Updated: Dec 27, 2019
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I attended an Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting on Sunday, November 24th, 2013 from 7:30 through 8:30 PM, in the basement of St. John's Lutheran Church at 281 Prospect Avenue, (between 5th and 6th Avenue) in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn. The meeting was a mixture of both genders; it was an inspiring informal affair, very professional and punctual.
I think it's great that these men and women have finally acknowledged that they have an addiction to a substance or activity, and have decided to accept responsibility for their actions, by joining an anonymous alcoholic group towards changing their behavior and thinking. As humans, we all have strengths and weaknesses some people consume alcohol, part of drugs, or smoke to relief daily stressors.
Also, our environment plays a vital role in our behavior; however, at some point in our lives as an adult, we have to accept responsibility for our actions. Furthermore, since we are living in a judgmental society, I think that it's sad that although these men and women may have taken the necessary steps towards amending their old addictive lifestyles, men and women that are addictive to substance abuse most likely are discriminated against due to their substance abuse problem.
This Drugs and Society class has brought an open awareness to my life that will have a lasting effect. Now I can take what I have learned and utilize it positively to help someone with an addiction problem by referring them to a New Comers AA meeting. Honestly, addiction is an epidemic, and I think that Drugs and Society should be a class taught in the Public School Curriculum to help educate the population about addiction.