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.
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.
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
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.
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
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:
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.
book deals with the “Twelve Steps” and the “Twelve Traditions”
of Alcoholics Anonymous. It
presents an explicit
“fully and clearly expressed; leaving nothing implied”] of
by which A.A. members recover and by which their Society functions.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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]
three years of trial and error in selecting the most
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.
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
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
implies that the Big Book is to be regarded as an introductory text –
not the last word!]
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
alike rallied to the new movement, giving it unstinted support and
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.
there arose threatening questions of membership, money,
personal relations, public relations, management[or
mismanagement] of groups,
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.
A.A. now enters maturity, it has begun to reach into forty foreign
the view of its friends, this is but the beginning of its unique and
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.
General Service Office may be reached by writing:
Anonymous, P.O. Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163.
In 2012, A.A. is established in approximately 170 countries.”
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
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Recovery Outcome Rates:Estimated counts of AA Groups and Members,
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
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
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.
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.”
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!
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)
observation of Recovery Dynamics in AA:
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.
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”)
more info search: “Cliff Bishop AA speaker” “Myers Raymer AA
Speaker” “Chris Raymer AA Speaker”
of Bill W (A.A. Co-Founder):
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)
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)
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
Fellas (Friends of Alcoholics Anonymous)
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aacultwatch has been set up by members of Alcoholics Anonymous who are concerned about the development of a movement within the Fellowship that we refer to as a cult.
It is our view that this cult has as its aims the control of AA in Great Britain and the promulgation of its own version of the recovery programme that is both a corruption of the message and the spirit of the Fellowship.
Our aim is to raise awareness of this threat and encourage members to act according to their conscience to marginalize this movement. Local members are in the best position to judge what should be done in their area but already some experience has been gained in the Fellowship on how to respond to this malign influence, and some of these ideas are also presented on the blog.
Finally we seek to restore AA to a healthily disorganised state where no faction within the Fellowship may seek to impose its will upon the rest, and that the rights of the individual are always upheld. For those AA members who are interested in supporting us in our efforts we can be contacted via our email address above