Hi Patsy, good for you reading the traditions! The third tradition is about there being no requirements for membership in AA except for a desire to stop drinking. Anyone who has that desire is free to be in AA. Nobody will turn away anyone who wants to get sober in AA because of meds. No worries.
Sponsorship depends on the agreement between 2 people of which both are free to decide about the sponsorship or not.
Hi Clouds, it is really good whenever anyone reads those 12 Traditions, and what is even better, is when those 12 Traditions are put into Action!
Page 140 In the 12 & 12:
"We were resolved to admit nobody to A.A.. but that hypothetical class of people we termed 'pure alcoholics.' Except for their guzzling, and the unfortunate results thereof, they could have no other complications. So beggars, tramps, asylum inmates, prisoners, queers, plain crackpots, and fallen women were definitely out. Yes sir, we'd cater only to pure and respectable alcoholics! Any others would surely destroy us. Besides, if we took in those odd ones, what would decent people say about us?"
So clouds, as long as one has a desire to stop drinking they are an AA member when they say so!
Its just that they don't have the right to recover unless they answer intrusive questions about their medical history??
What goes on in a Medical office is between an alcoholic and their doctor ONLY! It isn't anyone's business in AA and that includes their sponsor.
Again, taking an AA member through the 12 steps of recovery, doesn't hinge on what goes on in ones doctors office, regardless of what you think! lol
I just don't have anything to offer people who are prescribed meds. I have nothing to share, or experience with taking meds and sobering up. I culdn't sponsor people who have psychiatric disorders and or clinical depression, I have no experience at all with that and I'm not a psychologist or docto or psychiatrist. I would be afraid to sponsor someone with these disorders who was on meds. I have noticed that many members now are taking meds and I have no opinion on that at all. I believe they are under doctors supervision and that their illness, as was said above, requires medication. I really think members who have had the experience of sobering up in AA while they were taking psychiatric medication would be better sponsors for newcomers with prescribed medications than those AA members who don't have that experience.
Really? Because AA as a whole, AA groups and AA members have one thing to offer any drunk and that is freedom from alcohol through the 12 steps.
“Sobriety—the freedom from alcohol—through the teaching and practicing of the twelve steps is the sole purpose of an AA group.” — Bill Wilson
Whether someone is on medication is truly none of anyone's business. And if all follow your example cloud, then those alkies who are taking diabetic medication, should only be taken through the 12 steps by other diabetics?? And those alkies who are taking cardiac medication, should only be taken through the 12 steps by those who have a cardiac condition?? And those alkies who are taking Cholesterol medication, should only be taken through the 12 steps by other alkies with elevated cholesterol or lipid issues?? And those alkies who are taking hypertension medication, should only be taken through the 12 steps by other AA members with Blood Pressure issues??
OR, is it just those psych medications that WE are allowed to be uncomfortable with and entitled to choose who we will pass on the 12 steps of Recovery to?
THAT is NOT what WE DO here in AA, because the simple truth is this, that whatever outside issue another AA member is dealing with medically, is simply none of our business, because its between the alcoholic and their medical doctor...is an OUTSIDE ISSUE.
Please, study those 12 Traditions, because they build on one another and ALL of those 12 Traditions keep AA as a whole, AA groups and AA members together in Unity, Service and Recovery!
Page 142 in the 12 & 12 below, says it pretty well:
At first the elders could look only at the objections. "We deal," they said, "with alcoholics only. Shouldn't we sacrifice this one for the sake of the many?" So went the discussion while the newcomer's fate hung in the balance. Then one of the three spoke in a very different voice. "What we are really afraid of," he said, "is our reputation. We are much more afraid of what people might say than the trouble this strange alcoholic might bring. As we've been talking, five short words have been running through my mind. Something keeps repeating to me, 'What would the Master do?'" Not another word was said. What more indeed could be said?
Overjoyed, the newcomer plunged into Twelfth Step work. Tirelessly he laid A.A.'s message before scores of people. Since this was a very early group, those scores have since multiplied themselves into thousands. Never did he trouble anyone with his other difficulty. A.A. had taken its first step in the formation of Tradition Three.