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Title:
12-step horror stories : true tales of misery, betrayal, and abuse in AA, NA, and 12-step treatment
Author:
Fransway, Rebecca.
Publication Information:
Tucson, Ariz. : See Sharp Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
247 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781884365249
Format :
Book

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Central Library HV5279 .T82 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Since leaving Alcoholics Anonymous after 17 wasted years, Fransway has devoted herself to exposing horrifying first-person accounts of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse in 12-step programs.


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Editor Fransway pulls away the veil concealing the ugly side of 12-step groups with true-life tales from that dark side. Usually seen as a helping hand to alcoholics, drug addicts, overeaters, smokers, survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and others, 12-step groups can be ineffectual and even harmful to some. A satiric 12-step glossary seemingly written in acid precedes the contributors' accounts of rejection, betrayal, cultlike brainwashing, and even rape experienced in 12-step programs. Some of the purportedly spiritual groups, based on the notion of a loving "higher power," have apparently condoned any number of questionable practices. Those include routine denunciation by a group of individual members' anger as being "nonspiritual," regardless of circumstances; a rigidly collective approach that put one contributor into a psych ward; and exploitation of newcomers' vulnerability, as in the case of the contributor who was raped. In an age when multitudes dance the 12-step, these words of warning may help many avoid its pitfalls. --Whitney Scott


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