'To Keep Your Career,
Get a God, Sucker!'
I am in the process of having religion force fed to me under the guise of chemical dependance counseling. I can not maintain my nursing license unless I "successfully complete the program" which consists of nothing more than a slightly veiled religious conversion as laid out by the infamous 12 steps.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
When I brought up other treatments that may be available I was verbally attacked and accused of being in "denial". You would have thought I had announced that I was going out to the truck and shoot heroin while worshiping Satan. There was and remains no room for discussion. I was threatened to be discharged from the "program" which would leave me facing the nursing board.
This concerns me because I want treatment for my drug use and accept that I have problems, but what I am getting instead is introduction to the cult of the twelve steps.
From: "Positive Atheism Magazine" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Robert Turley"
Subject: Re: Positive_Atheism_Letters_Section
Date: March 17, 2004 3:10 PM
You would have thought I had announced that I was going out to the truck and shoot heroin while worshiping Satan.
It's worse than that: In their eyes, you had announced that you were going to murder countless thousands of "suffering addicts" and "suffering alcoholics" by discouraging them from thinking that they need this (essentially) worse-than-useless "Program" (erected in order to gain control over certain elements of society). You would be accomplishing this by showing people that there is a better way -- or worse (for the perpetrators), that "The Program" is (essentially) the biggest fraud ever to hit Western Medicine.
Incidentally, the above is a patchwork of my opinion -- but not mine alone: the above is a patchwork consisting of opinion that I have fielded from licensed medical professionals, each holding a doctorate, and each making their remarks spontaneously, upon seeing for themselves just what is going on here. Of course you would expect to hear opinions such as this from advocates working for change in addiction care, but these opinions are from others, usually people who naïvely recommended a friend or loved one to the local "treatment" facility (quotation marks intentional: there's nothing to treat!).
Speaking of social advocacy, there are a number of options for you, although I am no longer in this field and cannot help you directly. Of course you want to read what I have to offer in our "Recovery Watch" section, every word of which is still pertinent today. It also has a section on how to recover (and how to remain enslaved, if that's what you want to do).
While you suffer through this brainwashing attempt, read my pamphlet, "The Chocolate Easter Beast," lauded by several as the most lucid expression of Jack Trimpey's Addictive Voice Recognition Technique. If you want to stay out of trouble with drugs and alcohol, it behooves you to go ahead and give them up for good. Too much is at stake, here. You would be much better off if you were facing a straight prison sentence with no involvement in "The Program" whatsoever (take my word that I mean this literally).
Do not fall for the "disease and powerlessness" myth of the Twelve Step religion: its goal is to enslave you to "The Program" for life, to turn you into an uncompensated recruiter for their multi-billion dollar enterprise labyrinth. Learn from my pamphlet and from Jack's Rational Recovery web site that you can (and should) stop putting that stuff into your body, and that doing so is literally effortless if you know the right head-game to play on yourself.
Here are the people I still respect in the field:
Rational Recovery: This is a Do-It-Yourself method (fully 80 percent of those who ever had a problem who quit did so without so much as making a phone call). They also have one of the sternest advocacy programs and might even be able to advise you toward a better option.
Stanton Peele: Advocates moderation, but is very keen on the abuses of government in promoting the disease and powerlessness model. Stanton wrote The Diseasing of America, a seminal book outlining the philosophical and factual errors propagated by the Disease Model theorists. It has been republished under a different title, but I think that version is somewhat rare: this book is widely available used, having caught the attention of many who are not even in the field.
Jeffrey Schaler: Still involved but recently admitted to me that he (like I) has grown weary of the battle. I think we both have fought a good fight and I know we both hope others will pick up where we leave off. Still, both of us stand ready to pitch in whenever someone asks! There's this thing called compassion that is very powerful if allowed to grow unimpeded by membership an exclusive group!
Other people and organizations:
SMART Recovery (local groups -- not self-recovery!)
I hope this helps and I certainly hope you can get out of your predicament without it costing you too much (either in money or from the flesh on your ass).
Positive Atheism Magazine
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