THE AA MEMBER-MEDICATION & OTHER DRUGS
This is AA General Service Conference approved literature
Because of the difficulties that many alcoholics have with drugs some members have taken the position that no one in AA should take any medication, while this position has undoubtedly prevented relapses for some, it has meant disaster for others.
A.A. members and many of their physicians have described situations in which depressed patients have been told by A.A.s to throw away the pills, only to have depression return with all its difficulties, sometimes resulting in suicide.
Some Alcoholics require medication
We have heard, too, from members with other conditions, including schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, epilepsy and others requiring medication, that well-meaning A.A. friends discourage them from taking any prescribed medication. Unfortunately, by following a layperson’s advice, the sufferers find that their conditions can return with all their previous intensity. On top of that, they feel guilty because they are convinced that A.A. is against pills.
No A.A. member should “play doctor”; all medical advice and treatment should come from a qualified physician.
Complete Medications and other Drugs pamphlet By AA General Services-