New postcard to educate everyone about the alternatives that exist BESIDES AA.
Listen to our most recent show with Journalist Maia Szalavitz and NYT Best selling author UNBROKEN BRAIN – on substance use issues. Opioid Drug Problems.
The New York TImes op ed piece is so fantastic. This piece is exploring other options like SMART Recovery, MAT and just going back to your Native culture. Maia needs to be on CNN Anderson Cooper and MSNBC !
By Maia Szalavitz
Photographs by Ryan Christopher Jones
Filthy hands gripping bloody needles, pregnant women shooting up, angelic toddlers in car seats with their parents slumped upfront, overdosed — media images of the opioid crisis are relentlessly dire.
Fortunately, this is not the whole story. Around two million Americans are addicted to opioids. Yet many more have overcome their opioid problems. A large national population study found that almost all of those who once met criteria for prescription opioid-use disorder achieved remission during their lifetimes — and half of those recovered within five years. Although heroin and street fentanyl are more dangerous, most of those who avoid fatal overdoses recover from addiction.
To improve the odds, we need to recognize and champion recovery — and the wide variety of forms it can take. In media and pop culture, when recovering people are seen at all, one type usually appears: someone who goes to rehab and then abstains from all drugs by relying on 12-step programs like Narcotics Anonymous.
In fact, other recovery journeys are more common. For example, nearly half of those with prescription opioid addiction are able to recover without formal treatment or self-help participation. Read full story here.
Addiction Doesn’t Always Last a Lifetime
In fact, most people recover, often on their own. Here are some of their stories.
THIS IS A TRAGIC STORY-
Stephen Chancey met and married his third wife, Joyce, at the Sharonville Alcoholics Anonymous meetings both attended. That’s also where he killed her, shooting her six times when, as she was divorcing him, she had the nerve to show up there after he told her to stay away.
Chancey’s third marriage, like his first two, crumbled after his wife accused him of abusing her.
Joyce Lynn Chancey, 44, grew so scared of her husband that she got a restraining order against him on Oct. 29, 2001.
Click on the “Read More…”link below for more of the story, and commentary.
That didn’t stop Chancey from showing up at her house and stalking her in the months after that or from giving graphic details during an AA meeting — as he stared at his wife — about his “army training in killing.”
She became so frightened that she sought a second protective order Feb. 8, citing his deteriorating mental condition and statements he had made to a friend about doing harm to his wife or her daughter.
“Now I fear what he will do to me if I show up at my (AA) meeting on Sunday,” she wrote in that order.
She had reason to fear.
Two days later, as she arrived at the Sharonville AA meeting, Chancey saw her pull her car into a parking lot. He walked up to her and shot her six times in front of about 20 people.
When anti-gun extremists are faced with questions about how law-abiding citizens can protect themselves from criminals in the midst of gun bans, they usually claim the police or more stringent laws can protect us.
But as with the story “Dial 911 & Your Neighbor Dies”, this event proves that laws or restraining orders cannot stop a person intent on doing harm, and that police are most often relegated to cleaning up after a crime was committed, rather than preventing it from happening.
Once again we see a Football star gets AA instead of jail time –
WHY_ geez – folks – If a Pilot did this – his life would be ruined and he would be forced to comply with an AA Nazi style regime that could last 5 years or his entire career.
If you are tired of AA based rehab – The Freedom Model may be for you .
Some people find that even after leaving AA- 20 years ago – 6 months ago – 2 years ago – those “readings are still lingering in your head as your head hits the pillow.
What is that all about anyway? Were we really brainwashed ? Many say – “No” that cant be… AA is not a cult. ” Many of us say yes, yes – it is a cult and here is why.
I too wondered why was it that people get sucked in so quickly – I think it is a many pronged factor.
- People are very lonely when they arrive ( their family and friends are all angry at them _ hence the LOVE BOMBING.
- The readings at every meeting and the tone in which they are read are straight up brainwashing technique ( this is the use of all We’s and US not Me and I ) I will post a Through the worm hole episode to make my point.
- A person may be in an extremely vulnerable state. Like never before or never again will this the case perhaps.
The things people say in meetings, like : Only WE CAN HELP YOU
You will die or go insane or go to jail if you leave here.
You must come here forever, Only WE Understand you …. we are special —
Loaded language is used in AA and in all cults. I will continue this thread adding in how I deprogrammed and how you to can be free not only from the meetings – buts its ideology.
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There are professionals that can help too. Rachel Bernstein in a great resource-
Bill Burr tells it like it is .
Abram Tuvov had been sober so long that Alcoholics Anonymous members in Palm Springs just assumed he was a good guy.
One female AA member who was new in town felt comfortable enough to go on an afternoon bicycle ride with him, even stopping at his house for waffles. The November 2014 outing ended with Tuvov, 72, raping the woman so viciously that she played dead until it was over.
Tuvov, who lives minutes away from the woman, was convicted, but is out on $150,000 bail while awaiting sentencing.
Jaroslava Mendez with a photo of her daughter, Karla Brada, who was killed by her fiance while both were in Alcoholics Anonymous. Mendez has kept Karla’s bedroom as a memorial to her. Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
UPDATED 9-6-18- After two trials- where at the 2nd trial Abram Tuvov was convicted of four felony rapes, the judge in this case allowed him to walk free the entire time even after he was found guilty. Tuvov then fired his attorney and asked for a new trial, a third trial, which the judge is allowing. Corruption in CALIFORNIA is so bad. They lean towards criminals .
ATTENTION Journalists, News , Associated Press, Palm Springs News- please come to witness what will happen with this Convicted rapist- Sentencing has been postponed before. We hope and pray Justice will be served.
#metoo, #TIMESUP campaign #SAYNOTORAPEINAA
NAME ABRAM TUVOV- Member of alcoholics anonymous for 20 years. Lives Plam Springs and Santa Monica CA.
Judge Otis Sterling
DA -Samantha ( SAMMIE ) Paxio
District attorneys office 760-393-2617
Location : Indio Court – 46200Oasis Strett, Indio Ca 92201
Friday 9 AM May 25th , 2018 Court room- 2 G upstairs