At the beginning of every mind-fuck 12 step cult meeting, a passage from their big book of lies is read aloud by one member (who incidentally has usually been forced to read it). The “How It Works” passage reads,
“Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average. There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.”
Seriously?! Could this possibly be more of a cognitive dissonance inducing pile of shit? No. First of all, most people DO fail at their so-called simple programme. The statistics are overwhelmingly clear on this. That’s because if “it” doesn’t work, YOU are to blame, never their perfect programme.
The AA cult religion is nothing but a dangerous set-up for failure for the vast majority who reject faith healing disguised as medicine. The rest of this passage is a big subterfuge of pseudo honesty all wrapped up in a you’re-a-piece-of-shit sandwich. Don’t fall for it for a second!
I recently had a conversation with a Marriage and Family Therapist who claimed that she did indeed give clients a choice. “They are free to go out and test their ability to drink.” It was all I could do to not reach through the phone and shake the baby!
Telling someone that their choice is to either join your programme, or go out and attempt suicide is NO CHOICE AT ALL. That is most certainly what this choice is placing on someone. in other words, “you can keep trying to be a normal drinker and die on the streets, or you can join us on our “happy road of destiny”, or whatever stupid lie that shit chant states. For a stepper to do this is bad enough, but for a clinician to do it is outright HARMING and CONDEMNING for the client.
First of all, the vast majority of people with a substance use issue get better (moderate or abstain) ON THEIR OWN. A clinician who uses or recommends the 12 step cult in a treatment setting at all, should have their license suspended, until they have been de-programmed and trained in all the evidence-based help available. This acquaintance actually believes she is giving clients a choice when she is creating nothing but a SELF-FULFILLING PROPHESY of FAILURE.
Dr. Adi Jaffe has given me permission to share the link below. He writes a brilliant article that further outlines how this passage in the 12 step cult literature HARMS rather than helps people, doing a great job of explaining how this subterfuge harms and what to do about it. This link will also lead you to a truly revolutionary outpatient center in Beverly Hills that can genuinely help you and those for which you care. There should be more facilities and helpers like Dr. Jaffe!
Where we disagree is his statement “It’s time to dust off the covers, and incorporate the 12-steps into the bigger picture of addiction treatment.” No sir. It is time to get the 12 step cult religion OUT of addiction treatment altogether. Any clinician who continues to push this dangerous cult should be reprimanded for doing so. “Sponsors” can do whatever evil shit disguised as help they chose, but clinicians disguised as cult disciples need to revamp their work. STAT!
What’s wrong with AA’S literature? Everything! How does “it work?” It DOESN’T.
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