This article describes the manifold factors involved in the process regarding a counselors sending a client to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
Pastoral counselors and mental health advocates need to educate themselves on the types of AA meetings available within one’s local community.
In addition, it is advisable to explore the reputation for recovery each AA meeting has before making a referral.
Workers should be aware of the spiritual experience in recovery and the dynamics which promote conversion.
Diversity in group style, ethnic mix and the type of meeting should be considered.
Sandoz, C.J. Making a referral to alcoholics anonymous. Journal of Ministry in Addiction and Recovery, 7(2):37-42, 2001.