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1. Settings:

I scheduled my AA meeting for Tuesday September the 18th at 10 p.m. at the Sobe Room in Miami Beach (1718 Bay Rd. Miami Beach, Fl. 33139). When I arrived I noticed that the parking was far away from the actual meeting point. The meeting point was a church type structure with no sing or any other identification. The door was open so I just went in; I waited about 5 minutes for the meeting to start. The meeting took place in a large room, and the chairs were organized in a semicircle and at the front there was a kind of podium. In the Sobe Room all meetings are open, so I didn’t have to set an appointment.

In the meeting were about 50 people, I guess because it was in south beach the majority were young people under 40. There were mostly white males, followed by white females some Latin and some African Americans. There were about 15 people who were there for the first time. I didn’t have to say why I was there but I did have to say my name when everyone else did.

2. Philosophy

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith. The primary purpose of AA is to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety. Although AA was founded on Christian principles and by white men, the organization has evolved to be multicultural. AA doesn’t keep a list of members ' names, but estimates that it has 2 million members who come from all backgrounds.
The philosophy behind Alcoholics Anonymous is that alcoholism is a disease. Even if someone stops drinking, they are not "cured." The individual is a recovering alcoholic.

The organization follows a 12-step structure designed to help the recovering alcoholic have a healthy mind and spirit. By following the 12 steps in sequence, the recovering alcoholic can improve their thought processes and work on healing their emotions.

3. Therapeutic content

Even though AA is an independent organization and is not based on psychological or therapeutic research or



References: Harold E. Doweiko. (2012). Concepts Of Chemical Dependency (8th ed.). Books/Cole Belmont, CA. Gerald Corey. (2009). Theory and Practice of Counseling Psychotherapy (8th ed.) Books/Cole Belmont, CA. http://www.alcoholicsanonymous.org/ http://www.aa.org/ http://www.aahistory.com/

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