Of interest to management and union officials, this leaflet gives a concise description of the help A.A. can offer to the alcoholic employee. (Formerly “Alcoholics Anonymous and Employee Assistance Programs”)
Is there an Alcoholic in the Workplace?
Many organizations—corporations, unions and governmental agencies—have established programs to work with employees whose personal problems have affected their job performance and their families.
Labor and management are increasingly aware of the disease of alcoholism and its high financial and human costs, and recognize the benefits of helping their employees.
To employers, supervisors
and personnel professionals
Alcoholics Anonymous can make available to labor, management, medical, social services, human resources and employee assistance program professionals the cumulative experience of more than two million recovered alcoholics now living comfortable and productive lives without alcohol. A.A. is available in virtually every community with more than 65,000 groups in the United States and Canada alone.
A.A. can help organizations contact men and women who have achieved sobriety, and are willing to share their experience freely with anyone who seeks help.
The A.A. Fellowship is nonprofessional and available at no cost; its primary purpose is the personal recovery and continued sobriety of those alcoholics who turn to it for help. The A.A. approach is based on the ability of recovered alcoholics to help those who are still drinking.
Singleness of purpose and
problems other than alcohol
Some professionals refer to alcoholism and drug addiction as “substance abuse” or “chemical dependency.” Nonalcoholics are, therefore, sometimes introduced to A.A. and encouraged to attend A.A. meetings. Nonalcoholics may attend open A.A. meetings as observers, but only those with a drinking problem may attend closed A.A. meetings.
If you have a co-worker who may be a problem drinker, your understanding of the nature of the problem can play a vital part in helping the alcoholic to achieve and maintain sobriety.
You can take some action to assist in recovery by developing an understanding of the A.A. program.* You may want to speak with an A.A. member or read some A.A. literature, which explains our program of recovery and gives a general idea of how A.A. works.
* You may also write or phone Al-Anon Family Groups. Though it is entirely separate from Alcoholics Anonymous, it uses the general principles of the A.A. program as a guide for husbands, wives, relatives, friends, and others close to alcoholics.
A.A. welcomes any opportunity to:
1. Meet with any employer to discuss ways A.A. can cooperate.
2. Conduct employee meetings to explain the A.A. program of recovery.
3. Take employees with a drinking problem to A.A. meetings.
How to contact A.A.
A.A. or Alcoholics Anonymous is listed in most telephone directories. If A.A. is not listed, please write to the General Service Office, Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163. G.S.O.’s A.A. Website: www.aa.org
Some pamphlets which may be of interest
THIS IS A.A.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT A.A.
IS A.A. FOR YOU?
YOUNG PEOPLE AND A.A.
A.A. FOR THE WOMAN
THE A.A. MEMBER-MEDICATIONS AND OTHER DRUGS
DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DIFFERENT?
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON SPONSORSHIP
IS THERE AN ALCOHOLIC IN YOUR LIFE?
PROBLEMS OTHER THAN ALCOHOL
WHAT HAPPENED TO JOE
IT HAPPENED TO ALICE
IF YOU ARE A PROFESSIONAL
HOW A.A. MEMBERS COOPERATE
A.A. IN YOUR COMMUNITY
A MEMBER’S-EYE VIEW OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
Alcoholics Anonymous ® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
• The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
• A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
• Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Copyright © by A.A. Grapevine, Inc.;
reprinted with permission
This is A.A. General Service
Copyright © 1981; 1990
Revised 1990; 1997; 1998
(Formerly “A.A. and Employee
A.A. World Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 459
Grand Central Station,
New York, NY 10163
Per 2003 Conference action