Practical Recovery is Hosting a Free Screening of The 13th Step – Tuesday -April 26, 2016 in San Diego CA>

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Thanks to Tom Horvath and Practical Recovery there will be a Free Community Screening.

Monica Richardson – Director /filmmaker will be there to answer questions after the film.

See you then!

If you want to host a Free Community Screening in your town contact us.

Monica

https://www.practicalrecovery.com/event/13th-stepfree-screening-the-13th-step/

New show FLAKED on NETFLIX is showing a Darker side of AA ! Congrats to Will Arnett

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Are any of you watching FLAKED with Will Arnett on Netflix?

Very good to see someone not with kit gloves showing a truer side to AA and its culture, its lies, and its black & White thinking.

Chip ( Will Arnett) star from Arrested Development and Bo Jack Horseman plays a guy who says he has ten years of AA style ” sobriety” . The season opens with him in an AA meeting in Venice , CA ….Chip says he killed someone while drunk…its like his thing to define himself.

Please give this a watch and let me know what you think. I love the monologue He says to the black sober cop.

Bethlehem Police Officer Sues over being forced to join Alcoholics Anonymous. I Love this GUY!

A Bethlehem police officer who was dismissed following a DUI charge, then ordered to be reinstated, is now suing the city after its expert ruled he is an alcoholic and is unfit to return to the police department.

Richard Hoffman is neither an alcoholic, nor a recovering alcoholic, and has never received a medical diagnosis as such, according to his lawsuit filed in Northampton County Court last month.

Bethlehem, however, is using a forensic psychologist’s opinion to brand him as an alcoholic who cannot perform his duties as a police officer, the suit says.

Hoffman “was, in essence, terminated twice without just cause,” according to the lawsuit.

Since the city regards Hoffman as a recovering alcoholic, which he denies, the city should consider him as a person with a disability covered under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, the suit says.

Under the statute, Hoffman should have been allowed to complete the recommended treatment before being determined unfit to return to the police department, the lawsuit says.

Hoffman’s attorney, Donald Russo, could not be reached for comment on Wednesday afternoon.

Attorney Susan McDonough is representing Bethlehem in the matter, and filed a notice Wednesday to have the suit moved to federal court. McDonough declined to comment about the suit.

Hoffman was charged with drunken driving after crashing into a parked vehicle and damaging two others in August 2013 in the city. His blood-alcohol content was 0.16, according to authorities.

Hoffman was accepted into a first-time offender’s program and the DUI was erased from his criminal record.

Bethlehem City Council voted unanimously in March 2014 to fire Hoffman, but an arbitrator ruled last year that the city only had cause to discipline him, not fire him.

According to Hoffman’s suit, the arbitrator ruled the city could only discipline him with a 25-day suspension. Hoffman was to be reinstated, but the city had the right to require Hoffman to submit, and successfully complete, a fitness-for-duty evaluation.

Hoffman claims the city never required other officers with DUI charges, who were also suspended 25 days, to receive the same evaluation.

The arbitrators ruling “reflected unlawful bias in the form of an utterly unsubstantiated belief that (Hoffman) was suffering from alcoholism,” the suit says.

As part of Hoffman’s evaluation, Dr. Frank Dattilio submitted a report last May that found Hoffman is an alcoholic who could possibly relapse, and is unfit to return to as a patrolman, according to court papers.

Dattilio made recommendations for Hoffman before he be allowed to return as a full-time police officer:

  • Six months sobriety before being allowed to return to light duty.
  • An additional six months of sobriety before being allowed to return to his patrol unit, with the recommendation of random urine tests.
  • Joining an on-going recovery program, such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • Dattilio’s continued evaluation of Hoffman’s complying with the recommendations.

http://www.dailynewsx.com/news/bethlehem-police-officer-fired-following-dui-sues-city-82645.html

Shameless Finale sends Lip Gallagher to AA type 30 day rehab!

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Once again another great season of my favorite show “Shameless” is over. This season seemed to just fly by way too quickly. Thing is– that I never once bought into that Fiona likes the  heroin, loser dude who runs a diner – killed a man- did time,  NA guy played by Dermot Mulroney  ( Sean Pierce) , 25 years her senior.

So we decided to watch season one again. Jeremy Allen White ( Steve) who was Fiona’s first car thieving boyfriend had some pretty genuine sexy chemistry and was truly lovable.  We so wish they would bring him back along with all his charm and Starbucks and Donuts.

But here is the interesting thing happening. They are showing that NA doesn’t work . Season 6 ends with an interesting twist where Frank Fiona’s DAD sees that Dermot Mulroney is still using heroin. ( Spoiler alert ) And so in a nutshell  ends the Wedding between the two.

I do have a problem with LIP going to rehab. First of all he doesn’t have a drinking problem. His Professor does. Next, he’s in college and was partying, but its like they wanna force him ( I mean the writers wanna force Lip–  down this path for a reason.

What is that reason?

Just because someone has a rough patch, does not mean they need rehab. But Americans  are all brainwashed to believe this.

SO here is my theory. Lip , the smartest of the Gallagher clan will not take well to AA brainwashing, rhetoric and or it’s stupidity. Maybe this is what we all have been waiting for. An A list TV show that shows the crap that is spewed in 12 step, its big book and the meetings.

UNLIKE CBS’s show MOM, Shameless, shamelessly tries to keep it real and tell it like it is. What a cast, what writing and directing… I love this show and can hardly wait to see where they will go with the AA rehab with Lip. I hope the writers are reading our blogs and FACEBOOK pages. 🙂 There are a ton of them now!