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An Open Letter to Doctors

 
   

Dear Doctor:

 

Since 1956 the American Medical Association has recognized alcoholism as a primary, progressive disease. We at Al-Anon/Alateen know that it is also a family disease which can affect some or all members of a household both physically and emotionally. It has been our experience that the relatives and friends of alcoholics often seek medical help for a variety of stress-related symptoms.

Al-Anon is a mutual support fellowship that offers a program of recovery to the relatives and friends of alcoholics. Alateen, a part of Al-Anon, is for a teenager who is equally affected by an alcoholic.

If you suspect someone's drinking problem has contributed to the cause of your patient's symptoms, we urge you to recommend Al-Anon and/or Alateen as part of their treatment. We can provide you with literature that describes the benefits and renewed hope and confidence that the Al-Anon/Alateen mutual-support program has brought to thousands whose lives have been adversely affected by another's alcoholism. If you wish more information, please e-mail Al-Anon at alanon@alanon-wi.org or contact the office at 414-257-2415.

Reprinted with Permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc, Virginia Beach, VA

 
 
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