What AA Does Not Do

Alcoholics Anonymous 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, hospitalization, 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 (Nace, 2003) & (aa.org)
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