Question: Psychology of Addiction

For this assignment, you will attend an Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meeting either in your area (in person) or online (resources are provided below). After you attend the meeting, write a reflection of your experience using information from the assigned reading. You will then assess the role of support groups and Peer Recovery Specialists in relapse prevention. Remember that these meetings are anonymous so do not provide specific information about others who attend the meeting. Confidentiality is a high priority for your course as well as an ethical responsibility. Please remember that all of your discussions are to be considered highly confidential and should never be discussed outside of the course room with anyone.

To find local NA/AA meetings consider the following Web Resources.

Please use the template below to organize a 3-page paper reflecting on your experiences and assessing the roles of support groups and Peer Recovery Specialists in relapse prevention. In your assessment, add at least two advantages and at least two disadvantages of both support groups and Peer Recovery Specialists. Use the textbook and at least one other scholarly reference.


Meeting Setting: Virtual/Live

In this section, explain the structure of the meeting including how it began, how people were arranged in the room (live) or how people participated (online), how the was meeting facilitated, and how it concluded.

Reflection of Experience

In this section, reflect on how you felt before and after attending the meeting. Explain any significant experiences that you had while in the meeting (e.g., were you surprised by people’s responses to each other). If this is your first recovery support group, explain whether the experience was as you imagined. If you have attended them, how this was different?

Building on the Experience I — Support Groups and Peer Recovery

In this section, explain the role of Peer Recovery Specialists in the treatment process. How can Peer Recovery Specialists help clients who either cannot attend support groups or who do, and are too shy to speak or to ask for a sponsor?

Building on the Experience II — Multicultural Considerations

In this section, imagine that you are working with clients who do not want to attend a 12-Step meeting because of cultural considerations. They might not be comfortable with the spiritual focus of traditional 12-Step programs or come from a culture where discussion of personal struggles is not socially acceptable, especially in public. Propose at least one alternate option to 12-Step programs that helps clients build a healthy support system, while honoring their cultural perspective.


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