What is AA? AA is an acronym for AlcoholicsAnonymous. Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and womenwho have had a drinking problem.
It is nonprofessional, self-supporting,multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age oreducation requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do somethingabout his or her drinking problem.
(What is A.A? 2018) The primary purpose of A.A. is to sustain theirsobriety and help other alcoholics to achieve theirs.
It is a free of cost membership.The only requirement for members is to stop drinking. (This is A.A., 2017) AlcoholicsAnonymous is funded through the members contributions. Alcoholics Anonymous beganin 1935 in Akron, Ohio, by two men, Bill Watson and Dr.
Bob Smith. They foundedA.A. to help others who suffered from alcoholism and to help and sustain theirown sobriety. In 1939, a group of a sober members wrote and published the bookAlcoholics Anonymous, which they mention to now as the “Big Book.” This AlcoholicsAnonymous book includes a creed which is consists of twelve steps and twelvetraditions that is followed to help reach sobriety. Alcoholics Anonymous hasbecome the top treatment for people that have the disease of Alcoholism.On January 10, I attendedan Alcoholics Anonymous meeting for the first time to better understand the program and how it functioned.
The meeting was held at 8:30 am in Hayward, CA, at a place called Triangle Fellowship.I arrived to the meeting 15 minutes early to let one of members know that I wasthere for observation and I was a student from Unitek College. As soon as steppedinto the building I was greeted immediately.
I was greeted by one members namedTomas. I asked if I can stay for observation. He gave me the permission to observe.
He offered me donuts and coffee. Later I was greeted by the chairman of the meetingnamed Laurie. She was also an alcoholic. She told me I was welcomed to stay fortheir meeting and observation. I was greeted by another member named Jim. I toldhim that it was my first time being at an A.A. meeting.
He gave a brief descriptionon how the meetings were conducted. He gave me pamphlet showing the different locationsthe meetings are held and what days and the times they are held. He also showedme the Alcoholics Anonymous book that they read and follow during their meetings.The meeting began with the Serenity Prayer. There was total of 15 people at themeeting. There were 13 males and 2 females.
Most them were in their 30s or 40s.After the Serenity prayer, the Twelve Steps was read aloud by an A.A. member. AfterTwelve Steps was recited, a different member recited the Twelve Traditions. Afterthe Twelve Traditions was recited, each member read aloud parts of the A.A.
bookon a chapter that talked about employees and employers. After a member recited apart of the chapter, they were thanked by the other members in unison. Each memberwent around and introduced themselves by their first name and then stated thatthey were an alcoholic. After the chapter was finished, sharing was next that followed.This was the time in the meeting where members can share their experiences relatedto the chapter they have read or personal stories on how this program affected theirlives. A member stated that if it wasn’t for this program they wouldn’t know wherethey would be today. Another member shared a story about his anniversary with hiswife.
They spent their anniversary at a restaurant and it was their first time goingout not having a drink. He stated that not once did they thought about having adrink and they felt normal. He also he starts his days off right by going to thesemeetings and how these meetings changed his life and help keep him sober.