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Alcoholics Anonymous Reflection Paper
My overall experience when I went to alcoholics anonymous was an interesting one. In fact, I was very enlightened to be there and hear everyone’s life stories and what brought them to this dreadful disease of alcoholism. There were many recovering addicts from different walks of life. One thing that they all had in common was that they shared the same disease of alcoholism. Another thing they all had in common is what brought them to the breaking point to begin their recovery; and that one thing was that they all suffered a traumatic experience that literally brought them to their knees. I believe this was a warning put in place for them to change their lives to start the road of recovery.
Their stories were touching and empowering. When you sit back and look at these people, it’s easy for the shallow mind to judge them based on their appearance; however, they are all extremely well-spoken, intelligent people that have this horrible addiction. Many own businesses and/or are professionals in their line of work; they are just as normal as anyone else, except they have this monster of an addiction inside they battle with daily. My direct thoughts about this is these people are amongst the strongest if they could overcome something so addictive like this disease and still function on a day-to-day basis running their businesses’ and interacting with their families.
Some of them have been sober for over 10 years and still come to the AA meetings. These people tend to give hope to the ones that are newly sober and suffer much more intensely with trying to fight the urge to drink. As opposed to the ones that have been sober for 10 years plus, have learned how to cope effectively without relapses. They teach the new people exactly what they need to do so they can be on a healthy road to recovery. I really loved seeing the support everyone gives in this group; it makes the recovery transition much easier with the undivided support they give and get.
The stories that I heard these people tell really touched me; they didn’t hold back anything, being completely fearless. The rawness of the reality they told about their disease, and how they lost people in their lives to the disease of alcoholism, makes this a very real problem in our community. Alcoholism kills so many people every year, and destroys families and lives. To see and hear them share their stories, all I could think in my mind is these people are true survivors, warriors actually, of such a horrific disease.
Overall, I really enjoyed attending this AA meeting, I truly felt their pain. I never knew that a meeting for an hour could be so empowering. I used to hear the term AA meeting and I would think the complete opposite of what I had the chance to experience. This puts that phrase, “never judge a book by its cover” into complete perspective for me. If I had a friend or family member that was affected by alcoholism; I would certainly recommend them to an AA meeting. I feel like they could have a high success rate of recovering.
There was a huge picture on the wall that said “ you are not alone,” and that really stuck out to me. I realized that one of the biggest reasons these people turned to alcohol in the past was because they felt alone, along with many other deeper psychological issues. These AA groups and meetings create solid, positive, lifelong relationships and help fill the gaps that they used to fill with their addiction to alcohol. I believe AA group therapies helps to reduce relapses and continues reduce the recurrence of relapses and continue to save lives all over the world. I support these groups and I highly recommend it to someone struggling with alcohol.
Nursing Care Plan
Ineffective coping r/t use of alcohol to cope with life events; AEB verbalization of abusing alcohol and inability to cope (Ackley, 2014).
The client will focus on the present, and reduce anxiety about the future by adhering and setting short-term goals for a successful recovery (Ackley,2014). Client will identify three adaptive coping mechanisms they can use as alternatives to alcohol in response to stress.
The client will remain in sobriety, and use available resources and support systems, along with describing and initiate effecting coping strategies to remain sober (Ackley,2014).
Assist the client in setting realistic goals and identifying personal skills and knowledge. This will help the client move towards independence and away from dependence (Ackley,2014).
Offer instruction regarding alternative coping strategies, and also encourage the client to describe previous stressors and coping mechanisms. By describing factors of ineffective coping, the client can identify what has been ineffective and strengthen their more effective coping strategies (Ackley,2014).
Encourage use of social support groups and refer the client for more intensive therapies as needed. Referring the client to more in-depth therapies helps develop stronger problem solving and coping techniques (Ackley,2014).
Use verbal and non-verbal therapeutic communication approaches, including empathy, active listening, and confrontation to encourage client and family to express emotions such as sadness, guilt, and anger (within appropriate limits),verbalize fears and set goals. By doing this, it will enhance the client’s positive coping mechanisms (Ackley,2014).
Client uses effective coping strategies, and uses positive behaviors to reduce stress. Client reports a decrease in physical symptoms of stress, and an increase in psychological comfort. Client reports remaining in sobriety x 60 days and feeling much more clear-minded, and positive about staying on her path of recovery to remain faithful to her sobriety. Client reports continuing to use her resources and support systems to ensure sobriety (Ackley,2014).
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Running head: ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS REFLECTION PAPER 1
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS REFLECTION PAPER 6AA meeting and I would think the complete opposite of what I had the chance to experience. This puts that phrase, “never judge a book by its cover” into complete perspective for me. If I had a friend or family member that was affected by alcoholism; I would certainly recommend them to an AA meeting. I feel like they could have a high success rate of recovering.
The client will focus on the present, and reduce anxiety about the future by ad