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This paper is an attempt to explore the possible research stances available to me involved in participant observation of Alcoholics Anonymous AA of the Lehigh County For this field study I chose to be a complete observer I have to stay in many assignments Ive done I never thought I had to study a group of people with a drinking problem it was quite sad to listen to a young girls story I felt like some sort of snitch spying on a serious group of people so please take this study seriously it is very heartfelt The following study takes place at a meeting hall at Lehigh Universitys PALs club on Tuesday October 21st 2003 at 745 PM Group therapy of the Alcoholics Anonymous I must say this was one of the most difficult experiences Ive had At the start of the meeting there were only a few regular male members Stan and Ted present and the female newcomer During the opening readings a regular female member Lynn arrived The theme for the reading was Learning to love ourselves During the reading the newcomer cried quietly and apologized with conflicting suppressed tears and nervous laughter in her voice After the reading the chair Stan discovering the presence of a newcomer spoke of his own experience of drinking and early recovery particularly in relation to resentment and developing relationships Another member Ted also spoke addressing his remarks more directly to the newcomer This is a stylistic variation as usually in AA meetings sharing is not addressed to a specific audience except in specific cases like the presence of a newcomer or if some one has brought up a specific problem early in the meeting The newcomer whose name I decided to withhold without the usual self-introduction asked about religion and spirituality saying she knew in AA people said it was not a religious program but a spiritual one but she had not much of an idea
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