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Sexual Predator Sentenced to AA

Yeah, another one:

KEARNEY — A Ravenna man is serving a nine-month jail sentence for sexually assaulting his stepdaughter.

The man was also placed on three years probation on a second charge of felony attempted incest of the same girl. The man’s name is being withheld to protect the victim’s identify.

Under his probation, the man must complete intensive outpatient counseling, attend Alcoholic’s Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous three times a week and obtain his GED. Judge John Icenogle sentenced the man last week in Buffalo County District Court.

The man pleaded no contest to the charges in July. Both incidents happened in October 2009 in Ravenna and involved the same girl.

Court records say the girl told her mother about the abuse, which occurred when the girl asked her stepfather for permission to do anything or go anywhere.

h/t Sally!

AA For Kids

Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Pods Win

Stanton Peele gave Stinkin’ Thinkin’ a little plug in his Psychology Today post about the Pod People bringing 12-Step recovery to college campuses, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Pods Win“:

Ever see the 1956 Don Siegel cult classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, where hero Kevin McCarthy discovers pod people are taking over the identities of everyone in town — including his girlfriend? (I hate when that happens.) I know this disclosure is obvious: when I saw the movie at age 10, I totally identifed with McCarthy (who died in 2010 at age 96).

The same thing is happening again, only for real, as illustrated on Sunday by NBC’s The TODAY show. Today featured a segment on the growing phenomenon of on-campus Recovery Communities, where 18- to 22-year-olds declare themselves alcoholics, turn themselves over to recovery gurus, and vow forevermore to be alcoholic pods. They don’t interact with the rest of the drunken student body (I personally didn’t get drunk the entire time I was at college — okay, I smoked a little pot), busy themselves in sober activities, and surround themselves with fellow recovery acolytes.

Read the rest…

And then check out some of the comments from the Pod People:


Seems to be a lack of understanding here

Submitted by Dorri Olds on August 23, 2011 – 3:17pm.

Alcoholism is a disease. That’s why insurance companies pay for treatment. You better believe insurance companies wouldn’t pay a dime if it was just some silly coming of age thing. There are so many teenage alcoholics/drug addicts and plenty in their 20s. It is a mental disorder. The way to get help is to admit there is a problem. Why on earth should it bother somebody else why a young person seeks help with drinking. People should be cheering them on, not mocking the help that is available to them.

Most people who have never been addicted to alcohol or drugs do not have any idea what it feels like to have a compulsion to do something that could kill you or make you go crazy. People who are allergic to strawberries just quit strawberries. They are not encouraged to continue to eat strawberries.


I would be interested…

Submitted by Dash Stryker on August 24, 2011 – 1:23am.

in learning more about the study you cite. Do the researchers understand, as you seem not to, the burgeoning understanding of the difference between substance abuse and addiction?

Lots of people are substance abusers without becoming addicted. Lots of people are physically dependent upon certain drugs without developing the alterations in neurochemistry that correspond with addiction.

(I’m also curious to know what you think of the research suggesting those alterations in neurochemistry.)

Is it so bad, if some substance abusers who probably could have managed to learn to drink responsibly find themselves in AA instead, completely abstinent? Without setting up a false dichotomy, I think such people are better off than the ones who are truly addicted and never find a pathway to abstinence. Those are sort of the two ways to err, here. So there’s a program that helps a bunch of young people, but there’s some error involved. If the error’s that people who don’t need AA get involved with it anyway, I’m fine with it; I’m not clear on why you’re not.

And yeah, I’ve been a ‘pod person’ for a while now – and yet, I find it a simple matter to interact and form meaningful bonds with non-Pods.

I meant to post this story yesterday, but this seems like a good spot for it:


12 Step Recovery Is Wrong for Teens

Around here, when we criticize the practice of sending kids to AA or other 12 Step programs, we usually focus on either the inappropriateness of sending kids to the same rooms where judges are sending grown up addicts and predators or on the unconscionable abusiveness of teaching people in their teens that they have an incurable progressive lifelong disease over which they’re powerless. In his article “Teens, The Brain, and 12 Step Recovery,” Thomas Greaney offers a few more reasons 12 Step programs are not a good fit for young people. First, he points out that the average age of an AA member is 48. Second, he says that the immature brain development prevents kids from processing drunkalogs as warnings — instead, they see these cautionary tales as more as a challenge. Third, he says that kids have a hard time “grasping the spiritual underpinnings 12 Step philosophy” and the notion of “powerlessness.

Greaney offers a re-vision of the 12 Steps that I really appreciate. It replaces powerlessness with accountability and personal agency; replaces original sin with original worthiness and value; and replaces divine intervention with intention: Continue reading 12 Step Recovery Is Wrong for Teens

Slate on “Surviving Straight, Inc.”

Please go read Steven Slate’s piece on the new documentary about the “troubled teen” industry, created by survivors of the Straight, Inc. nightmare. He makes the connection between what some might consider a sort of isolated issue and draws a very clear line to the addiction recovery movement whose psychotic mythologies influence our culture so profoundly.

Here’s Steven Slate’s article. It is essential reading. When you’re done, please friend it:

Surviving Straight Inc, a Controlling Approach To Addiction Treatment Brings Disastrous Consequences

I wanted to also point out that one of the creators of Surviving Straight, Inc. started a website that we linked to in the blogroll. Troubled Teen Industry is a powerful resource and a compelling read.

[UPDATED]: I guess Steven and I were writing posts for ST at the same time, and I just happened to hit “post” before he did! Sorry, Steven… I scooped you on your own story.

Steven Slate says:

As of now, distribution plans for the movie are up in the air, and they’re submitting it to festivals. One thing that may help is making noise about it on the net, and showing that there’s demand for it. I don’t know the best way to do that, but here’s where to start:

The film’s website:

Troubled Teen Industry:

Reddit Troubled Teens:

I can’t stress how much these people have put themselves on the line by making this film and appearing in it. Along the way, one of the filmmakers even received a message ominously taped to his door which read “You won’t survive Straight Inc.” I’d hate to see their efforts go to waste. I don’t know the best way to support them, so I’m just starting by spreading these links around and talking about the movie with the means I have at my disposal. Many of the abusive methods of Straight Inc are still in use in Therapeutic Communities all over the place, and this stuff needs to be stopped.



Child’s Journal Describes Repeated Rape by AA Members

Girl Kept Detailed Diary of Rapes by Mother’s Boyfriend

BURLINGTON, Vermont – An English woman has been charged with aggravated sexual assault on a child after the discovery that her 7-year-old daughter kept a diary in which she noted when she was forced to have sex with her mother’s boyfriend.

Burnham said Parnitzke was born in England but was a permanent resident of the United States. Parnitzke and her daughter moved to Vermont in 2004, but Parnitzke sent the girl to live with her father in 2006.

The father went to police in October after the 11-year-old girl told him that while living in England, Parnitzke would bring men home from Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and let them rape her beginning when she was 5.

Read the whole thing…

Family Foundation School TRUTH Campaign Update

The Family Foundation School was founded by a couple of AA members. It’s guiding principles are the 12 Steps.
The Investigation into The Family Foundation School has completed.  All of the documents that were corresponded between the school and State Investigators is published on the main page of our website,
Although the investigators found serious concerns at the school, they have little legal authority over the school because the school fails to license themselves as what they are – a treatment center – claiming they are “only a school”.
Our Campaign is happy to know that some practices have ceased, further protecting youth at The Family Foundation School, but we firmly believe that the school’s lack of accountability and admission of past practices can at any time re-create their history of abusive practices.  The ‘school’ still employs staff that are abusive, inappropriate, and unqualified.  An admitted sex addict, who is cited in numerous allegations of abuse, still lives on the campus and is still on the ‘school’s’ payroll.  Staff who failed to report abuse over the last twenty years are still employed at the school.  The core operating culture of the school still has not changed its roots from that of East Ridge Recovery cult and Synanon.
Our campaign has come a long way in forcing the schools self-proclaimed ‘culture of change’ to actually have results, but the core operations is still the same – break a child down at any length until they submit to the 12-steps of recovery, regardless if they are actually an in need of that ‘recovery’.  The School’s outright denial of any abusive or unethical practices is still cause for serious concern.
The past can repeat itself and has proven to do so…at what point do we allow surface ‘change’ to be justifiable?  When will all those that have been harmed by The Family Foundation School be healed?  The School isn’t helping with that process, but we are committed to making sure that not one child is ever harmed at the hands of a facility with such an extensive and harmful history like The Family Foundation School.
Keep on Keeping on!
The Family Foundation School TRUTH Campaign
Dedicated to exposing a more than 30 year history of abusing kids, all in the name of “TREATMENT”

Faith Healing


Oregon House set to vote on a bill that would eliminate faith healing as a defense for murder…

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon House is nearing a vote on a bill that would remove legal protections for parents who refuse medical treatment and rely on faith to heal their dying children.

Lawmakers will vote on the measure on Thursday.

The measure targets an Oregon City church with a history of children dying after their parents refused secular medicine in favor of religious rituals like prayer or anointing the sick with oils.

The bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. Carolyn Tomei of Milwaukie would eliminate faith healing as a defense for murder charges. It follows a 1999 measure that eliminated the faith healing defense from some charges of manslaughter, criminal mistreatment and nonpayment of child support.

Parents found guilty of murder would be subject to long mandatory minimum sentences under Measure 11.

There aren’t many degrees of separation between prescribing prayer for diabetes and prescribing it for addiction. Would sending kids to AA* count under this new legislation?

*Could AA have chosen a creepier title for that pamphlet?

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Troy Kegel

Oklahoma City police arrested a man who threatened to shoot schoolchildren at James Buchanan Elementary School, authorities said Friday.

Police received a report on Monday that Troy Kegel, 47, had threatened to use an AK-47 to shoot schoolchildren, a police report states. The school’s playground can be seen from Kegel’s front porch.

Police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said Kegel had called a friend that day, telling her he was upset and wanted to shoot schoolchildren from Buchanan Elementary.

The woman, identified in a probable cause affidavit as Kegel’s Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, called police, telling them Kegel had told her he wanted to “shoot up” the people at his Narcotics Anonymous meeting and shoot children at Buchanan Elementary, court papers show. Continue reading Keep Coming Back!

Child Abuse, Tough Love, and 12-Step Coersion

AndyM just sent me a link to a website called The Family School TRUTH Campaign, which is dedicated to investigating and exposing the horrific abuse that continues to take place at The Family Foundation, a school for troubled teens. Here’s what the Family Foundation has to say about their facility on their website:

The Family Foundation School has guided thousands of troubled teens toward responsible adulthood with character education that includes the 12-Step program of recovery and its spiritual principles, rigorous academics including special academic support where needed, psychological counseling, and a strong and experienced faculty and staff. We have healed families and restored the hopes and dreams of countless parents. We can restore yours, too. Continue reading Child Abuse, Tough Love, and 12-Step Coersion