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My name is Kerri, and I am not an alcoholic.  Having said that, I will be attending three AA meetings in the next few weeks.  Class assignment.  I’ve asked a friend how a member would feel having a student in there to observe.  She said that it would be fine, that they’re used to having people observe in the open meetings.

I’ve also heard from others that people can be quite upset and abrasive towards those who come in to watch.  And I get that.  If I’m making myself vulnerable in that type of situation, I would want to know that those in there with me are fighting the same battle.  I’d be bothered and much less likely to be honest if I knew someone had a different agenda.

It’s also been suggested that you go in and don’t announce who you are.  I have issues with misrepresenting myself.  That doesn’t feel right to me.

Needless to say, I feel a bit apprehensive about this assignment.  I get the purpose, as it’s an Intro to Addictions Counseling course.  It’s important to know what a client might be going through in venturing out for the first time into a situation that could be anxiety ridden in a situation where you’re already on the edge of coping.  I get it.  I’ll get it more in a few weeks.

Hopefully, it will matter that might intentions are good.  Hopefully, I won’t freak out and make a fool of myself and make others uncomfortable.

Most of all, I hope that I remember that it’s not about me, at all.  It’s not.



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