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Grapevine : December 2011
10 December 2011 AA News While there are substan- tive changes in the 2011 General Service Confer- ence-approved revisions to the pamphlet “The A.A . Member: Medication and Other Drugs,” one significant theme remains the same between the old and new versions: “No A.A . member should ‘play doctor.’ All medical advice and treatment should come from a qualified physician.” This comment is further addressed later in the pamphlet with the shared experience that: “Because of the difficul- ties that many alcoholics have with drugs, some members have taken the position that no one in A.A . should take any medication. While this position has undoubtedly prevented relapses for some, it has meant disas- ter for others.” It goes on to say: “It becomes clear [from experience] that just as it is wrong to enable or sup- port any alcoholic to be- come re-addicted to any drug, it is equally wrong to deprive any alcoholic of medication which can alleviate or control other disabling physical and/or emotional problems.” Throughout the pam- phlet, including in the introduction to the pam- phlet, along with several of the stories, emphasis is placed on the critical importance of an honest and cooperative relation- ship between the A.A . members who may need prescription medications and their doctors. Because the very sub- ject of the pamphlet in- volves important medical decisions, a group of phy- sicians who are friends of A.A . were asked to review the pamphlet. There is a new section called “Note to Medical Professionals.” One paragraph of that section reads: “As noted in the introduction, some A.A . members must take prescribed medications. However, our experience indicates that the misuse of prescription medication can threaten the achieve- ment and maintenance of sobriety. The suggestions provided in our introduc- tion are offered to help A.A . members find the right balance and mini- mize the risk of relapse.” The revised version of this pamphlet is now available from G.S .O. (P-11; 25¢) One significant theme re- mains the same between the old and new versions. The Grapevine welcomes reports on state conventions, workshops and other major AA events for AA News. We’d also like to hear about the different ways that your area, district or committee is doing service or carrying the message. Email stories, approximately 150-400 words long, to GVEditorial@aagrapevine.org, or mail them to AA Grapevine, attention Grapevine Editorial, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115. Revised pamphlet on meds available GRAPE_10.indd 10 11/1/11 10:50 AM