I'm a total believer in the 12 Steps for recovery. And, I know that they even help someone with heart disease and other conditions that were not associated with alcohol (the person was a non-alcoholic non-drinker that had measurable results using the 12 Steps and humor) ... however, this was no reason for the person to not continue to see a Cardiologist.
Often times, alcohol-ism does go mis-diagnosed as other "conditions, issues, and disorders" and is just as real a condition as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions.
Untreated alcoholism is like a chameleon that will appear the same as many other mental-health conditions -- and once that it is treated, the other conditions most often disappear.
I guess, in some AA circles -- I'm kind of like an outcast in my ideas.
I've never been one to bash the treatment centers, treatment professionals, or other health care professionals. Of course, I don't try to promote them, either. I try to stick to the Big Book and the Traditions.
The way my book reads: I'm supposed to try to be helpful to anyone anywhere -- that is trying to help others -- and especially those that are trying to help alcoholics -- regardless of how they are trying to help them. And, I'm not a professional at anything -- inside of AA.
While it may be difficult to find -- there is good professional help available and it can be most beneficial to those that can benefit from it.
Back in the mid and late 80's and early 90's -- numerous prospects that were coming in to the rooms in Southern California, had contracted HIV. And, HIV rates were like a time-bomb waiting to explose in the recovery Fellowships -- and much of it could have probably been preventable -- had the Fellowships been a little open-minded about discussing "other issues" (maybe as minor as practicing safe-sex) that we can face with alcoholism. Some of us were rebuked for mentioning it at the time. And, a few years later -- as the HIV population explosion started taking place in the Fellowships -- a few of us -- that had been willing to talk about it -- were not included in that part of the population that got it.
The PTSD is a real heart-breaker. I've worked w/ some of the soldiers and civilian contractors exposed to war -- and, I'll tell you, what they experience is way more worse than a bad case of DT's!
On our 12 Step calls -- we already need to be educated about AWS (Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrom) that can actually kill the alcoholic that we're trying to help sober up. Combine the AWS + PTSD potential and it spells the possibility of something much more dangerous than the one alcoholic that dies trying to get sober.