Serenity Prayer

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Afterwards, submit a three to four page reaction paper, not including the title page [no longer] (double spaced) sharing (a) a description of your experience and (b) your reaction to how this experience will influence your nursing practice. The written assignment must be submitted in APA format including a title page and double spaced with one-inch margins.

Reaction paper grading criteria Maximum Points

1. Adequate description of experience 20

2. Your reaction to how this experience will 20

influence your nursing practice

3. Correct grammar, spelling, APA format 10

They begin and end the meeting with Serenity Prayer with everyone gathering in a circle holding hands. They introduce the new comers and they all read from the 12 step program. One individual in the meeting gets to tell their story and how they are doing. I had a different misconception in my head because I thought there would be multiple individual able to go up and speak however that was not the case. The member began his story by stating he is still fighting a battle after being clean 9 years. He is married and as a daughter. He was in his mid- 40’s and I he admitted he had an 8th grade level of reading however the program has helped a lot to just get to that level. He stated he suffers from ADHD and that his brain was always going and he was always thinking what he had to do next and he couldn’t slow his mind down and that’s were alcohol helped him slow down and he liked it. He jumped around a lot in his story telling. He also brought up when he was 19 years old his father was coming over to see him and his dad rode his motorcycle that day when coming over. He fell asleep and never heard his father knocking on the door. When his father left because he did not open the door not even when he reached the end of the block on his motorcycle he was in a car accident and hit by a drunk driver that killed his dad. He blamed himself for his dad’s death because if he didn’t take a nap or if he could have just woken up his father would still be living today. He learned throughout the program that he cannot hold on to things as such and that it was not his fault just his time. However this was another situation that prolonged his drinking. He also told another story of his brother in law who was also suffering alcoholism and drug abuse and the court stated for his brother in law to stay at his home and maybe he could also help in his brother in law recovery because they could attend meeting together and he could be his sponsor. However he felt his brother in law possibly could make him relapse and he didn’t feel strong enough for his brother in law to come live him so he declined the court. His brother in law went to Salvation Army to stay for recovery and he ended up committing suicide. He blames himself because now his sister is a widow and her two children no longer have a father. He thought what if I let my brother in law come stay with me maybe I could have been strong enough to help him and he would have survived. That led him to relapse. He learned through AA he cannot predict an outcome whether it be good or bad. He also stated his house was raided three time because he was making drugs in his basement and blamed the police for racial profiling. He realizes now it was him. He was very spiritual just as everyone else in the group and he knew he would have not made it this far if it was not for God. He now is a speaker for elementary, middle school and high school kids on what alcohol and drugs can do and he tells his story. He then ended his story and another member came to the podium who the group made a cake and gave to one of the members who was celebrating his 27th year of sobriety. He said a little story that 27 years ago he would go to people’s houses for parties than later that night come back break in their home and rob them for money and items in order for him to buy drugs and alcohol. Look at him now and how far he came. He cannot even fathom the person he was and the pain he caused those individuals. They then closed the meeting with the serenity prayer where we all stood in a circle held hands. I stayed after where I was met by a lot of members that provided me with multiple pamphlets and meeting all across the state of Michigan to provide for my patients. I told them I had a difficult time locating an AA meeting and I could only imagine someone leaving the hospital trying to find one the difficulty it would be. When I went the first time it was a closed meeting and told to come back the next day at 7:30 to the open meeting.

This experience will influence my nursing practice by not placing a stigma on how someone looks. When I was sitting in the meeting there was 16 yr old boy sitting across the table from me and I took notice because I assumed he was their supporting his mother who was an alcoholic. He was sitting across at another table. He was wearing nice Docker khaki shorts and a polo collared shirt clean haircut. I had so many things that went through my head when I was watching him, almost like a life time movie in my head. I thought he was picking up his mom after a night of drinking, cleaning up her vomit and probably dressing her and to my dismay a half hour into the group he stood up and stated his name and that he was an alcoholic. I was taken back by that. Here I was thinking it was his mother and made up a story in my head and the whole time it was him. I need to learn that alcoholics and individuals who take drugs can look just like me and you they are not the typical person we are adapted to seeing on television.

Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.  Amen.

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