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"The Higher Power Project" at the University of Chester, UK - Trying to find out what 12 Step members pray too - must be able to prove you are in AA or NA for 6 months and sober

It would appear that the University of Chester has some extra money on their hands and would like to spend it on identifying the range of a "Higher Power" of your own choosing when participating in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Apparently the study is to identify the "avoidance of personal responsibility for one’s choices and behaviour, and/or a religious conversion" and perhaps find out which Higher Power works the best.
The Higher Power Project

Court rules that corporations do not have the freedom of religion

Hopefully this will open the door forcing churches to pay taxes like other for profit businesses. This may also set precedent limiting EAPs from promoting and coercing participation and conversion the Alcoholics Anonymous faith. http://www.secularleft.us/archives/2013/09/appeals-court-rules-corporati...

Cult Characteristic #3

Instilling a fear in cult members that some evil will befall them if they leave the cult: http://first164.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/what-we-learn-from-jims-story.htm... Feel free to contribute more examples.

Cult Characteristic #2

Use of language that gives it new meaning that outsiders wouldn't understand. http://www.thefix.com/content/aa-lingo5201 Feel free to contribute more examples.

Cult Characteristic #1

There are those in the cult, and there are outsiders. http://www.thefix.com/content/shit-non-addicts-say91717 Feel free to contribute more examples.

Being Religious or Spiritual Is Linked With Getting More Depressed

Ties in with the Miller study that those engaged in religious /spiritual practices such as 12 steps became more anxious and depressed. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-raj-persaud/religion-depression_b_392...

Sugar and Alcohol

Alcoholic and Sugar have same effects on human body. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/05/07/the-sweete... The video is from U of California.

They Forgot about Bain

http://www.salon.com/2012/07/18/dark_side_of_a_bain_success/ It is a shame that this stuff was only of interest during Romney's stab at getting elected. Even "The Huffington Post" seems supportive of this industry, describing one unregulated Utah troubled teen camp as "prestigious", even though there are no licensed therapists on staff, and the celebrity "client" in question had recently attempted suicide and was involuntarily committed.

Drinking after Gastric Bypass Surgery

I never really had a drinking problem before I had my Gastric Bypass Surgery in June 2006. After quitting a 12 year meth problem, food became my next problem. When the meth problem was taken care of, and over for good, flashbacks and memories of years of sexual molestation from my childhood surfaced out of nowhere! How the mind can block out traumatic events from one's past is beyond my comprehension, but it happens. Subconsciously, I ate myself into oblivion in part because I wanted to make myself unattractive to men, so they wouldn't hit on me -- in general life and at NA meetings.

Bill |Wilson video with South Park twist

Funny video a combination of a Bill W video with the southpark soundtrack http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTo9PvK8wsQ

British and Irish organisation against steppism

In reply to budlia I strongly believe that the British and Irish need to organise, same as the Americans are tying to do, against the false fear mongering and coercion of this stepper/oxford group cult thing. Its high time people with a substance misuse habit got the correct help and information to combat this problem and did not become bombarded with the false doctrines of a 1930's cult religion. Once again I publish my email address for anybody in the UK or Ireland, who wishes to organise (as opposed to expose alone) against this stepper cult doctrine

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): Clean & Serene?

Clean and Serene (an Emotional Time Bomb in Disguise) http://tomysurprize.wordpress.com/page/2/ What happens when feelings such as anger, grief or dissatisfaction are ignored, denied or covered up for long periods of time? Just turn on the evening news to find out! High school shootings, child abuse, pilots navigating a plane full of passengers into the sea, workplace massacres… Ever hear of the expression “going postal”?

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): Its Free!

But, AA is NOT free of AAproved sexual predators nor violent criminals!

Remember, you get what you pay for!

Help

Help Hi Everyone: I am 60 days into the "train wreck" that AA has caused in my life. My story is on this blog. There are days when I feel so sad and lonely, I do not know where to turn. I am not thinking of harming myself, just trying to deal with the "funk" I am in.

Endogenous alcohol production - why nobody is ever really clean and sober

Apparently, the body naturally produces alcohol. It's called Endogenous alcohol production and is caused by the natural action of microbial fermentation of carbohydrates in the gastrointestinal tract. It occurs 24 hours a day 365 days a year and generates tiny amounts of alcohol ranging from 0.04mg/dL to 0.08mg/dL on average (~ equivalent to a thimbleful of beer) - that's about 1,000-2000 times less than the drunk driving BAC limit of 80mg/dL. It's not a DUI defense but in rare cases can cause high BACs in some individuals where it is described (most awesomely) as "auto brewery syndrome".

MASH/Suicide is painless

Through early morning fog I see Visions of the things to be The pains that are withheld for me I realize and I can see Suiicide is painless It brings on certeain changes And I can take or leave it if I Please I try to find a way to make All our little joys relate Witout that everpresent hate But now I know that It's too late Chorus The gaem of life is hard to play I am going to lose it anyway The losing card I'll someday lay And this is all I have to say Chorus The only way to win is cheat And lay it down before I'm beat And to another give a seat For that's the only painless feat Chorus

Al-Anon Family Groups 10th Annual Triennial 2012 Survey Results Released. Who is the average Al-Anon member?

Al-Anon 2012 Average Age = 56.8 years Al-Anon 2012 Female members = 86% Al-Anon 2012 Married members = 58% Al-Anon 2012 White members = 91% Al-Anon 2012 College Graduates= 31% Al-Anon 2012 Unemployed = 44% Al-Anon 2012 Relationship of one person who led to Al-Anon = Husband 36% Al-Anon 2012 Relationship of one person who led to Al-Anon = Son/Step-son 12% Al-Anon 2012 Relationship of one person who led to Al-Anon = Ex-Husband 10% Al-Anon 2012 Relationship of one person who led to Al-Anon = Father/Step-father 7%

Read horror of Nancy M...the same story everywhere

I read with horror the letters from Nancy M. regarding the pending divorce from her husband of 30 years. Her story is a mirror image of what happened to my marriage of 10 years. The only difference is that my wife is the alcoholic, but the results of going to these mind stealing meetings was exactly the same. I constantly heard her say that her most important relationships were with her AA support family and her health. She has become the most narcistic, rude and arrogant person, I do not recognize her.

Joseph McCoy Burr III, 41 mandated to Alcoholics Anonymous in Georgia for viciously attacking his victim with a hatchet in AA General Service Area 16 District 10 - Sept. 9, 2013

In yet another example of the US Judiciary sending obviously very dangerous and unstable criminals into the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous, Joseph McCoy Burr III, 41 has been mandated to attending AA meetings in Villa Rica, Georgia, a city that is comprised of Carroll and Douglas Counties after brutally attacking his female roommate with a hatchet. For the crimes of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, battery and more on March 2012, Judge Bill Hamrick has sentenced Mr.

more mexicans die per year than all illicit drug deaths

more mexicans die per year in the war on drugs than all illicit drug deaths, its just something i been thinking about. too bad politicians don't stop to think more. gotta keep those jails cells filled - municipal bond markets would collapse. ^)*(^)(^^&%^&$$#@$^#%^)&)(_)**!

Orange Papers: Truly Delightful

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