We Asked, You Answered: Is Alcoholics Anonymous a Medically Recognized Treatment for Alcoholism?
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 is a communications and digital associate at Center on Addiction