“A lot of kids don’t make it in AA ” according to Jack who runs Las Vegas AA because they are kids. Actually Alcoholics Anonymous fails teenagers in so many ways. AA actually does not have any meetings just for minors. The ones that are called young peoples meetings actually have a lot of adults into their 30′s and older. AA Public Relations department likes to give the public the impression they have meetings for minors. But the hard cold truth is they do not!
AA mixes minors with all ages of alcoholics, including those convicted of violent felons and sexual offenses like rape and sexual predators that have sexually assaulted children.
In fact AA is well aware of the sex abuse by AA members on minors attending their meetings. Yet headquarters has voted to not do anything to prevent it. They just continue to encourage minors to come to all meetings regardless of safety issues. No one is in charge in AA. I mean no one.
Teen substance abuse: Lots of questions, no easy answers
With a Propel bottle full of Malibu rum in her bag, Leticia sat through high school programs that warned her about the dangers of drinking.
But her spiral into alcoholism, then drug addiction, began years earlier.She was 8. She walked in on her dad having sex with her nanny on the family room floor. He begged Leticia not tell her mom, but she did. The nanny was fired, and her parents stayed together. Leticia, now 22, started her story there. She didn’t exactly know why. It just felt connected to her alcoholism and marked when she started feeling “yucky”.
The fall into drugs can be effortless for some teens, said Jack, manager of Las Vegas AA and a member for 43 years. A lot of kids don’t make it in AA “because they’re kids,” he said. But, “Every once in a while, you get one who runs against a brick wall and says, ‘That’s it.’ ”
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