How Alcoholics Anonymous HARMS the Inner Strength of Individuals- by blogger ANON

Thank you e Man,
I do have some fellowship funk. I clearly am still influenced by my AA attendance. It is important for me to stand on my own and detach from the AA notion that I need to completely rely on others for good decision making. AA has no exit and teaches complete dependence on others. The danger and long term damage occurs from the system of action and reward. EXAMPLE; I use a sponsor for decision making and comply with AA; I am then rewarded with approval from the sponsor and group. This is the human equivalent of dog training.
Last night I thought about having a glass of wine with my wife yet decided not to, that is normal drinking.

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KARLA BRADA’s Murder Pre Trial today…

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I sat in a courtroom all day today with Karla’s parents, Hector and Jaro, and her family and close friends listening to the beginning of her trial. I can not blog details but it was very hard to listen to the details of the coroner as he testified. I stopped breathing at one point I was so horrified, then I caught my breath and forced myself to take some deep breaths. I felt a huge wave of sadness fill me, then I looked to my right and each of the family members and friends had tears streaming down their faces. I took more deep breaths and continued listening.

When it was over I drove home on the 405 south (there was no traffic at 5pm ) and I was exhausted. I can’t imagine how they feel.

I think there are many aspects of what happened to her that will push our work, quicker and faster into the light and into the media and in effect make change.

  1. To make sure there is justice for Karla
  2. To educate the public and AA members that violent and sex  offenders are being sent there unknowingly…
  3. Make it illegal for the judges to use AA as a dumping ground
  4. Force AA/NA to be regulated
  5. Force AA to create safety polices
  6. Educate the public that there are 6 other free support options other then AA/NA
  7. Wake up the insurance industry (Blue Cross etc.) that they are being duped and ripped off along with average citizens by places that are flop houses and not real healing places
  8. Educate the public that AA is completely unregulated and a dangerous cultish like support group.
  9. That there are no trained facilitators like presented on network TV shows at all!

The good news is…that the Judge felt that there was enough evidence to move forward with the trial. Thank GOD!

Loophole In California Law Lets Sex Offenders Become Addiction Counselors

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Now this is some excellent investigative reporting. Hats off to the reporters! Now this probably won’t come as a shock to those of us advocating safety regulations in 12 step meetings.  I wonder what the state of California has to say about the fact that sexual predators are allowed to be AA sponsors and NA sponsors for people of all ages, including teens?
Many 12 steppers go on to become addiction counselors to make a living, or set up halfway houses to make a buck and exploit the system and the addicts. This is just outrageous that sex offenders can be addiction counselors or AA Sponsors to teens. Let’s roll up our sleeves and start raising more hell about these loopholes and apathy that allow these insane practices to continue! Stop sexual abuse by sexual psychopaths turned counselors and sex predators turned sponsors!
Hole in California law allows sex offenders to become addiction counselors
May 13, 2013
 “Sexual psychopath.” That was the diagnosis a court-ordered psychiatrist gave Donald Robert Hoffman after he was convicted of molesting a 13-year-old boy in 1965. Hoffman, the psychiatrist determined, was a danger to others.

But that history didn’t stop Hoffman from becoming a state-registered drug and alcohol counselor decades later, even though he had to register as a sex offender once he was released from prison in 1979.

Hoffman lost his counselor status only after three residents of the San Francisco rehab center where he worked told investigators in 2008 that Hoffman had plied them with drugs and alcohol and made aggressive sexual advances. Hoffman was fired, but was never charged over those allegations. He died two years later at 67.

The case demonstrates a hole in state law: There is nothing to prevent sex offenders and others with criminal records from becoming alcohol and drug counselors in California, even though such roles give them direct contact with people, including teens, at their most vulnerable.

A state Senate oversight report released today found that at least 23 sex offenders have been approved since 2005 to work as drug and alcohol counselors in California.

They include a Los Angeles man convicted of 110 counts of lewd acts on a child for molesting four children he was baby-sitting and one convicted for having sex with the 12-year-old daughter of his father’s girlfriend. A third Los Angeles man registered as a counselor after serving time for forcing a 12-year-old boy to perform a sex act. Soon after his release, he put on a ski mask and robbed two women at gunpoint.

The Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes was able to confirm that at least a dozen of the sex offenders actually worked as counselors. Its findings show that California is more rigorous in screening veterinarians and nearly all other health professionals than it is in checking the backgrounds of addiction counselors.

Anyone can register with one of seven private counselor-certifying agencies in the state to be a drug or alcohol counselor. Registration gives participants a veneer of official approval until they meet the requirements to be a certified counselor. Requirements include a year’s worth of full-time work and 155 hours of alcohol and drug education.

California and Pennsylvania are the only two states among the nation’s largest 15 that do not perform background checks or screen alcohol and drug rehab counselors, the report says. It calls on lawmakers to renew efforts to put the state in charge of overseeing the state’s 36,000 addiction counselors. The state Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs sponsored a bill in 2009 to do just that, but it died. It would have banned sex offenders from becoming registered or certified counselors.

Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Walnut Creek, said he carried the bill in hopes of professionalizing the field.

“I think the public assumes that licensing and certification will protect them from someone like (Hoffman), from being in that position, but that’s not the case always,” DeSaulnier said.

Currently, the alcohol and drug department, which will be absorbed by the Department of Health Care Services this summer, oversees the seven agencies that have the authority to grant certification. The state department also investigates complaints about counselors.

Although acting Director Michael Cunningham testified in favor of the 2009 bill, the department does not have a position on whether sex offenders and other criminals should be allowed to be counselors, according to Millicent Tidwell, acting deputy director.

She said the agency “is examining the current statutes and regulations in order to address improvements, including ways to provide greater levels of accountability and oversight.”

The Senate report highlights other lapses in California’s oversight. Counselor-certifying groups have no way of detecting arrests or convictions that occur after someone becomes a counselor. The report cites a half-dozen examples of active counselors who have been convicted of drug offenses, drunken driving or battery while treating rehab clients.

The report also details how health professionals who lose their license in another field can be certified as drug and alcohol counselors. Such counselors include a former nurse who stole the identities of patients at a San Bernardino County hospital and a former doctor who prescribed potent medications over the Internet.

Unlike California, other states check a national database of disciplinary actions before certifying counselors, the report says.

Case illustrates possible consequences

Hoffman’s case underscores the seriousness of the problem. He faced little scrutiny before complaints arose over his conduct at the drug rehab center where he worked, Freedom from Alcohol and Drugs in San Francisco.

One man who testified against the program at an administrative hearing in Oakland said Hoffman picked him up after an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in 2006 and drove him to a bar.

The man, identified only as B.B. in hearing records, said Hoffman assured him that they were just “a couple of guys blowing off some steam” and encouraged him to order drinks. After the man drank a couple of rum-and-cola cocktails, Hoffman drove to pick up a six-pack of beer.

B.B. testified that Hoffman took him back to his bedroom late at night, where he kissed B.B. before B.B. “passed out.” B.B. awoke with his pants undone and uncertain of what had happened.

He also said he did not report the events to the program’s executive director, afraid that he’d be evicted from the residential program and end up homeless.

Two other former program residents also spoke to a state inspector. One said Hoffman urged him to drink and sought oral sex. The other said Hoffman gave him crack cocaine. Intoxicated, he said, he and Hoffman would have sex on the premises of Freedom from Alcohol and Drugs.

Administrative Law Judge Perry O. Johnson stripped the program of its state license in 2008.

Douglas Watson still runs Freedom from Alcohol and Drugs as a cluster of “clean and sober” houses on the western rim of San Francisco. Such residences do not require a state license.

Watson said a predecessor hired Hoffman as a house manager. Watson said he knew about Hoffman’s history but worried that he could be sued if he fired Hoffman.

“I don’t feel like I got a fair shake,” Watson said.

Watson also said he thinks allegations against Hoffman might have been exaggerated.

Hoffman was 22 when he was accused of forcing a 13-year-old boy into his car, taking him to the beach in Pacifica and molesting him at knifepoint, San Mateo County court records say.

Hoffman told a psychiatrist that the fondling was consensual and admitted to choking the boy to prevent him from telling anyone.

The Stanford University psychiatry professor determined Hoffman was a “sexual psychopath” predisposed to sexual offenses “to a degree that makes him dangerous to the health and safety of others.”

In 2007, the California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources, one of the state-approved agencies, registered Hoffman as a counselor.

David Peters, director of external affairs, said the Sacramento-based group has supported past legislation to ban sex offenders.

“Lots of people can become really great counselors and have some criminal records in their past,” Peters said. “We feel we need the state to define legal eligibility.”

Clarification: This story has been updated to reflect that the Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes confirmed that at least a dozen sex offenders performed work as counselors.

This story was edited by Amy Pyle and copy edited by Nikki Frick and Christine Lee.

 

 

http://cironline.org/reports/hole-california-law-allows-sex-offenders-become-addiction-counselors-4512

Trial of Aaron Harris, 36 for murder of Sarah Winters, 40 that he met at an AA meeting in General Service Area 24, District 14 Mason City, IA 2012 Primary tabs

This is another murder like Karla Brada from Santa Clarita , CA and Kristine and Saundra Cass murdered by Clayborne Connely in Honolulu, Hawaii in August 2010. Heart breaking stories that might have been prevented if AA in NY and AA in HAWAII and AA in Los Angeles would have taken heed to the letters Monica Richardson wrote to NY AA headquarters in Oct of 2009 and again another9 page letter  signed by many AA members documentaing the rapes and dangers we were finding in Los Angeles , CA. in 2009-2010!

taken from OP written by jrharris

Submitted by JR Harris on Thu, 05/16/2013 – 13:24
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Sarah Winters, 40 was strangled to death on July 10, 2012 in a boarding house at 410 N. Washington Ave in Mason City Iowa. Arrested for her death and currently on trial is Aaron Harris, 36 who met her at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in 2010 in AA General Service Area 24, District 14 (http://www.aa-iowa.org/index.php?id=95). Aaron Harris has a history alcoholism treatment and is being tried by Judge Rustin Davenport of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa with Assistant Iowa Attorney General Douglas Hammerand and Attorney Carlyle Dalen as the persecutors. Harris is claiming diminished capacity because he is an alcoholic. (emphasis is mine)

Police officer testifies about call to alleged murder scene

May 15, 2013 12:28 pm • By PEGGY SENZARINO

MASON CITY — A Mason City police officer described finding Sarah Winters’ body in a Mason City rooming house during the first day of testimony in the trial of Aaron Harris.

Harris, 36, Mason City, is charged with first-degree murder in the strangulation death of Winters, 40, on July 10, 2012. Her body was found at about 12:45 a.m. in Room 101 at 410 N. Washington Ave.

Sgt. Brett Hollander testified seeing the defendant sitting in the common area of the rooming house.

The three-story building has approximately 13 sleeping rooms. The common area includes a television room, a music room with a piano and a kitchen.

“He was sitting on the edge of the couch. He looked scared. Yeah, there’s no other way to put it. He was sitting bolt upright on the edge of the couch,” Hollander said.

Hollander saw the door of Room 101 was slightly ajar. He could see a woman lying on the bed.

He asked Harris who lived there. He said he did. He then asked about the woman on the bed.

“He sat there for a minute and paused,” Hollander testified. “He said I killed her. I pushed the door immediately open and went into the room.”

Hollander began CPR but Winters did not respond.

Harris was then taken into custody by police.

In opening statements, defense attorney Susan Flander said Harris is responsible for Winters’ death but she claims Harris has a history of mental illness and alcohol problems which make it impossible for him to form the intent and premeditation to commit first-degree murder.

Flander is putting forth a defense of diminished responsibility and intoxication.

Also taking the stand Wednesday morning was Harris’ former employer Hilton Ramlakhm who runs a cleaning business.

Harris worked part time in the months leading up to the alleged murder.

Ramlakhm said he met Harris at a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous in 2010.

He testified Harris called him in the early morning hours of July 10, 2012 saying he “screwed up bad.”

Ramlakhm said Harris admitted killing Winters but then changed his story when he suggested calling the police.

Testimony will continue at 1 p.m. in Cerro Gordo County District Court in Mason City.

Source: http://globegazette.com/news/local/police-officer-testifies-about-call-to-…

Jury sworn in for Harris trial on first-degree murder charge

May 14, 2013 5:50 pm • By MARY PIEPER

MASON CITY — The jury in the murder trial of a Mason City man accused of strangling a woman to death last July was sworn in late Tuesday afternoon in Cerro Gordo County District Court.

The trial of Aaron Harris, 36, who is charged with first-degree murder in the July 10, 2012, death of Sarah Winters, 40, Mason City, begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Winters’ body was found in an apartment at 410 N. Washington Ave.

Assistant Iowa Attorney General Douglas Hammerand and Cerro Gordo County Attorney Carlyle Dalen are prosecuting the case. Susan Flander and Alex Berger are the defense attorneys. The judge is Rustin Davenport.

A panel of 32 potential jurors was called from a pool of more than 50 gathered in the courtroom Tuesday morning.

Hammerand questioned those on the panel on whether they knew any of the parties involved in the case, if they have read or heard about the case and remember specific details, and if they have ever had experiences with law enforcement that would prevent them from being fair and impartial jurors.

One woman was excused because one of her relatives was a homicide victim. A man was excused because he works the overnight shift and said he would have trouble paying attention to the trial due to lack of sleep.

Other panelists were questioned in private. Some were then excused, and more potential jurors were called from the pool to sit on the panel.

Hammerand asked the panelists if they are comfortable with the state not having to prove a motive in the case.

“This is not a whodunit case,” he said, noting defenses of intoxication and diminished responsibility due to mental illness will be raised during the trial.

He explained that diminished responsibility is not the same as an insanity defense, and that someone with a mental illness does not necessarily have diminished responsibility if he or she commits a crime.

Flander asked the panelists if they believe mental health professionals can disagree on a diagnosis and if people can act out of character when they are intoxicated.

She also asked them if they thought someone could be so intoxicated that he or she could not plan something.

Twelve jurors and one alternate were chosen.

Harris is being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail under $200,000 cash bond.

Source: http://globegazette.com/news/local/jury-selection-begins-in-harris-murder-…

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here is some video from local news …http://www.kimt.com/2013/05/16/aaron-harris-trial-resumes/

ATTENTION all Ex Stepper’s bloggers who have been harmed by AA WE NEED YOUR HELP- CALL To ACTION!

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We are having some progress with our activism with the help of Jaro, Karla Brada’s Mother. We have sent letters to President Obama and Michelle and VP Joe Biden and Jill BIden and Governor Brown.

No one but Jerry Browns office have responded. But today , Senator Alex Padilla’s office responded and called Jaro, Karla’s mom.

He is going to investigate what is going on in AA in California.

SO WE NEED YOU TO  DO SOMETHING for Karla, for Jaro and Hector….please!!!

Under the FIle a Complaint thread please tell us your complaint directing it to Alex Padilla and I will cut and paste these stories and send them to his office. Or send them to his office and copy the story here so we can track them. 

Each step we take I will be telling you and we might go to Sacramento and to Los Angeles CIty Hall and Los Angeles Superior Court where we heard today by a very reliable source that 100-200 men have been court ordered to AA. VIOLENT OFFENDERS TO BOOT! Every friggen day…Oh my dear GOD help us.

Also, please tell us what state you are in.

 

 

 

Mark Burchell Owner of DOORWAY To Recovery (Sober Living Homes) Sexually Preys on New Young Woman and their MOMS

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Posted: 05/02/2013

Farmington Hills, Mich. – Recovery homes are supposed to be safe havens for addicts to heal after they get out of rehab.

But instead of helping addicts rebuild their lives, a local sobriety leader is accused by several women of preying on them.

He’s been hailed as a saint in the recovery community.  Just two months ago, Mark Burchell won the Michigan Drug Court Hero Award.

Burchell runs a program called Doorway to Recovery, but is this addiction guru really such a hero?

And are his “recovery homes” really just a doorway to vulnerable women?

It turns out in Michigan, there is no oversight for recovery homes, like Burchell’s. That means there’s really no one to go to for help if something goes wrong while you’re living in a sobriety home.

“I was going there to make my life better, and it got worse,” said Tiffany Hazel. Read full story here:

Read more: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/women-say-they-went-to-local-sobriety-leader-for-help-instead-say-they-found-trouble#ixzz2SOgjUGan

 

How disgusting is that? But  we in Los Angeles know some other oldtimers doing this here in Cali for years and getting away with it. When will they come forward to ABC NEWS in Los Angeles and speak out.

Well this fantastic young woman and her mother spoke out. Thank you ladies for your courage.

THANK YOU ABC NEWS FOR REPORTING ON THIS IMPORTANT STORY!!!

KICK STARTER and The Launching of the Media Campaign for The Documentary Film THE 13TH STEP Coming Soon

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Most of you know that I have been working on my Doc about exposing AA and the sexual predation going on in it and within the culture. I have been up in Canada and there are so many fantastic films being pitched and shown here. Every film has used crowd funding as part of building the audience early on and to just raise money along with getting money from a Broadcaster, or independent sources.

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At first I was hesitant to do this given the subject, but after seeing film clips/trailers about Syria, the Congo, Anita Hill and many other more serious subjects, I have been given a new perspective on the whole AA , NA 12 step problem.  Even The Catholic Church has been taken on and I am sure AA is not bigger then they are.

So I will be launching a crowd funding kick starter campaign to raise money.

I have spoken to many reps from many countries about the sexual predation in AA and in doing so realized that even though AA is a worldwide organization, …it …the world is not infested with AA culture dominating their society as it is in America.

I will be creating a face book page for the film and a kick starter page. It has been the most validating experience so far. To be away from Los Angeles, and the US and talk with sane fantastic film people from Sundance, The BBC, CNN, IFP, France, Montreal, Chile and the like, lets me know that AA and America are not the world. It has been very validating! Eye opening for them when I tell them AA is not run by TRAINED Facilitators…at all!!!

AA is really not as global as presented. In that I mean… the domination of their cultures. They may have meetings and Big Books in their languages but its nothing like the USA. Which is good.

My KickStarter will be me talking directly into the camera telling you how much I have shot already and what I will be covering and how much I have already spent. I will tell you what our plan is. If anyone wants to be involved please contact me.

So ….there is lots of hope.