Stop the 13 step film Trailer

There is a new trailer and details for the film about problems, that can happen in the 12 step world. 

The 13 step is named after the extra step that some add to the 12 Steps of AA. It generally means that an older, long term member is trying to get a younger more vulnerable new member into a relationship.

They also have a new fundraising method, and would welcome contributions from people who believe in this cause.  I have included the trailer and the text from the email communication that is under the video.

I have so much respect for Monica for making this film. She was in AA for over 30 years and tried to change things for the better while she was there. Unfortunately, many are more interested in Dogma than actually changing things, to make AA more effective in the modern world. Many will not speak out when things are wrong. Newcomers are not always warned about the seedy characters in the area. The little phrases come out, about taking other\’s inventory.

I also have a great deal of respect to those who have appeared in the film. It is actually not something I would feel comfortable with myself, because of the stigma of AA and alcoholism where I live. I hope it makes a difference, along with all the little web sites and other things people are doing to help others.

Below is the information that the film maker sent to me this morning.



The 13th Step film has been awarded fiscal sponsorship through the International Documentary Association. This sponsorship has made the film eligible to receive tax deductible donations and grants to further our fundraising efforts.

Our first fundraising campaign through Indiegogo raised over $24,000. With those funds we have been able to hire a professional crew that includes a Producer, Director of Photography, Camera Operator, Documentary Film Editor and support staff. We are filming new footage using Canon 5D cameras.  Below is a link to the new trailer that we have created with your generous contributions.

With our new fiscal sponsors through the IDA, we are now beginning our second round of fundraising to continue our efforts to create the finest film we are able to make.

If you wish to contribute further to our film, please follow the link below. Click on “make a donation” to pay via PayPal or credit card.

Contributions are payable to IDA and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

To send a check: make payable to IDA and send to: 3470 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 980

Los Angeles CA 90010

PLease put ” The 13th Step ” in the memo 


Credit card donation form, if you do not want to use Paypal:

I continue to receive sexual predatory stories on my blogs weekly, and am still seeking people who are willing to share their stories. If you would like to speak to me privately, please e-mail me at


The 13th Step is about the criminal and sexually predatory behaviour that occurs systemically in Alcoholics Anonymous. This behaviour goes unchecked by A.A’s world headquarters, despite repeated warnings from respect board members and long time members. This behaviour is exacerbated by the systematic sentencing of criminals and sex offenders to AA meetings without the knowledge of the AA members.


Commenting area

  1. This is super exciting what Monica is doing. 2014 is going to be a great year exposing AA and NA!

    Thanks Monica!


    • Thanks for your comment. I feel the same and I think the timing is right to push the reasons that there are problems with the 12 step approach. There have been a few people such as the Spectator magazine in the Uk, questioning things and they are normally very conservative. I am seeing good articles on the Fix which is the biggest website in terms of numbers visiting, that deals with addiction. I think lots of little blogs have a part to play. The more alternatives, and people putting them forward the better. Especially the personal stories.
      It will be hard to change the perception of AA over night, but it will happen over time.

  2. Very important this information becomes public. I live in Canada, and the description’s I have read so far particularly from Lovinglife52, are unfortunately 100% accurate. I have stories I would be willing to share but not my identity. I am interested however in preventing other’s from having the same negative experiences. I am sober, and well. I was never a thief, or a taker, or a rotten person and am still not. Nothing wrong with a little spirituality, but there is allot wrong with the fakers, liar’s and ‘memorizers’ of the 2 supposedly sacred books. I periodically questioned how people who had been ‘in the program’ for 20 or so years, could say ‘I needed a meeting, I was stuck in my head’ or some such crap. How can you read 2 books and attend thousands of meetings for 20 years and not manage to learn a single thing? Beyond my understanding. I believe in a holistic approach to addiction. Utilize new information. Really understand. For me, I have been around for about 3 years. It is just lately that I had that ‘aha’ moment. Not the one ‘promised’, but more of a OMG. Allot of these people are very very sick, are criminals, predators, and just good at memorizing. Wolves in sheeps clothing.

  3. Thanks so much for commenting here “Ilovemydog”. I think a lot of people come to the conclusion that AA is not a positive place to be and move on to live happy normal lives, which is probably their aim in the first place. This leaves the Oldtimers, who are obsessed by the steps and the Big Book, having an unhealthy influence over meetings and turning a blind eye, to many things that are undesirable.
    I you want to write anything down, I can put it here on the site, you could email anything via the contact page or I can set up a blog post page for you. I think it is important to point out to some vulnerable people, what they could get into, and also point out less well known alternatives, which work well, but are lost due to the dominance of AA.

  4. Monica thankyou for makeing this film and for all you have done.
    wakefield UK

    • Hi Sally. She is doing a great job on it, I think it is so important that this is highlighted. I met Monica a couple of times when I was in LA and she is a great person and has a big insight to the problems that can happen in AA after spending many years as a member.

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