The afternoon went slow, I guess the adventure I was about to begin was at the very least mesmerizing. As I entered the waiting room, I could tell right away this wasn’t good. The persons sitting and waiting were from a totally different back ground than I, they were all quiet and sitting as if they were the only one present in the room. I walked to the window to check in , as usual the receptionist was a couple of desks away talking about the recent nights activity’s. She looked my way several times but had no urgency to her work as it took several minutes for her to present the question , may I help you. I told her why I was there and she checked off my name.
I found a seat and sat down next to a younger man who was playing games on his cell phone. It was 4:28 pm as I looked down at the time, great I thought to myself , this is going to start soon . The starting time for this group was 4:30 pm, at precisely 4:38 we entered the conference room.
The instructor took what seemed to be a roll call, but did most in his head. He looked at me said his name and asked mine, as i told him he was writing on his attendance sheet all the while saying that my name wasn’t there. I thought to myself , wow the communication here is horrendous as the girl at the reception desk did have my name on this sheet. The instructor asked a question , in my mind that was not appropriate . The question was about synthetic marijuana and its effects . How can someone be a critic on something they have never done? The instructor pushed further into this meeting by reading something at random, not saying anything about it or what the subject would be. While he was reading this I noticed there were copy’s made up of this same literature. Why had he not passed this out, I thought to my self as he read seemingly to no one. After he was finished he started asking random questions about the information he had given the group. I kinda chuckled when he asked a random person for an adjective about a healthy family. This question wasn’t humorous to me , rather the simpleness of this proposition . The random person thought for a minute and replied I don’t know. I was astounded that this person would rather say three words ( I don’t know ) than one such as happy, loving , fun etc. This action in itself was a ” red flag ” to me , as the participation in this group was at a profound level.
I was still excited about getting information i could use , I so want to learn more so I have no recourse in this part of my life. The instructor picked up the copy he read from and handed it to the person to his left and said to pass around. In my opinion this is where the personal touch is needed , rather than just passing around ,maybe confront single people and let them know what you found interesting in the article that was read.
From this point on it was just watching a DVD on alcoholism , drug addiction and how it affects the innocent family members. I have my own opinion on these matters and with an open mind I watched this with enthusiasm . When the DVD was over it was 5:25 , we had been in this room for 47 minutes . The instructor looked at the awaiting faces and said if there’s no comments I will see everyone next week. I may be wrong, and please tell me if I am BUT whats the sense in watching a DVD if you’re not going to comment on this. Rather than asking for comments why not demand them . How will anyone learn from this curriculum. I spoke up yes I do have a comment and talked about my concerns . I was interrupted at 5:37 and the instructor dismissed the class.
This in no way is meant for the bashing of this program , as I will return to it next week. I have given an exact description of the events that happened in this group. I’m not trying to hurt feelings and put down persons that are trying to help. I demand better , I will not stop until I find it .
This is a new day, I will not use today, I can’t begin to tell you all how overjoyed , even blessed to know that there are great people at my aid. I have also welcomed the fact , of a higher power that has affected my life in the recent past. It’s almost a calming feeling ,which I for one haven’t felt for some time. Family and friends I feel fervent….lol Thanks for the support!!!