A GPs view of Alcoholics Anonymous
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The aim of our Health Liaison Team is to improve communications with healthcare professionals and demonstrate how AA is available to help the suffering alcoholic. Many members have come to AA as a consequence of contact with a well-informed non-alcoholic. We seek to co-operate with the medical profession and others in our attempts to reach those with our problem.
For over eighty years AA has helped millions of seemingly hopeless cases to recover from alcoholism. These individuals became sober responsible members of society through attending AA meetings, practising our 12-step programme of recovery and helping others to recover from alcoholism.
There are Alcoholics Anonymous meetings every day throughout the UK and information about these can be obtained from our website or helpline. Our health liaison teams currently work with GPs surgeries, hospitals, medical training establishments, GP VTS schemes, Alcohol Forums, Alcohol Support Services, Drug and Alcohol Teams (ADATS in Scotland), Social Work departments, Treatment centres, Rehabilitation and Substance Misuse Teams, Psychiatric Day Hospitals/Centres, Home detox teams, mental health charities and other organisations.
These members can organise presentations at seminars, conferences and medical education establishments, and are available to attend exhibitions and displays. Local teams work with hospital and treatment centre staff including individual contact with patients. Attendance at an AA open meeting can be organised where you can experience the structure and dynamic of AA.
In all our work with medical professionals our sole objective is to help the suffering alcoholic.
If you would like more information or to make contact with your local Health Liaison Officer please contact the AA General Service Office in York (01904 644026)
“It must never be forgotten that the purpose of Alcoholics Anonymous is to sober up alcoholics. There is no religious or spiritual requirement for membership. No demands are made on anyone. An experience is offered which members may accept or reject. That is up to them.” Bill W (Co-founder)