Re: A person with HIV tells why Stigma was relevan You need to go back and check your facts. The AMA recommends self-help groups as an ADJUNCT to medical care, not as a substitute. Back to ancient Rome? I would like to see your source as I haven't heard that before. Actually the AMA is the biggest cheerleader for the “disease model of Alcoholism”. However their recommended treatment is not AA. The AMA’s position is that self-help groups should be utilized by physicians as an adjunct to a treatment plan. They have never recommended AA as a substitute or as the sole treatment regimen. You should go to the AMA's website and check out their #1 Priority. I think that will clear up some of your confusion regarding the AMA's true mission. That is true. The AMA lists 690,000+ physicians in the United States and the Possessions. Regular annual membership is $420. Do the math. I never said it was. Again, I never said it was. Why are you trying to twist my words? Why don't you start a new thread on alcoholism mostlyharmless and I will be glad to discuss the AMA's current efforts as well as the religious cult aspects of AA.