WHY are you leaving AA? Is it a cult- What is brainwashing- What are key red flags that make a group a toxic group, organization or…yes … a cult?


Early on in my work, I was still in AA and I did not think AA was a cult. Haters on Stink-thinkin.com   www.stinkin-thinkin.com were giving me crap for trying to make things safer in AA.” ( 2009 -2010)    ” Leave” — they said.    “You are brainwashed” —-they said.

It took a few years of blogging, two years as a GSR, (General

Service Rep) that I began to see and hear in meetings things I had never noticed before. Finally after reading many books like , Addiction Proof Your Child by Stanton Peele, The workbook from SMART Recovery,  AMY Lee Coys  book FROM DEATH DO I PART,  http://www.amazon.com/Death-Do-Part-Myself-Addiction/dp/069200971X/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 I began filling my head with Non AA rhetoric. Here is a list of books I recommend http://leavingaa.com/recommended-books/

Last July I met a screenwriter who introduced me to Rachel Bernstein   http://www.blogtalkradio.com/saferecovery/2016/02/09/rachel-bernstein-cult-deprogramming-expert–therapist and has been interviewed on my radio show .She is an expert in Cult awareness and deprogramming and with help getting a loved one out of a cult, or an abusive one on one relationship.

All cults have control tactics.

1. AA says ” only we can help you ” —RED FLAG—- there is not such thing as “ONLY WE CAN HELP YOU”

2. AA says- :you must come to meetings forever or you will die, go to jail or go insane ” Really— who are they????? How would they know this—–are they GOD—- are they psychic? NO…they are not.

As time passed and continued my www.blogtalkradio.com/saferecovery I realized that in ripping up the big Book, I saw that AA , and the big book , when it was written has never – I mean Never been vetted, researched or updated.

3. AA says- GOD COULD AND WOULD IF HE WERE SOUGHT….sought about what?

If it were a disease ( which it is not ) why would you being going to a church basement for help for a BRIAN DISEASE, by praying a , talking and asking strangers who are not Doctors for advice. To top it off, its not scientific, or medical advice. Its quasi cult arm chair psychobabble.