Letters, We Get Mail, CDXXII

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Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:21:43 +1100     (answered 2 January 2015)
From: Linda D.
To: <[email protected]>
Subject: AA

a.. "Can an alcoholic who is drinking himself to death say, "Frankly, I know I'm over-doing it, but I'm just not ready to stop, right now"? And that makes it okay for him to continue drinking?"

Yes, they can also continue to drink and be drunk during meetings (as long as it's not problematic). You've written pages and pages of shit that is ill informed, I didn't bother reading much at all. Have you actually read the 12 steps? You won't ever get kicked out of AA for being drunk, nor will you for being high in NA. You missed the point didn't you? And I've only been to two meetings... Maybe you should go to one?

Hello Linda,

You have only been to two A.A. meetings and you think you know all about it? Are you kidding?

With only two meetings under your belt, you are still at the love-bombing stage where they are very nice to you and tell you all of the pleasant stories about how tolerant A.A. is. and how your "Higher Power" can be anything, and you can "Take what you want and leave the rest."

By the way, I've been to many A.A. meetings. Read the introduction to the web site:

I beg to differ with your ill-informed assumptions. Some sponsors and some A.A. members may say that they are easy-going and tolerant and don't care if you drink, but many are very dictatorial and demand super-human perfection from other members. Not only will they shun and ostracize and put down someone who drinks (even just one or two drinks, one slip), but they also insist that "sober" members not even take the medications that their doctor prescribed. I have received many stories where people were told to give back all of their years of sobriety coins for taking one drink or for taking legal doctor-prescribed medications.

For example, see these stories:

And yes, I've read the 12 Steps and the 12 "Traditions", and analyzed them here:

Have a good day now.

== Orange

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**     You just got out of detox, and you are all cloudy-headed and
**     confused and spun-out from alcohol wrecking your brain, and
**     you just want to save your life and live, and along comes
**     this grinning con artist who says, "You tried it your way,
**     and it didn't work, so now you have to try it God's way. You
**     join our religion that isn't a religion, and believe in a God
**     who can be anything, and He will save your life and keep you
**     from drinking. It works, it really does! And remember, you
**     are not God."  That is raving insanity, worse than
**     anything that you thought while you were drinking.

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Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:19:06 -0500     (answered 2 January 2015)
From: aritheus A.
To: [email protected]
Subject: Bill Wilson the founder of AA

Hi I read your research on alcoholics anonymous and you are right bill wilson was a flake and is evil. Their is 3 symbols on the AA book and it is pagan and the third symbol is a santanic symbol. I learned alot from the article you wrote. Thanks.

Hello Aritheus,

Thanks for the note, and I totally agree about Bill Wilson.

Several years ago, I found a huge encyclopedic book of symbols in Goodwill, but didn't buy it because I can't just buy everything that interests me. Now I regret that decision. The book had at least a dozen circle-and-triangle occult symbols listed, but I can't remember what they were. But there is no doubt that the circle-and-triangle symbol has a long history in the occult. And the circle and pyramid with the eye on our dollar bill is one example of that.

Maybe I can find such a book in the library system. Now I'm curious about what the roots of the A.A. symbols are.

Have a good day now.

== Orange

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**     What Frank Buchman demonstrated is that you can simply
**     make up any kind of screwy philosophy and occult
**     nonsense that you like and call it Christianity,
**     and many people will accept it, or at least tolerate
**     it, just because you call it Christianity, no matter
**     how far removed from real Christianity it actually is.
**     They stupidly assume that if you call it Christianity
**     then it must be a good thing. There are many different
**     flavors of "Christianity" now, and most of them do not
**     adhere to what Jesus Christ actually taught.
**     Economic cults like Amway teach that money equals virtue,
**     and that making millions of dollars is the key to Heaven.
**     That of course directly contradicts Christ's teachings
**     about how difficult it will be for a rich man to get into
**     Heaven.  FLDS, the Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints,
**     teach that getting four wives is the key to Heaven, and
**     they still maintain that their church is "Christian".
**     Other churches teach hatred of Gays and Lesbians, and
**     yet they still claim to be Christian. And other churches
**     teach hatred of various "others", like abortionists,
**     or Jews, or Blacks, or Liberals, and they still claim
**     that their teachings are "Christian". And other groups
**     teach a very conservative militaristic philosophy that
**     is basically fascism, and yet they too claim to be
**     Christian.
**     It seems like every Devil that comes around is Christian.

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Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:38:32 +0000 (UTC)     (answered 2 January 2015)
From: john h.
To: "[email protected]" <[email protected]>
Subject: i just came across orange-papers and its cult commentaries and ratings. what or who is A. Orange?

i am an aa debunker and was pleased to find your work.
john w. h.

Hello John,

Thanks for the praise, and the answer to your question about "who am I" is here:

Have a good day now.

== Orange

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**     A strong sense of identity gives man an idea he can do no wrong;
**     too little accomplishes the same.
**        ==  Djuna Barnes, Nightwood (1937)

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Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:38:06 -0500     (answered 2 January 2014)
From: Becca R
To: "[email protected]" <[email protected]>
Subject: Online "AA"

Hello, and good evening.

I am newly sober and feeling great. I have read a ton of books in the past two weeks (insomnia from lack of booze does that I suppose) and looked up numerous sources for living and remaining sober. I have read the Big Book and Smart along with other books on addiction from a medical stand point. I do NOT believe I am in any sense powerless, I believe I am a human who developed an addiction by using a substance to overcome a bad childhood. I have been to 2 AA meetings and recently (past 3 days) looked into online AA meetings. All of them were stupid to me. I am a person who grew up in abuse along with a fundamentalist Christian church (yes, serious mind fuck there) and all I can say is I ran as fast as I could. I heard SO many things that go back to the cult like church of my childhood, it honestly is scary. But one of the online forums I found is truly abhorrent and I have to say. I only visited for around 4 hours one night in this "AA chat room" yet left knowing that if I was a weaker human I certainly would have wanted to die.

There is NOTHING out there saying to us as a society that these online meetings are just the same brow beating old timers who are so hated in f2f that they have to be assholes online just to get their feel of self satisfaction. But they are most likely killing and hurting a suffering alki. I urge you to please simply check this one out and sit and just watch and listen to the dogma and word beating that goes on to anyone that walks in proclaiming to be new to sobriety. It is so scary I ended up watching like a person watches a train hit a car. You just cannot help but watch. If you have more guts then I then I would dare you to ask practical questions (though I assure you it would be pointless, I learned that after 4 hours). Maybe something such as, why 90 in 90? Why a sponsor when that is not part of the big book? Here is the link and I am asking you to not print this. It will go against my wishes. But I just wonder if you can make any observations?


As a person who believes in researching ALL options before choosing anything in her life, I am truly astonished at what I have found out with regards to AA. I have ZERO tolerance for assholes trying to teach me to be perfect. I learned that 0 tolerance from the bible belt and all I can say to this online AA group is Bless theirs hearts (which if you know anything about us southern gals means simply : "Damn they are dumb!"

Hello Becca,

Thank you for the letter and the tip. And congratulations on your sobriety. It does feel good, doesn't it? And congratulations on keeping your head screwed on straight and your mind working.

I can easily believe what you are saying. Some of those "clean and sober" forums are stoned crazy. They are nothing more than advertisements and recruiting stations for their favorite 12-Step cult religion, and places where they can recite the "wonderful teachings" of their "holy prophet" St. Bill Wilson. Those people sure do love to be parrots, don't they?

I'll see if I can get in there and take a look. But alas, my online time is very limited. I don't have an Internet connection at my house, so I go to the library to get online. As it is, I don't have enough online time to read my own forum.

Worse yet, I'm being shoved out of my house and have to spend the next month packing and sorting and cleaning, so I won't have much time or energy for anything else. But I'll see what I can see.

Have a good day now.

== Orange

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**     "There is no chance that I can be wrong.
**     I am absolutely right, and therefore righteous."
**       ==  Mindset of a true believer

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Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:30:21 -0800     (answered 3 January 2015)
From: Tshidi M.
To: [email protected]
Subject: I don't know her anymore

I actually feel guilty for having negative feelings towards the one thing that is helping my sister stay sober. I can't even share them with her cause it might sound like I want her to drink again. The thing is since she started AA she is a different person; almost robotic. It seems as if she looks to the big book for every emotional situation. Like she can't interact with people without being an AA rep. Her apologies sound empty because "they are children of God and bow to no one". I could swear she's chanting in her head "be considerate of others as long as it doesn't harm you". I'm wary of asking questions because she becomes annoyed by my lack of understanding. This AA thing does seem like a cult. It's just weird. I can't recognize my best friend and it's sad.

Hello Tshidi,

Thank you for the letter. I'm sorry to hear about your troubles. I hear that story often.

The problem that you are having begins with the phrase "the one thing that is helping my sister stay sober." No, no, no. That is the Big Lie of A.A. They claim that they are saving millions, or helping millions, but their actual cure rate is zero. The A.A. 12-Step program produces a zero-percent improvement in the recovery rate of alcoholics. All that A.A. does is steal the credit from people who cure themselves.

And alcoholics do cure themselves. Every year, about 5% of the alcoholics get sick and tired of being so sick and tired, and they just quit drinking. (More on that here.) They often also go to A.A. to see if it has help to offer, and A.A. sets to work convincing the sober person that she quit because of the A.A. program, which isn't true at all.

The rest of the description of your sister and the problems with her personality changes are typical cult fare. Yes, that is exactly what cults do to people, and that's why I am opposed to cults. They destroy people.

Now, how to help your sister?

Good luck, and have a good day now.

== Orange

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Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:20:48 -0700     (answered 3 January 2015.)
From: Emmett W.
To: [email protected]
Subject: Good things about A.A.

First of all let me thank you so much for your site. What an incredible and accurate resource you have gathered here! You deserve an award.

However, I have to disagree with you that counting time sober is a good thing. My point being that
A). it is an incredibly arbitrary marker that people put so much stock in 12 Step Programs. When they "lose their time" which all them certainly do at some point, they feel so ashamed and embarrassed to be back at "square one" they almost never want to return to sobriety right away.
B). I've known people so embarrassed that they lie about it, which puts them in further jeopardy as they are not being "rigorously honest"
C). They practically deify anyone with a lot of time sober to the point you would think it makes them smarter and better looking than people without it. Way to much respected garnered for something so trivial.

I've just never viewed this as a "good thing."

I thank you so much for your efforts, Orange, I have been struggling with addiction for 30 years and wasted so much time with this "treatment". I have enough chips to start casino and enough key tags to start a car dealership. My failures — always my fault for not working the program right, an pretty impossible task for a true atheist. I've finally found help for my PTSD problem which I'm sure now is the driving force of my substance abuse. I just wish I would have found your sight so much sooner.



Hello Em,

Thanks for the letter and the viewpoint. And thanks for all of the compliments. And I'm especially glad to hear that you got a diagnosis of PTSD as your real underlying problem, rather than "alcoholism".

We were talking about that recently. Renee and Mary wrote great letters about how once a patient is diagnosed with "alcoholism" or "alcohol abuse", then all investigation stops. Doctors or counselors often assume that all observed mental problems are caused by the alcohol, rather than that the problem with alcohol is caused by an earlier underlying condition. Mary said, "After one starts drinking the diagnosis of alcoholism comes before anything else."

See these letters:

I have to agree with you mostly, about counting sober time, but with a little reservation. I totally agree that the way that A.A. counts sober time is bad because it sets up a status system where the old-timers are the "honored elders" who get to dominate the rap with their crazy beliefs and their parrotting of dogma, and their opinions are by and large unquestionable, just because they have so much "Time".

Alas, a fool with 10 years of absolute sobriety is still a fool.

And yes, after someone loses all of their sober time (by taking a single drink), it is very embarrassing to have to go back to A.A. and accept another 1-day coin in front of everybody. That is so embarrassing to some people that they just don't go back to A.A., ever. Others may wait years before going back.

Also, counting time does nothing for people who just "get a grip" and take control of their drinking, and cut down to moderate, controlled drinking. That is a great accomplishment too — a lifesaver, in fact — but the A.A. way of counting time says that they are not "sober".

And of course about half of all of the alcoholics who stop self-destructive drinking do it by cutting down to moderate, controlled drinking, and the other half do it by total abstinence. A RAND Corporation study established that.

SMART does not count time. People do not introduce themselves by saying, "My name is Joe, and I'm an alcoholic who by the grace of God and A.A. hasn't taken a drink in 10 years." No, there is none of that. Which means that someone who just slipped can return to SMART immediately, and nobody is probing and snooping and asking how many years, months, or days of sobriety he has. And that is a good thing.

That said, I still count my own personal time. For me it's a point of pride to have so many years without a drink or a cigarette or a hit of dope. (And they all matter.) When Steppers start bragging about their years of sobriety, I can brag right back. When they claim that nobody can make it without A.A., I happily offer myself as evidence to the contrary.

Of course I don't go to meetings and brag about my years. In fact, I don't go to meetings at all.

Nevertheless, to be completely honest about it, there were a few times when I was tempted to take a drink, but I thought, "If I take a drink, I will lose all of my 'sober time' (by A.A. standards) and won't be able to honestly argue years of sobriety with Steppers," and that alone was enough to keep me from taking the first drink. So counting years can have a positive side too.

I also notice that accumulated sober time does mean something. It may not necessarily mean what A.A. ascribes to it, but it does mean something. In a recent letter, someone who had been to two A.A. meetings was lecturing me and telling me that I didn't know anything about it (and she did). Time invested in something does count for something. But of course we should be careful what we invest our time in. "A year spent making mud pies is just a year wasted — you still don't have any pies to eat." — Me.

So my plan is to count my personal sober time in private, but to not make it the end-all and be-all.

Have a good day now.

== Orange

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**     Live not as though there were a thousand years ahead of you.
**     Fate is at your elbow; make yourself good while life and power
**     are still yours.
**         ==  Marcus Aurelius

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Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:13:39 -0500     (answered 5 January 2015)
From: Keith G
To: Orange <[email protected]>
Subject: Merry Christmas

May The Lord keep you in His Light. I personally do not understand your exhaustive campaign against AA. If I was obsessed with defending AA I could EASILY dismantle close to every argument you have made if not all. However the proof of its success lies in its obvious success, if it didn't provide a great joy for many it would never have come this far. It's structure has been praised by many who disliked even hated the "God" issue. One example being Charles Bufe.

There has been AA critics since AA began, they are long since dead and the fellowship although not perfect is alive and well. I would hope you would turn your focus towards a more helpful bent. You are so prejudiced against AA that no new light could shine in, I don't think as a whole you could admit it has given a new sense of direction and belonging to countless people. There really are no other alternatives for those who are alcoholics who have become hopeless if so they certainty are not readily available.

Peace my friend

Keith G.
Ann Arbor Michigan

Hello Keith,

Thank you for the letter and the sentiments.

Alas, you are grossly misinformed.

  • There is no "obvious success". There is obvious failure. Even a Trustee of A.A. established that A.A. produced a zero percent improvement in the sobriety rate of alcoholics. A.A. just raised the death rate.

  • You wrote, "If I was obsessed with defending AA I could EASILY dismantle close to every argument you have made if not all."
    Well please do. Let's see your evidence. Let's hear your arguements. So far you have produced no evidence, no information, nothing about the real A.A. cure rate, nothing.

  • This is grossly untrue: "if it didn't provide a great joy for many it would never have come this far."
    You have no comprehension of how cults work. We can say the same nonsense about Scientology: "If it didn't give people joy, it wouldn't have become a world-wide organization." NOT! Scientology is just a lying cult. But it is very good at recruiting, just like A.A. is.

  • This is also untrue: "It's structure has been praised by many who disliked even hated the "God" issue. One example being Charles Bufe."

    Wrong. Charles Bufe was mild in his criticism of A.A. in the first edition of his book, "A.A. Cult or Cure?", but then he got a firestorm of attacks from the A.A. cult for his mild criticism, and a Stepper burned down his garage where he stored his files on A.A., including the infamous comments on the Triennial Surveys. So in his second edition, Bufe didn't pull his punches and he called A.A. a cult.

  • This is the propaganda trick of introducing irrelevant information as evidence: "There has been AA critics since AA began, they are long since dead".
    Of course someone who was a critic of A.A. in 1940 is now dead, but that doesn't make him wrong. And it doesn't make A.A. right. Also, new critics have come along, like me.

  • Then you said, "I would hope you would turn your focus towards a more helpful bent."
    Oh I have. See: How did you get to where you are?

  • "You are so prejudiced against AA that no new light could shine in,"
    No, actually, I started off with a positive attitude towards A.A. I thought it was the biggest and best self-help organization in the USA. But then I learned what it really was. See the introduction to the web site.

  • "I don't think as a whole you could admit it has given a new sense of direction and belonging to countless people."
    Frank Buchman's cult religion has not given "a new sense of direction and belonging to countless people." A.A. is just more of Frank's cult religion.

  • "There really are no other alternatives for those who are alcoholics who have become hopeless if so they certainty are not readily available."
    That is totally untrue. There are many better alternatives. Start with the file What works?

    Also look at this:
    Professors Reid K. Hester and William R. Miller (UNM, Albuquerque — Center for Alcohol, Substance Abuse and Addictions, Dept. of Psychology, University of New Mexico) rated the various alcoholism treatments in their book Handbook of Alcoholism Treatment Approaches: Effective Alternatives. A.A. 12-Step treatment went so far down the list that it almost disappeared. The best treatment was Brief Interventions, and it got a positive score of 390. A.A. got a negative score, MINUS 82, way below zero.

    See: http://www.behaviortherapy.com/whatworks.htm

    Brief intervention is number one, and A.A. is number 38.

    Also see:
    http://www.addictioninfo.org/articles/53/1/What-works-A-summary-of-alcohol-treatment-research/Page1.html == The same statistics in a different format.

    We discussed that information at length several times, like here:

You have good day, Keith.

== Orange

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**     "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than
**      sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
**        ==  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:15:49 -0500     (answered 5 January 2015.)
From: John L.
To: [email protected]
Subject: Using Coin sales to measure success flaw


Many members give their old coins to other members on their anniversary. My last 10 coins have all been "used". I have also given away many of my old coins. I still have a few, but for the most part they have been recycled.

Hello John,

Thanks for the letter.

The fact that a few people recycle their coins doesn't affect the numbers that much. We are looking at a sky-high A.A. failure rate. Barely one percent make it for 10 years, and less than one in a thousand makes it for 20 years. That isn't caused by reusing coins.

Also, you are ignoring the fact that some people pick up multiple 10-year and 20-year coins. They drive all over town, from one meeting to another, picking up another coin so that they can hear the group cheering for them again and again. Those "double-dippers" cancel out the people who recycle coins.

Even if AA only had a 1% success rate or heck a .01% success rate, for those that succeed in AA, it is 100%.

That is just another A.A. slogan. For those people killed by A.A. abuse, like telling people not to take their medications, the A.A. death rate is also 100%. And for people like Robin Williams, who was driven to suicide by the A.A. true believers at Hazelden pushing the guilt-inducing Fourth and Fifth Steps, the A.A. death rate is also 100%.

Personally, I feel that AA's success rate is proportional to the amount of effort one puts into it. I also feel that many people arrive to AA that are not they type of alcoholic that requires a spiritual awakening to recover. There are many other places to get sober, AA is not the only way, but for that 1% (or .01%) it works.

Again, that is minization and denial, and assuming a cause-and-effect relationship where none exists. If someone quits drinking while attending a few A.A. meetings, you say that he proves that A.A. works. If someone doesn't quit drinking while attending A.A. meetings, you don't say that he proves that A.A. doesn't work, you say that he didn't work the program right. That is bull. That is also called Demand an Uneven Burden of Proof.

The predominantly AA-based culture of rehab in America has become one of imposition and tautology: If the program doesn't work for you, then you didn't work the program. If you succeed in staying sober, then you did a good job working the program; ergo, the program works.
== Sacha Z. Scoblic

I don't think the government should sentence people to AA attendence and I feel that skews the numbers a bit also. From my own experience sponsoring people and with forming friendships, more than half are able to change enough to not drink and drug long term. For how long? Who knows. I guess as long as staying sober is important to them.

I agree that the government should never sentence people to A.A. meetings, or to any other religion, either.

Your own experience sponsoring people is such a tiny sample that it doesn't prove anything. What about the million other people who aren't helped by A.A.?

If you think that A.A. is beneficial, please answer this one simple question:

What is the REAL A.A. success rate?

Out of each 1000 newcomers to A.A., how many will pick up a one-year sobriety medallion a year later?
Or even several years later?
And how many will get their 2-year, and 5-year, and 10-year coins? Ever?
How about 11 years and 21 years?

No qualifiers are allowed, like, "We will only count the people who worked the program right, or we will only count the people who really tried, and kept coming back." Everybody counts. No exceptions.

No excuses are allowed. When the doctor gives a patient penicillin, and it fails to cure the infection, the doctor doesn't get to say, "But he didn't work the program right. He didn't pray enough. He didn't surrender. He held something back in his Fifth Step." No excuses.

So what's the actual A.A. cure rate?

HINT: the answers are here and here and here.

(If you don't like counting coins, then see the second and third links.)

The fact that AA even helps alcoholics not take a drink for 30 days is a miracle. A year without a drink for many seems like forever.

No it is not a miracle. Jeez Loise! Talk about religious nonsense. A miracle is where someone uses spiritual powers to do something that is physically impossible, like raising someone from the dead, or turning a couple of fish and loaves of bread into enough food to feed 5000 people, or healing the blind by smearing mud in their eyes. Abstaining from drinking for 30 days is just 30 days of abstention, not a miracle. Not even 10 years of sobriety is a miracle. It happens all of the time when people get sick and tired of being sick and tired and just quit drinking. And they do it without A.A.

Thanks again,


You have good day too, John.

== Orange

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**     And then Cinderella's Fairy Godmother visited the A.A. meeting,
**     and waved her magic wand, and Bibbity-Bobbity-Boo!,
**     they all quit drinking.

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Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:01:28 -0800     (answered 5 January 2015.)
From: John V
To: Orange <[email protected]>
Subject: Types of alcoholics

Hello Orange.

I hope all is well with you on this fine day.

I've read much of your writing and am grateful for your tremendous output.

At one point I read about how you determined what type of alcoholic you were and that you were one who just could not drink ever, no matter what. There were two or three other types... Could you please help my find this on your site? I am technologically challenged and have only rudimentary search skills.

Thanks again.
Fight on!

Hello John,

Thanks for the question. Now I never exactly categorized alcoholics into two or three distinct types, but I did talk about how way back in the nineteen-seventies, the famous government think tank called The Rand Corporation did a study of alcoholism that found that half of the alcoholics who successfully stopped self-destructive drinking did it by total abstinence, and the other half did it by tapering off into moderate controlled drinking.

And I said that I had learned the hard way that I was one of the people who should just never drink, not even a little bit, because once I start down that slippery slope, things get bad. But I can totally abstain for many years without difficulty.

One such letter is here:

And then, when it comes to categorizing alcoholics, I know that it matters a lot what their underlying problem is. It is entirely possible that the majority of people who get diagnosed as "alcoholics" — or more correctly, as cases of Alcohol Abuse or Alcohol Dependency — are really suffering from something else like

Obviously, those people will appear to be very different kinds of "alcoholics", and they will behave differently. What they really are is very different kinds of illnesses. Excessive consumption of drugs and alcohol are just signs of the underlying disorder.

Have a good day now.

== Orange

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**     The way I see it, the real enemy is contagious mental illness.
**     The problem is, there are many such illnesses, not just one,
**     and many of them masquerade as respectable causes or beliefs,
**     like devout religions, or "conservative" political causes, or
**     "national policies", or "recovery methods", or "freedom fighters",
**     or "patriotic defenders of the homeland", or "defenders of the
**     faith". And the people who are victims of these contagious mental
**     illnesses are all convinced that they know the truth and they
**     have all of the answers, and anyone who disagrees with them is
**     wrong, or insane, or evil or treasonous or heretical. And they
**     recruit, and try to convert others to their insane beliefs. They
**     attempt to use every possible means to make converts, including
**     making their beliefs the law of the land, and forcing people to
**     become their recruits and converts.

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Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:55:38 -0800     (answered 5 January 2015.)
From: 0six15
To: [email protected]
Subject: critical thinking

im a fan of your site have been for many months. im also a fan of a site called gnosticmedia.com .

id like to see you on his podcast. he does a lot in terms of critical thinking, cults, cia brainwashing etc etc.

anyway keep up the work



this is a link to some of his stuff

Hello Osix,

Thank you for the suggestion. I'll have to check that out. That sounds very interesting.

Have a good day now.

== Orange

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*         AA and Recovery Cult Debunking      *
*          http://www.Orange-Papers.org/      *
**     The less reasonable a cult is,
**     the more men seek to establish it by force.
**       ==  Jean Jacques Rousseau
**     Cult religion is such an easy con to sell to the suckers.
**     And it's cheap too. It doesn't cost anything to sell cult
**     religion.  And you never have to produce the goodies. The
**     routine is always, "If you don't get holy from this fine
**     religion, it's because you are a disgusting sinner who
**     won't get clean."
**     Creating A New Personality
**     All cults, no matter their stripe, are a variation on a theme, for
**     their common denominator is the use of coercive persuasion and
**     behavior control without the knowledge of the person who is being
**     manipulated. They manage this by targeting (and eventually attacking,
**     disassembling, and reformulating according to the cult's desired image)
**     a person's innermost self. They take away you and give you back a cult
**     personality, a pseudo personality. They punish you when the old you
**     turns up, and they reward the new you. Before you know it, you don't
**     know who you are or how you got there; you only know (or you are
**     trained to believe) that you have to stay there.
**       ==  Janja Lalich

BLOG NOTE: 2015.01.05:

Earlier, I said that I would give a book report on this old book when I had a chance to read it. Well, I'm far from done with it, but I'm finding a bunch of relevant stuff:

Strong Drink; The Curse And the Cure     T. S. Arthur
Hubbard Brothers, Philadelpha, Cincinnati, Chicago and Springfield, Mass. 1877.
N.D. Thompson & Co., St. Louis Mo.: A. L. Bancroft & Co., San Francisco, Cal.
A really old book about alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction. The first half of the book describes the societal problem of alcohol abuse. The second half describes the solution: go to church and pray and have faith.
Still, a fascinating piece of history, and there is more to it than just a simplistic "go to church" answer. This author tried hard to explore all of the medical and spiritual facets of the problem of alcohol abuse. It also described the Women's Christian Temperance Union and "sobriety clubs". The resemblance of the sobriety clubs to A.A. groups is striking:

      The method pursued by Dr. Reynolds in the formation of these clubs is very simple. There is a constitution with by-laws, to which the following pledge is prefixed: "Having seen and felt the evils of intemperance, therefore, Resolved, That we, the undersigned, for our own good and the good of the world in which we live, do hereby promise and engage, with the help of Almighty God, to abstain from buying, selling, or using alcoholic or malt beverages, wine and cider included." Article III, of the constitution gives the qualification for membership: "All male persons of the age of eighteen or upwards, who have been in the habit of using intoxicating liquor to a greater or lesser extent, are eligible to membership in this club." After organizing a club of persons who have been addicted to drink, Dr. Reynolds appeals to the Christian women of the locality to throw around them the shield of their care and sympathy, and urges upon the people at large the necessity of upholding and encouraging them in every possible way.
      The meetings of the clubs are held at least once during the week, in the evenings; and on Sunday afternoons or evenings, the clubs, with the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, hold public religious temperance meetings, which are often crowded to overflowing. The order of exercises at these public meetings consist of prayer, reading of Scripture and brief addresses by reformed men, interspersed with the singing of such hymns as "Rock of Ages," "Hold the Fort," "I Need Thee Every Hour," etc. Brief addresses are the rule, and a hymn is usually sung between each address.
Strong Drink; The Curse And the Cure, by T. S. Arthur, pages 609-610.

This book shows that Bill Wilson had nothing original when he copied the theology and meetings of the Oxford Group as a "solution to alcoholism". T. S. Arthur had already described the whole A.A. "program" in 1877, even including the women's auxiliary Al-Anon, and the fact that membership was open to all who wished to quit drinking, and one or two meetings per week that include testimonials from the reformed drunkards, and God will help you to quit drinking.

Bill Wilson liked to describe Alcoholics Anonymous as "probably one of the greatest medical and spiritual developments of all time", and "the miracle of the century", but he didn't bother to mention the fact that his "program" was really created by other people in the previous century.

Bill Wilson insisted that all other A.A. members besides himself, especially celebrities, must remain anonymous because:

"It would be harmful if the Fellowship promoted itself by publicizing, through the media of radio and TV, the sobriety of well-known public personalities who became members of AA. If these personalities happened to have slips, outsiders would think our movement is not strong and they might question the veracity of the miracle of the century."
Twenty-Four Hours a Day, "Compiled by a member of the Group at Daytona Beach, Florida", Hazelden Foundation; November 30.

The miracle of the century? Which century?

Today, A.A. tries to rewrite history and claim that it is completely different from the many temperance societies that came before it. And they try to claim that A.A. is somehow much better than its predecessors. No way. A.A. is merely more cultish and better at growing like a cancer.

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Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 16:43:03 +0000 (UTC)     (answered 6 January 2015.)
From: Jeff M.
Subject: Random thought

If alcoholism were a contagious disease, the rooms of AA would be where you catch it.

Hi Jeff,

So true. In fact, it might be truer than you thought. Some critics of A.A. have noticed that people don't develop all of the signs and symptoms of "alcoholism" until they have spent some time in the A.A. rooms and gotten indoctrinated with all of the A.A. beliefs like "powerlessness" over alcohol. Only then do they develop the full-blown syndrome of abstain, relapse, return to meetings, stay sober for a while until the pressure builds up, and then explode in a big binge and relapse again, etc., and repeat the cycle endlessly.

Teaching people that they are powerless over alcohol makes them act like it, and increases the rate of binge drinking.

At least we don't have that problem.

Have a good day now.

== Orange

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*         AA and Recovery Cult Debunking      *
*          http://www.Orange-Papers.org/      *
**     Being surrounded by a group of people who keep
**     telling you that you are powerless over alcohol,
**     and that your will power is useless, is not
**     getting "support". It is getting sabotaged.

[The previous letter from Michael_L is here.]

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Dec 27, 2014, 4:27 PM     (answered 6 January 2015.)
From: Michael L.
Re: Reply from Orange Papers

Thanks for the reply- I may want to use this and the letter from Dr Rico in a blogpost on DisruptedPhysician.com

One item that caught my eye was your advice to Dr. Rico suggesting that he contact the ACLU. Although good advice the ACLU has unfortunately turned a deaf ear to doctors over the past 8 years. I have heard of multiple cases across the country (Oregon, Washington, NC, Florida and others). These doctors reported clear Establishment Clause violations but where denied any sort of assistance and told to hire a private attorney (which is pretty difficult when you have been rendered financially destitute by the very same individuals who are violating the 1st Amendment). I have now heard from three individuals in other states that they have been told "Doctors are my a priority." Apparently the ACLU cannot see the Forrest for the trees and that the scaffold that has been erected to hang doctors is merely a few public policy statements away from everyone else. The FSPHP is now throttling Pilots — they are also apparently not a priority! Next will be teachers, then students and so on. When does it become a priority?

In my case I contacted the ACLU a couple years ago with 4 Establishment Clause violations. They can all be seen here:


Their response has been to patently ignore me. I will forward you the emails I have sent the ACLU and their scant response under separate cover.

I am unsure where the barriers to what you and I know to be truth are and what to do to address them. My 4 Establishment Clause Violations ( which are egregious if you look at them- particularly in light of the fact that my state mandates AA was based on a proven falsified test and the State's own evaluator deemed me to have never had a problem with alcohol addiction, abuse or even use) have still not been corrected. It would be so easy for the ACLU to step in but unfortunately when they do it is going to be too late. And when this happens I think it is important that we be able to show who knew what and when — including those who could have done something about it but didn't.


Michael L.

Sent from my iPhone

Hello again, Michael,

Thanks for the reply, and I couldn't agree more. It's a shame that the ACLU has a blind spot when it comes to shoving crazy cult religion "treatment" on doctors. I feel like that will not end well. The ACLU stands to lose a huge amount of credibility if they will only defend the rights of prisoners, but not doctors. Does the ACLU exist only to brighten up the days of criminals? And get criminals big cash settlements for coerced A.A. meetings? Inquiring minds want to know.

Good luck now, and have a good day.

== Orange

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**     "I have sworn, before the altar of God, eternal hostility
**      against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."
**        ==  Thomas Jefferson, from a letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush, 1800

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