A reader asked me something like this:
I know that AA promotes honesty, openness, and, willingness. I would appreciate any logical feedback on something I have read. ” If a doctor killed a family member with a botched surgery, would you still support the doctor? Would you sue for malpractice? Since alcoholism is a disease, is it time to hold treatment centers responsible for their failures?” Ps keep your resentment if you find this offensive for your daily moral inventory. Thanks
I have edited and changed the words of the question because when I read it I Googled it to see where it comes from, and it comes from an anti-AA website. I won’t publicize an anti-AA website because AA saved my life. I understand that it doesn’t work for everyone, but if an anti-AA anything turned off even one person who otherwise might be helped, it could be sentencing that person to death. Literally.
This question seems like nonsense to me. A life-saving surgery would be a physical thing, and it would require nothing from the patient beyond payment. If, after surgery, the patient didn’t follow post-op instructions and died as a result, would you sue the doctor then?
If only curing alcoholism was as easy as curing bad tonsils. If patients in treatment centers followed the instructions of the treatment centers, surely many would get well.
I imagine some treatment centers are better than others, and I hope the good ones get more support than the bad ones. But ultimately the fate of an alcoholic is in his or her own hands. No doctor can surgically remove the disease. It isn’t found only in the body. It is also in the mind and spirit. A book read by early AAs is even called Soul Surgery.