252 episodes

Safe Recovery- is a new show designed to address Predatory behavior in 12 step meetings, and it's culture. Join us to discuss new approaches in our world, our culture with alcohol and drug overuse.

"Empowerment" not "Powerless" is our slogan.

We will discuss and explore alternatives to AA. We want to support men and women who have written new books on healing from alcohol dependency/drug overuse.
Alternative healing, both spiritual and secular to create our better selves is what we are all about.
Living Happy Lives, sober or with moderation. You choose...Americans need to step up and be more EMPOWERED! No more powerless modality.

SAFE RECOVERY stop13stepinaa

    • Mental Health

Safe Recovery- is a new show designed to address Predatory behavior in 12 step meetings, and it's culture. Join us to discuss new approaches in our world, our culture with alcohol and drug overuse.

"Empowerment" not "Powerless" is our slogan.

We will discuss and explore alternatives to AA. We want to support men and women who have written new books on healing from alcohol dependency/drug overuse.
Alternative healing, both spiritual and secular to create our better selves is what we are all about.
Living Happy Lives, sober or with moderation. You choose...Americans need to step up and be more EMPOWERED! No more powerless modality.

    Is AA Highly effective ? Stanton Peele author debates NOT so fast !

    Is AA Highly effective ? Stanton Peele author debates NOT so fast !

    Blog Talk Radio Safe Recovery podcast created by Filmmaker, activist, victims advocate,  Monica Richardson hosts this 1 hour show- this week with author Stanton Peele. Join us as we take on the Addiction Recovery Industry. Stanton Peele, Ph. D., J.D., is a licensed psychologist, attorney, practicing psychotherapist and the author of books and articles on the subject of alcoholism, addiction and addiction treatment. Wikipedia

    Stanton Peele has been a cutting-edge figure in the addiction field for four decades.  Since publishing (with Archie Brodsky) Love and Addiction in 1975, Stanton has been a leader in virtually every development in the field: that 12-step, AA treatment is not the be-all and end-all and that practical life-management therapies are most effective; that people's self-empowerment, values, and purpose in life (as opposed to seeing themselves as powerless) can be the light out of the tunnel; and that people generally don't get better all at once, but make gradual improvements (called harm reduction) in their lives that lead them out of addiction.  Along the way, Stanton has written 12 books (including The Meaning of Addiction, Diseasing of America, The Truth About Addiction and Recovery, 7 Tools to Beat Addiction, and Addiction-Proof Your Child) and 250 professional articles, won numerous awards (including from the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs and the Drug Policy Alliance -- the leading drug policy reform organization in America), and created the Life Process Program for addiction treatment, which continues to be utilized worldwide.

    Ilse Thompson, co-founder of the blog Stinkin-Thinkin: Muckraking the 12 Step Treatment Industry, is a writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. 

    • 1 hr
    Professionals forced to Alcoholics Anonymous - pilots, nurses and doctors

    Professionals forced to Alcoholics Anonymous - pilots, nurses and doctors

    In this 30 minute show, Monica Richardson, filmmaker and victims advocate will discuss how to stop all coercion.

    How can you fight back . Recently a nurse in Vancouver fought back and won that fight. Pilots, nurses and doctors all over the country and coming toegther to stop coercion to a 1930's religious lay person support group , with a 5 % success rate. #stopthemaddness. #notoaa, #exposeaa, Educate yourself on Civil Rights, Human Rights, HIPPA Rights, Religious Freedom, and The Disabilities Act. Did you know that if you are a person with AA language "Alcoholism" Alcohol Use Disorder,  you now are considered to have a disability. DId you know that you were disabled because your drinking is problematic or was. Whose Idea was this? How does Health Insurance benefit from this.

    • 32 min
    LifeRing with Byron Kerr

    LifeRing with Byron Kerr

    Join Monica Richardson for  a 30 minute podcast with Board Member from LifeRING-  Byron Kerr  has been active in LifeRing for approximately 8 years. He has served on the LifeRing Board of Directors for almost 6 years. He has served as executive director for one year and was recently appointed to another one year term. Life RING is a non 12 step self help support group for alcohol or drug issues . LifeRING  is available online and in some cities there are face to face meetings -

    • 35 min
    AA, Scientology and EST How they changed American culture

    AA, Scientology and EST How they changed American culture

    AA is an  ideology? How has this affected our society as a whole in America.  Scientology and EST also experienced a huge boost of members in the late 60's to mid 1970's. There are similarities  within these groups -cults. In this episode we will take a look at the similarities and the group think and how these and the "Human Potential Movement" changed America. 

    We as Americans, were once fiercely independent, creative and strong willed. So what went wrong. Join Monica Richardson for a show exposing the truth about how deeply AA is embedded in our culture, society and legal system by its crazy members. The 13th Step exposes AA . Available now on Vimeo, AMAZON and Tubi.

    • 30 min
    US of AA - How the 12 Steps Highjacked the Science of Alcoholism by Joe Miller

    US of AA - How the 12 Steps Highjacked the Science of Alcoholism by Joe Miller

    A one hour show with host Monica RIchardson and author and Professor Joe Miller.

    COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) - April 2, local author and associate professor of English at Columbus State University, Joe Miller has released a new book, US of AA: How the Twelve Steps Hijacked the Science of Alcoholism.

    Miller is the author of 2006's Cross-X: The Amazing True Story of How the Most Unlikely Team from the Most Unlikely of Places Overcame Staggering Obstacles at Home and at School to Challenge the Debate Community on Race, Power, and Education, which won the William Rockhill Nelson Award and Harry Chapin Award for nonfiction in 2007, and was selected as one of the best books of the year by the Chicago Tribune, Kansas City Starand Publishers Weekly.

    Now, the US of AA takes readers through the history of the Alcoholics Anonymous program, offering for "the first time, a complete expose" of AA and "how it became America's de facto cure" for alchol rehabilitation.

    Miller, an investigative reporter and author, writes the history of the Twelve Step program from its inception, following the beginnings of the program through the early days of the program founders to the present day.

    Starting in 1934, Miller details how AA became the "defacto treatment policy for alcoholism in the U.S.," beginning with its "quasi-religious" origins. Utilizing years of research, Miller's book "explores the science and politics of alcoholism by bringing to life the characters that played pivotal roles in its dark history."

    Miller will have a book signing and reading event for US of AA on April 20 at 10:00 a.m. at the CSU Bookstore at RiverPark Campus.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    EVO Health and Wellness - Founder Koorosh Rassekh

    EVO Health and Wellness - Founder Koorosh Rassekh

    Join us for a one hour show - about EVO - and incredible Intensive Out-Patient Clinic in Venice , CA- Founder Koorosh Rassekh offers compassion , Science and Harm Reduction for many sustance use issues.

    Koorosh Rassekh, MMFT

    Founder

    “Our work is to remain curious about the human experience and unlocking our individual and collective possibilities.”

    Having confronted addiction in his own life, Koorosh founded Evo Health and Wellness with the vision to break the stigma around mental health and create a world of healthier people, families, and communities.

    As a trained therapist, Koorosh integrates a humanistic approach and mindfulness into his therapy and coaching work. At the Matrix Institute on Addictions, Koorosh specialized in working with young adults dealing with drugs, alcohol, and addiction issues. As Director of Mindfulness at Alternatives Behavioral Health, he helped develop a program to support clients to successfully adopt their desired lifestyle, whether abstinence or moderation. Koorosh holds a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern California (USC).

    He has undergone extensive training in multiple therapeutic approaches, including: Assertive Community Reinforcement Approach (ACRA), Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA), Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Motivational Interviewing, and numerous meditation and mindfulness techniques.

    Koorosh has a love for biking, surfing, meditation, and yoga. He has a five-year-old son who also keeps him learning and growing.

     

     

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

Kelsykoaly ,

I thought this might be what I needed!

So hard to listen to Monica😬 Just have to move on......

Itsirkeel ,

Much-needed voice

Monica Richardson knows her stuff. From her documentary to this podcast, she's taken the time to interview people who are willing to take on this unnecessarily powerful institution that isn't willing to be honest with itself. She represents a voice that isn't heard nearly often enough here in the U.S. and she speaks from experience as well as very thoughtfully researched data. She's a courteous interviewer speaking about topics that should be far more mainstream than they are currently.

Ju_Lz_ ,

Freedom

Hey there, just wanted to say I really enjoy listening to your podcasts. I think it’s important to get word out there so people can decide if AA truly is what’s best for them. You’ve opened my mind to research new ways to heal and I thank you a great deal for that. This show is helping me to “de-reprogram” from a fear based group. I’ve been in fear and on edge for the last several years now. Haven’t felt more empowered and free than I do now. Thank you, keep it up.

Top Podcasts In Mental Health

Listeners Also Subscribed To