"Psychologists are inclined to agree with us. We have spent thousands of dollars for examinations. We know but few instances where we have given these doctors a fair break. We have seldom told them the whole truth, nor have we followed their advice. Unwilling to be honest with these sympathetic men, we were honest with no one else. Small wonder many in the medical profession have a low opinion of alcoholics and their chance for recovery!" (AA page 73)
"Try to remember that though God has wrought miracles among us, we should never belittle a good doctor or psychiatrist. Their services are often indispensable in treating a newcomer and following his case afterward." AA page 133.
Addicts like me haven't changed much in the last 80 years. I personally spent nearly $100,000 for therapy before coming to Sexaholics Anonymous. I discovered that when I showed up drunk, stoned, hung over, or obsessed with my next spree--and I lied to the therapist about my behavior--then therapy was not helpful.
But after I got into SA recovery and started working the Steps with my sponsor--and I showed up for therapy clean, sober, and willing to work--then therapy was quite helpful. Amazing how helpful the therapists were after I got sober!
At eight years sober in Sexaholics Anonymous, I had a recurrence of my depression. At 13 years, my PTSD symptoms recurred. Each time, I sought help from a mental health professional. In each case, I found the help I needed. But it was only helpful because I was sober.