Cooperation with the Professional Community
A.A. is considered by many professionals to be a valuable resource
for alcoholics who want help. When there is a good working relationship
between A.A. members in the community and paid alcoholism
workers, the sick alcoholic is the winner — he or she gets the
help needed from both.
We are not in competition with these non-A.A.s; we have our separate functions. A.A. is not in the business of education, research, medicine, counseling, treatment, prevention, or funding. We simply have a message to carry about a program of recovery for alcoholics— a program that works for hundreds of thousands who want it.
The professional can help the alcoholic want it — by education, counseling, and rehabilitative treatment — and can also be of aid through making the community aware of and care about the millions still suffering from the progressive illness of alcoholism.