Another story about a child who was sexually assaulted by a man she met in Alcoholics ANonymous when she attended AA Meetings with her Mother. This man was on parole at the time and had a lengthy CRIMINAL record.
Anderson County man sentenced to 375 years in prison for sexual assault of child
Posted: Oct 31, 2013 by Marshall Stephens - bio | email
From the Anderson County District Attorney’s Office:
PALESTINE, TX – Willis Demond Carwell, 32, of Palestine was sentenced to a total of 375 years in prison on five counts of sexual assault of a child on Tuesday afternoon at the Anderson County Courthouse. Daytona Beach AA Meetings Schedule.
A jury of eight men and four women reached verdicts of 75 years on each count at 1:13 p.m. on Tuesday following a sentencing hearing which started on Monday.
Carwell showed little emotion as District Judge Pam Foster Fletcher who presided over trial read the jury’s substantial verdict. Holly Hill Commissioner complaints.
Anderson County Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Watkins represented the State of Texas with assistance from District Attorney Doug Lowe.
Carwell had earlier pleaded guilty to the assaults which are second degree felony. However, the possible punishment range was increased to a minimum of 5 years and maximum of 99 years or life because Carwell had been to prison for burglary of a habitation. Holly Hill Police Complaints in Holly Hill Florida.
The female child victim testified in response to questioning by Assistant District Attorney Watkins about how she came to know Carwell.
“My mom took me with her to a meeting of Alcoholic’s Anonymous and we met and I talked to him (Carwell). He came over to our house after that,” the victim said. Continue reading →
Another AA member with sexual problems attending meetings and still getting into trouble.
PERKINS TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A female victim physically restrained a man who had been using his cell phone to videotape her as she changed in a Target dressing room, Fox 8 News reports. Daytona Beach NA Meetings in Port Orange, Ormond Beach and Holly Hill.
According to a Perkins Township Police report, Zachary Ray Van Zandt, 21, of Sandusky, has been charged with voyeurism and disorderly conduct.
The 26-year-old female victim was changing pants Tuesday night in a Target dressing room when she saw “a phone under the door that appeared to be recording a video of her.” She grabbed the phone and exited the room. That’s when she saw Van Zandt, who demanded that she return his phone. Stop 13 Stepping in Daytona AA and NA.
When I began writing this book in October, 2011, my
knowledge of other people’s experiences was minimal. That
changed. Men and women throughout the United States have
related their own personal experiences in 12-Step programs–
experiences which clearly meet the definition of “horror stories.”
My experiences are by no means unique– and by no
means uncommon. People who turn to 12-Step programs for
help, friendship, answers, solutions, often find themselves in
dangerous situations with dangerous individuals– and no one to
turn to for assistance. There have been various incidents of
murder; rape and sexual assaults are very common; and, what
has been the universal experience of countless numbers of men
and women: psychological abuse.
Because of these experiences, many former 12-Step
program members suffer from, are receiving help for, and cope
with depression, anxiety disorders, and even Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorder– not because of their ‘childhoods,’ not because
of their ‘relationships,’ not because of their ‘pasts,’ but because of
their experiences in these Programs.
Many former members have also been attempting
deprogramming. As most average people cannot afford
professional services for this often-misunderstood process, there
are few resources other than individuals trying to work these
issues out themselves, seeking help from support groups and
similar contacts. The fact is the abuse and psychological tactics
that occur within the programs are so widespread and so extreme
that it brings a new meaning to the word “recovery.”
What it comes down to: is there any legitimate
reason human beings should be in the position of tolerating all
kinds of abuses or worse, the destruction of their families, the
destruction of their lives– and feel they must either remain silent
or put themselves in further danger?
One would think that in the United States of America,
human beings not only have “certain unalienable rights,” but that
those rights must be taken seriously.
How common is this practice of dealing drugs at AA Meetings?
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, April 6, 2014,
House arrest given to Seattle man accused of dealing painkillers at AA meetings
Michael Shepard, 65, avoided jail on charges he provided painkillers to people who supposedly sought treatment at a facility he owns. The prosecutor said Shepard, whose health is deteriorating, was in such bad health that he could not serve a prison sentence. Holly Hill NA Meetings in the Parks.
A 65-year-old Seattle man — who admitted to dealing prescription drugs to addicts he met through a treatment center he managed — was spared prison due to his deteriorating health. AA Daytona Beach Meetings in Ormond By The Sea and Port Orange.
Federal prosecutors recommended Michael Shepard, a Vietnam veteran who was wounded during the war, receive probation, according to KOMO News, which reports the alleged drug dealer is barely mobile and has severe heart trouble.
He told the station “of course” he feels bad about what he did and would tell others to think twice before dealing drugs. Holly Hill Florida Police Department Complaints.
Shepard was arrested last year for selling painkillers from the Nomadian Community Resource Center in Seattle, which he owned. The nonprofit facility hosted Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and Shepard would sell the drugs to the supposedly reformed addicts after the meeting, the website reported.
Authorities began coming to the center in November 2012 and Shepard sold more than 800 pills to undercover officers, KOMO News reported.
“Although he appears to have viewed himself as providing some kind of service to the community, in fact he preyed on the vulnerable by selling prescription narcotics to drug addicts, thus fueling the very disease they sought to escape,” the prosecutor wrote.
Shepard joined the Army when he was 17 and was awarded the Purple Heart after he was blown out of a helicopter, the website reported. But he was ultimately dishonorably discharged after being caught stealing.
Although he appears to have viewed himself as providing some kind of service to the community, in fact he preyed on the vulnerable by selling prescription narcotics to drug addicts.
When he returned he spent many years homeless and addicted to drugs, the website reported. Daytona Beach Police Complaints.
And with his debilitating health, his defense attorney Jesse Cantor said in court papers his client does not pose a threat to the community. Orange Papers Anti-AA Site.
“He spends most of his day either sleeping or at the hospital,” Cantor wrote. “Mr. Shepard is not in any condition that would cause one to be concerned that perhaps he would repeat his offenses.”
I’m a producer for CBS NEWS. We’re working on a story that focuses on safety issues coming out of contacts made at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. If you feel you’ve been harassed or “13thStepped” by someone you met at an AA meeting, I’d like to talk with you. Also, if you discovered that person was “court-mandated” to attend AA, please contact me.
An Allegheny County judge on Tuesday sentenced a Kennedy man to six to 23 months in jail for shooting his girlfriend’s dog in the face just a few feet from their 5-week-old son.
“The facts of this case, to me, are outrageous,” Common Pleas Judge Anthony M. Mariani told Brian Foley, 29, whom the judge convicted in January of cruelty to animals and recklessly endangering another person. “Maybe you were drunk. But being drunk was no excuse for shooting a dog in a cage in the face.” Holly Hill Police Department Complaints.
Foley, who has attended more than 100 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and received his nine-month sobriety coin since the May 18 incident at his then-fiancee’s home along Moon Run Road in Robinson, got his commercial driver’s license and planned to start a job this week, said his attorney, Kenneth Fryncko Jr. Daytona AA Meetings Sunrise Park.
Foley said he is working to become a better person, by staying sober and having a good family life. Daytona Beach Narcotics Anonymous Meetings in Holly Hill and Daytona.
“There is not a day that goes by that I (don’t) think about that night,” he told the judge.
Police said Foley was drinking heavily at a backyard campfire the night of the shooting, before going inside the house. Brandi Francis, his former fiancée with whom he since has reconciled, told police she was outside smoking when she heard a gunshot. She walked inside to find her 6-month-old shepherd mix, Molly, shot in the face and a .22-caliber rifle in Foley’s hands. Orlando NA Meetings in Florida getting complaints.
Foley told police he was unloading the weapon and it accidentally went off. The dog survived but is partially blind. Their son was not injured. Marina Grande Condos.
When Foley’s father, Robert Foley, characterized the shooting as an “accident,” Mariani interrupted and told him he wouldn’t listen if he was going to proclaim his son’s innocence.
“He did mean to do this. (The gun) was pointed at a dog in a cage. That dog had no ability to move,” Mariani said. “You can’t make up for this after the fact.” Holly Hell Holly Hill Fl.
I was invited to the UK and Denmark to speak by harm reduction activists who are worried about the impact of AA and the 12 steps in their countries. Both Patrick O’Hare, who founded in Liverpool the organization now called Harm Reduction International, and Nanna Gotfredsen, founder and director of Copenhagen’s Street Lawyers, who run a clean needle program and other services for drug users and addicts, watch with alarm as the gains they have made dealing with addicts over previous decades erode. You see, both the British and the Danish governments are increasingly buying into the AA line that abstinence is the best and most achievable goal, both for individual addicts and for their nations. Daytona NA meetings in Daytona Beach, Port Orange, Holly Hill and Ormond.
Oddly, in Denmark, the newly-elected socialists are most susceptible to AA’s abstinence uber alles message, while in Britain it is David Cameron’s conservatives who seem to be swallowing the AA message hook, line and sinker. Politicians of all stripes tend to like magic bullet solutions, especially ones that hold out the promise that their constituents will stop taking drugs. Drinking is a thornier matter, since politicians and public health servants themselves drink, and the issue there is obviously over-drinking. (Of course, in reality, drugs present the same problem.)
Here are four reasons AA is harmful and will hurt their societies.
AA denies reality. I present data generated by the American government’s own research showing that each age cohort after the 18-25 age group has a substantially lower percentage of problematic drinkers and drug users — including alcoholics and addicts. Yet, the large majority of former abusers do not enter treatment or join AA — they have simply “matured out.” Since the 12-step mantra is that substance use problems only grow worse without their intervention, AA members must deny this reality (“All the youthful drug users have died!”). I then ask how many members of the audience have quit smoking – which they acknowledge to be the hardest drug addiction to quit. Of the large number who raise their hands, I then ask how many did so due to medical treatment (e.g., nicotine gums and patches) or support groups. If 1 in 10 former smoking addicts present raise their hands, it’s a lot. Continue reading →
Say you’ve been diagnosed with a serious, life-altering illness or psychological condition. In lieu of medication, psychotherapy, or a combination thereof, your doctor prescribes nightly meetings with a group of similarly afflicted individuals, and a set of 12 non-medical guidelines for recovery, half of which require direct appeals to God. What would you do?
Especially to nontheists, the concept of “asking God to remove defects of character” can feel anachronistic. But it is the sixth step in the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous—the prototype of 12-step facilitation (TSF), the almost universally accepted standard for addiction-recovery in America today
From its origins in the treatment of alcoholism, TSF is now applied to over 300 addictions and psychological disorders: drug-use, of course (Narcotics Anonymous), but also smoking, sex and pornography addictions, social anxiety, kleptomania, overeating, compulsive spending, problem-gambling, even “workaholism.”
Although AA does not keep membership records—the idea being pretty antithetical to the whole “anonymity” thing—the organization estimates that as of January 2013, more than 1 million Americans regularly attended meetings with one of roughly 60,000 groups. Dr. Lance Dodes, a recently retired professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, estimates about 5 million individuals attend one or more meetings in a given year. Indeed the 12-step empire is vast, but Dodes thinks it’s an empire built on shaky foundations.
In his new book, released today, The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry (co-written with Zachary Dodes), he casts a critical eye on 12-step hegemony; dissecting the history, philosophy, and ultimate efficacy of TSF, lending special scrutiny to its flagship program.
“Peer reviewed studies peg the success rate of AA somewhere between five and 10 percent,” writes Dodes. “About one of every 15 people who enter these programs is able to become and stay sober.” Continue reading →
A Halifax man was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting a blindfolded 16-year-old boy who said he was kept captive in a remote cabin for more than a week.
A jury also found John Leonard MacKean, 64, guilty of communicating for the purpose of obtaining sexual services from a person under 18. He will be sentenced June 24.
The verdict came after more than four hours of deliberations. The trial, which began Monday, heard MacKean and the victim each give their accounts of what happened on the day of Sept. 20, 2012. NA Daytona Beach meetings in Daytona, Holly Hill and Port Orange.
The teen testified that he was blindfolded with a sleeping mask and his hands and feet were chained to a bed when a man sexually assaulted him at a cabin in rural Nova Scotia where he was held against his will for eight days. Continue reading →
How about that an AA member drunk and starting fights at an AA meeting. These are stories AA and NA love to cover up. Not a healthy or safe place to send your loved ones or take your kids with you.
Woman accused of being intoxicated and trying to start fights at an AA meeting
Thursday, February 27, 2014
By Anna Rochelle, Co-Editor
One woman was arrested Monday after police got a call that an intoxicated woman was starting fights in a church in Linton where several people were trying to have an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Holly Hill NA Daytona Meetings in Hollyland Park refusing to pay rent.
Mary Kathleen Brian, 45, of Bloomfield was booked into the Greene County Jail where her bond was set at $500 surety. She was released after posting $50 cash and is due to appear in Greene Superior Court next Monday. AA Daytona Meetings in Daytona Beach.
Officer Nick Yingling was on patrol when he was dispatched to the church and was met by a man standing outside saying the woman was inside the building fighting with people.
He reported that as he walked inside the church, he saw three people who were trying to hold Brian down. He said she was swinging her arms with closed fists trying to hit them, and she was yelling and cussing. SMART Recovery meetings in St. Augustine Fl.
The officer told the individuals to let her go, but she then approached the officer and raised her arms at him. He grabbed her, pushed her against a wall and put handcuffs on for her safety and his. Judge Will Drug Court and religious court mandated AA meetings.
She was reportedly still yelling and cussing when one of the individuals said they were having the meeting when she came in yelling and trying to start fights with everyone.
Yingling said he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Brian who told him her brother-in-law was supposed to pick her up for the meeting but he never showed. She began drinking whiskey and then drove to the meeting herself.
She was then taken into custody and transported. Orange Papers Anti- AA.
When Brian appears in court for an initial hearing, she will be charged with public intoxication that endangers a person’s life, a class B misdemeanor.
A 48-year-old Santa Barbara man who punched a 71-year-old man during an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting will be sentenced to up to nine years in state prison on Friday.
Doug Stekkinger was found guilty of three felony charges including elder abuse, assault by means of force likely to cause great bodily injury, and battery with serious bodily injury. Stekkinger was also convicted of a special allegation that he inflicted great bodily injury on someone 70 years of age or older, which would significantly increase the sentence.
On April 12, 2012, Stekkinger attended an AA meeting at the Veteran’s Memorial Building with his dog, Blue. A confrontation between the older man and Stekkinger ensued about whether or not dogs were allowed inside during meetings. Stekkinger subsequently punched the victim in the face, shattering his cheekbone in three places.
According to a statement from the DA’s Office, the “victim put his hand on Stekkinger’s shoulder and attempted to counsel him that dogs were not permitted on the premise during meetings.” Stekkinger plead not guilty to all felony counts, claiming he acted in self-defense and that the man grabbed his neck before he punched him. The case went to trial, which lasted three days. AA Daytona Beach Meetings Holly Hill, Port Orange and Daytona.
“This is a travesty — one punch,” said Ted Stekkinger, Doug’s older brother in November. “AA is supposed to be a place for serenity.” He said his brother has lived in Santa Barbara for about 25 years and had been “straightening himself out.”
“If someone grabs you, what do you do?” Ted went on. “Stop and ask to see their ID? ‘Oh, you’re 69, I can punch you.’ Or, ‘Oh, you’re 70, I can’t punch you,” added Ted, who is a retired police officer. Deland Drug Court Michael Jewell and Judge Will AA Meetings.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, Stekkinger has an additional conviction on his record, but prosecutors wouldn’t go into detail on the previous case. Recent police reports indicate Stekkinger was also arrested for misdemeanor sexual battery on October 8 after detectives obtained an arrest warrant for him after he allegedly grabbed the buttocks of a 23-year-old woman at a beer festival in late September. He has been in custody since his November assault conviction. Holly Hill Commissioners problems.
(NEWSER) – A slew of new books is challenging the 75-year “hegemony” of Alcoholics Anonymous, and Maia Szalavitz at Pacific Standard thinks it’s about time. Over the decades, it’s become nearly an accepted truth in this country that AA is the one and only path to sobriety. And sure, the 12-step program that demands participants surrender to a “higher power” is the right path for some, but it is most definitely not the right path for everyone. “For what other medical condition does 90 percent of the treatment consist of meetings and prayer?” asks Szalavitz. Daytona AA and NA meetings Holly Hill Florida.
Indeed, one of the problems with AA’s “non-medical and moralistic” approach “is that addiction continues to be seen by many people as a moral failing rather than a disease.” Another? One of the biggest studies of recovery found that the vast majority of addicts kick their habit “without any treatment—professional or self-help—regardless of whether the drug involved is alcohol, crack, methamphetamine, heroin, or cigarettes,” writes Szalavitz. That’s something our booming rehab culture isn’t eager to spread around. Click for the full column, which includes a list of the recent books taking on AA. NA Daytona Beach.
NEW YORK – Friends and family streamed in and out of Mimi O’Donnell’s house on Tuesday as she made preparations to bury her longtime partner, and the father of her three children, Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Celebrities including Annie Leibovitz and Bobby Canavale paid their respects, as O’Donnell made preparations to hold a private wake and funeral this week.
A few blocks away from O’Donnell’s house, and a few blocks further from where Hoffman died, sits the 50 Perry St Workshop, which hosts AA and NA meetings, many of which Hoffman attended. Daytona NA and AA Meetings in Port Orange and Daytona Beach.
In fact, an AA member told FOX411 he spotted Hoffman at a meeting just about a week before the actor died. The source told us the actor came to an 8:30 p.m. meeting and didn’t appear to be drunk or high.
“[Hoffman told the group] ‘I’m doing OK. Little situation in life. Life still shows up,” the source recalled.
Eddie Donohoe, 58, said he used to see the star at meetings as well.
“He used to come to meetings, I guess he was trying,” Donohoe said. “Usually people don’t come to meetings if they pick up, because people will know if they’re high.”
Donohoe, who said he was in meetings with Hoffman at least a dozen times, said the actor seemed like a nice guy when he came to the center.
“He was regular guy, he was polite and well dressed, very sociable with people,” he said. “He would come in daytime or evening. Last time I saw couple months ago. People surrounded him. He had his own clique.”
Donohoe said you don’t have to say anything in the meetings, but Hoffman would often speak to the group. Smart Recovery online meetings for courts and probation.
“He would speak. Sometimes he would share. He might raise his hand and say something, what he was going through that day,” Donohoe said.
Hoffman’s death hit the group hard, according to Donohoe.
“Everybody [at the meeting] was sad about him dying,” he said.
Hoffman, 46, was found dead in his apartment Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose.
Police arrested 22-year-old Michael Hendon, left, and 30-year-old Eric Hendon Friday. The brothers are charged with three counts of aggravated murder in the death of two Barberton teens and their father in a New Year’s Eve attempted robbery.(Courtesy of Barberton Police Department)
Akron brothers accused in Barberton killings set to appear in court Wednesday
BARBERTON, Ohio – Two brothers accused of killing two teenagers and their father on New Year’s Eve are scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.
Michael Deon Hendon, 22, and Eric Donta Hendon, 30, are each charged with three counts of aggravated murder. Their initial appearance is set for 1 p.m. in Barberton Municipal Court.
Police arrested the men Friday, accusing them of targeting John Kohler and Ronda Blankenship’s 7th Street NE apartment to rob of drugs and money, according to a release. Police have not said what led them to that conclusion.
Kohler, 42, his stepdaughter, Ashley Carpenter, 18, and son David Kohler-Carpenter, 14, were each shot to the head. Ashley and David were pronounced dead at the scene, and Kohler was kept alive on life support until Friday afternoon, the Summit County Medical Examiner said. Continue reading →
AA member Kenneth Booker has been arrested in the murder of his estranged wife.
Police records say he had also been arrested March 22, 2013 after this AA member threatened to shoot her with a .22-caliber handgun.
On Nov. 22 Booker completed the county’s treatment program and he was mandated to attend Alcoholic Anonymous meetings three times per week! This man had a violent history going back to 1989 which eventually ended in murder. The judges will send anyone to AA meetings, no matter what their crimes are.
Prosecutors: East Cleveland woman, 59, strangled by estranged husband
EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio— Authorities said on Thursday that a 59-year-old woman was strangled inside her apartment and prosecutors have charged her estranged husband in connection with her death.
Kenneth Booker, 54, was charged Thursday with aggravated murder in East Cleveland Municipal Court. Judge William L. Dawson set bond at $1 million and his case was bound over to a Cuyahoga County grand jury to decide how the case will proceed.
Prosecutors on Thursday said Booker is accused of strangling to death Carolyn Blair, 59, of East Cleveland inside her apartment. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has not yet officially ruled on the death.
East Cleveland Prosecutor Willa Hemmons said in court and in an interview with the Northeast Ohio Media Group that she observed Booker and Blair walking out of the Cuyahoga County Justice Center about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, some four hours before Blair was found dead.
Hemmons said Booker loudly cursed at Blair from the time they left the justice center to Tower City.
“They were right in front of me and I heard him yelling at her,” Hemmons said. “So I lagged behind to make sure nothing happened. I was kind of afraid something might.”
Hemmons said she overheard Booker telling a relative he was planning to visit the relative’s home later in the day, which is where police eventually arrested Booker on suspicion of murder.
Booker, according to detectives, Hemmons and a search of court records, has been convicted of domestic violence five times since 1989.
He was convicted of domestic violence against Blair twice, once in 2001 and once in 2013.
Booker pleaded guilty to fourth-degree felony domestic violence in the 2013 case was sentenced to two years probation.
Police records say Booker was arrested March 22, 2013 after Booker threatened to shoot her with a .22-caliber handgun, which reports say they confiscated after the arrest.
Booker on Nov. 22 completed the county’s treatment program and was ordered that he attend Alcoholic Anonymous meetings three times per week.
In a gruesome violent brutal attack this women joined in and committed more horrible vicious crimes against the victim. She went to AA after blinding this man for life and received a slap on the wrist by the court. No one is to dangerous or sick for AA or NA meetings. Beware- this is difficult to read.
“As the attack continued, Clause reached into the vehicle with a broken, jagged beer bottle and shoved it into Martin’s right eye, twisting and dragging it down his cheek. He is now permanently blind in that eye.”
“She said was trying to turn her life around by attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and receiving counselling. She said she wants to get her Grade 12 diploma and possibly go to college.”
Woman jailed in beer bottle attack
A 26-year-old woman, who blinded a man with a broken beer bottle during a vicious attack at a 2010 party, was sentenced Thursday to 2 ½ years in custody less time served. NA Daytona Area Meetings in Holly Hill, Ormond Beach and Port Orange.
Kelli Lynn Clause was credited with 12 months for time spent behind bars, leaving 18 months yet to be served. Volusia County Drug Court and AA and NA Meetings.
Clause was convicted by a jury of aggravated assault after a three-week trial held in Cayuga in April 2013. Continue reading →
Joe Hundley slapped a baby so hard on a flight it left a scratch. Like many do he ran to AA meetings, most likely to impress the judge in hoping for a lighter sentence. We shall see on Monday. Actually many people who abuse children go to AA and NA meeting to comply with family court.
Man in toddler slapping case to be sentenced
Sunday, January 5, 2014
ATLANTA (AP) — A man who admitted to having slapped a crying toddler on an Atlanta-bound flight is set to appear in court Monday for sentencing.
Joe Rickey Hundley pleaded guilty in October after reaching a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. Hundley used a racial slur to refer to the 19-month-old boy and then hit him under the right eye as the flight from Minneapolis began its descent to the Atlanta airport, authorities have said.
The misdemeanor simple assault charge carries a possible prison sentence of up to a year and a fine of up to $100,000. Prosecutors have recommended a sentence of six months in prison, but Hundley reserved his right to argue for a lower sentence. Prosecutors are not recommending any specific fine. Hundley has agreed to pay any restitution ordered by the court.
The judge is not required to follow the recommendations in the plea agreement when he sentences Hundley.
The agreement also requires Hundley to enter a drug or alcohol treatment program and attend anger management classes. He told the judge in October that he had been attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings almost daily since March and has already enrolled in an anger management class. Continue reading →
Here is a great Op-Ed piece by Gabrielle Glaser! We are off to a great 2014 already!
Cold Turkey Isn’t the Only Route
By GABRIELLE GLASER
Published: January 1, 2014
THIS New Year’s, a good number of those who struggle to control their drinking will resolve to abstain from alcohol. No halfway measures. Quitting is the only way.
The cold-turkey approach is deeply rooted in the United States, embraced by doctors, the multibillion-dollar treatment industry and popular culture. For nearly 80 years, our approach to drinking problems has been inspired by the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Developed in the 1930s by men who were “chronic inebriates,” the A.A. program offers a single path to recovery: abstinence, surrendering one’s ego and accepting one’s “powerlessness” over alcohol.
But it’s not the only way to change your drinking habits.
Bankole Johnson, an alcohol researcher and consultant to pharmaceutical companies who is also the chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, puts it this way: “We are wedded to the abstinence model as the goal, despite evidence that there can be many successful outcomes.” Continue reading →
How many child porn sellers and sex predators have to be sent to AA and NA meetings before child advocates will care that AA and NA invite teens to these meetings with these people with no safety regulations and no leaders? Will the FBI ever care? Child protective services care? Somebody help us to stop this insanity.
Craig Cilley of Belchertown receives two-year jail sentence on child pornography charges, with six months to be served
By BOB DUNN@BDGazette
Thursday, December 5, 2013
NORTHAMPTON — A 30-year old Belchertown man, convicted of child pornography possession and dissemination, was sentenced Wednesday to a two-year jail term and probation on those charges.
Craig Cilley, of 418 Chauncey Walker Road will serve six months of that sentence in the Hampshire County House of Correction, with the remainder being suspended for three years while he is on probation.
During that time, Cilley must undergo sex offender treatment, have no unapproved contact with children under 18, not reside with any child under 18, have no employment or volunteer activity that would put him in contact with anyone under 18, remain drug free and submit to random testing, attend two Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a month, undergo mental health treatment, grant the probation department access to any of his digital devices to examine their contents and Internet activity, avoid providing any child under 16 access to any electronic device that has online capability and forfeit any computers, digital storage devices, cellphones and accessories used in the commission of the crimes for which he was convicted. Continue reading →
They called this Alcohol counseling going to AA meetings? This just goes to show how much ignorance there is about what AA is and what it is not. There are no professionals or trained leaders in AA or NA. Just how many killers are allowed to go on the day leave to go to outside AA meetings in the community to sit next next to your daughter, wife or brother? This practice is just outrageous!
Convicted murderer denied parole for AA meetings
BY MICHAEL WRIGHT, CALGARY HERALD DECEMBER 23, 2013
A Calgary man serving a life sentence for murdering his mother has been denied leave from jail to attend alcohol counselling.
Gregory Hetrick was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2007 death of his mother Margaret Hetrick, then 79. The Orange Papers AA Criticism.
He applied this month for an escorted temporary absence from jail to go to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. NA DAytona and AA Daytona in Deland, Orange City and Deltona.
The Parole Board of Canada (PBC) found while there would be some benefit to Hetrick, a recovering alcoholic, leaving jail to go to the meetings, the move would be premature.
“You need to gain insight into your offending, use of violence and substance abuse previous to a release,” the decision read.
Hetrick attended a substance abuse support group in jail and off-site AA meetings would be “a duplication of support,” the board found. Holly Hill AA and NA Meetings.
It also outlined concerns over the extent of Hetrick’s accountability for his crime and his “somewhat clinical and detached” description of stabbing and strangling his mother. Continue reading →
OMG Ozzy Osborne has drank the AA Kool Aid. He says if he has a drink he is dead. He goes to as many AA meetings as he can. I do not think this is his first time in AA and the 12 step cult has failed him miserably. With this man’s money he can afford professional non 12 step help!
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Ozzy Osbourne is a regualr guy in AA meetings
Ozzy Osbourne refuses to be treated like a celebrity when he attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. NA and AA Daytona Meetings Ormond Beach Area.
The 65-year-old rocker relapsed into drug and alcohol abuse earlier this year after seven years of sobriety, but he is now once again clean and attends as many AA meetings as he can to help him stay on the wagon.
However, Ozzy admits it’s difficult to attend the support group meet-ups because he is recognized by many other recovering addicts.
He said: “I went to one and this guy came up and said, ‘I’ve always wanted to be at a meeting with Ozzy Osbourne.’ So I said to him, ‘Hey, when I’m in this room I’m no better than you, because if we go out and have a drink, we’re f**king both dead, so let’s leave it at that.’ ”
The Black Sabbath star also refuses to take photographs with fellow attendees who happen to be fans because he feels it would inappropriate.
In an interview with NME magazine, Ozzy explained: “If someone asks for a photograph I’ll say no, because I’m not there to do photographs – I’m there to save my f**king life! I feel like an a*****e but if you do one, you’ve got to do 15. It’s not my ego, it’s my life.”
Ozzy’s wife Sharon, 61, was furious when she discovered the extent of his relapse – which included drinking and abusing amphetamines, Ritalin, valium and sleeping pills – and threatened to end their 32-year marriage if he didn’t get clean.
The rock legend, who briefly lived apart from Sharon earlier this year as he battled his demons, says he totally agreed with her drastic ultimatum.
Ozzy – who has three children, Aimee, Kelly and Jack, with Sharon – said: “I thought I was gonna lose my family at one point. Daytona NA and NA Meetings Port Orange.
“She just said, ‘Look, I’ve got my own thing going on and I can’t deal with you anymore. Get the f**k out, sort yourself out, then we’ll talk.’ I don’t blame her in the slightest.”
I spent the day on a stage in Venice, CA filming some of the finest VO actors in Hollywood reading public posts written on my www.stop13stepinaa.wordpress.com blog from way back when… till recently. It was mind blowing to hear these actors speak your works …OMG the insanity that is going on in AA it abominable!!!
Many of you reached out to me with your sad tales of rape, controlling sponsors, assault and 13 stepping. I cried when I saw the new trailer for the first time yesterday.
I have spent hundreds of hours with your stories in my head , in my files and on my computer. But now you are all coming to life privately in a cinematic way, to change how the world sees AA with all of the lies and criminal activity as well as the cult aspect is and was captured today on film.
I have one more video that’s about 3 1/2 min long that has more alternatives to AA footage that I will release in January 2014. It has been a long journey, but I do plan to release the film in spring of 2014 and to submit to film festivals worldwide.
NO ONE has EVER made an exposing critical Documentary of Alcoholics Anonymous and people like controversy film so I am sure we will find distribution.
I was surprised how many Actors were also pissed off how one sided this issue is handled to this day!
Hi everyone…I have a new trailer ready and its it up on youtube right now. Please share and feel free to contact me if you want.
Although we are raising money again… I am really posting here for you to see the progress I have made and what the new footage looks like. Please spread the word.
This story is too controversial, untapped and never told. Hollywood loves that sh*t.
We know the truth here. Now the rest of America and the world converted to AA Bullsh*t needs to know it too!
13TH STEP FILM AWARDED FISCAL SPONSORSHIP THROUGH THE IDA
The 13th Step film has been awarded fiscal sponsorship through the International Documentary Association. This sponsorship has made the film eligible to receive tax deductible donations and grants to further our funding efforts.
Our first fundraising campaign through Indiegogo raised over $24,000. With those funds we have been able to hire a professional crew that includes a Producer, Director of Photography, Camera Operator, Documentary Film Editor and support staff. We are filming new footage using Canon 5D cameras. Below is a link to the new trailer that we have created with your generous contributions.
JUST TO BE CLEAR…THE IDA DOES NOT GIVE US FUNDING< ITS PROVIDES US WITH A NON PROFIT STATUS SO WE MAY RECEIVE FUNDING FROM CORPS< COMPANIES< FOUNDATIONS AND PEOPLE, WHO THEN CAN RECEIVE A TAX BREAK FOR GIVING. They also will be credited on the film. Thank you.
I continue to receive sexual predatory stories on my blogs weekly, and am still seeking people who are willing to share their stories. If you would like to speak to me privately, please e-mail me at email@example.com
ABOUT THE FILM:
The 13th Step is about the criminal and sexually predatory behavior that occurs systemically in Alcoholics Anonymous. This behavior goes unchecked by A.A’s world headquarters, despite repeated warnings from respect board members and longtime members. This behavior is exacerbated by the systematic sentencing of criminals and sex offenders to AA meetings without the knowledge of the AA members.
This is one of the case of torture in Canada. John Siscoe met his victim in an AA meeting. This one an extremely sick twisted dangerous man who was a 12 stepper looking for another victim to brutally attack.
A dangerous offender designation is reserved for only the worst of Canadian criminals — and an indeterminate sentence is the harshest possible penalty.
For nearly three months John Michael Siscoe confined and tortured his lover’s husband in a Toronto apartment. John Siscoe met him at an AA meeting.
When the man was not kept in a tiny bloodstained closet, Siscoe beat him with broomsticks and hammers, poured lighter fluid all over his body and set it alight, cut him with razor blades, stuck him with pins, viciously sexually assaulted him and threatened to kill both him and his parents. Orange Papers does AA work?
Often the man’s wife, then pregnant with Siscoe’s child, watched. The woman, who like both her husband and Siscoe is developmentally delayed, was sentenced to eight years in prison in May. NA and AA Daytona meetings in Port Orange, Holly Hill and Ormond Beach.
By the end, the man was so battered and broken that if the police hadn’t found him on Jan. 19, 2010, he would be dead, said Justice John McMahon.
On Friday McMahon declared Siscoe a dangerous offender and sentenced him to indefinite incarceration. McMahon called him a “sick and deviant individual” capable of “human depravity of such a nature that it shocks the conscience.” Continue reading →