Cooperation With the Professional Community (CPC)

Cooperation With the Professional Community (General)

Members of C.P.C. committees inform professionals and future professionals about A.A.— what we are, where we are, what we can do, and what we cannot do. They attempt to establish better communication between A.A.s and professionals, and to find simple, effective ways of cooperating without affiliating. — Reprinted from, with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.


The purpose of our committee is to provide information on A.A. to professionals who may come in contact with the still suffering alcoholic.

A.A. is considered by many professionals to be a valuable resource for alcoholics who want help. When there is a good working relationship between A.A. members in the community and professionals who come in contact with alcoholics, the afflicted alcoholic is the winner he or she gets the help needed from both.

We are not in competition with these professionals; we have our separate functions. A.A. is not in the business of education, research, medicine, counseling, treatment, prevention, or funding. We simply have a message to carry about a program of recovery for alcoholics.

If you are a professional looking for any information on Alcoholics Anonymous please contact us at

Area 47 CPC Committee


Suggested Literature for Groups To Use At Open Meetings

The following is a list of pamphlets the Area 47 CPC Committee has included in packets for students and professionals* visiting open meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous

  • Information on Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Problems Other Than Alcoholism
  • A.A. at a Glance
  • Alcoholism In Your Community
  • If You Are a Professional
  • A.A. As a Resource For the Health Care Professional 

Packets with these pamphlets are available at Area Assembly from the CPC Committee. People can take them for use at open meetings in their Districts or use the list to assemble packets on their own.

*We also have pamphlets for those in corrections and those in the clergy, which groups may want to include if they have visitors from those professions.

2015 New York State Informational Workshop Report

The N.Y.S. Informational Workshop proved to be an excellent experience. Not only was I able to speak on the C.P.C. panel, I also learned a geat deal about service and issues affecting Alcoholics Anonymous from the participants on the various panels and was fortunate to reconnect with a good friend, who is also currently C.P.C. Chair for Area 50.

Area 47 was well represented. Area 49 did a wonderful job coordinating and hosting this event. I found every panel provided me with information I didn’t know and the atmosphere was very friendly and supportive. 

I look forward to going next year when Area 50 hosts the workshop.

David C., C.P.C. Chair