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As part of the clinical experience, a student nurse is required to attend an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting and write a report about what was learned. What information would the student include in the report about the 12-step program?

1. Once an individual learns how to be sober, he or she can graduate from attending meetings.
2. Once an individual has achieved sobriety, he or she continues to be at risk for relapse into drinking.
3. Acceptance of being an alcoholic will prevent urges to drink, since it represents giving up one's denial.
4. A "Higher Power" will protect individuals if they feel like using.

Explanation

AA teaches that a client with alcoholism can never safely return to social drinking and that total abstinence is the only course in treating the addiction. When sobriety has been achieved, people don't "graduate" (option 1); they stay and help others achieve sobriety. Acceptance and Higher Power (options 3 and 4) are active concepts in AA, but practicing these principles does not remove urges to drink and does not guarantee sobriety. Recall that alcoholism is considered a chronic disease that is characterized by remissions and exacerbations.

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