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Spottedcrow Update


This story makes me want to scream.

In an order issued Friday, Associate District Judge Robert Davis decided to suspend the final four years of the sentence for Patricia M. Spottedcrow, stating she has “done better in the structure of the Department of Corrections than she had during her adult years in the community.”

Spottedcrow, 26, received the sentence last October after selling the marijuana to a police informant in December 2009 and January 2010. Her mother, Delita Starr, 51, was also charged.

Their stories were publicized in a Tulsa World series earlier this year about Oklahoma’s high female incarceration rate.

In blind guilty pleas before a judge, Spottedcrow received prison time and her mother received a 30-year suspended sentence. Neither had prior criminal convictions.

Oklahoma City attorney Josh Welch, who represents Spottedcrow, said the punishment does not fit the crime.

“We are pleased Judge Davis recognized her sentence needed to be modified, but we are simply not pleased with the amount of time that was modified,” Welch said. “I don’t walk away from this feeling good even with four years knocked down, and I’m not going to give up until she is released.”

[snip] Continue reading Spottedcrow Update

Hazeleden to Create a Generation of Replacement Addicts

Hazelden to Invest in Outreach, Services to Help America’s Youth Find Recovery from Drugs and Alcohol

Hazelden, one of the world’s largest and most respected private, nonprofit alcohol and drug addiction treatment centers, announced today it will invest $42 million to expand services to help young people who struggle with addiction find and maintain recovery.

An estimated 1.5 million American youth ages 12 to 17 meet the criteria for admission to alcoholism treatment, but only 7 percent receive treatment. Additionally, an estimated 1.4 million youth ages 12 to 17 meet the criteria for admission to treatment for illicit drug abuse, but only 9 percent receive treatment. With these staggering numbers in mind from SAMHSA’s Office of Applied Studies’ report, “Youth and Alcohol and Illicit Drug Treatment,” Hazelden is now launching increased efforts for youth treatment and recovery initiatives as a part of its strategic plan.

$42 million!

Just Another Bogus Study

Harvard, Hazelden and the Center for Addiction Medicine conducted a study which shows a couple of things: 1. When young people enter treatment, their motivation is high, but their coping and self-efficacy skills are low; 2. Those who have the highest success rates, 3 months post-treatment, have the highest levels of self-efficacy and coping skills.

So, they spent money to figure that out.

When entering treatment, study participants reported high levels of motivation to remain abstinent but lower levels of coping skills, self-efficacy and commitment to mutual support groups. During-treatment increases in these measures predicted abstinence from alcohol or other drug use at three months post-treatment. Self-efficacy or increased confidence in ability to sustain recovery was the strongest predictor of abstinence.

When they say “support group,” what they mean is AA or NA. Twelve Step is the only treatment option these kids received. Therefore, what this study cannot demonstrate is any evidence of the efficacy of 12 Step treatment. It would be irresponsible to even make that suggestion.

Slaymaker of Hazelden adds, “The young people in our study were quite motivated to do well in treatment but lacked the confidence, coping skills, and commitment to AA that are critical to longer-term success. Treatment appears to work by increasing their confidence and ability to make and sustain healthy, recovery-related efforts.”

The findings suggest residential treatment provides the boost that the young people need. By reducing their psychological distress, developing their recovery-focused coping skills, increasing their commitment to AA and other groups [they mean NA, not SMART], and by enhancing their overall confidence to stay clean and sober, young people make meaningful changes in treatment that position them for improved outcomes. Because self-efficacy was a strong predictor of abstinence, it may serve as a useful clinical summary indicator to monitor change and relapse potential among young adults in treatment.


They’re not saying AA is important; they’re saying commitment to AA is. Still, the study doesn’t demonstrate this at all, except by default. Since AA is the only treatment option provided, the honest conclusion would have to be that commitment is important. Throwing AA in as a factor is disingenuous, akin to claiming that Pop Rocks are part of a balanced breakfast if you sprinkle them on your oatmeal and fruit.

Does it seem to anyone else that the conclusions they draw are inconsistent with the information they gathered in this study?

Young adults want to recover from addiction by need help to make it happen, study suggests

Young adults undergoing addiction treatment arrive ready and willing to make the personal changes that bring about recovery, but it’s the help and guidance received during treatment that build and sustain those changes, according to a longitudinal study published electronically and in press within the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. The study was conducted collaboratively by the Center for Addiction Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and the Butler Center for Research at Hazelden.

Read the whole thing…

Here’s a link to the study.

[Emphasis mine.]

Daniel Gordon: 12-step Hero

Today’s 12-step hero is Daniel Gordon, an AA and state representative in the Rhode Island legislature. It seems he’s run into a bit of legal trouble that he did not disclose:

The first-term House member from Portsmouth was arrested Friday on charges stemming from a 2008 police chase in Massachusetts. He was released Monday on $1,000 bail. The arrest exposed past legal problems, including a four-month sentence in 1999 for assault, an attempted murder charge dismissed in 2004 and a long list of traffic infractions.

When questioned about it, he reminded us to worry about keeping our own sides of the the street clean:

“I have redeemed myself and I have paid my debts,” he said. “Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone.”

And naturally, he broke his anonymity. He really had no choice, because he need to reassure the voting public that he had a very good reason for being bad, and he is now in good hands:

Gordon said he considers himself an alcoholic and has been sober for three years thanks to counseling and Alcoholics anonymous.

I’m sure the good people in his district can sleep better now. Thanks, Daniel, for all that you do! It works if you work it!

Read more here….

Mother of the Year

In keeping with this week’s theme of parenting superstars, I give you Shayean Blackmon.

Babysitters can expensive and unreliable, so Shayean decided on an alternate form of child-care: She punched the baby in the face and abandoned it in a park:

22-year-old Shayean Blackmon decided to spend her day yesterday drinking in a park in Highland Park, Michigan. Think of it as a little post-Mother’s Day present to herself. But it seems that getting hammered and caring for her 3-month-old daughter was too much multitasking…

According to witnesses, Blackmon decided to punch her baby in the face, then walk away, leaving her in the park.

The little girl was rescued by someone women who were also at the park. When the story aired on TV, the child’s grandfather, Henry Bowles, recognized the little girl and went to retrieve her.

read more….

Not to worry, though. Her problem is solved. She’s been mandated to AA. Of course.

Quote of the Day

“I’m a good mommy. I’m an alcoholic, but I’m a good mommy.”

Marcy Gant, an AA. Who was convicted of trying to sell her son – twice – to earn money for a wedding dress.

AA Members Are A Neighborhood Nuisance

It seems the AA members who meet at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Nutley, New Jersey are wearing out their welcome:

Nearly a dozen residents attended the Nutley Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday to call attention to the problems visiting Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous members are posing to their neighborhood. Issues include blocking driveways, loitering and harassment, they said.

The AA and NA members attend almost daily meetings at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Vreeland Avenue. Residents claim the members come early and stay late, loitering and being disruptive.

“We’re confronted with a situation that we really shouldn’t be, especially in a residential neighborhood. They don’t respect our property,” Hillside Avenue resident Jack Szura said. Homeowners have had to contend with members urinating and littering on their lawns as well as profanity and other abusive language aimed at passersby, he added.

Read the rest. It’s really sweet how the neighbors wonder where the AA supervisors are.

h/t Sally – Thank you!

Women Really, Really Need AA

Hazelden Study Signals Importance of Twelve Step Meeting Attendance for Young Women in Early Recovery

The frequency of attending Twelve Step mutual support meetings following addiction treatment can help predict success in early recovery for young women, according to a data analysis study conducted by Hazelden’s Butler Center for Research and reported in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly. Meeting attendance frequency predicted both abstinence from substance use and number of drinking days at six months post-treatment for young women studied, reports Audrey A. Klein, Ph.D., who authored the study with Butler Center for Research colleague, Valerie J. Slaymaker, Ph.D.

Analysis focused on 139 young women, age 17-23, attending Twelve Step-based residential treatment for a substance use disorder. They were statistically compared to a sample of 237 young men who attended the same treatment program during the same time period. The analysis showed young women were as likely as young men to attend Twelve Step meetings and engage in prescribed Twelve Step practices. However, whereas frequency of meeting attendance predicted abstinence status and number of drinking days at six months post-treatment for women, Twelve Step experiences—such as getting a sponsor or considering oneself an Alcoholics Anonymous member—predicted drinking days for the men.

“These results contribute to knowledge of substance use disorders and treatment among young women, a population that’s understudied in the research literature,” says Klein. “Further studies focusing on factors affecting the course of substance use disorders among young women are needed.”

Klein notes that little is known about young women and addiction even though women experience a faster transition between initiation and heavy substance use and admission to treatment, and women suffer more adverse neurological and physical abuse from substance abuse. Women are also more likely than men to have a co-occurring psychological disorder.

The Butler Center for Research, research arm of the national nonprofit Hazelden foundation, is dedicated to improving recovery from addiction by conducting clinical and institutional research, collaborating with other research centers, and communicating scientific findings. The study on substance use disorders and young women, titled “12-Step Involvement and Treatment Outcomes among Young Women with Substance use Disorders,” was published in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 29, 204-281.


Also: Why Addiction Recovery Should Be A Feminist Issue

h/t Sally. Thank you!

AA’s GSB Turns a Blind Eye to Child Predators in Meetings

Has anyone seen this?

It seems that in 2010, Paul E. Clearly, Trustee of the General Service Board of AA, Inc. submitted a report about child sexual abuse in AA to the GSB’s Subcommittee on Vulnerable Members in AA (I know!). He detailed several shocking instances of predation and implored the GSB to take responsibility for the safety of AA’s most vulnerable members. He concludes:

For a host of moral, ethical, and legal reasons, it’s time for the General Service Board to provide leadership in addressing the issue of child sexual abuse in AA.

Read Paul Cleary’s very revealing 7-page report, “Predators in AA,” and don’t miss the GSB’s predictably despicable abdication of responsibility on the last page. There is some reference to GSB’s response around the web, for instance here,  here and here, but I could find only one  reference to Cleary’s original report (which I was unable to download as a pdf, but could view in google docs).


Quick! Code 303!

Dr. Dave, Bill, and Bill's Luxurious Hotel Bathrobe

Hey, Kids! It’s Dr. Dave and Bill! What will they do next?

This recent New York Times article has them in a wacky new bind!

Tune in while they tackle the old “choice or disease” debate. Watch them as they pull — right out of their very asses —  an entire personal history and personality profile for one of their critics, and use it to publicly humiliate him.

The guy is mad!

Witness, before your eyes, how Dr. Dave and Bill turn science into superstition and back again… and back again!

Folks, it will boggle your minds.

Watch in bafflement as they make a mockery of the World Health Organization, citing magical sources that vanish into thin air when you try to verify them! Is alcoholism a disease or a related health condition?


Did you think that alcoholism was a disease? How cute of you. Think again, boyo! Being drunk is a disease. Which proves everything Dr. Dave and Bill have ever thought or said.

Wonder Twin Powers Activate!

DR. DAVE: No, I am telling you that the word disease means that someone has a health condition that has a known progression that results in sickness, injury or death. Every country in the world uses the same list—it’s called the International Classification of Diseases. Our monotone lush is experiencing a short-term disease process called Acute Alcohol Intoxication, or Code 303.0, that may cause him broken bones or a broken relationship.

BILL: ..and if he continues on? Or as we say in AA, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results?

DR. DAVE: Well, repeated intoxication does force you to alter your perspective of risk and reality, which we call the disease of Nondependent Alcohol Abuse, or, if you like medical labels—Code 305.0. That’s what we would have diagnosed Harry Potter in last week’s column on the Boy Wizard.

BILL: At the end of my drinking career, I drank myself into two hospitals in ten days. I had the Real Deal Disease—a blackout drunk with a medical chart I can still remember was labeled “Alcoholic!”

DR. DAVE..or what we would call Alcohol Dependence in today’s disease list, giving you a Code of 303.9 to emblazon on your T-Shirt of Sobriety.