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IDAA (International Doctors in Alcoholics
History and Objectives
International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous had its origins
in the garage of Dr. Clarence P. in upstate New York in
1949. Attendance by doctors from the U.S., three from Canada
and the presence of a psychologist as well as physicians,
made the meeting both international and interdisciplinary.
Since that time, early August meetings have been held in
major cities around the continent. The format has changed
to some degree, but in the main, consists of good, fundamental
AA meetings, with excellent speakers focused on the basics.
IDAA meetings are truly a family affair for many. A strong
Alateen focus has evolved. Al-Anon meetings have been held
since 1975. There are break-out and small group sessions
dealing with special interests, couples, communication,
and other issues of interest to the doctor in recovery.
For some time there have also been co-sponsored scientific
presentations, carrying CME credits, addressing the state
of the art in the field of alcoholism and allied diseases,
which have often preceded the Friday meeting.
now numbers approximately 4,500 women and men who have,
or are in preparation for, doctorate degrees in the health
care profession. We are physicians in nearly every specialty,
dentist, veterinarians, educators, psychologists, and others.
There is only one strictly confidential listing of members,
and this is held by the Executive Director in the IDAA Central
Office. Any communication with individual members occurs
only with the permission of all parties. Our basic aims
are those of Alcoholics Anonymous. Our primary purpose is
to carry the message of recovery to other alcoholics, particularly
alcoholic doctors and their families. Through association
with our group, many of us have become better able to solve
our common problem, and problems in common. There are no
dues, although there is a modest registration fee at the
annual meeting, covering costs of the meeting, expenses
for the year, and a contribution to GSO. We are self supporting
through our own contributions. The only requirement for
membership is the doctor's desire to belong.
its inception in 1949 in Dr. Clarence P.'s garage in upstate
New York, two outstanding and dedicated doctors have guided
K. Reed, MD 1960 -- 1987
C Richard McK., MD 1987 -- 2002
is eternally grateful for their many years of service to
is a solution...