New postcard to educate everyone about the alternatives that exist BESIDES AA.
New postcard to educate everyone about the alternatives that exist BESIDES AA.
Join Filmmaker Monica Richardson. More to come ….
We are excited to be in London and showing The 13th Step. Monica Richardson will be there to answer any Questions after and meet & greet with any friends who want to meet her. PLease invite any professionals- Doctors, Lawyers, Journalists etc.
RT 52 min.
Starring Gabrielle Glaser, Dr Lance Dodes, Tom Horvath, Dr Marc Kern, Dr Adi Jaffe, Dr Barkhoudariun, Monica Richardson, Ken Anderson, Steven Slate, Stanton Peele, Claudia Christian ( One Little Pill )
International Filmmaker Festival of World cinema http://filmfestinternational.com/london/
Screening on Wednesday, February 15th at 6:30 PM. The Screening will take place at The Crown Plaza Hotel Docklands in Screening Room 1.
We are excited to announce that we are 1 week away from our next screening in downtown Los Angeles. Please buy tickets ahead and online . Arrive early for a good seat. There is a parking lot right next to The Regal Theaters that will validate. There will be a Q & A following.
Is AA like a wind up phone circa 1930’s…
and Smart Recovery is like an IPHONE.
Why in America are we so stuck back then, when it comes to addiction, alcoholic overuse and dependency? At first I thought AA just grew as a grassroots organization. I thought that because the readings at AA meetings and the folklore that is perpetuated in meetings, makes one think that. Our TV shows like “MOM”
and FILMS like “FLIGHT”
with Denzel Washington promotes it all flagrantly like its sweet cookies and milk support group that is run by professionals and secular, which we all know is not true! …
so hear is the thread you have requested….:)
Hi. Have you been coerced or bullied into AA? Are you a Doctor
or a pilot? AA was formulated when cigarettes were promoted as being good for us as we see here in this ad. Well, is AA still good for the masses? Never updated, never researched or never vetted? For 75 years…
I have just come back from interviewing a Pilot and a Doctor. I was so shocked I had a hard time watching the footage when I got home. I got up from my desk, went downstairs and told my husband it was too depressing…I could not handle it …how sad he is…. Thank God my editor is more detached! LOL Thanks … Barry RUBINOW.
The coercion within the FAA and pilots is so fucked up that it broke my heart. This pilot /doctor was so sad that I have no words for what I felt from him. We could not film him in the light and we will have to pitch his voice for fear that he will be so retaliated upon and loss his license.
Things are very bad when the FAA is sending you to an AA psychiatrist who is called a something …blah blah medical Sponsor with some silly other word preceding it. They charge $1,500. for one session. There are only 2 of them in Northern Cali. They force the pilots to go to an expensive $40,000 bullshit rehab called HAZELTON !!!!!!! filled with stepper shit….OMFG!
I want you to know this….You are not alone. There is an attorney who can help you. Please contact me for now and we will begin to see how to handle all the emails. firstname.lastname@example.org
WOW. A mile to be sure.
Thanks for all your support. 🙂 Any suggestions for shows or guests you would like to hear on my show just drop me a line. Exposing the dangers of AA was my first priority and then moved to also interviewing the leaders of the other options available to help with alcohol and drug overuse, both free and for profit.
Books are a great way to educate ourselves so if you’ve found a great new author that I have not interviewed Im interested in that as well!
We will be launching my KICK Starter campaign around August 6th! STAY TUNED!!!
you can always download and listen for free on itunes on any device.
This is Chris Rock from the play “Mother F####ker With A Hat” , where he plays an AA sponsor. I hear it’s a non pro AA play about 13 stepping. Now playing at The South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. I will let you know what I think after I see it. It is set to play in Los Angeles soon, but it’s already sold out.
I have been thinking about this subject ever since blogger “illbefree” arrived here and began posting. So here is my story in a nutshell.
My first sponsor was a very good person by the time I met her. Her name was Mary. She was a big strong hawaiian woman who was the only person who confronted my 13 stepper asshole, way back in 1975. Yet, even she gave me bad advice a few times. Most of the time she loved me like her daughter. I was a teen. 🙂 There are many things she did that made me a better person. She surely made me laugh! But she made her mistakes too.
First off, one day we were sitting at CoCo’s on Kalakaua with Big Richard and Emile, my AA buddies who were both 20 years my senior. We were sipping on some hot Won Ton soup and coffee and it was a chilly balmy hawaiian evening after we went into Oahu Prison, where we went every Wed, bringing an AA meeting to convicted felons who were in there for life. I’m sure I said something stupid, because then Mary turned to me and
said … ” you are sick, sick, sick”. Now I was 19 and I snapped my head around and said ” What did you just say to me…..I didn’t join AA for people to call me names” …..Her face got very serious and she fell silent. Big Richard gave me that look ….like ..”WOW you got some balls kid”. So from then on, she treaded lightly.
…more of the bad stuff.
She told me to marry my 1st husband, that it was me that was too afraid. She was wrong. My instincts were right. So why didn’t I listen to them.
She told me that it was my fault when a korean mobster newcomer with 90 days ripped me off for $700. …all the money I had in the world. I should have know better. I wanted to punch her in the face…and I didn’t … but I had her on a pedastill. It was then she became human and was never again looked at as a saint. But I did have another older sponsor who at the same time told me to go after the guy and get my money back which I did. Her name was Zoe. Thank God for Zoe. She told me to be sure and not to go to too many meetings. That was NOT HEALTHY…”go to the movies, go dancing on Saturday night with young people” she said. Now I see how different AA was then. No one was telling me to go to 90 meetings or even to go everyday.
Here’s some of the good stuff…many times on op the trolls gave me shit for why I stayed so long, but I never felt safe to post it there.
She told me to pusue being a singer, play guitar and take acting.
She supported me in moving to California to pursue my dreams.
She loved me like her own daughter. I seriously needed a mothers love. I never quite bonded with mine, although things are better 30 years later:)
Her whole hawaiian family embraced me and Harry loved me like a daughter.
She kept trying to get me to go back to school. I was always too afraid until years later.
I know you know that I love to bash AA now, but I did have some good woman sponsors.
Maybe this is why I stayed so long. I even went to AL ANON for a few years but I picked a sponsor who was an atheist.
In the end when I was uncovering the crap about AA , one of my sponsors, actually suggested to me that I should sue AA. She also told me she never beleived in being powerless or even that she believed she was an alcoholic. She just wanted to quit drinking and she liked the ladies meetings. Again I was shocked. But this last AA sponsor was so kind and real and non AA like that I felt I needed to post about her. Although she was wrong with advice about my son I had the intuition to know that I didn’t believe in rehab for my kids. And I told her straight up, ” I don’t believe in rehab. Its bullshit” . She was very respectful of me and my opinion.
I I think most people need professional help and not AA sponsors ….yet we read that even judges ask this question in some of the stories we have published on the blogs. Can you imagine if the judges knew how nuts some of these sponsors are?
Now, recently we have a blogger here who has had hideous and bullying sponsors. I know illbefree has done losts of telling here, but I thought it was an important part of why so MANY people are leaving AA today….and that it is the cult and controlling aspect. The bully’s and the BS.
Now what kind of sponsor was I ?…I like to think I was different. A rebel with a cause. A woman who shared her own experience and really tried to stay away from giving advice. True or not, I hope that I helped more then I ever hurt… LOL I was a woman who had a lot of great therapy and read tons of self help books. A woman who did rage work and a woman who already thought alot of the literature was BS and outdated. I told sponsee’s about Fein Shui tips, meditations tips, therapy tips from my therapist, how body work was essential and exercise were so important to my sanity and happiness. Yet still if I look back I made a few mistakes too.:(
I once told a woman I couldn’t work with her because when she told me she didn’t believe in GOD. …I was at a loss for words. I knew nothing about other alternatives like Smart Recovery, Rational Recovery, Lifering, Women for Sobriety, Moderation, Hams Harm Reduction, or drink link moderation. I always looked at this as a spiritual program” OMG… looking back I am so embarrassed by this . Thats truly how naive I was. I feel good that I called these people and said Im sorry. And Not the AA way. I could really see how crazy stepper I was. It was hard to take. To see that perhaps I was in a cult for all those years. WOW!
So please illbefree and anyone else join in…. By the posts we see here and on other anti AA blogs. I am beginning to think more and more this is a huge problem in AA right now. Back in the 70’s and 80’s sponsors were much more laid back and not so “I’m in Charge”!
I see this is bigger or equal to the the sexual predation problem. What do you think?
Somehow I get the feeling that Director of FLIGHT, Robert Zemeckis which stars actor Denzel Washington has not had a chance to read the www.orange-papers.org, or my site here. I know that he will be interested in what we are doing. So I guess I have a phone call to make 🙂 It just doesn’t make any sense why anyone would promote AA so blatantly in a big A film in 2012. I am shocked by how many people think AA meetings are run by trained professional facilitators. There is NO SUCH THING happening in an AA meeting.
The HABIT DOC, Dr Marc Kern a Moderation Specialist will be on SAFE RECOVERY on Blog talk radio Tuesday December 4th @ 4PM PST and 7 pm EST
SO if you or someone you know have a question or would like to speak to Dr Kern, please get your questions ready for a great opportunity!