ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS What it can and cannot do for your clients/patients
Cooperation with the Professional Community is an objective of AA, and has been since our beginnings. We are always seeking to strengthen and expand our communication with you, and we welcome your comments and suggestions. They help us to work more effectively with you in achieving our common purpose: to help the alcoholic who still suffers.
PREAMBLE • AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. • The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. • AA is not allied with any organization.
WHAT WE ARE • Doctor's Opinion (1935) • Alcoholic when we say we are • No experts • Not the only answer
SPIRITUAL PROGRAM • Anonymity • All inclusiveness • No religion requirement • Attraction rather than promotion
WHAT AA OFFERS • Coffee and Doughnuts • Sober life -- One Day At A Time • Explanation of the Steps of the Program • Meeting others with same problem • Sober Activities (conventions, cruises)
WHAT YOUR CLIENT/PATIENTCAN EXPECT • One alcoholic talking to another • Different Meeting Formats • Sharing of common problem • No rules or regulations • No fees • No lectures • No outside contributions
MISCONCEPTIONS • Not a glum lot • No medical or psychological assistance • No religious services • No housing, food, or clothing • No domestic or vocational counsel • Not a temperance movement
A Doctor Speaks (2001) • Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Director - Study of Adult Develop., Harvard • ± 50% of emergency room patients have more than 0.25 blood level, enough to render a non-alcoholic comatose • No referrals are made • Attend a few AA meetings to meet the success stories
WHAT YOU CAN DOMIGHT SAVE LIVES • Get in touch with AA for more information • Only SUGGEST to your client/patient • Give AA literature
HOW TO REACH AA • Website: www.aageorgia.org • Website GSO www.aa.org