Does a person need to say that he or she is an alcoholic to attend AA or other support groups?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Social worker Judi Cousin discusses if a person needs to say they are an alcoholic to go to AA meetings.

    Host: Does a person need to say that he or she is an alcoholic to attend AA or other supports group?

    Judith W. Cousins: A person does not need to say, I am an alcoholic to attend any thrust up program or to attend Rational Recovery or any other, informal support group and the reason for that is that number one, identifying oneself as an alcoholic usually takes time to do.

    It is a very serious and profound diagnosis, if you want to put it that way. So, that is number one. Also, a person only needs to really say, I am having a problem with drinking. My drinking is causing me negative consequences and that is enough for me to attend AA meeting or attend Rational Recovery or to -- in this the help of a counselor.