This is a serious question. How often do you visit your primary care physician (PCP) and listen carefully to the advice that he/she offers? Do you ever question whether or not your physician has actually experienced the health condition for which you are being treated? For example, if you are a woman and your gynecologist is a man, does it occur to you that your doctor has actually never personally experienced pregnancy or childbirth? This is just one example of how we as patients accept care and advice from a medical professional, even though the advice being offered is not from personal experience but from their educational background.
If you suffer from the disease of addiction, particularly alcoholism, has your PCP ever advised you to attend Alcoholic Anonymous?
Often when a person sees their primary care physician the doctor may determine that the patient or someone in the patient's family might benefit from attending Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The doctor may feel that the patient's dependence on alcohol (or a family member's dependence on alcohol) has reached a point where continued use is life threatening. If you or your loved one has been counseled by your family physician to attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), did you ever wonder how much your physician knows about AA?
Expert advises doctors to attend a few AA meetings...
This week The Partnership at DrugFree.org published a news article outlining an observation made by Marc Galanter, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse at NYU Langone Medical Center. According to Dr. Galanter:
“Any doctor treating addicted people should go to at least a few AA meetings, so they can discuss it with patients in a knowledgeable way. It’s very experiential, and doctors should have a sense of it. They should also learn the steps of AA.”
How to find an "open" AA Meeting...
Dr. Galanter's advice is really powerful, not only for physicians and other medical professionals that come in contact with alcoholics and family members who live with an alcoholic, it could be helpful for Social Workers, court employees, probation and parole officers to learn more about AA and actually attend some "open" meetings glean a better understanding of what their patient or client will encounter by going to AA.
You can find local meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, or Adult Children of Alcoholics by visiting their websites. Once you find a listing for a local meeting, look for meetings that are classified as "open." An open meeting is one that:
'Open meetings are for anyone who is interested in AA, Al-Anon or ACOA. If a meeting is "open" it will be so designated on the published schedule. Open meetings can be attended by students, professionals, and other non-members interested in learning more about the recovery programs. The designation of a meeting as "open" does not change the meetings primary purpose of the group.'
Celebrate Hope utilizes the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous
Our dedicated staff has a combined 75 years of experience in addiction recovery, behavioral health, and treatment of co-occurring disorders and dual diagnosis. This expertise affords us intimate knowledge and understanding of the unique needs of those undergoing treatment. Our Christian counselors utilize proven therapy techniques that adhere to the 12-step Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous programs. Drawing from personal success stories of staff members who have dealt with their own addictions, our Christian rehabilitation team infuses renewed hope for the fulfilling life that God intended.