Reflection Paper On Aa Meeting

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April 16, 2017: United Methodist AA Meeting
The first meeting I decided to attend was an AA meeting. I choose this meeting from a list on Google.com. I did not have any requirements for the meeting, but I made my final decision based upon the location and familiarity of the location. I use to live in the area and was comfortable that my choice would be in a safe location. I choose to go to a meeting in the day time, due to safety and my gender. I drove to the meeting with no complications to finding the exact location. The church has signs that displayed “AA” and arrows guiding the direction of the front door. The meeting location is three blocks from public transportation. The meeting is held at a church which may prevent other religions from participating. I am a Christian; therefore I did not have any prior feeling about the meeting location, but a feeling of nervousness, and a sense of being naïve was present. My first observation was the lack of anonymity with the “AA” signs being displayed. I have seen “AA” meetings on T.V., so I came with a preconceived notion that the meeting would be conducted as I observed.
I arrived on time and greeted by an older gentleman in his late
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She stated her name and she was an alcoholic. She expressed her thoughts on the subject and closed her testimony by saying her name again. The group responded “thanks for sharing”. She looked at me and asked if I wanted to share? I replied “No”. They all kind of looked at me in disbelief. I am thinking to myself, I am not an alcoholic and I am only doing this for a class. I want to go home. The group went around the table in a robin-style, each taking a turn telling their story about having the disease. Each story more depressed than the last. I begin to form judgments and opinions about the members and a sense of entitlement. I tried to remind myself you are no better than anyone in the group. At some point, I thought as a social

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