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The Jim B. Episode, Revised and Expanded

If you’ve been a regular, you’ll notice that I took down the last two posts on the subject of Jim Bock and the Sponsorship Group in Chatham, NJ. I want to be clear that the episode detailed in those posts did not drive us to close the blog, so I’m going to tell the story again with more clarity.

Now then:

There is someone leaving comments on forums around the internet about someone named Jim Bock who runs the Sponsorship Group in Chatham, New Jersey. They’re hit-n-run cut/paste comments that look like this:

One of the all time most pathetic and dangerous AA groups ever is based out of Chatham NJ. They are called the Sponsorship Group and their leader is Jim B.

Dictator Jim B. and his disciples have been ruining the lives of young women since at least 2000. To call what they do “13th Stepping” would be a compliment. Imagine a group of people with no medical or psyciatric training that tell people how and why they need to stop taking necessary medication! It’s a disgrace. People have suffered and in some cases are dead as a direct result of this groups actions!

Jim B. and his disciples at the Sponsorship Group all have SG tatoo on their wrists and live by the rules of Jim B. He takes advatage of people who are in need of help. He should be charged with mental abuse and should have to register as a sex offender. He will experience KARMA soon.

A few of these comments appeared here (using the full last name), buried in the discussion section of random posts, and they were not on my radar.

So, last week, I received an email from Jim Bock that looked like this:  Continue reading The Jim B. Episode, Revised and Expanded

Greg Alex and Rigorous Honesty™

“He was part of it, but he was not it.”

Greg Alex. Director of the New Hope Recovery Center. Referring to the recent outing of Dr. David Scratchley, as a fraud.

“…Supervised by Dr. David Scratchley, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and renowned Addictionologist, our recovery and relapse prevention program addresses the physiology, psychology, and sociology of addiction.”

– From the New Hope Recovery Center website. This line has since been changed to “…Founded by Executive Director Gregory K. Alex, M.A., C.D.C.

This is a nice spin Mr. Alex is putting on this situation. Rigorous honesty™ allows for “supervised” to be changed to “part of.” Let’s apply the same logic to other things:

  • – L. Ron Hubbard was part of Scientology, but he was not it.
  • – David Koresh was a member of the Branch Davidians, but he wasn’t the whole group.
  • – Bernie Madoff was part Madoff Securities, but he wasn’t the whole company.
  • – Jim Bakker was part of the PTL club, but he was not the only employee.

The fact of the matter is that Greg Alex handed the keys to the store to someone with no credentials, and he did not perform a proper background check. He also has a no drug test policy for his employees, which is astounding, considering the fact that recovering™ drug addicts permeate this industry (and would have come in handy in this situation, as it seems Doctor Mr. Scratchley was, along with being a likely pedophile, was also a crack smoker).

Alex is quoted as saying, “the program goes on.” What does that mean? Does it go on as it did before, without proper background checks and drug screening of employees? Are they going to review the backgrounds of their current employees, and subject them to drug screening? What is Greg Alex’ background? Is the Matt Talbot Center going to operate with any transparency going forward, or are they going to continue as they are now, by minimizing the impact Scratchley had on their operation, and going about business as usual? Who is going to hold himself or herself accountable for hiring this asshat?

These are legitimate questions for an operation that has shown itself to be inept, enjoys tax exempt status, receives public funding and solicits for donations under the guise that they are a “Christian” (and therefor moral and ethical) organization. People with something to hide, hide. Greg Alex needs to come out of his troll hole and operate with at least some modicum of integrity.

Clinic director speaks out about drug counselor’s arrest

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Joan and Ward Cleaver they ain’t….

Steve & Linda Vigil passed out….

“…The Vigils rolled into a Las Vegas, New Mexico Red Lobster recently, their five-month-old daughter in tow. The young family was seated at one of the fine eatery’s comfy booths and prepared themselves for a mighty feast.

Soon, though, restaurant employees realized something was terribly awry. The Vigils appeared to be cataclysmically intoxicated, so-much-so workers observed them repeatedly “passing out” at the table and hardly able to speak.
When a server refused to ring in the Vigil’s order for more spirits, the denial didn’t appear to make a dent in the couple’s collective buzz. Linda Vigil was soon spotted shaking and dangling the baby by the arms, trying to make her dance as proud papa looked on with an approving, albeit chemical-stained, smile.
Once the couple had soaked up enough of the chain restaurant’s ambience, they got ready to leave. It was at that juncture when concerned Red Lobster’s workers observed the wobbly parents toting the child in her car seat as it swung and bumped into chairs, doors and walls.
Red Lobster staff offered to call a cab for the couple, but that gesture was shot down.
A waitress then summoned authorities.   
Officers arrived in the restaurant parking lot to find the Vigils severely FUBRed. They also found Steven Vigil trying to drive off in a red Ford Mustang that had been reported stolen in late May.
Steven told police he had borrowed the vehicle from an Alcoholics Anonymous buddy. He added that he and his buddy had recently got into a spat and that was likely why his AA chum had now reported the car thieved….”

12-Step Psychologist Arrested on Attempted Child-rape charge

A psychologist in Seattle who directs a 12-step rehab centre, and co-wrote this book advocating AA and the 12-step approach to treatment for alcohol addiction, has been arrested on charges of attempted rape of a child:

Well-known Seattle psychologist jailed in attempted child-rape case

David Scratchley, director of a Christian-based substance-abuse recovery center in Belltown, was booked into the jail early Friday.

He refused to attend his first court hearing on Saturday afternoon, where King County District Court Judge Arthur Chapman found probable cause to hold him on investigation of attempted rape of a child in the first degree and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes. Scratchley was ordered held without bail; he is scheduled to return to court Wednesday.

Dan Donohoe, spokesman for the King County Prosecutor’s Office, said Sunday that a charging decision will be made by Wednesday.

A law-enforcement source close to the investigation said Scratchley had attempted suicide and is being held in the section of the jail for mentally ill inmates.

Scratchley, 52, is suspected of attempting to rape a 10-year-old boy, according to police. Scratchley directs the Matt Talbot New Hope Recovery Center and used to be clinical director at Seattle Children’s Home, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the mental-health needs of children and their families.

Police were called to Scratchley’s home at 3:30 p.m. Thursday after a woman told officers he invited her over “so they could both sexually assault a child,” Seattle police Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said. Officers immediately responded to Scratchley’s apartment building and found the boy.

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!

Quotes of the Day

“…have no respect for those who make a living out of taking newcomers through our steps at a price…may all of their cancers arrive soon and be especially virulent. hope [sic] wherever Mark is now, he is spending newcomer’s money wisely.”

Cabledude/JD/Mondotuna. An AA and troll at this blog, host of the now private “Recovery First” delphi forum; member of AA Mollys UK forum. Commenting here on the death of Mark Houston, who ran a treatment centre and died last year of cancer.

“We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.”

– The sixth promise of Alcoholics Anonymous

If At First You Don’t Succeed….

Here’s an uplifting story of Greg M., an AA in Louisiana who refuses to quit before the miracle:

Four arrests, minimum time: Driver in fatal crash has history of DWI charges

The suspect in a fatal Vermilion Parish crash last weekend has a lengthy criminal history that includes previous DWI charges stemming from incidents at a boat launch and an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, court records show.

Gregory Menard, 51, of Abbeville, has been arrested three times during the past 12 years on DWI charges, according to the Vermilion Parish Clerk of Court’s office. He also has been arrested or cited on 13 other occasions for various offenses.

Now, Menard is facing charges of fourth-offense DWI, vehicular homicide, vehicular negligent injuring and passing in a no-passing zone after an early Saturday morning wreck that resulted in the death of his brother, 55-year-old Kenneth Menard of Abbeville.

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Kentucky AA Kills Wife

David O’Donnell has both a resentment and an anger problem. Last year, after assaulting his wife, he was sentenced to AA. Problem solved, right? Wrong. She was found dead a couple of months later:

Husband pleads guilty to wife’s slaying
O’Donnell had an active protective order issued against him, barring him from having any unlawful contact with his wife. That meant the couple could be together, but police would have more leverage if any illegal activity was taking place, police said.

The order alleged that O’Donnell had assaulted his wife in June and had an alcohol and drug abuse problem.

After the June assault, an emergency protective order barring him from any contact was issued, court records show. But in July, a less restrictive order was issued that required O’Donnell to attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings four times a week.

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Speaking for God

Just when I think that I’ve heard the most inane thing that could possibly be said by a person, an AA comes along and sets the bar just a little higher. This time it was set by “Daytrader” and “Boleo,” a couple of AAs at the Sober Recovery forum. Daytrader started the conversation:

“Heard this on a AA convention recording (downloaded from XA – “The Usual Suspects – Sandy B and Jerry J)…. and thought it might be worth posting.

It came during a Q&A with Sandy B. from Tampa

The question: If God can relieve us from this fatal disease of alcoholism, why doesn’t he relieve others suffering from the same disease or from other maladies?

Sandy’s answer: God relieves us of our fatal disease BECAUSE we become entirely willing to HAVE God remove the problem. It doesn’t get removed UNTIL we do that. So, unless someone is SEEKING a spiritual experience, it can’t get in (God can’t come inside in order for the relief to happen)….”

So, according to Sandy B., those who aren’t relieved of their ailments are only in that condition because they have not asked God™, or were not sincere enough. Got it. This is confirmed by Boleo, who wrote:

“I don’t know who said it first;

‘God is such a gentleman, he will not go where he is not invited’.”

Please…put me out of my misery. I can’t stand the stupid!