Cooperation with the professional community is an objective of A.A. 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.
A Resource for the Helping Professional
Professionals who work with alcoholics share a common purpose with Alcoholics Anonymous: to help the alcoholic stop drinking and lead a healthy, productive life.
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 no affiliation” with the professional community.
We can serve as a source of personal experience with alcoholism as an ongoing support system for recovering alcoholics.
Reprinted from If You are a Professional… p. 3, with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.
Alcoholics Anonymous has a wealth of resources for those who work with alcoholics, including medical and other health-care professionals, counselors, therapists, social workers, clergy members, human resources personnel, attorneys, judges, treatment and correctional facility personnel, and many others.
- Literature – A selection of pamphlets is available free of charge for both you and those with a drinking problem.
- Presentations – Presentations can be arranged in your offices or facility by volunteer A.A. members. There is no cost for presentations.
- Open A.A. Meetings – Anyone interested in learning more about A.A. is welcome to attend “open” meetings and the following page describes the difference between Open And Closed AA Meetings. Open meetings are indicated with an “O” on the Meetings Schedule and we can arrange for an A.A. member to attend with you at no cost. A.A. is self-supporting through voluntary contributions of its members.
In addition, much basic A.A. information, including the complete text of the book Alcoholics Anonymous, is available online at the AA World Services web site. At that site, there is also information on obtaining a free subscription to “About A.A.,” our newsletter for professionals.
In most areas, including on the Monterey Peninsula, there will be one or more committees responsible for providing information on A.A. The local A.A. office is usually the best first contact.