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.
Of course, this is not surprising given that AA is really just a drinking club (and NA is a drugging club) and mischief cult and most members start their drunkalog with “I was a born liar and/or master manipulator.” Even if it’s a bit baffling as to how they got away with it for so long. (Don’t believe it? Go to your local AA meeting and see for yourself!)
No serious professional will defend AA and even Dr Drew has backed off (ironically of course, blaming others who “mis-apply the ‘Program'”). But what is surprising is that even the ‘friendly’ addiction experts persist in many of the same lies that are propagated at meetings. They claim to be helping the ‘addict’ but in reality they are only creating more instances of the fake disease, off of whose victims’s misery they can profit (even as they criticize others for doing exactly that). These people are not doing the anti-AA group any favors, and their lies must be exposed.
Dr. Edward Paul – “Experienced Addiction Psychiatrist”
For every person at an NA meeting who says, “I kicked on my own,” there are nine who are dead that can’t share their side of the story. I Don’t Believe in Denial – The Fix
This is proven false. Most people moderate naturally on their own. UNLESS they get caught in the 12 Step binge-abstinence cycle that teaches they will become ‘powerless’ to their ‘cravings’ for every drug in the house after receiving a nasty post on facebook. (The claim that their overdose is unintentional is easily disproven by the fact that there are obvious signs of suicide in most cases, such as multiple drug intoxication – and the fact that often they had just left an AA meeting or rehab.) Of course, you can argue that Dr Paul is just ignorant. Well maybe, but then this “experienced addiction psychiatrist” shouldn’t be writing as an ‘expert’ on The Fix. Anyway, the problem with this lie is that it is used to scare people into ‘treatment’, which only ends up killing them.
Patricia Rosen – Publisher of The Sober World
Many petty thefts are also drug related, as their need for drugs causes them to take desperate measures in order to have the ability to buy their drugs. – Sober World News
Rosen’s son died of an overdose after 7 straight months of rehab. Nevertheless, she sees her son as a victim of ‘addiction’ not as a victim of the 12 Step cults, and in fact is now peddling 12 Step inpatient rehab treatment to others, believing that her son only needed more and he would still be alive. (Is that not the oldest scam in the book?) This is an oft-repeated lie and particularly ironic and sad to see this poor mother carrying water for the cult that killed her son. In fact, AA members are quite clear that their history of mischief well preceded their first sip or snort. It’s ridiculous to think that they then ‘went straight’ and then ‘relapsed’ into a dark underworld of anonymous sex and petty theft only after innocently tasting drugs or alcohol. Of course, you can believe that if you want. But then you might be a danger to yourself and I’m scared for you. (And I have some spectacular beachfront property to show you.)
Maia Szalavitz – Leading neuroscience and addiction journalist
She has done great work in exposing the abuse and exploitation of 12 Step programs, but she still spouts the old canards about robbing drug stores for smack and performing sex for crack. This is particularly hypocritical, because even though she calls herself an ‘addict’ she repeatedly denies ever crossing her own moral boundaries for drugs. In fact, she admits she did them only to please her boyfriend and didn’t stop only because her boyfriend’s cousins convinced her she would have to go through an abusive ‘tough-love’ treatment program — the idea of which to her was worse than death (and then one day decided to stop and did exactly that). Her defense of ‘addiction’ as a ‘learning disorder’ or anything other than a lie (or brainwashing) is truly baffling. She certainly knows better. Perhaps she thinks she’s doing a favor for the ‘still suffering addict’ not realizing that there is no such thing. But she’s a smart cookie. So again, it’s truly baffling. (Also she was co-writer with Carl Hart on High Price – a true masterpiece of modern science biography.)
Stanton Peele – Anti-AA hero
Addiction is real…. That image is an example of a mindfulness exercise or meditation through which you translate your thinking into a concrete image that you can identify with your addiction and manipulate mindfully…. The practice of mindfulness is itself a mitzvah. – Out With Your Old “Addict” Identity, and In With Something Better
Peele’s recommendation of mindfulness training for teenagers is truly disastrous, even if his friends at NIDA also recommend it. Why he would lie about the benefits of such a program is truly baffling and dangerous.
He regurgitates 12 Step cult doctrine in the same article:
Knowing that being addicted isn’t a life sentence or a badge of identity is a liberating experience, one that everyone can—and should—strive for. Losing your addict identity is a liberating experience—a blessing, a mitzvah.
This is simply a repackaging of the Big Book claim: “As we look back, we feel we had gone on drinking many years beyond the point where we could quit on our will power.” (P. 34) The claim that people are ‘trapped’ inside their addiction is a very useful lie for AA (the Craving Lie), and Peele only reinforces and validates it. “Maybe Johnny will stop smoking meth if he understands that mindfulness is a mitzvah.” Of course, such a strategy will only increase drug use among young people.
The 12 steps, whose roots are nineteenth century Protestantism’s confession and redemption paradigm, fits into what today we call a “shame-based” theology.
This is a blatant multi-layered lie and it’s hard to know why he’s pushing it other than the fact that 12 Step members often claim, “I’m not Christian but most members are.” But Peele knows better than to trust a word out of their mouths, and often says so, and he is familiar enough with the cult and Bill Wilson’s history to know the true nature of its roots. Perhaps he thinks he can get traction by being anti-Christian. But it is truly hypocritical for him to criticize AA for being religious (and Protestantism for being ‘shame-based’) while promoting ‘mindfulness’ solely on the basis of his own religion. If there’s one thing worse than lying it’s hypocrisy, and if there’s one thing worse than hypocrisy it’s religious hypocrisy. Not to mention, he made a living off cult deprogramming, and admittedly so.
Here’s an interview with Peele and Juliet Abrams on Monica Richardson’s Safe Recovery. He badgers Juliet to confess that AA drunkalogs are ‘shame-based’, and she repeatedly balks. He is not their friend, and soon enough they will realize it.
Adi Jaffe – World Renowned Addictions Expert
I feel sorry that your only way to explain the world is by seeing everyone as a liar. I hope someone is able to prove to you one day that it is not so. I used to feel the way you do, and it sucks.
(I’m only surprised he didn’t add, “Enjoy your gloom.”) Now he promotes biofeedback for treating addiction and calls it ‘science based’. He is truly a monument to self-deception, even deleting comments that fail to acknowledge the full extent of his ‘brilliance’. Of course, he also blogs for rehabs.com.
Clancy Martin – Professor of Philosophy and Ethics, U Kansas
It’s hard to know where to start with this guy, but he’s an alcoholic and self-professed expert on lying and even touts the benefits of hypocrisy. Nevertheless, I appreciate his verve and creativity. He doesn’t pretend not to be a liar and a hypocrite. For what it’s worth.
The web site shut down a few weeks ago and was eulogized as a bastion of anti-AA resistance. But in fact it propagated many of the lies and misinformation about addiction that really just kept people sick. Its demise was a good thing, even if Soros’ Open Society Foundation lost a mouthpiece in its faux-battle with Sembler’s Vivitrol-peddling The Fix (DPA will continue to score major victories). Rehabs.com is next to crumble under the weight of its own lies. The site is full of bald-faced propagandists and liars including: Mark Kleiman (bloviating liar), Keith Humphreys (grandiose liar), Tom Horvath (perfidious liar), Anne Fletcher (plagiarist & liar), Peg O’Connor (bullying liar), Kevin Sabet (bloodthirsty liar), Frederick Rotgers (psychotic liar), Sean X Luo (fantasist & liar), Mark Willenbring (government paid liar), and Myles Schlam (lawyer).
Dodes & Anderson seem cool to me, though Dodes could have been more assertive in calling Nowinski out on his lies, and honestly I worry about Anderson’s ‘planned drinking’ sprees. (Not sure about Roger Roffman.)
Then The Fix will crumble. I kinda feel bad about that because they’ve given me free reign to post my libelous, psychotic ramblings (after banning me for 2 years). Then again, they promote coerced Vivitrol. So I’m not exactly gonna cry about it.
Then everyone will avoid AA and starve it of new blood and it will crumble soon enough. Then the most persuasive apostles of addiction theology will be silenced, and the drug war will end, and NIDA and NIAAA will be quietly defunded, and people will wonder, “What ever happened to that ‘addiction’ thing everyone was so worried about?” Or then again it could be more like a 10.0 earthquake. We shall find out soon enough. Sooner, if you people would JUST PLEASE STOP LYING!