The Fix has recently taken to heavy censorship of those who are critical of AA. Pro-AA commentators have been free to post whatever they want for quite some time. AA critics have started getting their posts delayed for many hours and usually removed. While those of pro-AA posters remain, no matter how much they are contradictory to the posted rules.
The following comments (along with almost all of the posts by AA-critical writers) were removed from an article by a Joe Nowinski titled “Thoughts on the Overdose Death of a Young Woman” . The article is about a therapist (Nowinski) who, in spite of his patient insisting that AA wasn’t good for her, was not offered an alternative treatment. The patient ended up dying. This, alone, is grounds for malpractice. But there is more.
The “treatment” he was giving was 12-Step indoctrination. The fact that AA has never been shown to work better than nothing is not the only thing wrong with AA. Four U.S. Circuit Courts have ruled that AA is religious and the 9th Circuit Court went so far as ruling not only that AA is religious, but that agents of the state who coerce to AA can be sued because the violation of the Constitution is so obvious. Recently, a $2,000,000.00 case was won against what many call a cult on a par with Scientology and the Moonies and their cures for social problems.
Here are a couple comments of mine that were deleted on this article:
It would be nice if people who make a living off of 12-Step indoctrination would not use the death of their patients as reason to promote more 12-Step “treatment.” 12-Step is especially dangerous since it gets people to adopt the alcoholic/addict identity and then throws in “Powerless” as if that is not a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Harvard psychiatrist George Vaillant called the AA death rate “appalling.” He was not biased against AA. He is an Al-Anon. He was biased (as all too many professional “helpers”) in that after his study and finding the appalling death rate he went on to promote AA in the NEJM. He also blamed the failure/deaths of those in his study who went to AA in terms of them not “coming to believe.” He compared AA to the Fountain at Lourdes.
Harvard psychiatrist George Vaillant is one of the most well-known “two-hatters.” The term “two-hatter” is from the AA literature and means someone with a professional title (e.g. psychologist, doctor, judge, attorney, EAP employee, etc.) who uses their position as a professional to proselytize for AA. Vaillant, is the author of “A Natural History of Alcoholism” and a trustee of AA Inc. He is also a member of Al-Anon, a 12-Step “fellowship.” His comments have been used to push AA for decades in places like the New England Journal of Medicine.
Here another comment that was promptly removed from the same Fix article:
It is not at all unusual for two-hatter mental health worker continue trying to push someone into the Step groups no matter how poorly they are doing and no matter how much they don’t want to be there.
The two-hatter is not bothered by conscience like the rest of us would be. The two-hatter has conscious contact with God and knows God’s Will for him. God’s Will for all Groupers is to get some converts.
Here is a post by an anonymous poster similar to many others that were left:
In any case, The Fix has a policy of deleting posts critical of their authors and AA posters. They do not offer a balanced perspective, even though they go to great effort to try to present one, never naming an author promoting AA as a group member and never even reprimanding the 12-Step posters who viciously attack those who have been taken advantage of (e.g. murder, rape, theft, 13th stepping, etc.) by fellow group members.
So that everyone can know what the fix is doing, it is hoped that others who have been censored by The Fix will report their experiences here. This can either be comments below or your own article.