I believe that a good case can even be made that Alcoholics Anonymous also increases the
suicide rate of its members. People have sent me these stories of A.A. suicides:
- The suicide rate in AA of people sober longer than 15 years
- there was 7 suicides the first year and 5 the second year.
- I... saw 2 suicides in that time period.
- another sponsee commits suicide after his sponsor tells him him not to take his medications
- I have seen many young men commit suicide
- That young man, along with at least two others he sponsored committed suicide.
- Two of my sponsors had kids either dead from, or attempted, suicides.
- Total of seven overt suicides of people that attended meetings, my first two years of sobriety.
- Out of 60 people 2 suicides (that i know of) in 1 year after "recovery".
- a mental patient commits suicide after his sponsor deprives him of his medications
- I myself, have heard more than a handful of stories of people I KNEW in AA over the last 17 years, who, on the advice of their sponsor, stopped taking medication and as a result committed suicide because their depression was untreated.
- Not long after I returned I went to a meeting one night to note that some of the older members were in a rather stunned state. Another older member who attended a nearby group had commited suicide.
- another mental patient commits suicide after the A.A. old-timers talk him into not taking his medications
- the source of that story
- more on that suicide story
- The Heaven's
Gate suicides in 1997 disturbed me greatly, but when it happened I ran into
immediate opposition within NA to automatically making these people out to be wrong.
- that poisonous pedagogy is so harmful that it seems to drive some people to suicides
- on this same tape Bob, Jr., told the story of his son (Dr. Bob's grandson) killing himself!
- The use of alcohol often stems from undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder and/ or psychogenic amnesia where sobriety prior to cure may render the person suicidal and worse off than if they continued drinking.
- doctors, nurses, and dentists driven to suicide
- "Go to AA and all your
problems will be solved". I was suicidal for crying out loud!
- I nearly committed
suicide while I was in the program.
- I have known of some
violent tragic suicides — nice people, they just couldn't quit drinking.
- Three women from that AA-group had committed suicide in as many months, but nobody questioned themselves or the group, let alone the program.
- My first nine months, two new comers killed themselves
- I had a sponsor
by now and was scared that if I didn't go to meetings, then I would go "back
out" and then I would commit suicide, like two people in the program had done
- But maybe you have to have actually lived
the darker side (watching street people with diseases 13th step young
confused people and see people commit suicide during the
re-socialization therapies), to understand the implications.
- Trying to defend myself against these crazy, erroneous ideas
caused such a horrifying state of confusion that I could have wrecked my
car... anything. I almost was led to suicide.
...two of my sponsers had dead kids from suicide. You'd have thought that might
stop them from "helping" so many other youngsters.
- he did all the necessary stepcraft, and proceeded to take some anesthesia and slit his aorta, causing instant death
A good friend of mine that came from another state, 38, married, good
life ahead, changed noticeably after some dickhead gave him the Big Book,
he told me about it but I never told him what I knew about A.A., and
he killed himself last year.
- she hung herself
- ...lots of people kill themselves after 20 years or so, it is the hump thing.
- my own sister had five years sober when she committed suicide in a most horrible way.
- The suicide rate was almost a dead even 5 percent.
- two more suicides
- I knew a woman who was fresh in AA, told to stop her psych meds & when attempting
suicide during a meeting in the meeting bathroom, she was shunned ...
- And two months after my "AA Anniversary" I myself attempted suicide and drank again.
"they" had told her that she could no longer take her prescribed meds for her depression and bi-polar disease because if she did, she would be "using" ... at about 90 days she found a gun and blew her brains out.
Robin Williams commits suicide while working a 12-Step program for depression.
4 people from the [Deleted] Foundation (the program I was recruited to initially for gambling) committed suicide or overdose in the last month — two being close friends.
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