Financial Predators in Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings- Be Aware Who you trust-Insider Trading Charges Center on AA Meetings

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7 thoughts on “Financial Predators in Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings- Be Aware Who you trust-Insider Trading Charges Center on AA Meetings

  1. Newly sober members may not understand what trust is nor how trust is cultivated. If that is the case, a newly sober AA member could be taken advantage of just about anywhere.

    You place too much emphasize on time sober and view that as wisdom and insight. Im well aware thats how the group thinks and I couldnt disagree more. No wonder Newbies dont stick around long. Maybe they are not impressed by many with sobriety time or feel insulted or both. How do you explain the members with decades of sobriety that are many times the culprits. Unfortunately, many have to learn through experience the hard way. No one has informed them before they get there or when the arrive; that they could be taken advantage of in more ways than one. People are told (many times by professionals) that AA is a safe place that could save their life; so naturally they make the choice to attend based on trust. AA could do something about that but they choose not to.

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  2. bobr-Because people are very vulnerable when they are new and young. Sounds like you are an old dude that no one is going to mess with. Am I wrong?

    Predators know who the vulnerable and weak are. If you are a good guy why dont you have a MAKE AA SAFER WORKSHOP or at the every least read a safety statement at the beginning of your meeting or better yet have a business meeting where you all discuss safety and predatory behavior that is rampant and ruining meetings.

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  3. Why would I take financial or sexual advice from anyone at an AA meeting? The point of attending an AA meeting is to stop drinking or to continue sobriety. Any discussion of topics outside of staying sober is non AA related and should be stopped by anyone at an AA meeting.
    Newly sober members may not understand what trust is nor how trust is cultivated. If that is the case, a newly sober AA member could be taken advantage of just about anywhere.

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  4. @Peter: when I first encountered a financial predator in these programs, I was 41 years of age! and that was only the start of my AA/NA nightmares. so if I was unable to recognize danger, surely a young person wouldn’t be able to… PLZ keep your daughter away from 12-Step programs!!!

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    1. sunkist123- thanks. Good point! As a teen I could not see this at all. I was sexually and financially taken advantage of numerous times. at 18, 19 and in my early 20’s with money. Im now 55.

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  5. AA Is a double edged sword,it can save lives.But there are preditors ,sexual and financial,also bullies and control freaks.I have been a victim of the last three.
    I have in the past, recommended my daughter to attend AA.But have warned her of preditors.As for the answer?As to stop this behaviour,I don’t know.Maybe these websites and genuine people can help.I pray they do.
    Pete

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    1. hi Peter and Welcome! Im sorry you too were ripped off by AA creeps. AA is filled with them now. They hide in the shadows and AA members are brainwashed to chanting 12 tradition like they are law or policy which they ARE NOT! SUe the bastard I say, take him to court!

      I would NOT SEND my CHILD, whatever sex EVER…to an AA meeting. Im glad I found SMart REcovery, SOS , Stanton Peeles Books, Stinkin thinkin blog and saw AA for dangerous cult it is. Sorry Peter if I seem harsh, but AA is a bottom feeder today and not a place for your daughter. Maybe she would prefer to learn moderation skills and be groomed for a wacko cult from 1939? Just a thought.

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