XYZ CLINIC KUWAIT
F.A.O. Dr. ABC…… General PRACTITIONER
Dear Sir, you may or may not be familiar with Alcoholics Anonymous, also known as A.A.
It is possible that you will have patients who approach you with problems where the intake of alcohol is a significant factor of their malady.
In most cases, you will be told by the patient that they have the occasional tipple.
This is a characteristic of people who drink too much and they do not like to be honest about the amount they drink.
They will return to your clinic time and again with similar disorders and receive medication to relieve their discomfort.
Sometimes they will require extended treatment or surgery.
But we know that many of these folks will die as a direct or indirect result of their drinking habits.
As you are well placed in your profession to help these individuals may we impose upon you to consider the following?
As you may know, alcoholism is considered by the Word Health Organisation and the American Medical Association to be a treatable disease.
Unfortunately, society shuns the alcoholic as someone who is weak willed and uncaring of others.
This we know to be far from the truth.
Most alcoholics that I know personally are very strong willed individuals and care a great deal about the society in which they are a part of. I am referring to alcoholics in recovery, not those still practising.
But many people find that at some point in their lives, they have lost control over the amount they drink. It begins to create problems for them.
They try hard to stop, but discover they can only do so for a period and then start again. They discover the problems have not gone away.
They continue to drink and things get progressively worse - never better.
This is the point that we in Alcoholics Anonymous may be able to help them. We have first-hand knowledge of such experiences.
Perhaps we at the Professional Community Committee can help you get some of this information to them. They do not have to reach the point of despair that many of us have reached.
I am pleased to attach a Fact Sheet which explains concisely what A.A. is and what it does.
It points out the extraordinary influence professional people like yourself can bring to bear on the problem drinker or the potential problem drinker.
Should you have questions about A.A. you might like to ask of a recovering alcoholic, we can supply an A.A. contact who would be glad to answer your questions about A.A. personally.
We are also quite happy to show a presentation we have that can answer many questions.
We are also available to introduce anyone to our Fellowship if that were requested.
We do not solicit people to stop drinking. We only help those who approach us.
If you are interested in receiving a packet of information, or being contacted by an A.A. member residing in the local community, please contact us here:
We just want you to know that we are available to you and those with whom you work.
There are no charges or hidden agendas for you or for those we help.
This is an avocation - a public service.
We do this solely to help others. We do not follow up.
This is a one-off approach just to let people know we are available to help.
Doug B., Chairperson.
Professional Community Committee. (Kuwait AA group)…………..30th October 2016
A.A. FACT SHEET
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
WHAT A.A. DOES
Non-alcoholic guests are welcome at “open” A.A. meetings. Attendance at “closed” meetings is limited to those who are alcoholic or think they may have a drinking problem.
At meetings A.A. members share their recovery experience with anyone seeking help with a drinking problem, and give person-to-person services or “sponsorship” to the alcoholics coming to A.A.
The A.A. program, as set forth in the Twelve Steps to recovery, offers the alcoholic an opportunity to develop a satisfying way of life free from alcohol.
WHAT A.A. DOES NOT DO
A.A. does not:
Furnish initial motivation for alcoholics to recover…
engage in or sponsor research…
keep attendance records or case histories…
join “councils” or social agencies (although A.A. members, groups and service offices frequently cooperate with them…
follow up or try to control its members…
make medical or psychological diagnoses or prognoses...
provide detox, rehabilitation or nursing services, hospitalization, drugs, or any medical or psychiatric treatment…
offer religious services, or host/sponsor retreats…
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.
Our recovery is based on sharing our experience, strength and hope with each other, that we may solve our common problem; more importantly, our continued sobriety depends upon helping others to recover from alcoholism.
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