A Conversation with Lisa O’Neil Guerci: SMART facilitator extraordinaire

SMART Recovery stands for “Self-Management and Recovery Training” and was created by Marc Kern as another front group for AA.  The strategy is to provide a softer, less religious indoctrination into ‘addiction': “one drink probably won’t kill you”, and then later suggest that you might be a real alcoholic after all (“one drink will surely kill you”) and you need complete abstinence as available only at AA.

Marc Kern also founded “Addiction Alternatives” in Beverly Hills with Dr Adi Jaffe.  Dr Jaffe is a UCLA addictions expert and self-proclaimed “master liar“.

It’s easy to spot a SMART agent because they use the same suicide bullying techniques employed by AA.  They start by saying, “I would never bully someone to suicide and if I ever saw that happen I would say something.  In fact that’s why I left AA in the first place.”  And then when you challenge their sacred dogma (for example: “Addiction isn’t a real disease” or “People don’t commit crimes because of ‘addiction'”), they gang up on you and try to bully you into suicide with variations of “You are ignorant, insane, in denial, crazy, lying, and stupid” and if that doesn’t work they try to implicate you in the suicides of others: “Your ignorant words could result in the deaths of still suffering alcoholics” and if that still doesn’t work they say: “Wait until someone gets drunk and goes driving the wrong way on the highway and kills your family and then you’ll be singing a different tune.”

Some members do the direct suicide threats: “Are you drinking again?” and “You have resentments”.  (These are mortal threats in AA doctrine because: “To drink is to die” and “Resentments are deathly business for the true alcoholic”.)   Meanwhile others distract you with discussions of public policy and epidemiology and neuroscience so that you think you might be safe from the bullies.  They may try to commiserate with you: “I used to think everyone was lying too.  That’s why I was so miserable.”  Or, “I was a religious extremist once too, I can see echoes of my thought processes in yours.”  They pretend to be interested in your opinion for about a minute and then they start right up again, piling on, each trying to outdo one another with the insults.  Today’s winner was: “You come across as brain-damaged.”


AddictionMyth recently sat down with Lisa O’Neil Guerci (LOG), SMART facilitator extraordinaire, for an online discussion illustrating these tactics.



AddictionMyth: I am a drug addict and alcoholic. Still, I know that no one robs a drug store for meth or has anonymous sex for a hit of smack. Those are blatant lies to justify mischief. I also know that no one ‘suffers’ from an addiction. We use drugs because we want to and we stop when we want to. Any claim to the contrary is a lie: the Craving Lie.

Lisa O’Neil Guerci: I have suffered MIGHTILY by being born with a brain hard wired for addictive tendencies. It is not easy or fun. It is a great burden that I DO have to choose to be responsible every day to control. Yes. That IS where choice and responsibility come in. But I certainly didn’t choose to be an addict. Never would I have chosen this. I left AA ages ago. I was never a sponsor and I never attacked a soul. *I* was a victim of the cult of AA for 12 years. You are preaching to the choir. BUT…I still don’t agree with you across the board. You’re an idiot. I’m a very vocal and well respected anti AA member. Take your head out of your ass and you’d see. You are a ranting lunatic. You have far more problems than anything having to do with addiction. My mistake for thinking you were a credible ally. Have fun playing with yourself in your own sandbox. Everyone knows I completely reject AA. But fortunately, there are FAR more sane people among the anti-12 step ranks. Think what you like. I am done with you. I lost my friends huh? If you say so. Moron. I’m embarrassed for you. I’m talking to YOU, you arrogant twat! Lunatic. You’re the worst kind of socially inept and irresponsible coward and narcissistic bully. I say worst because you claim to be representing those of us who legitimately want to see change come about in the landscape of addiction options and non 12 step recovery. You are PAINFULLY ignorant and I feel very bad if you are ignorantly doling out the wrong information for those seeking help outside of AA. I wouldn’t bother trying to reason with this bitter individual. He already was rude to ME and thinks I am a “secret stepper”. Amazing he and I have so many friends  in common.  You are the one talking about steps and quoting AA, my troubled friend. You are expending all this energy attacking someone who left AA, passionately speaks out against it, is a member of SMART and a facilitator. You really should stop it because you sound truly like a fool. But. I will let you have the last word. Go ahead. I’m out. I have no time for teenaged keyboard warriors.

Nicholas Schoonbeck: No one robs for meth? What addicts do you know? I committed plenty of crimes for drug money. Dude, you’re rambling about your experiences while not hearing anything anybody said to you. I’m willing to bet you aren’t sober either. Its human certainty hard at work. I think I’m right because my thoughts make sense & I’ve considered them carefully so what’s true for me is true for everyone. That and a touch of arrogance that the whole world needs to follow my lead & anyone can make a FB page.  (LOG responds: Clearly.) You also can’t learn what his point of view is from his website. Its just blogging. Anybody can shout their beliefs at the world & any moderately intelligent person can turn every statement around but when you spend your time berating people I’m not gonna listen.

LOG: Nicholas Schoonbeck, this one is a piece of work eh? He actually thinks you and I are in AA. He has ‘lost the plot’ in a major way. VERY surprised my friends Tom Gleason, Timothy Kendrick, and the others find this page credible at all… He complete and utterly misunderstood, miscontrued, and inexplicably twisted my reply to a VERY sweeping and generalized statement he made. Apparently there is to be no dialog or give and take of ANY kind on his page. Unfortunate. But luckily, you have YOUR lucid page..and I am a member of many other leaving AA groups. Take care now. Good luck with your issues. You’re actually insane. Take care and good luck. May your page get shut down and exposed because you are not only patently obnoxious, but you are borderline dangerous in your level of ignorance. You have NPD. Look it up. You are clearly certifiable and, though I’m agnostic, I PRAY that no one takes your advice. You are not only NOT an expert on addiction, you come across as brain damaged. I pity you.

James Brown: You end up in jail that way. I’m not an alcoholic never have been.

Dave Lowery: You are full of shit. Period. You have no clue about addiction. Thank u for your own ignorance. People who have no clue pass on false info. Good by.

James Aitken: To say that tweakers don’t rob or steal to support their addiction is an ignorant statement. I’ve been ripped off by tweakers.

Chelsea Morningstar: Lisa O’Neil Guerci, my opinion of Mr. Myth here is that he’s like one of those hardline atheists that instead of going their own way have taken the polar opposite view of whatever religion they were damaged by.  Unfortunately, the extremism of their approach overshadows the validity (and worse, the reach) of their points.

Mark Johnston: If you had half a brain you would walk in circles…you are just a shit stirrer who had his head up his ass for you enjoy the view…idiot

LOG: You truly have a LOT of problems. your deranged words and uncalled for attacks. You come across like an angry 14 year old. I’m not in AA and am at a loss as to why you have the need to insist upon that. Is that the only weapon in your limited arsenal? Amazing. Truly. You are a strange man and spewing your weird venom at the wrong person. Bye. Mature too.

And that is what you can expect to receive if you dare challenge the great Lisa O’Neil Guerci & friends at your next SMART meeting.  If you like listening to admitted criminals enumerate the defects in your thinking processes and then tell you to shut the fuck up then you’re in the right place.  Also remember go easy on them. They suffer and struggle MIGHTILY every day because of their ‘Chronic Progressive Relapsing Brain Disease’ and your words could threaten their hard-won ‘Peace and Serenity’.

Smart Recovery is funded by generous donations from:  NIH, NIDA, SAMHSA, Center for Motivation and Change (CMC), and Cliffside Malibu.

Catherine S Hwang: Upholding A Proud Legacy of Government Propaganda

Catherine’s father Xi Luo was a Red Army propagandist famous for such bromides as “Confucius say: He who fights and runs away will be dropped in tiger pit wearing only skivvies.” And “The great Chairman knows Communism better than Lenin and Stalin put together.” After a falling out with Mao, he escaped China with his wife and lived in a refugee camp in Laos for 4 years before immigrating to San Francisco where they had their one child Catherine. The father taught the girl everything he knew about effective propaganda. Dr Hwang now lives out her father’s dream as a master propagandist for the 12 Step Caliphate’s ‘Chronic Progressive Relapsing Brain Disease Theory’ of drug addiction which although long since discredited is still being actively promoted by NIDA and their friends at Phoenix House and at AA meetings across the country. Continue reading Catherine S Hwang: Upholding A Proud Legacy of Government Propaganda

The Rape Agenda

President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act on March 7, 2013.  Among the new provisions of the Act is a requirement that universities provide prevention and awareness programs that educate students about prohibitions against sexual violence, including dating violence and stalking.  Many campuses chose the online course from Agent of Change, including Princeton and Northwestern (click the Campus button for the complete list).  Students must complete the course to register for classes.

The course is blatant brainwashing.   Continue reading The Rape Agenda

How It Works

AA is a haven for liars psychopaths and criminals to prey on vulnerable people and make them confess powerlessness and then bully them into suicide. Of course, they pretend to be pious and ‘reformed’ but they are just as dangerous ‘sober‘ as they were drunk not to mention they lie like the wind and their ‘sobriety date’ is meaningless. Just because someone says “I was a born liar and master manipulator” doesn’t mean they are now the pope of england. More likely they are a bully who will distract you with talk of ‘god this‘ and ‘god that‘ and ‘dopomine’ and ‘seritonin‘ and meanwhile assure you that your resentments will surely kill you because “that is the nature of our disease” and counter any claim you make with the accusation of ‘ignorance‘, ‘arrogance‘, ‘crazy‘, ‘need professional help’, ‘liar‘, and ‘in denial‘ and ‘Your words may kill the still suffering alcoholic‘. Well if that sounds like fun to you then go ahead and sign up. Otherwise I suggest you stay the hell away from that psycho cult.

Whose members will now demonstrate their despicable tactics for all to see:

God and Evil

And Aaron said, “Let not the anger of my lord grow hot: you know the people, that they are set on mischief.”  Exodus 32:22

As Americans we grow up with a strong sense of truth, justice and fairness. To a great extent this can be attributed to popular culture, and of course to our education system. We also believe our government will produce fair outcomes, and that when it doesn’t we can fight for our rights and receive redress and even correct the underlying problems. Other cultures do not have such a strong sense of justice or faith in government. As well, morality is more relativistic in other countries, and is often determined based on what’s best for one’s family or community than the country as a whole. For example, a traditional Islamic profession of loyalty is, “I would lie for you.” Of course, we suffered from our ignorance of this cultural difference in the Iraq War, due to blindly believing claims of one faction against another – typically tribal feuds of little relevance to our strategic interest. Continue reading God and Evil

Please, Stop Lying

We’re used to the extensive whopping lies of AA cult members such as: “the addict’s brain is different from a normal brain”, “I almost died from my addiction”, and “AA has saved the lives of millions.”  In fact, there is absolutely no evidence of any neurological, chemical, functional or physiological difference between the brain of an addict and a ‘normie’, and they never ‘almost died’ even if they try to convince the newcomer they surely will.  Due to the tenacious work of the AAntis, 12 Step cult members have been forced to back off such claims.  Humorously, they’ve started to say “AA has saved the lives of thousands”, and they’ve actually been forced to defend their cult against accusations of bullying into suicide by the millions. Continue reading Please, Stop Lying

Soros vs Sembler

George Soros is a multibillionaire and anti-Drug War crusader.  He is the primary funder of the Drug Policy Alliance and various pro-Marijuana Policy initiatives across the country.  More than anyone, he can take credit for the progress made in drug decriminalization.  At the same time he promotes expanding treatment for addicts: “Addiction is a disease.  Let’s treat it that way.” Sounds pretty good, right? Continue reading Soros vs Sembler

Moderation Management – Another AA Front Group

Moderation Management (MM) was founded by Audrey Kishline in 1994 as an ‘alternative’ to AA for those who had a ‘drinking problem’ but weren’t interested in complete abstinence.  Kishline believed that there was a difference between ‘problem drinkers’ and ‘true alcoholics’ and that MM could fill a void in substance abuse treatment.  Kishline later decided she was a ‘true alcoholic’ after all and rejoined AA in 2000.  Two weeks later she killed a father and his daughter while “driving a hundred miles an hour in a total blackout” when going to visit her father. Continue reading Moderation Management – Another AA Front Group

I am completely baffled

How do people not see that addiction is completely fake, and is created by AA brainwashing and perpetuated by government pseudo science propaganda? I’ve been writing this crap for over 3 years now and still nothing, not a single god dam person out there (other than Trish – hi Trish!!) will agree with me.  Lots of people will agree that AA is a cult, AA is evil, etc etc but no one will say, “AA creates addiction.” I don’t get it. We live in a world with 6 BILLION people. Surely there is ONE other person out there as crazy as me??? (Well, me and Trish — no offense Trish.)

I’m completely baffled. Continue reading I am completely baffled

Warning: Campus Rape Epidemic!

A Rolling Stone article last month described the brutal gang rape of a U-Va freshman.   It was strewn with cynical descriptions of a campus rape culture fueled by alcohol and privilege and the implicit threat of permanent social banishment for anyone who might object.   For the past few years, scientists and psychologists have been sounding the alarm about the dangers of binge drinking and the potential for alcoholism in teenagers both of which can lead to risky behavior including rape, and stressing the importance of delaying ‘first use’ until the legal age of 21.  Researchers propose early detection and intervention for problem drinking behavior, especially for young women.

The Rolling Stones article caused a national furor over the rape crisis including fraternity protests, but was retracted when not a single fact of the young woman’s account could be corroborated. Continue reading Warning: Campus Rape Epidemic!

A Thomas McLellan – Acclaimed Higher Power of Addiction Science

Every abomination to the Lord, which he hates, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters do they burn in the fire to their gods.  Deuteronomy 12:31

A Thomas McLellan was born in New York in 1949 and grew up in an age of rapid advances in science and technology which revealed profound truths about the world and promised to relieve man of suffering, cure his diseases, and even resolve the intractable ideological and religious differences at the root of wars and strife.  He earned a PhD in psychology in 1976, and took a job at a Pennsylvania VA to study alcoholism.  There he saw first hand the suffering of the alcoholics in his care, but at the same time witnessed the miraculous effects of the 12 Step programs that were at the time the only known effective treatment.   Continue reading A Thomas McLellan – Acclaimed Higher Power of Addiction Science

Project ‘Emancipation Proclamation’

The following document was procured from the desk of Stanford psychiatrist Dr. Keith Humphreys by an undercover AddictionMyth operative posing as a patient seeking treatment for a substance use disorder.  

Project ‘Emancipation Proclamation’
A Progress Report on Our Plan to Take Over the World

Dear Mr.  Soros,

The following is a progress report as of November 2014 on our top secret plan to take over the world and enslave the masses.   Continue reading Project ‘Emancipation Proclamation’

Stomp the Steppers

Are there steppers on your favorite message board?  Just post the link in a comment below and we’ll head over to stomp them out!

Some recent stepper stomps:





NIAAA Addiction Expert Dr. George Koob Maintains Silence

The venerable science journal Nature recently published NIAAA Director Dr George Koob‘s beautifully illustrated science fiction fantasy about drug addiction:

Nature: The Development and Maintenance of Drug Addiction


His esteemed colleague Dr. Donald F. Klein, D.Sc. responded:

My experience with human heroin addiction stems from 1953 to 1955. Having one whole year as a psychiatric resident at Creedmoor State Hospital Continue reading NIAAA Addiction Expert Dr. George Koob Maintains Silence