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Alcoholics Anonymous: “The Big Book”

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 28 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4387

Support Groups: Pro & Con

Support groups are a mixed blessing. They can provide us with information, sympathy, structure, and hope; but they can also subject us to misinformation, criticism, oppression, and misery. How can we maximize the good, but minimize the bad? We should accept help from carefully screened support groups, but we should also recognize that no individual or group has all the answers, and we should not completely surrender our independent judgment to others. In the final analysis, our life is our possession and responsibility.

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03 November 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA