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1. You will need to attend three self-help meetings:
3. One Al-Anon meeting (for friends and families of alcoholics)
4. One Smart Recovery Meeting (underpinnings are RET/CBT), or
6. One of the 12-Step meetings on this list:
• ACA—Adult Children of Alcoholics
• CA—Cocaine Anonymous
• CMA—Crystal Meth Anonymous
• CoDA—Co-Dependents Anonymous (for people working to end patterns of
• GA—Gamblers Anonymous
• MA—Marijuana Anonymous
• NA—Narcotics Anonymous
• OA—Overeaters Anonymous
• PA—Pills Anonymous (recovery from prescription pill addiction)
There are multiple 12-step meetings that take place through-out the day and night. Do not attend meetings designated for AA or NA group members only. These are usually noted with a “C” (referring to a closed meeting) next to them. You want to look for open meetings. To find a meeting time and location that will fit your schedule, please refer to the following websites. Please pay close attention to the meeting type key. You may attend one on line meeting in lieu of one in person meeting.
– NA website for Southern California meetings:http://www.todayna.org
– AA website link to contact area meetings:
– Al-Anon website for Los Angeles County: http://www.alanonla.org/
– SMART Recovery :www.smartrecovery.org/
website for Los Angeles County: http://www.smartrecoveryla.com/meetings/
Or, for any of the meetings above, Google the type of meeting or meeting name and the county in which you want to attend the meeting.
2. Prior to attending these meetings, you may want to look over the first 165 pages of The Big Book (4th ed.), which can be found online at www.aa.org.
3. PAPER: In light of your experiences at the meetings, write a two-page paper incorporating what you learned during these different experiences. The paper should cover the following:
a. Page 1: Write a review of each meeting you attended that includes:
• Location and time of meeting
• Discuss focus of the meeting (e.g., participation meeting Step
Study, speaker meeting, etc.)
• Reflect on you own thoughts and feelings at the meeting: What
was it like for you? What do you think a person new to recovery
would have experienced?
• What did you learn about yourself from being at the meeting?
b. Page 2: Comment on how your beliefs about all these groups have changed or stayed the same given these experiences. Did you have preconceived notions or assumptions prior to going? What surprised you? What did you learn about this population that you did not know before? How can you help your clients now that you have experienced the meetings for yourself?