We Asked, You Answered: Is Alcoholics Anonymous a Medically Recognized Treatment for Alcoholism? | The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse

We Asked, You Answered: Is Alcoholics Anonymous a Medically Recognized Treatment for Alcoholism?

We Asked, You Answered: Is Alcoholics Anonymous a Medically Recognized Treatment for Alcoholism?

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This month, we asked our readers whether it is true or false that Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a medically recognized treatment for alcoholism. By a narrow majority, most respondents knew the right answer. Do you?

Although the results were close, 52 percent of respondents chose the correct answer: false. AA is not a medically recognized, stand-alone treatment for alcohol addiction.

While AA has helped many people struggling with addiction enter and sustain recovery, and is, for many, a beneficial part of a more formal treatment plan, it is not a substitute for professional help for someone with a diagnosed case of addiction.

Interested in learning more about AA? Take a look at our blog post, “Alcoholics Anonymous: Is It a Form of Addiction Treatment?” Or, for help finding a quality addiction treatment program download our patient guide.

 
Hannah Freedman

Hannah Freedman is a communications and digital associate at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse

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