What information about AA should a physician provide to patients with alcoholism?

Updated: Nov 27, 2018
  • Author: Warren Thompson, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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The physician should have AA literature in the office (dates and places of meetings), have the AA phone number available, and know about other treatment services in the community, including referrals for medical consultants or specialists in chemical dependency. No randomized trials of AA have been performed, but a US Veterans Administration study suggested that patients who attended meetings did much better than those who refused to go.

AA can be reached via their Web site (Alcoholics Anonymous) or by mail (AA General Service; PO Box 459; Grand Central Station; New York, NY 10163). Physicians can order pamphlets and other patient education material from these sources.


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