AA not connected with treatment centre

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

In a previous brief about the Isuarsivik Treatment Centre, you ended with an announcement about Alcoholics Anonymous, as if to imply they are part of the same organization.

Although many alcohol treatment centres in the world are for AA and even allow clientele to attend AA meetings during their recovery program, the Alcoholics Anonymous traditions state:

“Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever non-professional…, and Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues…”

I think it is important to realize that AA is AA and treatment centres are treatment centres. Just because a person goes to a treatment centre, it does not mean they are AA members, and just because somebody is an AA member it does not mean they have gone to any treatment centre. Furthermore, “the only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking.”

There is no tradition that says in order to be an AA member, one has to go to a treatment centre.

(Name withheld by request)
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