NA Daytona Natural Accountability
The mission of www.NADaytona.org is to expose the grave danger that Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous membership and meetings pose to children, teenagers, women and other vulnerable members of society subject to attendance at unsupervised, unsecured NA and AA meetings across the country. We would have it known that Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous membership and meetings increase the likelihood of criminal victimization for women, minors, vulnerable adults and their families. We are committed to promoting safety for these potential victims by increasing awareness of all issues related to lack of safety for NA and AA meeting attendees.
This mission is being accomplished through the following objectives:
Keeping a Spotlight on the Problem to continually expose the extent of crime and violence against minors, women and vulnerable adults; detailing the magnitude and characteristics of NA and AA related victimization and perpetration; and assess trends in levels of crime and violence against minors, women and vulnerable adults over time.
Making Responsible Parties Accountable by identifying organizations, companies, governmental authorities, political entities and agencies that facilitate, ignore or help to combat the reasons NA and AA related crimes against minors, women and vulnerable adults occur while enhancing ongoing efforts to identify risk and protective factors associated with reducing NA and AA related crime and violence against minors, women and vulnerable adults.
Highlighting Effective Prevention and Intervention Programs to determine the effectiveness of interventions aimed at decreasing the incidence of NA and AA related crime and violence against minors, women and vulnerable adults.
Communicating with Public and Private Entities to develop the infrastructure for compiling and disseminating information regarding violent and criminal activities that involve NA and AA memberships across the country.
Partnering to promote and facilitate collaboration, cooperation and information sharing across a wide variety of on and off-line resources dedicated to promoting the safety of all minors, women and vulnerable adults.
We will educate, empower and promote the safety of women, children, vulnerable adults and their families. Lives will be saved.
“All truths are easy to understand
once they are discovered;
the point is to discover them.”
– Galileo Galilei
AA & NA exposure is often far more harmful than helpful to the many victims of the crime running rampant through these meetings. The truth about the lack of safety at these meetings is widely unknown to most Americans and people across the globe. This web site has joined an ever-expanding network of resources on and off-line, all of whom are dedicated to educating, empowering and rescuing people from the perils of AA, NA and all programs associated with the ineffective billion-dollar 12 step-based recovery racket.
“Not only does the A.A. 12-Step “treatment” not work, but it kills as many people as it appears to save. That is a very strong damnation, but the numbers back it up. There are always lots of A.A. defenders who will swear that A.A. saved their lives, and lots of A.A. boosters who claim that A.A. is keeping millions of alcoholics sober, but all objective, fair tests of A.A. that have ever been done show no better success rate than no treatment at all.” From: www.Orange-Papers.org (Orange, 2013)
It would not be necessarily a crime if these programs merely failed to help the majority of the people who turn to them; though even that failure is potentially deadly. The most egregious offense lies in the fact that so many people are subject to victimization and crime by virtue of attending these meetings and associating with the people who frequent them.
The truth hurts. Without the truth, however, we cannot adequately protect ourselves and those we love. The factual content of this site exposes information that is potentially disturbing to individuals currently attending Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Yes, it is the hidden and perhaps unpopular TRUTH, but it is the TRUTH nonetheless. Some are disturbed to find it. Some others are disturbed because they want to hide it…or hide from it. Better the truth disturb someone now than kill someone later. Often times it is too late for many people who fall into NA and AA meetings to be saved. Some never escape NA or AA with their personal sense of freedom, dignity, sanity, health or their lives.
“A raindrop coming in contact with fire loses its existence
while that falling on a shell becomes a ‘pearl’. Therefore,
people desirous of knowledge should avoid the
company of ignorant people who believe in
the motto- ignorance is bliss .”
We anticipate resistance and resentment from zealous 12 step disciples. Faithful servants of Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous may experience feelings of violent opposition, illogical resistance and extreme mental distress over the vital information exposed on www.NADaytona.org. We offer no apologies; only the suggestion that those people aggressively opposed to critical information being shared about 12 step meetings, avoid the contents of this site altogether. If ignorance is “bliss” such people are welcome to remain non-thinking, blissful ignorami; but they are strongly advised to proceed with caution as they continue to attend dangerous NA and AA meetings. NA and AA will not protect or defend its members. The warning has thus been issued.
Unsafe…Unconstitutional & Unacceptable
We are dedicated to stopping the unsafe and unconstitutional practice of courts, probation officers, therapists, doctors, schools, families and clergymen across the nation sending minors and other vulnerable people to AA and NA meetings where anyone off the streets or fresh from prison cells can attend without any background checks or safety measures of any kind imposed.( It is safer to attend meetings in actual prisons!) All other organizations have laws and regulations in place to protect minors. Schools, clubs and churches pay for liability insurance to cover potentially harmful interactions with minors. NA and AA members interact with our children and minors on a regular basis. Many NA and AA members are known sex offenders. Why are NA and AA organizations held exempt from lawful regulations that would protect the well-being and safety of minors?
“I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe…
Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another
quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns
of their government, from their carelessness and negligence,
I must confess that I do apprehend some danger.”
– Daniel Webster
We consistently bring national attention to the public safety issue of court mandated violent felons with co-existing mental disorders attending AA and NA meetings held at public parks, playgrounds, and even churches where children, women and other potential victims of individuals with criminal histories are present. This is especially threatening to innocent children whose safety should always be protected to the best level that we can provide. Sex offenders are meeting in or near the places where our children attend school, worship and play. Is this the best we can provide?
Level 3 sexual offenders are sent to NA and AA on a regular basis through our National Departments of Corrections and our County Court Judges across the nation. The average citizen is clueless to this harsh reality. Law-abiding citizens seeking help from AA and NA unwittingly walk into these meetings without knowing that doing so actually puts them in physical harm’s way, in danger of being robbed, exploited or in worst case scenarios, killed. The average citizen is wholly unaware of the fact that some AA and NA meeting attendees have indeed been raped and murdered by NA and AA members.
“Some neighbors around Vreeland Avenue in the east part of town took their complaints against Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous meetings at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church to the Nutley Board of Education on Monday. They claimed the meetings attract dangerous people.” From: Article entitled, Neighbors take AA concerns to Nutley BOE (Grant , 2011)
What They Don’t Want You to Know…Until It’s Too Late
In fact, there is no criminal, regardless of criminal background that is excluded from attending NA and AA meetings. People in the United States of America have a right to know that AA and NA meetings are being mandated for individuals who have multiple arrests and convictions for murder, rape, armed robbery, grand theft, child abuse, domestic violence, prostitution, arson, etc. Shockingly, some of the individuals sitting next to people in AA and NA meetings are hardened criminals who have been arrested over 50 times!
Ours is a voice that may be criticized; but will not be stifled. We exposed truths which may be reviled by the guilty, but received gratefully by the innocent. The unjust may fight; but justice shall win. Only those who seek the truth are encouraged to read on.
If you or someone you care about currently attends NA or AA meetings you will be potentially subject to a list of crimes including but not limited to:
- Adult Bullying
- Criminals (not just DUI’s but violent, dangerous, repeat offenders!)
- Dogmatic Psychological & Spiritual Conditioning
- Emotional Abuse
- Financial Exploitation
- Group-think& Mind Control
- Harmful Felons Mandated to Meetings
- Interference With or Severing Of Family Ties
- Religious Indoctrination
- Sexual Harassment & Abuse
- Threats of All Types
- Unqualified Medical Advice
- Verbal Abuse
- & MORE
Groomed for Abuse?
NA and AA groom newcomers to become utterly dependent upon meetings, sponsors and the fellowship. Per the conditioning of the program, you or your loved ones will be convinced that your life (a.k.a. “sobriety”) relies on your speaking primarily to AA or NA sponsors and members about your concerns, thoughts, secrets, problems or fears. As such, it will become less and less likely that anyone outside of NA or AA will be aware of what is really going on with you. You will be on your own—except for your relationship with your sponsor, connections to “the fellowship” and the meetings. This is a dangerous state of dependence, imposed isolation and psychological abuse. It serves no other purpose than to perpetuate the 12 step agenda and make members helplessly dependent; even addicted to the meetings. In fact, the process of isolation that NA and AA uses against their members, mirrors what abusers do to isolate and cut their victims off from outside sources of help. Utter dependence on any person, substance or system is never in your best interest.
“It’s just a more uncertain world out there, …
There is more of a possibility of losing something,
a loved one or a child. Maybe too there’s an
increasing sense of powerlessness, that we
don’t have as much control over the world
as we used to five or 10 years ago.”
NA and AA preach that one must “live life on life’s terms.” What they really offer, however, is quasi-life based upon NA and AA terms, dogma and commandments that they falsely refer to as “suggestions.” (Do not be fooled; there are definite consequences in store for those who do not obey.) Many old time NA and AA members gleefully confess to being completely incapable of dealing with day to life, emotional challenges, interpersonal relationships or any crisis without conferring with a sponsor and/or going to daily or semi-daily meetings. They are in perpetual recovery-mode on a day to day basis. They cannot function without their meetings. They stay sick until the day they die.
“Most important of all, the 12-steps deprive people — societies — of the belief in their own ability to manage substance use. And this loss of personal efficacy is not likely to be a good thing in the coming century.” Dr. Stanton Peele from Huffington Post article entitled, AA is Ruining the World. (Peele, 2011)
NA and AA meetings are so dangerous that someone should hand out warning notices at the doors, but no one attending the meetings seems to care about the danger because they desperately need their meetings; or so they have been convinced. Many long time 12 step ‘meeting-makers’ as they are proudly called, cannot manage their own lives without making at least 4 to 7 meetings per week. Some attend multiple meetings per day. Many have traded one “fix” for another. (They will say that at least meetings are “harmless” and that no one ever died from going to too many meetings. This is a lie. ) The dependence on meetings and managers (sponsors) is what NA and AA call “living life on life’s terms”. It is a pathetic façade for any real adult life, but once they convince you that your only alternative is death, it becomes easier to swallow. What they fail to tell you is that you may just die anyway as a result of being a good little meeting maker! NA and AA often catch people at their weakest and most vulnerable times of life. They take full advantage of this.
“Before analyzing the level of behavioral control it is important to look at the people who enter AA in the first place. These are usually people who have experienced a tremendous amount of suffering as the result of alcohol dependency. They are likely to have had legal problems, relationship problems, health problems, lack of mental stability, financial problems, etc. They may have come to AA from jail, the hospital, or a treatment program. They may have done it as a result of pressure from friends and family, or work; some are mandated by court order to attend AA. Chemical dependency does cause a great deal of misery in peoples’ lives. Some become utterly desperate and go to AA after being told that it is the only way they can be helped.” From MoreRevealed.com (Sexton, 2002)
“Women are the only exploited group in history
to have been idealized into powerlessness.”
Must You Accept Powerlessness Over Criminals?
Acceptance of POWERLESSNESS is at the cornerstone of NA and AA indoctrination and conditioning. They discourage independent thought. As a result, disempowered, unthinking people are more at risk for crime and being taken advantage in a myriad of ways. That is a logical, rational truth that NA and AA dogma may attempt to discredit, but that attempt should raise a florescent red flag for you by now. Becoming adult invalids is potentially dangerous to newcomers and old timers alike; but the old timers are likely so dependent on NA and AA after decades of conditioning that there is often little that can be done to awaken or save them. NA and AA have drilled into faithful followers that they are powerless over alcohol/drugs, people, places and situations; and so they are…to the great delight of the salivating criminals that routinely attend NA and AA meetings ready to pounce on powerless prey.
“The very foundation of the AA program rests on the idea that one admits that he or she is powerless over alcohol. The danger in this admission is that one is admitting defeat to a problem. More than just admitting defeat, when one admits they are powerless over a problem they are conceding to the idea that they are helpless. But the real problem is that once a person embarks down this line of thinking they very quickly begin falling into the AA trap. What they don’t realize is that AA is not just preaching that a person has to admit that they are powerless over alcohol; they have to concede that they are powerless in every aspect of their life…AA creates a very convincing argument to those suffering from addiction. When one is having difficulty kicking a habit it is easy to buy into the idea that one is powerless. But in truth, just because one is having a hard time quitting drinking, does not make them powerless over alcohol. Drinking is a behavior and it is controllable. But if a person decides to explore the AA method, he or she will be getting a lot more than they expected.” From: Orange-Papers.org (Van Noir, 2012)
These programs are dangerous in many ways due to stripping people of personal power, self-reliance and the ability to rationalize. Due to deeply embedded beliefs of POWERLESSNESS and a belief that the only option is “the program or death,” many long time members choose eventual suicide over leaving these programs. They BELIEVE they can’t make it without NA or AA; therefore they cannot. It is their belief and dependency on NA and AA that kills them. Unfortunately, this warning will never reach some. (You at least have a chance now.) See: http://nadaytona.org/alcoholics-anonymous-admits-aa-members-role-in-suicides/
In the position of abject POWERLESSNESS that NA and AA encourages you to assume, you or someone you love will be increasingly exposed to victimization and any manner of criminal acts. NA and AA hit unsuspecting meeting goers with what is in essence a “double-whammy”. Firstly, just participation in NA and AA meetings puts you in physical proximity of potential perpetrators. Secondly, the program itself forces you to give up your personal power making you more vulnerable to victimization. Anyone who dares deny the danger of putting one’s self in such a precarious position is an imbecile or a liar.
“For more than a decade Christopher has been in and out of rehab, hospitals, and jail. He’s not a violent criminal and he’s quite bright. But he has a serious problem. He can’t stop drinking. The court system has done what it can: punishing him, cajoling him, threatening him, offering him help. Nothing has worked, at least not for long. Unfortunately, part of their legal prescription has been dangerous: court ordered attendance in Alcoholics Anonymous. Lurking in that program was the man who preyed on Christopher’s addiction. A man who came to him as an angel but behaves like a devil. Glenn (Christopher’s sponsor) is in his mid-to-late 50s, single and semi-retired, he has a lot of time on his hands. He spends much of it in the Traverse City recovery community, meeting young people. That’s where he met Christopher and other young men like him. AA meetings are like networking sessions to Glenn, it’s where he scouts for new targets. He hands out business cards to newcomers, the cards emblazoned with the AA logo and Glenn’s cell number. He innocently offers his services as a sponsor, but he has other things in mind.” From – Predators lurk in Alcoholics Anonymous – DanHolmes.com (Holmes, 2012)
“I find that people care deeply but
they don’t know what to do about it.
I think one of the great obstacles has
been this feeling of powerlessness.”
Do It Or…DIE!
Staunch 12 step program-believers will refuse to heed any warnings, edification or empowerment offered here or elsewhere. Thinking is considered a “stinking” thing to do. Faithful NA and AA members do not study, contemplate or review any new information, research or non-program approved reading material. It is explicitly or implicitly forbidden. What’s more is that they are afraid to. (Even those that troll sites such as www.NADaytona.org merely skim the material with closed, thoughtless minds and go on the defensive.) NA and AA drones mindlessly attack and debate the TRUTH with regurgitated program dogma, slogans and/or non sequiturs. None of them possess any original thoughts, contributions, arguments or ideas. Why? They are terrified of discovering any valid truths contrary to what NA and AA has dictated to them. They do not even know that they are terrified; that would take ‘thinking’ and remember, ‘thinking’ is not allowed. Obedient NA and AA members would literally rather die than heed these warnings…and they do not even know it!
If you were to tell typical NA and AA sponsors that you are reading the information on this site, they would use a range of tactics that go from asking you how this information ‘serves your sobriety’ to actually forbidding you to read any further non-program approved information. Keeping you ignorant and uninformed solidifies their sense of dubious stability and power over you. If you told them of your intention to become informed; they would threaten, warn, advise, manipulate, fire, shun or try to control you by whatever means necessary in order to keep you from destroying their opaque delusional state of mind.
Truth-seeking on your part would upset or even anger NA and AA sponsors and old timers. Intense emotions for an NA or AA devotee are like water thrown on the wicked witch in the Land of Oz. They can’t take it! A threat to the program’s beliefs is perceived as a threat to their sobriety. A threat to their sobriety is perceived as a threat to their lives and such threats will not be tolerated. NA and AA followers will see you destroyed before they allow you to threaten their belief system. (Deep down they know it cannot withstand scrutiny; thus the intense FEAR!) They will defend NA and AA while destroying you ostensibly for your own good. If you cannot or will not try to “work a good program” your life is utterly expendable. Your death is actually of more value to them if you fail to comply because they can then use your demise as an eternal example of what becomes of those who fail to obey. Their ultimate message to you and all would-be takers is: Get with the program or DIE!
“If knowledge can create problems,
it is not through ignorance
that we can solve them.”
Fear is a master motivator…especially in NA and AA. Serving the program is considered salvation to NA and AA long time followers. It’s what they have been taught. Many NA and AA old timers know that violent felons are recruited and mandated to their meetings—quite a few of them do the recruitment. NA and AA meetings are dumping grounds for violent criminals. Old timers do not care. (They don’t care especially since some of them are perpetrators themselves!) The inherent danger does not fully register in their brains because they are on a rigorously indoctrinated mission. NA and AA have very cleverly convinced these people that recruitment within institutions, jails and prisons is a vital component of their required life-long service work. It is a choice between working and meeting with criminals or dying. The deadly ultimatum offered by NA and AA makes many of their suggestions, requirements, abuses and edicts acceptable. Again, it is a matter of do or DIE. Obedient members choose to take their chances with the criminals over facing life without NA or AA. It’s simple. Good NA and AA members gratefully perform service work entailing recruitment and meeting with oft times violent criminals in order to maintain their sobriety and stave off relapse into institutions, jails, hospitals and death.
“Fear’s a bad way to be motivated,
but a realistic sense of risk
is a rational approach.”
If You Need More Reasons…
If after reading what we have presented to you thus far you find yourself still hesitant or afraid to confront NA or AA in your life, please review a piece called, “Simple Reasons to Leave Alcoholics Anonymous” on an very empowering site, dedicated to helping people who have left or are thinking about leaving AA or NA, called LeavingAA.com. This piece is well worth the read as it delves into the following reasons to leave these programs:
- Sexual Harassment
- Indentured servitude
- Child molestation
- Ancient religious literature
It is drilled into NA and AA members that they must do the steps and perform service work in order to give back what was so freely given to them…or DIE! (It is always do or DIE in NA and AA!) Actually, this manipulation is vital to continuing the stream of new blood flowing into meetings, fresh meat warming seats around the tables…a new foggy heads filling the beds at 12 step-based treatment facilities all across the country. Without the influx of constantly recruited and mandated criminals into NA and AA meetings and treatment programs, membership and book sales would slowly and steadily dry up. Memberships, treatment patients and book sales are huge reasons for why Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous exhibit no concern for NA and AA members being put at risk for crime at meetings. Safety and crime are mere trifles from NA and AA World Services’ perspectives. The choice for these multi-million dollar enterprises is profit or die. Do the math.
NA and AA must have treatment programs that purchase copies of their literature in bulk and they must have members to fill spots and slots. Twelve-step treatment is a racket; it is pure economics. As far as NA and AA are concerned the survival of its members is secondary to the survival of the fellowship (a.k.a. enterprise). In the Twelve Traditions of AA it states: “Each member of Alcoholics Anonymous is but a small part of a great whole. A.A. must continue to live or most of us will surely die. Hence our common welfare comes first. But individual welfare follows close afterward.” How close? They voted to take no action to protect the welfare of individuals in the program and are currently being sued for just this reason. See: http://nadaytona.org/2013/01/28/karla-brada-strangled-to-death-by-aa-member-eric-allen-earle-says-lawsuit-filed-against-alcoholics-anonymous/#more-3907
“It’s interesting that the staunchest defenders of
man’s free-will are the soonest to condemn
the dangers of free-thinking.”
Be Empowered; Not Victimized
NA and AA meetings are unregulated, unsupervised and for the most part, very secretive. In order to attend these meetings one must state that he or she is either an alcoholic or an addict or that they have a desire to stop using. (Though increasingly, activists are going undercover to these meetings.) The meetings are usually closed off from any individual or entity overtly interested in gathering information or helping vulnerable members. They hide under the word, “Anonymity” which in fact, unbeknownst to many, has no legal precedent whatsoever. It is pure machination on the parts of NA and AA.
The government, law enforcement, social services, educators, counselors and parents have been misled to believe that NA and AA have a legitimate excuse for operating as they do. While they vehemently claim to be “spiritual-not-religious,” these organizations have come to undeservedly be treated as sacraments in this society. The perception of our entire popular culture has been hijacked as it were; movies, television, print media, etc., still hold 12 step programs as the miracle-pill for everyone seeking help for alcohol or substance use and/or over use issues. It has almost become ‘en-vogue’ to go to NA or AA if you think you have a problem with drugs or alcohol.
This grand deception and en masse naivety puts vulnerable American citizens at considerable risk for harm; and great harm does occur. Most Americans only discover how dangerous this situation is after abuse, violence, theft or tragedy directly touches their lives or the lives of someone they love. Children, teens, women and vulnerable adults are coming to great harm due to our popular belief in false, unproven systems that mix the vulnerable with the villains. Churches are slowly (too slowly) coming to realize how dangerous these meetings are and have begun to force them to vacate their premises. See: http://nadaytona.org/category/dangerous-aana-meetings-in-churches/
“Men are so simple and so much
inclined to obey immediate needs
that a deceiver will never lack
victims for his deceptions”
But It’s Free!
Many try to defend NA and AA by stating that these programs are free. They are not! Death, the greatest of all costs has been paid by victims of NA and AA. It may be especially frightening to parents of children, teens, women and other vulnerable adults presently attending these meetings to know that AA actively recruits young members from schools and treatment programs and at the same time also recruits criminals from prisons. Could anyone pay any parent to knowingly put his or her child in danger?
Some deceitful and manipulative members of these organizations will defend them to their graves by saying that it is just as easy or likely to meet a criminal in an AA or NA meeting as it is at the grocery store, the gym, etc. That is a lie. Grocery stores, gyms, malls, bars, etc. do not actively recruit patrons from prison nor do they have the courts sending people to grocery stores, gyms, malls, bars, etc. in lieu of lighter sentencing for violent crimes. See: http://nadaytona.org/tag/santa-clarita-aa-meetings-are-not-safe/
When questioned about the dire issue of sexual harassment within AA meetings, Alcoholics Anonymous World Headquarters stated that it has no accountability for sexual harassment in its meetings. AA conveniently calls sexual harassment by AA members enacted upon other AA members while attending AA meetings an “outside issue”. Is this not akin to the Roman Catholic Church stating that sexual misconduct during church services enacted upon church members is an outside issue? Take for instance, if Penn State, attempted to claim that sexual crimes against children enacted by their coach are just an “outside issue”? We refused to allow either of these powerful organizations to get away with that. Why would AA and NA be allowed to get away with it?
“It may be that your whole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others”
We contend that if the American people know what is going on, they will not stand for it at all. We understand that some modicum of discomfort, upset or trauma may be experienced by some NA and AA devotees due to the disclosure of this provocative information; nevertheless, to allow the danger of NA and AA meetings to go undisclosed, would be harmful, dangerous and irresponsible. The danger is real and therefore so must be the WARNING.
The General Public Must Be Advised:
- Children who go to AA and NA meetings (often with mothers having limited access to child care) are in danger of being molested or harmed by other crimes and violence at these meetings (often by male members who date female members for the sole purpose of gaining access to her children). The often explicit, violent and emotionally charged language at these meetings is patently abusive to children to be present for. See: http://nadaytona.org/2012/03/29/narcotics-anonymous-member-arrested-for-molesting-child-during-na-meeting/
- Teens sent to these meetings often by law enforcement, judges, counselors, parents and teachers are being put at risk for sexual assault, criminal activity, physical and emotional abuse and increasingly, suicide attempts and completed suicides. Teens are minors for whom it is highly inappropriate to be subject to the oft times criminal element present at these meetings. See: http://nadaytona.org/2012/07/28/minor-sexually-assaulted-at-aa-meeting-by-aa-member/
- Women unwittingly attending AA and NA meetings seeking support for drug and or alcohol use and/or over-use are instead being exposed to sexual assault, sexual harassment, manipulation, emotional and mental abuse, unqualified medical advice that has in some cases lead to death. Women continue to become victims of violence, rape and murder as a direct result of attending these meetings. See: http://nadaytona.org/category/rape-by-aa-na-members/
Parents of teens sent to AA and/or NA are told that AA and NA are simply microcosms of society. They are told that these meetings are just as safe as anywhere else their teen might go. How can that be? The meetings are often full of felons! Many AA and NA groups are comprised of groups consisting of over 50% mandated criminals. Parents might be wiser to send their teenaged children for walks up and down a darkened alley as opposed to sending them to sit like fresh meat in AA and NA meetings.
AA and NA have an entirely underserved and erroneous public image of being safe. They are not safe! Children, teens, women and men continue to be victims of sexual harassment, abuse and rape at the hands of predatory AA and NA members. They jokingly call it “13th stepping,” but it is no laughing matter. Lives are ruined by this common step. Many parents unwittingly step into AA and NA meetings with their minor children. Minor teenagers are often mandated by the courts or encouraged by family to attend AA and NA meetings. If families really knew what lies in wait at these meetings, they would never allow a family member of any age anywhere near the dangerous doors of AA or NA meetings.
Families deserve to know that there are absolutely no safeguards in place currently to protect minors in Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. There are no background checks required for any AA or NA members who gravitate to meetings attended by vulnerable minors and women. In fact, unless AA members are working within institutions like jails, mental hospitals or juvenile facilities-no background checks are ever required. It’s basically a free for all.
AA and NA meetings are ripe for victimization of unknowing attendees. For instance, the only requirement that AA states is that “one must have a desire to stop drinking.” Still, even AA must admit that the egregious practice of mandating felons to their meetings ignores that requirement. Felons, by virtue of having been forced to attend meetings, do not all (or most even) actually desire or even intend to stop drinking and/or drugging. They go to get their paperwork signed; and many, once they see how easily accessible the meetings make their potential victims, go for prey.
They Hold Members Accountable… Now It Is Their Turn
If someone wants to start a substance abuse treatment center with classes, they have to obtain zoning approval, deal with bureaucracy and jump through a bunch of hoops. If they want to have minors attend their classes there are even more hoops to jump through, including background checks. If you call yourself a “12 step self help group,” however, any and all requirements fly out of the window. Why is this loophole allowed? Why are Alateen attendees required to have background checks and typical formalities to protect minors, yet no other 12 step program has any requirements in place? Is Alcoholics Anonymous being given some sort of special dispensation due to its monolithic influence in this country? All other agencies in this country that serve the public in the way that NA and AA do are required by law to adhere to guidelines and a regulatory process. Even though AA and NA receive clients worth billions in revenue to 12 step based programs, AA and NA are allowed to move forward with impunity, no regulations and are not held in any way accountable for the injuries, rapes and deaths that they refuse to acknowledge or take any responsibility for. See: http://nadaytona.org/alcoholics-anonymous-votes-no-to-protect-members-from-predators/#sthash.GJ9QDJSU.dpuf
Lie #1 – Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12 Step Approach is the Only Way
Alternatives to AA and NA exist for those that do not agree with the 12 step religious component, the notion that one is utterly powerless over addiction…and that one must make meetings or…die. Many in AA and NA know this, but they have a vested interest in keeping this information from the public at large. Smart Recovery, Women for Sobriety, and SOS and other science based treatment options are available. All US courts, in accordance with the Constitution of the United States of America, must offer secular (non-religious) options to those mandated to alcohol and/or substance abuse treatment. Our courts must stop the current practice of violating the constitutional rights of minors and adults. Substance abusers are still American citizens and they have better recovery rates when they are given a choice of treatment options and support groups.
In America freedom of choice is a right that AA and NA must not be allowed to take away. It is time to be rigorously honest about Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. If you or someone you know is dealing with AA, NA or an alcohol or drug problem, please make a list of the following resources. There are many more good resources out there as well. Do your due diligence. You are really worth it.
Here are just a few of the many resources now available:
HAMS (Harm Reduction, Abstinence and Moderation Support)
My Way Out (MWO)
Moderation Management (MM)
SMART Recovery (Self Management And Recovery Training)
Women For Sobriety (WFS)
SOS (Save Our Selves)
Rational Recovery (RR)
We welcome you to please take the time to read more information from some of the many resources that we have referred to:
Grant , M. (2011, August 30). Neighbors take aa concerns to nutley boe. Retrieved from http://www.northjersey.com/news/128671393_Neighbors_take_AA_concerns_to_Nutley_BOE.html
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