Ok this is becoming a bit naive. If you can’t pay one way or another then you are not getting treatment. AA does not discourage the use of professionals. Second, the professional is not operating according to AA principles but professional standards and ethics and that is a totally separate issue. All this naive thinking just ignores reality. People go to therapist, psychologists, doctors who specialize in addiction, interventionists etc. In my company we evaluate, place, transport and case manage people that are incarcerated. These people are willingly accepting or seeking help and the service costs money. Treatment costs money. Families call me all the time who are trying to get a family member into treatment who is incarcerated and the first thing the treatment center wants is to interview the client, do an assessment. Determine if they are eligible and amenable. Guess what that is not possible for clients that are incarcerated. The families get so frustrated that they can’t make arrangements. We evaluate the client and locate suitable treatment that is the best available option for the client, will satisfy the court and Probation, provide the court with necessary documentation, pick up psych meds if necessary and transport from jail to the treatment center. If they have insurance we assist in getting them approved or locate alternative when they are denied which is very often. 95% of our clients have little or no money yet we get them placed and many are grateful. We do not accept referral fees from providers and you can say our fee is nominal but I have to pay for my employees, the transport vehicles, a million dollar insurance policy, gas , expenses and office space. The reality is that it costs money to provide a service and having private individuals do it can have negative results. Placing people in appropriate treatment takes knowledge about treatment, the ability to do an assessment, knowledge of admissions criteria, the type of funding required, level of services, length of time needed in treatment etc. What if someone has underlying mental health issues, how does the untrained person assess for that? What if they have an arson conviction? What if they have mental health but they are not on medication? What if’ they have a 290 registration requirement. People in AA/NA/CA handing out free diagnosis is not necessarily helpful to the addict and alcoholic and could have detrimental effects.