Information for Professionals
Alcoholics Anonymous is a nonprofit, self-supporting, entirely independent fellowship— “not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution.” Yet A.A. is in a position to serve as a resource to you through its policy of “cooperation but not affiliation” with the professional community.
We can serve as a source of personal experience with alcoholism as an ongoing support system for recovering alcoholics.
How people participate in AA
At the heart of the program are its meetings, which are conducted autonomously by A.A. groups in cities and towns throughout the world. There are around 100 meetings in the western Sydney Blue Mountains region.
Anyone may attend open meetings of A.A (including professionals). These usually consist of talks by several speakers who share impressions of their past illness and their present recovery in A.A. Closed meetings are for alcoholics only. Alcoholics recovering in A.A. generally attend several meetings each week.
A.A. members come to us from judicial, health care, or other professionals. Some arrive voluntarily, others do not. A.A. does not discriminate against any prospective member. Who made the referral to A.A. is not what interests us — it is the problem drinker who elicits our concern.
What A.A. Does NOT Do
A.A. does not: Furnish initial motivation for alcoholics to recover; solicit members; engage in or sponsor research; keep attendance records or case histories; join “councils” of social agencies; follow up or try to control its members; make medical or psychological diagnoses or prognoses; provide drying-out or nursing services, hospitalisation, drugs, or any medical or psychiatric treatment; offer religious services; engage in education about alcohol; provide housing, food, clothing, jobs, money or any other welfare or social services; provide domestic or vocational counseling; accept any money for its services or any contributions from non-A.A. sources; provide letters of reference to parole boards, lawyers, court officials, social agencies, employers, etc.