Much has been said about AA Sponsors getting their Sponcees to stop taking their prescribed medication and the disasters that follow. AA members have devised slogan based defenses about people attempting to hold AA or Sponsors responsible for their actions. This is a way to circumvent the slogan based defense and get some very much needed answers.
This tactic relies on “Culpability” and is also a geographically “localized” event in a area where Sponsor abuse happens. In essence this means that someone did something that they “should have known” can have disastrous consequences(like telling someone to go off their meds). Lawyers usually specialize in a particular area, such as Medical Malpractice or DUI cases.
When a Doctor or a therapist “recommends” AA as a followup, they are responsible for the follow through of that treatment and prescribing the correct treatment of the ailment. If the patient dies or is injured because of prescribing the incorrect treatment, the recommending agency is liable. If the recommended agency does not follow the treatment of Doctor or Therapist that is recommending them, they are liable. This type of case is handled by a lawyer specializing in Personal Injury and Negligence.
Lawyers have online forums for the states they reside in and the specialized fields they practice. If you ask a question seriously and do not start off bashing AA, just an unnamed person that perhaps caused a death or serious injury to a friend or loved one, they may answer you and give you some very valuable information for free. Please realize that AA trolls use search engines to find articles about AA and attempt to derail the thread. You can avoid this by not using the keywords that they search for. Example of two posting that say the same thing:
Example of something AA trolls will find and the lawyer will most likely not respond to:
“My husband just committed suicide because he went to AA because his Dr/Therapist told him to. His AA Sponsor told him to stop taking his meds against the Dr/Therapist’s orders and ended up killing himself. Can I bring legal action against the Dr/Therapist, AA and the AA sponsor?”
Example of something AA trolls will not find and the lawyer may respond to:
“My husband just committed suicide because he went off his prescribed medication because the Dr/Therapist sent him to followup with people that told him to quit taking his medication. Is there any legal action I can take?”
The idea here is that when an incident happens in a State, search for Lawyer boards in that State about Medical Malpractice and Negligence that take comments and leave something along the lines of the second second posting type. You will get answers, get people talking about it and you won’t be attacked by the AA trolls. You can also search out the Medical open forums and ask the same type of questions (without AA in them) and not be flamed with “slogans.”