Wednesday, June 27, 2018

People in AA or NA should not play doctor

People in AA and NA should not play doctor. Full stop. End of discussion. The Big Book is clear on this. From page 133:
we should never belittle a good doctor or psychiatrist. Their services are often indispensable in treating a newcomer and in following his case afterward.
Point being, it's not the place of people in the rooms of AA (or NA, or any other 12-step program) to play doctor. There's a reason why it takes years of study to become a doctor: Medical science is hard. An average alcoholic or addict seeking recovery is not qualified to give medical advice.

This brings us to this article. The problem: People in NA think they are in a position to tell recovering addicts to not engage in Opioid replacement therapy. No, they are not. Full stop. Never let someone in the 12 step rooms play doctor! If a recovering addict is recommended by a doctor to take, say, Suboxone, it's not the duty of someone in NA to question that doctor. 

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