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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Where Will Power Comes In, May, 1962, Bill W


The Fellas (Friends of Alcoholics Anonymous)

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Monday, 20 October 2014

A little bit of extra dosh always comes in handy.....

Extracts from the aacultwatch forum (old)

To illustrate that non-profit organizations are businesses (and not always as non -profit as they appear), here’s an example of a family run non-profit drug rehab called The Ark which was busted for exploiting clients by the Human Services Department in Utah USA.

A violation notice issued in January by the Department of Human Services specifically cites Boberg, in at least one instance, for "improper use of clients for manual labor for personal gain to Boberg Family,” ….."Clients shamed, embarrassed and verbally abused due to actions of Gloria Boberg,’ the violation notice stated.”…… “It also said that staff members used methods ‘designed to humiliate or frighten a consumer,’ according to information gathered by the state.

Clients pay $13,000 to $15,000 each month, depending on insurance.”  The salaries of non-profit directors are interesting: Gloria Boberg (Founder and executive director) received $161,000 in 2008, Jeremy Boberg, (Director of admissions)and Darron Boberg (Director of operations) each received $132,000 in 2008. “IRS documents show the three also collect $11,000 to $21,000 each, per year, in "other compensation." They say that's Ark-related car and travel expenses.”

This rehab appears to have no connection with AA, but back to the subject of Step’nahead Wayne B, it would be interesting to know how much he is earning off the back of A.A. as executive director of his non-profit organization. Does anyone know? If the Last Mile Foundation is compared to a non-profit the size of The Ark rehab, “According to surveys by the Utah Nonprofits Association, $80,000 was the average salary in 2006 for an executive director of a comparably-sized nonprofit agency. It was $117,000 in 2011.” If comparable, then that would'n't be a bad income for Wayne B for copying a few bits and pieces from the Big Book and AA Grapevine, writing a rehash of the Twelve Steps, then travelling the world to talk about it to a gullible audience that loves him.

Sources: KSL TV/ News Radio: “Nonprofit rehab center's business practices raise ethical concerns” By John Hollenhors  http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=148&sid=19881737 “Controversial drug treatment center was cited for exploiting clients” By John Hollenhorst http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=19929490


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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Alcohol research

Research Society on Alcoholism Lecture Series (2006 and 2008)

The Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) sponsored a series of educational lectures, on a range of topics within the field of alcohol research. This website features all 32 lectures -- 16 lectures presented in 2006 and 16 lectures in 2008. These lectures are available for viewing in quicktime movie format. The presenters powerpoint slides and lecture notes are available to download as well.“


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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (contd)

aacultwatch's perspective on:

(an almost as wildly discursive commentary as our 'take' on the Big Book)

This tome is much reviled in cult circles (especially amongst the Big Book nutters who regard it as almost heretical! (A point of interest – if you're looking for meetings largely free of the aforementioned 'fruitcakes' – and for that matter sundry other screwballs – then a Twelve Step meeting following the format of the above text is usually a safe bet). The text we will be using is as indicated above. And now we come to the:


Alcoholics Anonymous is a worldwide fellowship of more than one hundred thousand* alcoholic men and women who are banded together to solve their common problems and to help fellow sufferers in recovery from that age-old, baffling malady, alcoholism.

This book deals with the “Twelve Steps” and the “Twelve Traditions” of Alcoholics Anonymous. It presents an explicit view [ie. “fully and clearly expressed; leaving nothing implied”] of the principles by which A.A. members recover and by which their Society functions.

A.A.’s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practised as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole.

A.A.’s Twelve Traditions apply to the life of the Fellowship itself. They outline the means by which A.A. maintains its unity and relates itself to the world about it, the way it lives and grows.

Though the essays which follow were written mainly for members, it is thought by many of A.A.’s friends that these pieces might arouse interest and find application outside A.A. itself.

Many people, nonalcoholics, report that as a result of the practice of A.A.’s Twelve Steps, they have been able to meet other difficulties of life. They think
* In 2012, it is estimated that over two million have recovered through A.A.

that the Twelve Steps can mean more than sobriety for problem drinkers. They see in them a way to happy and effective living for many, alcoholic or not.

There is, too, a rising interest in the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. Students of human relations are beginning to wonder how and why A.A. functions as a society. Why is it, they ask, that in A.A. no member can be set in personal authority over another [but see here], that nothing like a central government can anywhere be seen? How can a set of traditional principles, having no legal force at all, hold the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous in unity and effectiveness? The second section of this volume, though designed for A.A.’s membership, will give such inquirers an inside view of A.A. never before possible.

Alcoholics Anonymous began in 1935 at Akron, Ohio, as the outcome of a meeting between a well-known surgeon [Dr Bob – a proctologist] and a New York broker [Bill W]. Both were severe cases of alcoholism and were destined to become co-founders of the A.A. Fellowship.

The basic principles of A.A., as they are known today, were borrowed mainly from the fields of religion and medicine, though some ideas upon which success finally depended were the result of noting the behaviour and needs of the Fellowship itself. [eg. parting company with the Oxford Groups]

After three years of trial and error in selecting the most workable [not dogma driven] tenets upon which the Society could be based, and after a large amount of failure in getting alcoholics to recover, three successful groups emerged—the first at Akron, the second at New York, and the third at Cleveland. Even then it was hard to find two score of sure recoveries in all three groups.

Nevertheless, the infant Society determined to set down its experience in a book which finally reached the public in April 1939. At this time the recoveries numbered about one hundred. The book was called “Alcoholics Anonymous,” and from it the Fellowship took its name. In it alcoholism was described from the alcoholic’s point of view [ie. this perspective is NOT claiming to present any kind of medical diagnosis], the spiritual ideas of the Society were codified for the first time in the Twelve Steps, and the application of these Steps to the alcoholic’s dilemma was made clear. The remainder of the book was devoted to thirty stories or case histories in which the alcoholics described their drinking experiences and recoveries [it would seem that talking about drink in AA meetings is OK after all contrary to cult orthodoxy!]. This established identification with alcoholic readers and proved to them that the virtually impossible had now become possible. The book “Alcoholics Anonymous” became the basic text of the Fellowship, and it still is. This present volume proposes to broaden and deepen the understanding of the Twelve Steps as first written in the earlier work [which implies that the Big Book is to be regarded as an introductory text – not the last word!]

With the publication of the book “Alcoholics Anonymous” in 1939, the pioneering period ended and a prodigious chain reaction set in as the recovered alcoholics carried their message to still others. In the next years alcoholics flocked to A.A. by tens of thousands, largely as the result of excellent and continuous publicity freely given by magazines and newspapers throughout the world. Clergymen and doctors alike rallied to the new movement, giving it unstinted support and endorsement.

This startling expansion brought with it very severe growing pains. Proof that alcoholics could recover had been made. But it was by no means sure that such great numbers of yet erratic people could live and work together with harmony and good effect.

Everywhere there arose threatening questions of membership, money, personal relations, public relations, management [or mismanagement] of groups, clubs, and scores of other perplexities. It was out of this vast welter of explosive experience that A.A.’s Twelve Traditions took form and were first published in 1946 and later confirmed at A.A.’s First International Convention, held at Cleveland in 1950. The Tradition section of this volume portrays in some detail the experience which finally produced the Twelve Traditions and so gave A.A. its present form, substance, and unity.

As A.A. now enters maturity, it has begun to reach into forty foreign lands.* In the view of its friends, this is but the beginning of its unique and valuable service.

It is hoped that this volume will afford all who read it a close-up view of the principles and forces which have made Alcoholics Anonymous what it is.

(A.A.’s General Service Office may be reached by writing:
Alcoholics Anonymous, P.O. Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163. U.S.A.)


* In 2012, A.A. is established in approximately 170 countries.”

(our emphases)(our observations in red print)

Coming next - Step One


The Fellas (Friends of Alcoholics Anonymous)

Friday, 17 October 2014

After Twenty-Five Years, March, 1960, Bill W


The Fellas (Friends of Alcoholics Anonymous)

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Bill and Bob's Excellent Adventure! (contd)

A wildly imaginative dianoetic rambling concerning the the “basic text” of Alcoholics Anonymous (viz. the Big Book) (our comments in red print)

Foreword to Fourth Edition (pp. xxiii-xxiv)


This fourth edition of “Alcoholics Anonymous” came off press in November 2001, at the start of a new millennium. Since the third edition was published in 1976, worldwide membership of A.A. has just about doubled, to an estimated two million or more, with nearly 100,800 groups meeting in approximately 150 countries around the world. [see Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Recovery Outcome Rates: Estimated counts of AA Groups and Members, p. 33]

Literature has played a major role in A.A.’s growth, and a striking phenomenon of the past quarter-century has been the explosion of translations of our basic literature into many languages and dialects. In country after country where the A.A. seed was planted, it has taken root, slowly at first, then growing by leaps and bounds when literature has become available. Currently, “Alcoholics Anonymous” has been translated into forty three languages.*

As the message of recovery has reached larger numbers of people, it has also touched the lives of a vastly greater variety [ie. not just Christians!] of suffering alcoholics. When the phrase “We are people who normally would not mix” (page 17 of this book) was written in 1939, it referred to a Fellowship composed largely of men (and a few women) with quite similar social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. Like so much of A.A.’s basic text, those words have proved to be far more visionary than the founding members could ever have imagined. The stories added to this edition represent a membership whose characteristics—of age, gender, race, and culture [and a lot of non-Christians – see Lord's Prayer] —have widened and have deepened to encompass virtually everyone the first 100 members could have hoped to reach.

While our literature [ie general service conference approved literature] has preserved the integrity of the A.A. message, sweeping changes in society as a whole are reflected in new customs and practices within the Fellowship. Taking advantage of technological advances, for example, A.A. members with computers can participate in meetings online, sharing with fellow alcoholics across the country or around the world. In any meeting, anywhere, A.A.’s share experience, strength, and hope with each other [not 'at' each other], in order to stay sober and help other alcoholics. Modem-to modem or face-to-face, A.A.’s speak the language of the heart in all its power and simplicity.

* In 2013, Alcoholics Anonymous is in seventy languages.”

(our emphases)

Coming next – The Doctor's Opinion


The Fellas (Friends of Alcoholics Anonymous)

Caution: This curse (sorry!!) COURSE is not to be taken as AUTHORITATIVE nor is it to be regarded as DEFINITIVE in any way. Anyone found to be according it any undue status will be reported to the appropriate authorities (ie. GSO York or whoever) who will then do …. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! (quite rightly too we say!). Moreover any person discovered to be quoting from the aforementioned course will be TERMINATED with extreme prejudice!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The business behind the Primary Purpose Big Book Study Cult

Extracts from the aacultwatch forum (old)

Joe McQ (Deceased) (Joe McQ of the “Joe and Charlie” Big Book Study Tapes)
Author of: “Carry this Message- a Guide to Big Book Sponsorship” (published 2002), “The Steps We Took” (published 1990)
Author of “Recovery Dynamics” Alcohol and Drug addiction treatment model: Kelly Foundation, Inc. 2801 West Roosevelt, Little Rock, AR 72204 http://www.kellyfdn.com/order.htm (Incorporated 1978)
Wolfe Street Foundation, Inc. 1015 Louisiana - Little Rock, AR 72202 http://www.wolfestreet.org/  http://www.kellyfdn.com/index.htm
Serenity Park Inc. 2801 West Roosevelt, Little Rock, AR 72204 http://www.serenitypark.org/      http://www.kellyfdn.com/index.htm
Dr. Bob’s Home   http://www.serenitypark.org/
List of Recovery Dynamics Treatment Centers http://www.kellyfdn.com/certifiedfacilities.htm "Kelly Foundation has assisted over 500 facilities across the United States and in 8 foreign countries since 1978." http://www.kellyfdn.com/about.htm
Recovery Dynamics in UK: Serenity House of the United Kingdom, 43 St. Nicholas Street, Bristol, United Kingdom http://www.serenityhouse.org.uk/index.asp  (Treatment Center: Alma, 29 Alma Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2ES)

An observation of Recovery Dynamics in AA:

I have my doubts that “the Fellas” will be taken seriously, but I congratulate them on trying! We have a lot of Joe and Charlie worship in my area, we have a couple of treatment centers that use their “Recovery Dynamics” program. It is very strange to hear some young guy from a hard upbringing, no more than 25 years old, spouting 1930′s sentax like a programmed machine, except with the fire of an evangelical preacher. That’s what Recovery Dynamics will give you though. That and the people in the treatment centers being forced to endure painful dental surgeries and other medical proceedures with no pain medication allowed afterward. Brain washing and torture.

The best slogan spouting examples of the most recent graduates of these RD treatment centers are kept on as “assistant staff”. In other words, they get to make the newer clients obsessively analyze the alcoholic motives of their recurring belly-button lint and the center pays them next to nothing for their trouble since they are eternally grateful for the love of the center.” (Border Collie Mix) October 28, 2011 at 10:39 AM  (Leaving A.A.com, “News Stories”) http://leavingaa.com/

The Primary Purpose Group of AA (Dallas) http://www.ppgaadallas.org/
Founder Cliff B. (Source: Was This Group meant to be? by Cliff B.) http://www.kellyfdn.com/BigBookStudy/bbstudygroups.htm
The Primary Purpose Group of AA Big Book Study Guide by Cliff B and Myers R. (Source: Was This Group meant to be? by Cliff B.) http://www.kellyfdn.com/BigBookStudy/bbstudygroups.htm
Primary Purpose Big Book Study Groups: http://www.ppgaadallas.org/it_works!.htm
Chris Raymer
Origins recovery centres: Staff: Chris Raymer
Chris Raymer President at Mark Houston Recovery Center http://www.markhoustonrecovery.com/ (Source: linkedin, Chris Raymer) (Mark Houston Recovery is now Benchmark recovery Center) http://www.benchmarkcenter.com/
Chris Raymer, Director of Alumini services at La Hacienda treatment center (Source Linkedin, Chris Raymer) La Hacienda Treatment Center: http://www.lahacienda.com/
Myers Raymer
Myers Raymer; Cliff B, Lost & Found Bookbindary, 327 Ingram Loop, Ingram, Texas 78025 http://www.bigbookfixer.com/
Myers Raymer, Raymer Bookbindery Inc. 885 Northfork Circle, Lewisville, TX 75057 http://raymerbook.com/ 
Cliff Bishop
For more info search: “Cliff Bishop AA speaker” “Myers Raymer AA Speaker” “Chris Raymer AA Speaker”

Words of Bill W (A.A. Co-Founder):
As we ponder protection, we see that our Traditions warn against the perils of public fame and power, against the making of compromising alliances, against professionalism.” (Bill W. The Language of the Heart p 316)

That we must, at all costs, avoid the professionalization of AA; that simple Twelfth Step work is never to be paid for; that AAs going into alcohol therapy should never trade on their AA connection; that there is not, and never can be, any such thing as an ‘AA therapist’. (Bill W. The Language of the Heart page 29)

The danger, of course, is the possibility that we may one day recklessly abandon the principle of personal anonymity at the top public level. This possibility arises from the fact that many of us AAs have been, and sometimes still are, possessed by enormous power drives. These are frequently fueled by an almost irresistible craving for money, approval, and public acclaim.” (Bill W. The Language of the Heart p 319)”


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