Running head: alcholics anonymous: a breakdown


Figure 4 symbolically illustrates what it feels like to have the disease of alcoholism



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Figure 4 symbolically illustrates what it feels like to have the disease of alcoholism.
I chose to focus on Alcoholics Anonymous for this essay. This culture has many stereotypes, the first of which is that it is a cult. But, it turned out to be a false stereotype due to the fact that all of the steps are suggestions, there are no dues or fees, and that it is clearly stated that it is a fellowship. The second stereotype is that the members of AA are all Jesus freaks, who do nothing but preach and bother others over their experiences in the program. But, people who do this are anomalies because it is written in the Twelve Traditions that the program should be attraction rather than promotion. The third and final stereotype cast upon the AA community is that the members are all bums on skid row who drink out of the brown bag right before the meeting. This was disproven by my own personal experiences from going to AA meetings. The people that go there are all blue-collar normal people who have families and businesses. And when at the meetings, the community norms are illustrated by the Twelve Traditions. These suggest how to operate so the community can remain anonymous, etc. In conclusion, the most important identifying aspect among the culture of Alcoholics Anonymous is the mental obsession of alcohol. I had a tremendous amount of respect and gratitude before this paper, but after all of the research, it grew even more, and it should for others as well.

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