August 2011: The Professional
Reprinted From Grapevine Magazine, August 1990, Vol. 47 No. 3
A sober "expert" takes on Tradition Eight with the bluster of a politician
"I no longer play doctor or therapist, and I don't give legal advice."
The intellectual arrogance and grandiosity that I brought with me when I first came into Alcoholics Anonymous were quickly and expertly enlisted into what was to become a ferocious, ongoing battle: Me vs. the Eighth Tradition. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the royal rumble.
The word “nonprofessional,” in AA parlance, means that I ought to act in a way that neither affirms nor implies that I am anything other than a recovering alcoholic in a fellowship of other recovering alcoholics. If professional help is what I need, I should go where such help is available, outside AA....
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