Writing Letters

Many Public Information committees contact professionals whose work may be involved with the active alcoholic.

typewriterContact can be made by a letter and a follow-up visit. The P.I. Workbook has several sample letters to draw ideas from. The most effective letters and phone calls include some or all of the following elements:

Information About A.A.—Phrases from the Preamble can be quoted, or a few sentences can describe what A.A. is and what it can and cannot do. Many letters enclose literature, such as “A.A. at a Glance,” “Information on Alcoholics Anonymous,” “If You are a Professional,” and “A.A. in Your Community.”

A Request to Cooperate With the Professional—An A.A. contact can be suggested, giving the local Public Information Committee mailing address, or that of an intergroup or central office. (Many letters explain that A.A. members are available and interested in helping to
come and talk about A.A., put on a public A.A. meeting, provide literature, and so on.)

Information About the Traditions, Making Clear What A.A. Does and Does Not Do—Clarification of the Traditions is important, particularly those that relate to nonaffiliation and anonymity.