CAS 254 - Sandra Uriarte CAS 254 March 4 2010 12 Step...

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Sandra Uriarte CAS 254 March 4, 2010 12 Step Meeting Paper “Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism”. On February 24, 2010 at 12:00pm, I attended my very first 12 Step meeting at the Triangle Club. I had learned of these meeting through a few of my friends that were court ordered to attend AA because of their DUI offenses. When I entered the building I was surprised to see what looked like a coffee shop called, Café 449, with people just sitting around at tables eating food, drinking coffee and talking. My initial impression was, “this is it, this seems laid back enough”. I was under the impression that the meeting was going to be held there with people just eating and talking, however I was wrong. As I walked further into the building to my right was the meeting hall, where there was a greeter at the door who asked me if I would like a ticket, she told me that it was an open meeting and that if I wanted the opportunity to say anything that I would need a ticket. I stated to her that I was just there to take notes for a paper I was writing for my substance abuse class. She said “that’s okay, take a ticket and if you are comfortable you can just share that with everyone or you can pass.” So I took the ticket and found my way to the back of the room and took a seat. I was about ten minutes early so I just spent my time observing the room and watching the people around me. As I sat there I was looking at the different types of people there, there were men dressed in business suites, women who looked like they just got done working the streets, and younger people who I believed were there because of a court order. A younger guy came and sat down next to me and it was
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