This paper will explore the unknown world of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) . We will be discussing , The premise of the meetings, the area in which the meeting was held , what goes on at a typical AA meeting , ( structure, people , ages, environment) as well as the diversity on the people who attend as well as the motivators behind why they are there. I will also be discussing my own evaluations and opinions on the stories and people I encountered while there. In closing I will also discuss what I felt I did and possibly didn’t learn regarding the experience. I think that even if we are not in the environment due to need to be there but maybe as a support system for a close family member there is something that we could all walk away from a meeting and felt as if we have gained something.
When reviewing this topic for an assignment I knew that I would have so much to say considering I was once married to a man that came from a family of alcoholics, and was recovering and still to this day recovering even though it’s been 18 years. Becoming involved in my husband’s family I came to also be supportive and in doing so that meant many of times I would attend meeting with his mother. So I decided while visiting family recently I would again be a force of support and attend a meeting with my mother in law. We were in Santa Monica and they have been attending for over 18 years now, there are many different “type” of AA meeting held these days. They can vary from “big book” meetings to what is referred to “90-90” day meetings. The meeting we attended was a “Big Book” meeting. These meetings are devoted to the studying “The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous “.
The typical meeting will involve reading some portion of the "Big Book" and then commenting upon it from the individual member's experience and perspective. The discussion leader may read a selected passage and then invite comments, or members may take turns reading a...