By action of the General Service Board, January 1970, the trustees' Committee on Cooperation With the Professional Community (C.P.C.)--a spin off from the Public Information Committee--was developed. A similar Conference committee was formed the following year. Since that time, A.A. members in local areas have been responding to local need by establishing C.P.C. committees.
A.A. is considered by many professionals to be a valuable resource for alcoholics who want help. When there is a good working relationship between A.A. members in the community and paid alcoholism workers, the sick alcoholic is the winner--he or she gets the help needed from both.
We are not in competition with these non-A.A.s; we have our separate functions. A.A. is not in the business of education, research, medicine, counseling, treatment, prevention, or funding. We simply have a message to carry about a program of recovery for alcoholics--a program that works for hundreds of thousands who want it.
The professional can reach out to alcoholics--by education, counseling, and rehabilitative treatment--and can also be of aid through making the community aware of the millions still suffering from the progressive illness of alcoholism.
Members of these committees provide information about A.A. to those who have contact with alcoholics through their profession. This group includes health care professionals, educators, members of the clergy, lawyers, social workers, union leaders, and industrial managers, government officials, as well as those working in the field of alcoholism. Information is provided about where we are, what we are, what we can do, and what we cannot do.
Reprinted from A.A. Guidelines: Cooperation With the Professional Community, revised 9/11, A.A. World Services, Inc.