Reflections of my First AA Meeting


By Chaya Block, Contributor

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“Hi, my name is Jessica and I’m an alcoholic.”

I couldn’t help but stare at the eyes of those present. Some were homeless, others were professors, law students, truck drivers and business owners. It was an eclectic crowd that spanned all ages – from twenty-something-year-old millennials to retirees. In some I sensed unease and shame, but most appeared comfortable and even at-home. Diversity aside, there was a single commonality that bound the members together – all were drug addicts or alcoholics, and some were both.

Last week, I was asked by my fiancee to accompany him to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. He is a medical student, and part of his training was a two week addiction medicine rotation during which he was required to attend a series of AA meetings. Interestingly, I work for a phenomenal organization called Project Tikvah, which aims to break the vicious cycle of drug addiction and mental illness in struggling youth and those facing incarceration….click here to continue reading