Attention Parents with underage minors with drinking problems. Do not send your child to a 12 step based rehab without doing serious research.
Do not let your children go alone to AA meetings. Advice from a group of long time sober members, we say AA is not SAFE.
Do Not let your underage teens go with these people unless there are two or more there. Same sex if they are not gay. Many sober members are not practicing spiritual principals these days. Meetings, coffee shops, picnics might be okay.
There are no policies in place like with The Boy Scouts of America ,or Big Brothers or Big SIsters. SO just know there are too many sex offenders coming to our meetings right now. Courts sending them to us in droves. With no one really enforcing good spiritual principals. Even regular sexual harrassing going on from older long time sober members hitting on young newcomers is prevalent in AA and has been a long time problem.
Be Aware, Tell your child to beware and go with your kid to the meeting. Listen to your gut.
Never trust ANYONE in AA until they have proven they are TRUSTWORTHY!!! We are working hard as a grassroots movement to make AA safer. But this will take years to do if it is possible at all.
We are hearing some horrendous stories regarding Treatments Centers in NY where young people are being searched like prisoners when they enter the rehab. Parents …do the research. Ask questions.
There are alternatives to AA/ NA and 12 step programs. Smart Recovery, Secular for Sobriety, Women for Sobriety, etc. I have attended Smart Recovery and I love it.