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Zoe Wuthrich

Psy 1010 830 Am

AA Meeting

I attended an Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting a while back for the sole purpose of
writing this paper. What I took home from this meeting was a lot more than I intended to.
The Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting I attended was held at a church in my
community, however, no faces where familiar to me because I do not go church. When I
arrived everyone found a seat around a large table. There were roughly 20-25 people
sitting at this table. The environment felt a little awkward at first, I think this was because
this was new to me. After a few minutes the speaker opened with a prayer.
After the prayer was said they began to tell their story and how they are sober
today. As they were telling their story I grabbed a brochure from the center of the table
and snapped a picture of the 12 steps on my phone. They are listed below;

Step One: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol-that our lives had
become unmanageable.

Step Two: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us
to sanity.

Step Three: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God
as we understood Him.

Step Four: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Step Five: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact
nature of our wrongs.

Step Six: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Step Seven: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

Step Eight: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to
make amends to them all.

Step Nine: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when
to do so would injure them or others.

Step Ten: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong
promptly admitted it.

Step Eleven: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious
contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will
for us and the power to carry that out.

Step Twelve: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we
tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our
As an observer I saw a lot of support all around the room. Before this

meeting I had always thought that basically it was someone telling you
not to drink, but in reality the speakers story was super motivating and it
was descriptive of why someone doesnt need to be dependent on
alcohol. Not once did I hear him tell anyone they need to stop drinking it
was all about how he makes it day by day. I also found this meeting to be
very religious. It was very evident that the people in this meeting where
trying to connect to a higher power and live life to the fullest. I found this

very motivation and I think hope is a great aspect to having when trying
to fight off bad things such as alcoholism.
Personal reflection:
I found this meeting very interesting because the only understanding I
had of these meetings were what I saw in movies. I feel know I can apply
the knowledge I learned from this meeting to my life to offering support to
family and friends in this position if they are willing. If someone accepts
they have a problem I can help them get a foot in the door and let them
know that they wont be judged if they go to a meeting.
An intermediate family member of mine past away two years ago from
alcoholism and it affected my whole family greatly. I believe that if this
member of my family went to an AA meeting they would be here today. I
know they would have everyday trials but I believe the support would
have been beneficial.

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