Posts tagged 13th Stepping

12-Stepping Acadiana Style

Acadiana Outreach is a community outreach program in Layfayette, Louisiana. It provides services for those in need, including 12-Step recovery services. They’ve run into some recent financial problems, and have had to lay off employees and shut down some locations. The current CEO is blaming it all on the bad economy. It looks like there is a little more to the story than that:

The recent shake-up at Acadiana Outreach Center, one of the area’s largest private non-profit social service agencies, has been attributed to mismanagement and difficult financial times.

A Daily Advertiser investigation, however, shows a deeper, more systemic string of misbehavior and a reluctance to report problems, revelations that could further erode public confidence in the battered agency that desperately needs community donations and support to provide its services to the homeless and needy.

Major violations, according to documents received from a public records request filed with the state Department of Health and Hospitals, include:

» An Outreach Center house supervisor, for several months, engaged in a consensual sexual relationship with a substance-abuse patient.

» A separate house director stole money from a patient’s bank account and used it to run up a flurry of charges at casinos, restaurants and nail shops around the state.

» The center hired recovering alcoholics and drug addicts immediately after their treatment ended, a violation of the state’s Access to Recovery program policies.

» The center admitted 13 new patients after being expressly told not to while the program was on suspension, costing the center precious state money.

» Then-CEO Rick Newton, who was fired earlier this month, either reported violations late or not at all, in disregard of state policy.

The full story here: AOC leaves trail of bad behavior

13th Stepping at Cornerstone Recovery in Houston

Here is a story about 13th-stepping by a counselor at Cornerstone Recovery in Houston, TX:

Counselor accused of having sex with teen patient

HOUSTON (KTRK) — A substance abuse counselor is accused of having sex with one of her patients — a 16-year-old boy — and police say it happened more than once.

According to police, the counselor and her patient had attended an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting on a July night after which they went ‘parking.’ When police arrived, the whole alleged relationship began to unravel.Until Tuesday, Amanda Leann Kueht was a drug and alcohol recovery counselor. Now she’s a defendant, arrested Tuesday night by West University Place police. Now Kueht, 28, is charged with sexual assault of a child under 17.

“Had inappropriate contact with a victim that is underage,” said prosecutor Amanda Skillen.

On July 27 in a church parking lot, a West U. patrol officer is said to have spotted a car. It didn’t seem right and then he observed a partially dressed male teenager and Keuht in the back seat.

“The female subject in the back seat was 28 years of age and the male subject in the back seat — our victim — was 16 years of age,” said Patrick Phil Clark of the West U. Place Police Department.

The couple’s clothes were disheveled. Later, the teen told investigators while no sex took place that night, it had before.

“It had been going on for a few weeks with numerous encounters,” said Clark.

Her name has been taken off of the Cornerstone website, where until now she was listed as a managing counselor. It said this about her:

“She is completely dedicated to helping adolescents and their families recover. Mandy takes pride in being organized and dependable. Over time it has become apparent that she has a passion and enthusiasm for the 12 steps and helping others, as well as her own spiritual and mental growth.”

A true angel of mercy!

Some Must Die


The characters of AA can make up  some interesting cocktails when they mix together. Here is a story out of Minnesota that took a tragic turn when Shannon Gura, an AA who was being 13th-stepped by Don Kreye, another stepper; decided (along with a couple of accomplices) to extort some big money from him:

Woman sentenced to 90 days in coercion plot; extortion victim killed himself

Gura, who now lives in Alabama, had pleaded guilty in October to a single count of coercion in a plot to extort $500,000 from Dan Kreye, one of the founders of High Five Erectors Inc., a steel-construction company in Shakopee.

She had met Kreye through Alcoholics Anonymous, and Gura said he had expressed an interest in helping her and had even given her money to help her buy a Jeep. She testified at an earlier hearing that when she told a friend of hers, Rickey Pouncil, of Rosemount, about Kreye, Pouncil figured the businessman was wealthy and came up with a scheme to extort money from him.

At Pouncil’s direction, Gura sent sexually explicit texts to Kreye in August 2009. The businessman replied in kind, even sending her a graphic sexual photo of himself. Later, over a steak dinner, Gura presented Kreye with printouts of his texts and photo and told him that she’d give them to his wife and kids unless he paid $65,000.

Pouncil and another woman allegedly continued the extortion over the next few months. On May 10, 2010, Kreye, 57, took his life in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

Police found a note in his car that read, “I am being extorted over $500,000. Best for my family and friends.”

Heartwarming, isn’t it?

Mayor Bob Ryan: AA Hero

Sheboygan, Wisconsin mayor Bob Ryan is a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. Or, as he put it, “an intensive outpatient program.” It’s worked so well for him, that last week he once again got liquored up and decided to kick some ass:

Sheboygan Mayor Rejects Council’s Call For Him To Resign
Ryan recently came under fire since going on what one bartender called “a rampage” in Elkhart Lake that included contact with police after a barroom scuffle in the early morning hours of July 25 and passing out in a tavern. Witnesses also said Ryan verbally harassed women in local nightspots with rude and sexually tinged remarks.

It’s the third drinking incident since Ryan was elected mayor in April 2009, the first occurring in September 2009 when a YouTube video surfaced of a drunken mayor at a local tavern making sexually explicit comments about a female relative.

The second was in July 2010 after he visited local taverns with his brother. It was after that incident that Ryan first said publicly that he is an alcoholic.

Mayor Ryan is a perfect fit for AA, where he’ll be able to continue his shenanigans unfettered; but back in the real world, this latest incident was enough for the city to settle a sexual harassment suit filed against him:

City, Angela Payne settle sexual harassment complaint against Bob Ryan

Angela Payne — who accused the mayor of drunkenly propositioning and attempting to kiss her — will be paid more than $750,000 under the settlement, a source said. That figure includes the money Payne would have earned under a five-year contract typically given to department heads, with damages and attorney fees likely added on. Payne’s first-year salary was set at $75,000.

Payne was fired in August 2009 after just six months on the job and a month after she said she rebuffed Ryan’s advances. Payne alleged in a complaint with the state Department of Workforce Development that the events were related. Ryan denied the allegation, and attorneys were prepared to defend his stance until his highly publicized relapse last weekend.

This guy makes Ted Kennedy look like teetotaling alter boy. And his drunken trifecta is enough to award Bob R. our “AA Hero of the Month” award. Congratulations, Bob!

Chucky D. Gets Acquittal

Charles “Chucky” Doucette Jr., an AA and convicted murderer in Beverly, Massachusetts; got a “not guilty” verdict in his assault trial.  He was accused of threatening his sweetie with a bullet to the head, and pulling her alongside his truck. According to the neighbor, it was Chucky’s girlfriend, another AA who he had 13th-stepped, who was the instigator this serenity battle:

Doucettte is found not guilty of assault

Upset that the girlfriend he met in Alcoholics Anonymous was drinking again, Doucette took back the key she had to his home and moved out her belongings, Markus testified. While they argued outside his house, she claimed he threatened her and then, while she was standing beside the driver’s side window of his truck, he “dragged” her alongside as he drove away.

But Doucette’s neighbor, Sophia Mahalares, said she witnessed the incident from her second-floor window and told the jury that Markus was not dragged.

“She fell straight down to the ground,” Mahalares said. Markus was unsteady on her feet and appeared drunk, the neighbor said. And, from her vantage point, Mahalares said, it looked like Markus was hitting or grabbing Doucette through his truck window.

Fifteen minutes after calling 911, Markus left a voice mail with Doucette telling him to “get your ass back here.” She left six more voice mails for him, called his sister looking for him and then at 9:21 p.m., “after not getting what she wants,” she called back the police, Dullea said. It was then, 31/2 hours after the incident and her initial report, that she first mentioned the threat to authorities.

It’s a classic American love story!

Update on Lance Glock

Look who’s back in the news! It’s Lance Glock, the AA and sex offender who, along with his wife, runs the Johnson Sober Living House in Covina, California. The two have filed a lawsuit against the city of Covina, declaring their new policy intended to hold sober houses accountable and insure they aren’t manipulating the system to be unconstitutional and an invasion of  residents’ privacy. (As a point of clarity, don’t confuse “invasion of residents’ privacy” with “invasion residents’ privates,” which is what Lance Glock did when he 13th stepped a resident who had entrusted her recovery with him.) Naturally, they are hiding behind the Americans With Disabilities Act:

“The city wants to delve into the occupants’ private medical records to show they are protected by fair housing laws,” said Greg Lester, an attorney for Johnson House. “That’s an invasion of their privacy.”

The case centers around a sort of legal tangle.

The city generally prohibits business operated group living arrangements, like boarding houses. But outlawing such arrangements in the case of sober living homes would be a violation of the federal Fair Housing Act. The act is aimed at protecting home renters and buyers from discrimination based on race, gender, age and disability. And under the act, psychological disabilities, including recovering addicts, are included.

So, to avoid violating the federal law, the Covina City Council approved a policy in December that regulates conditions under which sober living homes can operate in the city.

One of the provisions requires that the facilities prove they aren’t just any boarding house. They must “submit a letter from a medical doctor, social or case worker, handicapped license, or other similar supportive evidence” to prove residents are protected under the Fair Housing Act.

Without such documentation, the city could not know if residents are staying there illegally, City Attorney Marco Martinez said.

But requiring a letter as proof constitutes an invasion of privacy, contend Glock and Repp, who say they would be forced to violate the Constitution or dissolve their business.

“It’s the demands for personal information that would violate the privacy rights of individual residents that is objectionable,” said Lou Fazzi, the lead attorney representing Johnson House.

Covina sued over sober living policy

My sad and bold prediction: Glock wins.

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Treatment With a Bang

Lance Glock is still an abusive, manipulative scumbag

Up the Tiger Bloodline

Charlie Sheen’s father made an interesting comment, which I thought that I would post here because it furthers the dialog from yesterday’s post and comments:

“So if he had cancer, how would we deal with him? Well, he has another disease and it’s equally as dangerous as cancer. “

I think Martin Sheen, who is a card-carrying AA member, should answer his own rhetorical question. How would he treat his own cancer, should he ever be diagnosed? How would he recommend that his family be treated? Would it be with faith healing, slogans, letters of apology to anyone he ever wronged? How would he react if the cancer spread, and the doctors told him it was because he was not working the program properly? Would he ignore any potential underlying cause of the cancer, and presuppose that he got it because of moral failing and spiritual deficiency? Of course, we know the answers to questions. He wouldn’t treat his or Charlie’s cancer like he does their addictions, because it is a ridiculous way to approach a disease. Continue reading Up the Tiger Bloodline

Meet Annette Marr: Freedom House Treasurer

“What could ever go wrong with this plan?”
DeConstructor

Is that a rhetorical question, DeConstructor? Are you egging us on? OK, here goes….

Let me introduce everyone to the third part of the Freedom House management team: Annette Marr. The former Annette Perrone, is inmate # 2132149. Among her dastardly deeds is vehicular assault. It seems El Presidente Randall 13th stepped her in AA, and the two got hitched. Apparently, the couple was not content just screwing each other, and decided to take their act into a family business, where they can screw others, as well. I must admit that her mugshot is less scary than the Randall’s and Francine’s, but she still looks like she just lost her last dollar in a game of blackjack.

I know what you’re saying – it can’t get any more ridiculous. Right? Wrong. Stay tuned.

The Doctor’s Opinion: You’re Hot!

A Minnesota AA and doctor is in a bit of hot water for violating her ethical responsibilities, and seducing one of her patients. Ann Friedmann, an obstetrician and gynecologist, put a unique spin on 13th stepping. She befriended and began treating another AA with a history of psychological problems, became her sponsor, and set forth on a sexual relationship for the next several months. Her argument was interesting…and typical:

Friedmann denied wrongdoing, arguing that the patient initiated the sexual relationship, and that their professional relationship ended four days later in September 2005.

But the board found that Friedmann violated her legal and ethical duties to maintain professional boundaries, and that she had blurred the lines for months by taking overnight trips with her patient.

Friedmann, who worked at the Women’s Health Center in Northfield, did not dispute the facts: She began treating the patient in January 2005, after they met at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. The patient, a 39-year-old woman with “a complex medical and psychiatric history,” asked Friedmann to become her AA sponsor that April, and for a month, Friedmann agreed.

Medical practices board reprimands two doctors

First, she held true to the AA script by reminding the patient/sponsee of “her part” in the abuse, and then minimized her abuse as a physician by claiming the professional relationship ended within a few days. What she or this article does not mention is the fact that she continued in her role as an AA sponsor to manipulate the very person who she was supposed to be counseling. Nobody from AA will speak out about this, and she will not be held accountable for her manipulation of her sponsee. Unlike the medical board, there is no oversight. It will be business as usual in the separate universe of AA.

In a second case, the board suspended another physician for failing a required drug test. Maybe she should give Dr. Friedmann a call, and join her group. She has an open slot for a new sponsee.

AA DictionAAry: Stockbroker

To understand AA, one has to learn – or should I say re-learn – a whole new set of terms and definitions. They have a unique definition for so many different terms, it is sometimes difficult keep up. So, I thought it would be helpful to create a new “DictionAAry” category in order to help those not familiar with terms.

I thought that I would start with a term that with which we are all familiar: Stockbroker.

Stockbroker [stok-broh-ker] noun – a huckster who was never licensed to sell stocks, never bought or sold a stock, never had a client, and was never an employee of a member of a stock exchange or any securities firm.

AA Eddie: “Did you know that AA was created by a stockbroker named Bill Wilson after he was confronted by God?”
Doubting Thomas: “Really? I thought he was just some unlicensed shyster who took part in ‘pump and dump‘ scams, and he saw God during a belladonna hallucination.”
AA Eddie: “Yeah…whatever.”
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“James Woods puts in the most magnetic performance of his career in this stunning neglected classic. Normally known as a tough guy,Woods is profoundly affecting, and heartrendingly vulnerable as the charming and brilliant young stockbroker who succumbs to alcoholism, before going on to found AA, and help so many to find the strength to stay sober….”
IMBD movie review of “My Name is Bill W.”

“A.A. had its beginnings in 1935 at Akron, Ohio, as the outcome of a meeting between Bill W., a New York stockbroker, and Dr. Bob S., an Akron surgeon.”aa.org website on “The Birth of AA.”