“once our cancer is treated, or our car is repaired, we don’t have to attend a meeting and give an organization cash. Daily. That would mean that we are addicted to and dependant on, the organization.” — J.W.Blackstock
“Alcoholics Anonymous holds the copyright on the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions; you will need first to secure permission in writing from AA (Alcoholics Anonymous, P.O. Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163) to use the Steps or Traditions.” — Google search snippet.
OK! AA is a company, a business. The involving trust, especially with regard to the relationship between a trustee and a beneficiary, is that a company has a fiduciary duty to shareholders, the responsibility of a business to create a profit.
The responsibility of AA isn’t to help people. In fact, according to Gabrielle Glaser/The Atlantic, the program only has a 3% success rate in dealing with addictions in any measurably effective way. The most effective way to deal with an addiction is used daily by millions the world over; short-term pain for long-term gain. AKA adult behaviour.
All adults seek specialized assistance occasionally, car repairs or medical and psychological issues for example. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel. But once our cancer is treated, we don’t have to attend a meeting and give an organization cash. Daily. That would mean that you are addicted to and dependant on the organization that calls you a lifelong loser and sucks on your bank account.
AA is big business, a simple Google search result: “Full-year 2019 earnings were $3.79 per diluted share. Excluding net special items 2, earnings were $4.90 per diluted share, up 8% year over year. Accrued $213 million for the company’s profit-sharing program in 2019, including $74 million in the fourth quarter. Jan. 23, 2020”
I wish my business earned 74 million profit every 3 months.
My Uncle Charlie was a 3 meeting a day man. He was dumped on the Salvation Army along with his brothers and sister during the depression, unable to be fed by my grandparent's failed farm. So booze became his abandonment pain relief and institutions became his parents. He never resolved the trauma, and never achieved adulthood.
Somewhere in the AA Big Book, Bill W., the author, has everyone present chant at the beginning of every meeting that they sought treatment from the medical community with no success and only the other addicts are able to magically assist them through divine intervention. “In fact, AA is a religious organization with some very specific views, deriving from the religious body known as “The Oxford Group Movement” or “Moral Rearmament,” associated with Frank Buchman, who was extremely controversial both because of his political views (he said some friendly things about Hitler) and because of his intrusive, hard-sell methods of proselytizing.” — Dr. Michael Edelstein
Evidence-based psychology interferes with the profit margin.
So, with 3 meetings a day, donating his spare cash to the institution, Uncle Charlie had enough left over to live on my grandmother's couch, all his life after his last jail term, soiling himself in his relapses, addicted to sugar like nearly all AA members.
He had a diabetic-related stroke and passed away.
When there is an AA convention, the bakeshops are sold out for blocks around the convention centre. High fructose corn syrup, the AA drug of choice, and alcohol are almost identical on a molecular level, the former was created in a lab in Japan in the ’60s. It has all the harmful negative effects on the liver and brain of booze but without the high. Enjoy your Big Gulp.
High fructose corn syrup turns off the enzyme in your cells that tells your brain you are full, according to Dr. Lustig, the world's foremost expert on the obesity epidemic of babies consuming baby formula containing high fructose corn syrup. Babies aren’t gluttons and they don’t underexercise. So after your 3 big macs and you are still not feeling full, you have a worldwide epidemic of obesity blamed routinely on lazy gluttons by the soft drink folks, and no evidence for their claim, just these fat baby victims increasing their profit margin.
Alcoholics say they can’t control their drinking, they can't have just one drink. I would suggest that based on the research of an almost molecularly identical substance, high fructose corn syrup, no one can, especially with repeated heavy use. It would appear that it's the effect of the drug turning off the lipid enzyme affecting the brain and therefore the behaviour that creates the repeated heavy use in the first place, not your lack of character development. The miracle of the obsessive cravings magically disappearing has more to do with chemistry than turning your will and your life over to an organization willing to rape your bank account to the tune of 74 million every 3 months.
These AA victims are not ill, as they claim without evidence, as no etiology can be ascertained. They are simply human, having fallen prey to unscrupulous businessmen (cult recruiters) taking credit for the chemical process of healing from abuse, then manipulating them for for-profit purposes, that are not in their best interests. The victims of cults are typical. Intelligent, educated, in transition and in pain.
The anxiety and hostility symptoms of the depressed AA dependence addict lashing out at others are easily dealt with using modern evidence-based techniques. No one is powerless over their drug/alcohol abuse. Or their emotions.
- Walk out the A.A. door.
- Feel shitty.
- See a doctor.
- Get treatment to help feel better. (diet and exercise)
- See a psychologist.
- Get treatment to learn to:
- Talk to strangers.
- Ask for what you want.
- Get communication.
- Get Companionship.
- Get Sex.
- Live long and prosper.