This is an all too common story. This man died because he believed he was powerless and due to dangerous advice from his 12 step sponsor. There are many, many cases where the advice from a sponsor has directly caused damage both psychologically and physically. These people have no business advising you how to train your dog, let alone how to live your life. Because this type of thing is so rampant ‘in the rooms’ the AAWS (alcoholics anonymous world services) has acknowledged the problem … and chosen to do nothing about it. I hope this family sues AAWS and Steven’s sponsor, for they are most certainly are culpable. They have a duty of care for which they neglect daily around the world.
The link below is directly from AAWS guidelines. Not only do they know these types of atrocities are happening, they are choosing to remain blind with excuses of ‘outside issues’ and ‘anonymity.’