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Pimps Anonymous

©2007, Jack Trimpey. All rights reserved.

Over the last several months, I received a steady stream of emails about the Midtown Group, an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) group in Washington D.C., that reportedly fosters the sexual exploitation of young women by sponsors.

Appealing to those with an appetite for lurid stories, the Washington Post reports: In the Midtown Group, female sponsors are actually pimps who refer their tender, young sponsees into the clutches of older sexual predators. According to today’s story in the Washington Post, one such sponsor describes how she referred her young, female sponsees to male sponsors, encouraging the underage girls to have sex with them because that would help them remain sober, one-lay-at-a-time. In other words, the girls became sacrifices to please the Beast Almighty.

The Midtown Group has become a sensational media story, not because it signals a fundamental problem with the practice of corralling tentatively “sober” substance abusers into tight, inbred, long-term relationships, but purely because of the exciting tales of victimhood emanating from that particular group. Because the public doesn’t really care about what goes on in recovery group meeings, only the sex stories have brought the Midtown Group to media attention. The American addiction tragedy — the recovery group movement itself — has gone undetected, unmentioned, un-reported.

The counseling professions, aided by mainstream media pumped up with Hollywood mythology, is running a bulldozer of interference protecting the broader 12-step fellowship of addiction from serious scrutiny. They employ a special manner of speaking, steptalk, a language of spin, that reflects the perceptions, beliefs and values surrounding the recovery group movement. Steptalk plucks our heartstrings as it deceives us.

Steptalk Defense
Here are the main elements of steptalk currently being used to defend the recovery group movement in the light of the Midtown Group sex scandal:

1. The Midtown Group sex scandal is an aberration, a dysfunctional recovery group that arose from malignant social cultism surrounding one charismatic sponsor, Mike Q, who, during his 60’s, achieved rock-star, stud status among the local AA groupies. AA is not a cult, but the Midtown Group became like a cult. Already, some are saying that the Midtown Group isn’t even an AA group. According to that twisted logic, the Midtown Group has strayed so far from AA’s wholesome standards that they have withdrawn by default from AA. That is so-o-o-o like an addict’s con job!

I have answered the telephone at Rational Recovery Headquarters for twenty years, and I assure the reader that the Midtown Group is no aberration. I have known of many Mike Q’s, and heard from numerous families fractured by 13th step, sexual infidelity. Sexual exploitation is rife in the recovery group movement, which is exactly what we should expect when addicted people are forced by lack of choice into confined, long-term, primary relationships with other irresolute substance abusers, practicing a lifestyle so devoid of intrinsic reward that the promises of eventual benefit must be posted on the walls.

Of course, recovery groupers everywhere are going to screw like a cage full of bunnies! They do this everywhere that substance abusers coagulate into abject fellowships consisting of fast-living, I-want-it-now, substance abusers and lonely, depressed people estranged by addiction from their families. Sexual error is a cardinal sign of addiction, reflecting the impairment of moral judgment caused by alcohol, and part of the comprehensive breakdown of moral functioning caused by addiction.

2. In the Post article, the topic of AA scandal is strategically balanced by this out-of-the-blue, gratuitous praise:

Over eight decades, Alcoholics Anonymous, a pioneer in the support-group model of treatment, has grown to attract about 2 million members in more than 100,000 groups. Despite a stellar reputation and worldwide brand, it has never been more than a set of bedrock traditions. It has no firm hierarchy, no official regulations, and exercises no oversight of individual groups.”

Which is to say, AA will not respond to complaints by families affected by the Midtown Groups treachery. Instead, they must grapple with local courts, local agencies, local politics, all of which are tended to by the local 12-step activists and functionaries, i.e., the 12-step syndicate. In other words, Alcoholics Anonymous is neither accountable, nor liable, for the conduct nor for the effects of the Midtown Group, nor of any other of its cell-groups found in every local community. Now, let me ask you, isn’t AA Central just like every alcoholic or addict you’ve ever known? “It’s not my fault. I’m not responsible. Don’t look at me. I have nothing to say about it. I’m above criticism. It’s really someone else’s fault.”

maaskedmaan.jpgThe character of AA itself follows the beliefs, practices, and values common to addicted people. Any two substance abusers can start a group, attract new members from our social service system, gain favor with the media using the holy name of Alcoholics Anonymous, and claim to be the final authorities on the subjects of addiction and recovery. They are secretive, above criticism, above accountability, above controversy, above liability, have no opinions on anything except a very narrow range of practical matters. Members may not speak for AA, even if they are substance abuse counselors with advanced degrees in the learned professions. As private citizens, however, AA members may promote AA, glorify AA, and defend AA as long as they don’t “break anonymity,” meaning they cannot admit they are members of AA. It is a secret, shadow organization using anonymity as a shield, as if anonymous means confidential. Members do not realize that anonymity is worthless to members, but vitally important to the organization.

3. The 12-step syndicate, the addiction treatment industry in particular, is condemning the Midtown Group, as if the offenses aren’t widespread. Every effort is being made by the 12-step syndicate to advance the official story that the pimp stories are rare abuses and unproved allegations, certainly far outweighed by the wonderful AA program that has helped millions of people, more people than any other program. These official criticisms aim to convey that Midtown Group is a rogue fellowship that should be expunged, to maintain the long tradition of wholesome, selfless altruism aimed at restoring victims of addictive disease to sanity and positive living. The 12-step syndicate hopes their condemnation of the Midtown Group will resemble cutting out a local infection from a larger, otherwise healthy organism.

Here some specific practices that are being presented as aberrations that rarely occur elsewhere:

A. Isolating newcomers from mainstream society. This is universal in the recovery group movement. Addiction treatment centers restrict reading material, cut off all family visitation, permit telephone calls, etc., as part of isolating inductees from the outside world. Total immersion is best exemplified by the universal “90-in-90” standard, whereby newcomers are expected to attend a meeting every day for three consecutive months.

B. The pattern of sexual exploitation commonly known as “13th-stepping.” This is commonplace, part of the recovery group subculture, as shown by having its own universal step-jargon word.

C. Predicting suffering and death for dissenters or dropouts. This is the infamous “Curse of AA” about which I’ve been writing about for decades.

D. Pressuring members to discontinue psychiatric medications, as if they are street drugs. Again, this is a practically unversal attitude and practice in the 12-step movement, unabated since I first complained of it while I worked for Community Mental Health in California 25 years ago.

E. Micro-management of newcomers personal affairs and lives, total intrusion of the “new family” into the minds and families of members. Our Insanity of AA page details the intense social cultism experienced by people all over the world, for the last several decades. Consequently, recovery group disorder is common in the fellowship, and the cause of much suffering and family disruption.

Fellowship of addiction, not of recovery.
America doesn’t have a drug problem, nor an alcohol problem, nor an addiction problem. She has an AA problem, and has been overtaken by a subculture of addicted people who are devoted to making the world more hospitable to self-intoxication and other vice. Wherever two or more addicted people join together, they may call themselves, Alcoholics Anonymous, and a new fellowship of addiction exists. Together, they have in common a set of perceptions, beliefs, and values that form the foundation of their relationship, beliefs and values that are sharply at odds with the foundations of family life and human civilization. The entire recovery group movement, and its business arm, the addiction treatment industry, is a giant fellowship of addiction carried forward on the deceptive nature and ruthless character of addiction itself. What could be more alarming than that?

We all know the nature and character of addiction. It is ugly, immoral, antisocial, devious, and ruthless in its struggle to survive. That is the underlying character of Alcoholics Anonymous, of its recovery doctrines, of its 100,000 cell-groups, of its school of thousands of non-profit fishes, and of the substance abuse counselors who comprise the medically-oriented addiction treatment industry. Mostly from good families, AA members once fell into the moral abyss of addiction, coalesced with similarly inclined people, and have never climbed out. Lodged by 12-step doctrine between using episodes, they are engaged in original denial, which means these things:

1. they deny the moral dimension of self-intoxication,
2. they deny the moral imperative of immediate, permanent, voluntary abstinence,
3. they craftily shift the moral burden of their own vice:

a. onto their ancestors, whose beliefs and values they have defied,
b. onto their suffering families, which they have injured and betrayed,
c. onto codependents and enablers everywhere, who are their primary victims, and
d. onto society and its taxpayers, upon whom they are increasingly dependent.

4. they reserve the option to intoxicate themselves (have a relapse) whenever they really feel like it
5. they refuse to apologize for their past self-intoxication by using the pretense of disease,
6. they expect their families, society, the courts, their patients, and God to accept tentative abstinence, i.e., “one-day-at-a-time sobriety,” as if such moral laziness should be admired.

Recovery groups, whether spiritual or psychological, are social manifestations of addiction itself. They impose the inverted beliefs and values of addiction upon newcomers in the form of quasi-religious doctrines. The lifestyle advanced by recovery groups is an emulation of normalcy, an imitation of human life seen through the eyes of animals, and as human life is experienced in the simplified emotional field of addicted people.

The recovery group is a primary group, an emulated family, even introducing itself to newcomers, “Hi, we’re your new family!” The 12-step program is an emulation of religion, borrowing the dignity and trust accorded religion, while substituting a moral code fit for a snail. What sane moral code would deny the immorality of self-intoxication among problem drinkers? Why should we respect someone who refuses to guarantee lifetime abstinence to the family he betrayed through the ultimate self-indulgence, substance addiction? Why would groupers inventory their drunken behavior but exclude the act of self-intoxication from moral inventories? What sort of adult must try to “be good” every day of his life by doing moral inventories and rituals of recovery, unless he has no core of moral integrity?

When irresolute substance abusers get together for any reason, especially after dark, we can be certain they’re up to no good. They operate on the direct, biological voltage of addiction, using forms of language compatible with the addictive mandate, i.e., the Addictive Voice. Meetings start with the self-contradicting proclamation, “AA is a totally self-supporting non-profit organization…,” and the ensuing program is delivered in clever slogans and mottoes that squelch good questions and dissent.

Midtown Madness in Your Town

Recovery groupers are desperately unhappy from their own self-indulgences, have a sense of loss of personal control, lonely, depressed, and yearning for any sign of warmth, affection, or closeness. They are vulnerable to misguidance by any warm hand outstretched to help. They are also sociopaths, all of them, who naturally live double lives, loyal first to the addictive mandate, and then emulating their family roles as necessary.

Recovery groups are hot, singles-scene gatherings with undercurrents of sexuality between people whose chief common trait is impulsive, instant gratification of bodily desires. What could be more predictable than sexual involvements among a group of substance abusers in a state of comprehensive moral collapse, currently estranged from their families, alienated from mainstream society, professing powerlessness over bodily desire, spending more time with each other than with their families, in unsupervised evening meetings during evening hours when they are struggling most to deny themselves addictive pleasures?

Just at the moment of marital crisis, when the addict is forced to choose between his family and addiction, a moment when the heat of marital conflict has stoked the fires of addictive rage, the recovery group steps in as an outside ally offering the addict the cover of disease, and the deceptive appearance of constructive action. They are a new primary group, a permanent, new family, offering the emotional support, the unconditional acceptance, the affection, companionship, and, yes, the sexual contact wisely and appropriately denied by the members’ spouses and extended families.

RecoveryFirst.jpgThe recovery group has contempt for original family values, which are incompatible with the rules and beliefs required of addiction. The disease concept of addiction indicts the immediate family as codependents and enablers, responsible for the addict’s plight, and condemns the ancestral tree as a rotten gene pool from which the seeds of their collective misery have fallen. Recovery groupers are not family people at all, and will not accommodate their families’ reasonable demand that they abandon their addictions. They are groupers first and foremost, and expect that their families will accommodate their addictions accept the indignity of living under the uncertainty of one-day-at-a-time sobriety. Many carry amulets proudly stating their misplaced loyalty, “My Recovery Comes First!”

If AA were just another silly sect or social cult, there would be little need to expound on its deficiencies here or anywhere else. However, America has tragically rejected the traditions and religions of her founders and ancestors, and chosen Alcoholics Anonymous as the foundation of moral authority throughout her health and social service systems, so that today we are a 12-step nation, streaming Hollywood recovery mythology into every home, school, church, and agency.

The fact is that AA Central, the General Services and World Service Organizations in New York City, is the administrative center of a vast political movement with cell-groups in every tiny locality, with members embedded throughout our health and social service systems, and with political activists in Congress, state legislatures, local government, and in appointed positions of great social responsibility and authority. Millions of men and women are forced into Alcoholics Anonymous by mandate, by intimidation, by force of law, and by lack of choice. The 12-step program does not work, but only instills the beliefs and values of chronic addiction into the minds of people who need only to discontinue the use of alcohol and other drugs.

Historical Footnote
There is no need for a competing version of AA, one that would consist of an alternative philosophy, alternative methods, catering to those who would refuse AA on religious or personal grounds. We now know that there is no need for AA in the first place, because recovery groups produce far less abstinence than no recovery programming at all. In other words, original family values, fortified by law-enforcement and enlightened public policies, will always be the most cost-effective, dignified, and Constitutional approach to mass, runaway addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

Long ago, Rational Recovery® fell into the trap of emulating AA’s inappropriate solution to addiction — group recoveryism based on the psychological disease concept of addiction. Rational Recovery® sponsored a great network of recovery groups, the Rational Recovery Self-Help Network (RRSN), with groups in 1000 cities. As AVRT® matured into the addiction-killing device it is today, the Rational Recovery Self-Help Network split into two irreconcilable factions, the backers of AVRT-based recovery and the hundreds of professional Advisors — substance abuse counselors who were part of the addiction treatment industry.

Although this schism appeared to be a setback, the outcome has been the emergence of independent recovery as the crown jewel of addiction recovery. Due to its cost-effectiveness and congruity with science, morality, ethics, the law, and the old-fashioned common sense contained in universal family values, AVRT® is the very best avenue for individuals, for families, and as social policy in every community.

Wikipedia Trashes Rational Recovery®

Copyright 2007, Jack Trimpey, all rights reserved.

To those unacquainted with Wikipedia, it is an online, communal encyclopedia, consisting of articles on any subject by — well, by anyone. Once an article is posted, it may be revised or replaced by anyone. The problem is, just as with any encyclopedia, only one article informs the reader about any given subject. The editorial policy of Wikipedia is essentially like, “King of the Hill,” in which one goat butts the current goat off the hill, to become today’s headlines on reality.

I have been uncomfortable about the Wiki problem in recent years, as controversy has grown about its susceptibility to abuse. Alas, my concerns were justified when I recently got a “heads-up” that Wiki had gone whacky on the subject of Rational Recovery.

Until recently, there had been a fairly good, objective Wikipedia presentation on Rational Recovery written by a physican. It gave a little background and presented the essence of AVRT-based recovery, providing encouragment for addicted people that their difficulties with recovery groups and addiction treatment need not stop them from recovering independently. Here is the new article, which replaced the original.

1. The new, anonymous article starts off: “This program is considered controversial by many in the 12-step community. It offends by vitriolic attacks on 12-step programs…” Who else in the world, besides members of AA themselves, believes AA is above criticism? This is an article about the perceptions of Rational Recovery by members of Alcoholics Anonymous. The central Wiki-message for desperate people and their families is, “Rational Recovery offends!” In this first sentence, the writer appears almost certainly to be a substance abuse counselor, very likely a “two-hatter” — an AA’r doing the 12-step program on his clients for a fee, while skirting AA’s Tradition 10, forbidding members from entering public controversy. By linking the word “dissociation” with its psychological meaning, he blows his cover. He probably meant “disassociation,” but such an error is unprofessional. In an upcoming blog article, I will discuss the pretend profession, substance abuse counseling.

2. Fully one-half of the article is on irrelevant research done on Rational Recovery over a decade ago, truly meaningless research that says nothing and about which no one cares in the least. There is scant use of current references, only out-of-date citations from the 1990’s, one that even goes to an archive of obsolete websites! The author’s sense of humor is absent, typical of persons in recovery, as he bites on this page as evidence of my madness. As for his expression “independent recovery treatment,” I think the Beast got his tongue.

3. Other than one sentence showing the writer’s ignorance, there is no discussion nor linkage to Addictive Voice Recognition Technique® (AVRT®. He mistakenly says AVRT® “…shows the practitioner that he is in control of the Addictive Voice, not the other way around.” (Recognition is not control, but quite the opposite.) There are numerous “busy links” in the material, but only one Rational Recovery link, “RR-FAQ,” added as an afterthought in “external links.” External links? The authentic source on Rational Recovery is not linked in the main text but only as a obscurely named, “external link?” In a related Wiki article on “Jack Trimpey,” there is no link to the Rational Recovery website.

There is, however, a clear link to “Drink too much?” This is to a website associated with State University of New York which is obviously part of the 12-step syndicate, i.e., the addiction treatment industry and its business arm, the recovery group movement.

Independent recovery has been trashed by Wikipedia. The Rational Recovery page is now a portal to the addiction treatment industry. Behold, the 12-step syndicate in action!


According to the Wiki rules, I am now supposed to go to the Wiki website and make corrections, so that some “balanced” outcome will emerge, one that is far more accurate and truthful than the Rational Recovery literature and website. However, I’m not playing ball, for this simple reason:

Wikipedia is a classical example of Hegelian dialectics, more commonly known as dialectical materialism (DM). Very briefly, DM is the belief that ultimate reality is in a perpetual state of gradual change resulting from compromises of observations, opposing beliefs, or opinions. The changes may be imperceptibly small, but when they accumulate in quantity, the quality or identity of the whole is suddenly, radically changed, as in water boiling or social revolution.

For example, if I say my brother is a wonderful person, you may possibly believe me. However, if someone else says he’s a rotten person, then you will likely see him as a basically good, yet flawed, person. As other negative opinions accumulate, you may conclude he is a real bastard. However, even if my brother is a scoundrel, that is only coincidental because you have not observed him but only considered a democratic process in action. Politics is largely a process of dialectical materialism, wherein voters consider the good and bad allegations about the candidates. Thus, politics cannot bring truth but only blurred perceptions about people driven by various agendas.

1. Thesis: My brother is wonderful.

2. Antithesis: Jack’s brother is a scoundrel.

3. Synthesis: Jack’s brother is somewhere in between.

4. The Synthesis has now become a new Thesis, to be reconciled with successive rips against it by new, anonymous critics.

I won’t subject AVRT®, nor myself, to this kind of abuse, conducted under the Wiki-guise of intellectual and academic respectability. I am under no obligation to become a Wiki volunteer, devoted to Wiki-Dialectics.

Rather than schlep over to Wiki, I would much rather send as many people as possible to the Wikipedia article on Rational Recovery, as a way of further exposing the means by which the 12-step syndicate comandeers mainstream media and maintains its death-grip on America’s substance abusers. I trust that readers and visitors will make better judgments about independent recovery (AVRT-based recovery) than the official story from Wikipedia recommends. Some of you may want to post whatever you like, to correct or confirm the current mess. By all means, have fun at this.

You might ask, “Aren’t you engaged in dialectics, with your constant AA-bashing?” Well, no, because I do not present falsehoods as a strategy of destroying fellowships of addiction. DM plays loosely with the truth, valuing change and revolution (the ends) more than honesty and ethics (the means). I am always interested in objections to this website using citations or illustrations of error or falsehood. The Wiki hit-piece has no comprehension of what he impugns.

I use Wikipedia; I suppose most everyone does. It is a lazy way to get a quick take on anything. It often has good links out for further reading. Wikipedia is free, however, and as with all non-profit organizations you get what you pay for, and that’s not much.

An interesting contrast to the Wikipedia hit piece may be found at Wiki-How, which is the best example I’ve ever seen of how to advance the cause of independent recovery without infringing on our protected trademarks. This author sees the concept of AVRT® clearly, paraphrases an outline for independent recovery, and then gives due credit to AVRT® as the original source material. You should have another article, “How to Deliver the Goods Without Ripping Them Off.” Congratulations, Wiki-How!

By the way, Readers, there are also some vicious attacks on your mothers at Wikipedia. If you want to defend her, you’d better scurry on down there, look up your family name, and get busy learning the ropes of Wiki-dialectics.*

* Aw, c’mon, I was just kidding. I hope you get my point, though.

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