“Why do you hate 12 step programs so much?” When I get asked this question, in my head I think, “Why don’t you?!?!” Then I realize they are either ignorant, have a relative/friend in the cult, (who gives all credit for their very lives to the cult), or are a stepper (or ex-stepper), themselves. What is most astounding is when ex-steppers defend the cult, but then I quickly realize the power of the brainwashing. Even those who have left (gotten free really), feel the need to defend the cult.
Why? They were told for years that their own mind was not their friend. They were told for years that they were wrong about every choice they have ever made. They were told for years that they are wrong and the program is right. They are, even after years of freedom, unaware of how their mind is still hijacked by their time in a 12 step program. This only serves to prove the power of this cult religion. Your power is stripped away while all power is given to the program. Either you conform and buy all this brain-damaging rhetoric, or you are dead, institutionalized, or in jail. The end.
But this is just not so. The wonderful work of Gabrielle Glaser has now been published in the New York Times (not her first article there, but her most illuminating). You see, Gabrielle has never been a stepper. Gabrielle has never been told that she cannot trust her own thinking. Gabrielle has not embraced nothing but negative affirmations for herself. She is a journalist with a clear, healthy mind, telling the truth through extensive research and painful stories of families in great need of help. She has discovered that the 12 steps are dangerous to the mind. Her only purpose in this is to help others. In addition to her book, Her Best Kept Secret (link below), her recent Propublica article (link below), she now graces the New York Times with her work on addiction disorders. (link below).
This NY Times article describes how and why the 12 step cults are dangerous and how to get evidence-based help. Faith-healing for a very dangerous disorder makes the problem worse, never better.
I pass this NY Times brilliance on to you, my readers. Please pass this on for others who are struggling or have a loved one in need. People deserve help that will actually help and not a load of BILLshit to keep one powerless. You have choices. You also have unlimited and immeasurable power.
New York Times: http://nyti.ms/1zbCn9b
– Laura Tompkins