Alcoholic Anonymous

Research Paper Format

Include at least 8 reference sources (articles) from the professional literature or professional web sites that relate to the type of service offered at the location you visited. YOU MAY NOT USE YOUR TEXTBOOK AS A SOURCE.

You should use the literature you have selected to provide a written background on your topic. Included within this background should be a critical description of what the literature describes. compares and contrasts with what you have observed in your field visit. A paper will not be accepted if it does not include references within the text for sources of information and a reference page.

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST USE APA FORMAT. The paper’s length must be from 6 to 8 pages. Papers are to be typed – double spaced, using 12 inch type face. All pages must be numbered and stapled or they will not be accepted.

Agency/Organization Visit

You will be assisted in identifying an agency or organization for your field visit. You must verify that you have made your visit by specifying in your research paper the name of the agency/organization, its location, and the time and date of the visit. You must also identify the person who you spoke with at the agency/organization and obtain their signature. If you visit a self-help group meeting such as one held by Alcoholics Anonymous (A/A) you will only be able to get a first name signature of the meeting’s chairperson (due to the anonymity of the participants in such organizations) – this is acceptable.

You must get the signature of the person in charge of the meeting or program you have visited on an organization letterhead or piece of literature.

The literature you choose to review must be related to the type of organization you visited. Example: If you visit an A/A meeting, the literature must be related to A/A.

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Introduction

The Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship comprising of both men and women, brought together by a common goal; recovery from alcohol (A.A. General Service Conference, 2005). These men and women share their experiences, strengths, and hope with one another with the ultimate aim of helping themselves out of alcohol and addiction problems. In many countries where Alcoholics Anonymous exist, they are driven by the members’ desires to stop drinking, and they are self- supporting with no membership fees. Mostly, Alcoholics Anonymous are commonly driven by the desire to stay sober as well as helping other members of the society to attain sobriety.

The concept of AA is non-professional and non-religious (AA General Service Conference, 2009). The AA programs do not have doctors and psychologists but the members help themselves on the recovery road through storytelling and sharing experiences.  Moreover, the programs are not aligned with any religion and accept people from various religious backgrounds who have problems of alcohol addiction and wish to stop drinking. These programs have proved successful in different countries in helping societies to attain sobriety.

Literature Review

A wide range of literature has been used in attempting to explain the Alcoholics Anonymous programs and their influence on the society. According to Wilcox, Pearson, and Tongan (2015), attending the AA programs plays a significant role in increasing the abstinence levels for many but not all the alcoholics.  Moreover, the authors suggest that increased participation in these programs help the attendees to reduce the costs of health care as well as its utilization. The other benefits of the programs are increased purpose of life among the participants as well as the improved quality of life.

Moreover, the authors identify the Twelve Step Facilitation (TSF) as the most common method used in the treatment of alcoholism in the United States. To support this notion, Nowinski, (2015) asserts that the primary goal of the TSF is to ensure that all the participants of the AA program develop the desire to quit the use of alcohol. Moreover, the TSF is considered as an important tool that helps the participants of the AA programs to develop the desire to stop using alcohol while recognizing the importance of the Twelve Step Facilitation in helping them achieve recovery.

Apart from the medical gains associated with participation in the AA programs, there are also spiritual benefits related to attending the AA programs. There are very high correlations between the people attending the AA program and the development of spirituality. This development is attributed to abstinence from the use of alcohol. The authors suggest that an increase in the attendance of the programs result in increased spiritual practices among the people, which is likely to reduce cases of depression in the future.

Another body of literature investigates the relationship between participation in the Alcoholics Anonymous programs and social anxiety. Moser, Turk, and Glover (2015) attempt to explain how the AA therapy can help in reducing social anxiety among the people involved in such programs. First, the authors show the connection between alcohol use disorder and social anxiety. According to the authors, very high levels of social disorder are associated with people who have alcohol use disorder.

Frakt (2015) argues that attending an additional two AA meetings thrice in a week produces more abstinence to alcohol, improving the social conditions of the participants. Additionally, the authors reveal that engagement in the AA programs plays a major role in enabling the participants to stay sober for longer periods of time after the programs. The authors end by suggesting alternative treatments for alcoholics who want to recover but are hindered to participate in the Alcoholics Anonymous programs by the social disorder.

Field Observation The Alcoholics Anonymous study involved a field visit to the Nassau Intergroup of Alcoholic Anonymous. The Nassau Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship in Nassau County, formed from the merger of all AA volunteer groups within the county, which helps members of the community with the desire to stop drinking with the recovery from the alcohol use disorder…

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