and personally. The look at the memberspresent showed a lot of hope. One could tell from a far that themembers present believed in the program. Their confidence in theprogram was exciting and inspired me throughout the program. Before Iarrived at the meeting, I thought the women would not recognize a newface. I thought I would meet a couple of people who lost hope a longtime ago. My thoughts were proven wrong immediately I entered themeeting. Everyone present seemed to notice the new face. I wasgreeted with smiling faces that assured me I was in the right place.The second meeting I attended a day later had similarcharacteristics. The two meetings challenged my thinking and taughtme great lessons.
.When the two AA meetings were opened, I was moved by how wellorganized they looked .Each group member in the meeting had a roleas they took the turn at talking, moving around the circle andeveryone would listen without creating any tension. In the twomeetings, they chose to begin the meeting with a prayer. Thisreflected how dearly the held religion. In the first AA meeting, Ifound out that one member was selected every month to facilitate themeeting. Decisions were majority-based relying on the topic. I foundthis approach a great move in ensuring that every member feltinvolved enough. This feeling is vital as it builds the confidence ofthe members.
Inboth meetings, I was given the opportunity to address the meeting. Inboth, the members initially thought I was a new member only for me toexplain that I was a counsellor. On hearing these, members beganasking questions with great hope that I would answer. I tried my bestin answering the questions keeping in mind that they needed supportand encouragement so that they could achieve their goals. After themeeting, questions followed and I tried my best to answer them. Weexchanged contacts and I promised to keep in touch with them. Oneparticular lady was very happy with how I addressed them. I alsocongratulated them for how they conducted the meeting. They welcomedme with open arms thinking I was a new member. I told them that it issuch behavior that gives hope to the hopeless.
Inthe AA meetings, I was exposed to some tenets, which included thetwelve concept, abstinence as the only concrete, and twelvetraditions. Most of the women in the first meeting were talking aboutthe realization as the hardest part that one need to keep trying todrink in moderation so that she does not accept that alcoholic mark.Similarly, their traditions state that only for the requirement formembership are those individuals who have the desire to quitdrinking, in the sense that primary AA objective is to promote thesobriety within the autonomous group, and that namelessness is themajor significance. Both members of two AA meeting read the twelvetraditions and twelve concrete aloud. Separately, one woman describedthat those individuals who fell back and were incompetent of beinghonest with themselves can only get help when they practice theprinciples of AA program.
Oneof the thing that I observed from the two AA meeting was statistics.In the first session, the women appeared to be middle-aged, and theyoungest said that she was thirty years old. In the second meeting,apparently men also seemed to be middle-aged. I also noticed thatsome of the usual topics that both AA members discussed includebusiness quandary, a problem related to long-term relationship, andcareer problems. In the first AA meeting, the older women were veryattentive and maintained an eye contact. Another common theme wasthat these attendees claimed that they drink to control their anxietyor concerns while other to control emotions and feelings. Indeed, itwas a powerful reminder of how the lives of each in the two meetingswere complicated.
Religiouselement was also another vital theme, and it raised the focus on thepowerlessness of the group members from both meetings facingalcoholism to be unhelpful for some reasons. I believe that if allthe members of the two AA meeting were going to rely exclusively onthe divine intervention and pray, instead of looking for sorts ofevidence-based regular treatment alternatives, their life wouldtransform and marked with sobriety. Consequently, the members of thetwo AA meeting shared in extensive the significant damage thatalcoholism has bestowed in their lives. In addition to these, membersalso echoed a strong desire to quit drinking, but many were unable tomaintain sobriety at various level of their lives.
Thetwo meetings as mentioned earlier had a huge impact to me as aprofession. I felt that more counselors are needed to help suchpeople. A single meeting with them raised their hopes. I learnt howto be a better counselor by incorporating real life experience withthe theory learnt in school. By the end of the sessions, I feltempowered in everybody’s stories and life experiences. I was soobvious to me that AA meeting would provide social supports that arefaced by alcoholics. The twelve step program is very beneficial. Itshould be implemented in all such meetings. Therefore, I think it isessential to have support when struggling with social issues, and AAis an apex example of how group support sobriety in individuals ifthey follow the program.