Anonymous Alcoholics Meeting Impact Paper

There are a lot of various problems why people become addicted to the alcohol, such as stress at work, problems in a family, or the troubles of any other kinds. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was founded by two men Bill Wilson and Robert Smith in Ohio, in 1935. They both were wealthy and addicted to alcohol. Their accidental meeting became the beginning of this mutual help organization.The AA structure with its twelve steps program and family support is the core of many other organizations which are helping addicted people. Recently, with the development of psychological studies on the problem of alcohol addiction, the program modernized. Nowadays Alcoholics Anonymous is the first mutual help organization for the people with this problem. It is not a surprise that each person needs help, support and care about any trouble he or she has. It was found out that the experience of people with the same problems helps better. Coming to the meeting an alcoholic can understand that she or he is not alone in the situation.From the very beginning I expected that I would see people of a low social group, marginal people and would hear some tragic stories of their addiction. I was surprised when I saw different kinds of alcohol addicts there. There were obvious people with the problems that each of us have. The only one that was binding them is the addiction and impossibility to fight it alone. The work in the groups is helping to live day by day without alcohol and get used to solve their troubles in another way. When one of AA group began to tell the story, I see that with every word a person feel relief and at the end the deep feeling of catharsis was overwhelming for a speaker and for the group itself. I have learned that there is inevitable need for support and care in each person. Addiction is a very hard problem to solve without assistance and the most important is to have a strict plan like twelve steps program to fight the addiction step by step. ReferencesWilcox, D. M. (1998). Alcoholic Thinking: Language, Culture, and Belief in Alcoholics Anonymous. Westport, CT: …
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