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. Lots of other crazies attract followers. For example, the anti-virus panics, the anti-police hysteria etc. Just last week I saw a huge procession of THOUSANDS of people protesting the deaths of TWO people on the other side of the country. But THOUSANDS of people are being killed by the cult yearly. Where’s the outrage? Where’s the protests? Whether I’m right or wrong in my claims is not even my point. At least there should a few people who will claim to agree. Isn’t it ironic when something is actually TRUE that EVERYONE steers clear???
I’ve known of many addicts who admit to being brainwashed by the 12 Step cults. They say, “Yes I was brainwashed into addiction. I wasn’t really an addict. AA might be fine for some people, but it wasn’t right for me and we need other ways to treat alcoholism and addiction.”
WHAT??? You just admitted you were brainwashed into addiction by AA, and now you’re saying that we should have other ways to treat ‘addiction’??? Do you not see anything weird about that?
Surely the ‘powers that be’ know what’s going on. People like Keith Humphreys and Mark Kleiman and George Koob. Of course I don’t expect them to agree. But if I’m right, then surely one of their co-horts knows they’re wacko? Surely someone out there will say, “You’re right, I know this guy and he’s bats HIT crazy!” Or, “Yes I’ve read their academic papers and they’re nuttier than a jar of peanut butter!” I’d even settle for, “I’ve known him for years and he’s a perfectly normal guy if a bit tedious.” But no, nothing, not a peep from anyone.
Which is particularly weird because I’ve satirized Angela Hawken and Aaron White, and other than threats of lawsuits, I’ve gotten no feedback. None of their colleagues or students have made any attempt either to defend them (“your ‘satire’ is psychotic nonsense like the rest of your ‘work'”) or expose them (“I laughed I cried I check your site every day for new articles – what an indictment you handed down”). Nope, nothing.
I am completely baffled. Am I the crazy one? But like I said, surely there are others out there who are JUST AS CRAZY. But there aren’t! (Other than Trish — no offense.)
And surely one of the addiction psychologists that oppose AA knows the truth, e.g. Stanton Peele, Matt Slate, Maia Svalavitz, Carl Hart. But no, they absolutely still believe in addiction. In fact, Peele is still peddling ‘mindfulness training’ as his antidote to the plague. Dr. Hart still recommends AA to help people with ‘socialization issues’.
Seth Mnookin wrote a whole friggin book about the wacko anti-vaccine conspiracy (Panic Virus). And it got tons of interest and attention. But here’s an issue that’s even bigger, in terms of mortality, public policy, and world peace (drug war violence). And not only is no one interested, but literally NO ONE is interested. NO ONE. (Sorry Trish I know you’re not chopped liver, but other than you, NO ONE.)
And I’m not talking about the “AA is a cult” issue. I know that people believe that. I’m not denying that. I’m talking about “Addiction is completely fake and AA brainwashing creates addiction.” Please, don’t confuse the 2 issues. They are not the same, and if you are going to confuse the 2 issues anyway after I told you not to then please just go away because then I will truly flip my lid.
I am completely baffled. I just watched the movie The Giver. Well it’s a great movie. It lays out the dystopian future we can expect if these policies prevail – enforced equality and coerced drug ‘therapy’ compliance. Millions of people will watch the movie, but NO ONE will say a peep if it’s actually happening in real life?? What??? Helloooo out there???
There are tons of movies about this stuff, warning us about exactly what is going on right now. But NO ONE says anything if it’s actually happening IN REAL LIFE?? NO ONE who WROTE the movies. NO ONE who ACTED in the movies. NO ONE who WATCHED the movies and said, “Wow that’s a great movie it would really suck if that actually happened in real life” and now that it’s actually happening in real life AND they read my blog saying that it’s ACTUALLY HAPPENING IN REAL LIFE AND they have a penchant for conspiracy theories AND they signed the petition to free Aaron Swartz and STOP SOPA AND they had a friend who went to AA even though the guy OPENLY ADMITTED he went just to meet chicks, well still they are sure that addiction is real, and if they had any doubts have expressed absolutely zero degrees of interest in resolving them, even though they read the entire SOPA document from beginning to end and even took notes on it and disagreed about certain points. I am completely baffled. Baffled I tell you.
The movie connection is particularly ironic considering the suicide cult recently took the lives of two great actors – Robin Williams and Philip Seymour Hoffman – both of whom had played drug addicts and recently attended AA meetings. Do you seriously not see a connection?
OK people this is your opportunity to get on record as being on the vanguard of rescuing our world from the forces of evil. Any takers? Or do I have to create themed avatars like in WoW or GTA?
And even after I’ve PROVEN that AA is a suicide cult with lying, vicious, angry members who clearly take pleasure in verbal abuse and insults and clearly have lots of experience and practice with it and many even admit to sponsee suicides, still EVERYONE just passes on by. NO ONE stops and thinks, “Hmm. Well I’ve known one or 2 AAs in my life and they are pious sanctimonious hypocritical, lying assholes. Maybe this guy has a point.” (I don’t mean just ‘no one’, as in ‘no one understands me’ or ‘no one does anything about trash on the highway’. I mean literally ZERO other human persons on the planet including you*.)
Or they might say, “Obviously this guy has an axe to grind against AA and hasn’t proven shit.” Of course, that’s fine. Perfectly understandable. Expected. But EVERYONE? EVERYONE who actually takes the time to review my lucid, carefully reasoned and documented claims written in friendly engaging language with pith and humor will find a reason to discredit them? EVERYONE who actually has a stake or interest in the topic will pass by without saying a word (other than nasty insults)? NO ONE will agree? NO ONE will disagree (other than nasty insults)? I know that lots of people read my stuff. I KNOW that my site has been reviewed by top experts in addiction and mental health FOR OVER 3 YEARS NOW and there is a passing familiarity by people with interest in the field, whose comments I’ve seen on many other sites and blogs, and who have explicitly stated that they genuinely want to help people AND are interested in the question of whether AA helps or hurts people. I KNOW they know that I’m saying “AA is a pagan mischief cult and creates addiction”. But NONE will say anything either for or against.
Of course, you will say, “Of course they won’t say anything. You are basically calling them brainwashed idiots.” So what? Then let them say that! If they are seriously accusing me of pushing an agenda by relying on personal insults instead of logic and facts then I’d want to know! That would make me as hypocritical as the cult I criticize. Of course you will say, “That is not their responsibility, to educate any mentally ill jerk with a ‘theory’.” Well then they are in the wrong friggin field. And I’m not just ‘any’ jerk.
Then you’ll say, “You are trying to destroy their livelihood. Did you ever think about that?” OF COURSE I thought about that! I am well aware of that. BUT what about the people who were once in the addiction field and are now in real estate? Now in the hospitality industry? Now in tourism? Am I still trying to destroy their career? If you think so then YOU’RE the crazy one, and if you had a blog then I’m sure that’s the reason that no one agrees with it. But it doesn’t explain why they won’t agree with MY blog. Something like, “Yes I was in the rehab industry for 3 years as a front desk secretary (and now I’m in public relations) and I can tell you that every single one of those so-called ‘addicts’ was a slime bag liar and for the life of me I couldn’t understand why no one said anything. Addiction is obviously fake but that never seemed to bother the guy who ran the place.” Nope, not once did that ever happen. Not one time.
Of course, you will probably now respond that people just don’t know enough about the subject. You will say that people don’t care unless it affects them directly, or are only interested in ‘trendy’ issues. Well of course, that is true for 99% of people out there. Oh, am I overestimating human nature again? Ha, so typical of me. Fine, that is true for 99.99% of the people out there. But that still leaves a cool friggin HALF MILLION people. Now you will say these people are all on vacation? For the past 3 years? And have no internet access? No communication with people who watch TV 6 hours a day? Sorry, I don’t buy it. I mean I’m pretty gullible. And my stat skillz are pretty crappy. But I can say that the chances of that are PRETTY FRIGGIN SLIM.
Of course now you’ll say, “Yes I will grant that perhaps a few of those HALF MILLION intellectual, motivated, civic minded people with a demonstrated interest in addiction and mental health and drug war policy are not all currently on vacation in Tuvalu for the past 3 years. But so what? They’d probably mostly agree with you that AA is a cult and the old-timers are dying off anyways so what are you complaining about?” UNLESS I CAN PUNCH YOU THROUGH THE COMPUTER SOMEONE BETTER GET ME MY BLOOD PRESSURE PILLS RIGHT NOW.
Of course you will now say that I have anger issues and it’s no wonder that no one will engage with the site despite the google stats that indicate normal, decent visitor engagement: “Everyone knows that those stats are bs – I hope you’re not seriously relying on them for anything and anyway people just don’t have time these days to read every blog post by every wannabe activist out there with their own cause du jour – YAWNNN. Do you seriously think that anyone would want to criticize a multi billion dollar industry that probably has lobbyists everywhere influencing us how to think?” Well yeah, I do. I mean, are we already in this dystopian future that we’re supposed to be so scared about? Honestly, I have to wonder. Or is this just some Truman style joke? Haha, very funny people.
I am completely baffled. Obviously AA creates addiction, but no one seems to care or at best are only interested in explaining why no one seems to care. Or maybe I’m just crazy — maybe mother was right all along.
* Unless you are Trish, of course. God I hope she’s not just a figment of my imagination. Wouldn’t that be the ultimate irony.