AA published a new 'Medications and Other Drugs' pamphlet this year, revised from first edition, published in 1984. It appears to me to be a straightforward, well-written guide to medications that includes member stories about their own experience with the use of medications in sobriety. I plan to give a copy of the pamphlet to my daughter, who is a physician.
Have any of you read the new pamphlet? What are your thoughts about it? I base my personal use of medications some of the the bulletted suggestions on the first page (see below). I ask, too, 'Is this drug really necessary, or is there an alternative, non-medication solution to my problem?' How do you approach the use of medically prescribed drugs in sobriety?
"No AA member should 'play doctor': all medical advice and treatment should come from a qualified physician"
"Active participation in the AA program of recovery is a major safeguard against alcoholic relapse"
" Be completely honest with your doctor and yourself about the way you take your medicine. Let your doctor know if you skip doses or take more medicine than prescribed."
" Explain to your doctor that you no longer drink alcohol and you are trying a new way of life in recovery"
"Let your doctor know at once if you have a desire to take more medicine or if you have side effects that make you feel worse."
" If you feel that your doctor does not understand your problems, consider making an appointment with a physician who has experience in the treatment of alcoholism."