Why does it never occur to anyone in AA or the rehab industry that calling yourself insane, defective, and powerless all the time, and even moreso when God isn’t magically removing a desire to drink, might be what led to that last guy’s suicide or overdose? Instead, they use the person’s death to reinforce illogical faith in the cult.
Category Archives: Hypocrisy
When Helping Starts to Hurt
“Members of Alcoholics Anonymous cannot and will not permit themselves to forget their brokenness and vulnerability. Their wounds are acknowledged, accepted, and kept visible. The capacity of one alcoholic to empathize with another is still a recognized as “building a transmission line to him”. The apparent (or presumable) effectiveness of AA’s members in the care and treatment of their fellow alcoholics is one of the great success stories of our time, and graphically illustrates
the power of wounds, when used creatively, to lighten the burden of pain and suffering. AA offers lifelong emotional support to those who explicity acknowledge their problem and admit their helplessness to face life’s stresses and temptations to regression alone.” – David Olsen, Executive Director of Samaritan Counseling Center
Saying No to Say Yes
A book about clergy sexual misconduct. which pretty much avoids the issue.
“In congregational life, too often clergy become the scapegoat for their congregations.” – David Olsen
“…there had been a significant boundary violation involving sexual misconduct that was never processed openly…the misconduct was never discussed in any formal or direct way.” – David Olsen