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Notes 4/16/07 How outside researchers view AA o Rudy- when you join, it is a bit like having a religious conversion Starts off with an intensely stressful situation (usually hitting rock bottom) Once they seek out and make contact with AA, 2 things happen: They are warmly welcomed by other AA members “Welcome” and “We want to help you get better” They try to get the person to embrace the label of alcoholic Not coercively Once you realize it, you can move on Once they accept the alcoholic label, AA puts pressure on new members to become ideologically, socially, and behaviorally aligned with the AA way of life It is like embracing a new life philosophy Once they are committed to the AA way, they experience mortification which results in the individual becoming subordinate to the group Once they have been in the program for a while, they will get in front of others and tell the story of how bad their life used to be when they were drinking In addition, they will tell everyone how good their life is now
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This note was uploaded on 06/21/2008 for the course SOC 396 taught by Professor Reid during the Spring '08 term at Clemson.

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