Hey Paul! Thanks for your great sharing and your insight!
Those experiences well explain what I was trying to explain in the other discussion thread.
Paul wrote:Working the program did not eliminate my mental illness. But it was A.A. sponsorship and members that brought my condition to my attention, and they suggested that I seek "outside help" from a professional. They could help me to stay sober and help others to achieve sobriety, but they could not help me with my mental disorder which was obvious to them.
AA is not about curing problems or treating anything other than alcoholism. And, we can learn some valuable lessons from those that suggested that you seek the professional outside help. That may have saved your life!!!
Paul wrote:Looking back, I see I gave into pressure to stop using my prescriptions by other long-timer AA members who really didn't understand mental illness.
That's another point that I was talking about. AA's have no business discussing prescriptions, professional treatments or illnesses with each other. The same reason that we don't discuss religion and politics!
Now... wait a minute... I changed my mind!
"If" the two AA's share the same politics... they could have beneficial discussions talking about it with each other outside of AA. Maybe, PA! Politics Anonymous!... or DA... Denomination-specific Anonymous. Where their primary purpose is to help each other with politics or religion. That could be good and helpful to them. But, in AA... that kind of help could turn into a knock-down drag-out brawl!
Alcoholics know how to drink! That's our specialty! In AA we know how to stay sober -- that's our specialty!
Alcoholics also know how to fail! That's one of our specialty's that we don't talk enough about!
And, we're expert on giving advice to others... for stuff that we have zero experience with! And, they could end up dead or in trouble... or failing... if they listen to us rather than getting the help they need!
I think that's the point that pamphlet is trying to make: "Keep medical and mental health discussions in privacy with your doctor -- or, in group therapy... Discussing it in AA will just get you screwed up -- and screw up those that think they can help you!"
Down at the club we have a couple of professional mechanics... neither one has a car and neither one of them drive... but, they know it all when it comes to cars and driving.
I was listening to one of them giving legal advice to one guy and medical advice to the other!