A.A. members can reveal their identities and speak like found alcoholics, give radio, television and Internet interviews without violating traditions – until their A.A. membership is announced. A.A. members generally consider it unwise to break the member`s anonymity even after his or her death, but in each situation the final decision must be made by the family. However, A.A. members agree that the anonymity of surviving A.A. members should be respected in obituaries or in any type of printed reminder or obituary. It is interesting to note that Andring considered that this type of communication would be preferred if it were “an integral and necessary part of a patient`s diagnosis and treatment.” A similar finding was made in another case, Farrell v. Superior Cour11, where communication in group therapy environments became confidential and privileged. Another case, State v.
Boobar12, decided otherwise, but in a murder case where, once again, confidentiality and privilege would not even have been extended to a therapist. In my view, as a therapist, there are four main arguments in favour of the formal extension of judicial privilege/confidentiality to 12-tier recreation groups. (I recently wrote a legal letter, based on these arguments, for a lawyer who successfully used the information to prevent his client`s 12-step group from testifying against him.) A.A. meetings are “quasi-ritualized therapeutic sessions performed by and for alcoholics.”  They are generally informal and often have interviews with voluntary donations collected during meetings. (The AA`s 7th tradition encourages groups to support themselves and lose their external contributions).)  Local AA lists list weekly meetings. Those who are cited as “closed” are available to those who have a self-reported “desire to drink,” which, for one reason or another, cannot be questioned by another member.  “Open” meetings are available to all (non-alcoholics may attend as observers).  At speaker meetings (also known as thank-you meetings), one or more members who normally come from the congregation of a nearby town tell their stories. At Big Book meetings, the present group alternately reads a passage from the book AA Big Book and then discusses how they relate to it. In 12-step meetings, the group typically triggers into subgroups, depending on where they are in its program, and begins work on the twelve steps outlined in the program.
In addition to these three most common types of meetings, there are also other types of discussion sessions that typically spend most of the time on general discussions.  From the beginning, A.A. promised personal anonymity to all who attend its meetings. Their founders and the first members to have recovered the alcoholics themselves, they knew from experience how embarrassed most alcoholics were by their drink, how frightened they were by public exposure. The social stigma of alcoholism was great, and these early members of the A.A. understood that a firm assurance of confidentiality is essential if they succeed in attracting other alcoholics and helping them achieve sobriety. In 1939, the High Watch Recovery Center was founded in Kent, Connecticut, by Bill Wilson and Marty Mann. Sister Francis, who owned the farm, tried to give spiritual refuge to Alcoholics Anonymous, but cited the sixth tradition Bill W. refused the gift, but agreed that a separate board of directors from a non-profit board should manage the facility from AA members. Bill Wilson and Marty Mann served for many years on the Board of Directors of High Surveillance.
High Watch was the first, and therefore the oldest 12-storey processing centre in the world, to operate to this day. In many ways, as I will tell you below, this is like an extension of a client`s right — in his or her dealings with doctors, psychotherapists, lawyers, clergy and some other pro