Quicksand and Deprogramming book


Here is a quick shout out about a new book which I am looking forward to reading in the near future. Here is a bit of info from the writer, but I will write something of my own when I have read it.

People often do not know what they will find, and what they may be up against, when they become involved with A.A. or N.A. QUICKSAND: THE DARKER SIDE OF 12-STEP PROGRAMS presents this information, based on the ways these programs violate people’s rights. The main part of QUICKSAND covers my own experiences, but the book also includes experiences and opinions from other former members and a section of Resources. quicksand book QUICKSAND covers the problems, but DEPROGRAMMING FROM THE PROGRAMS addresses solutions. The approach I used: what members are told, taught, and ‘came to believe,’ and why none of it is valid. From oldtimers who claim to have “special knowledge” to the concept of “surrendering one’s will,” taking these concepts apart can help people reclaim their own minds and move on with their lives. http://www.lulu.com/shop/c-a-sheckels/quicksand/paperback/product-21543010.html


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  1. Thanks Michael D.!! 🙂

  2. I ordered the book and am anxiously waiting for it’s arrival. Michael D. is excellent at reviewing books and supporting authors about the dark side of 12 step programs.

  3. Hi AD, thanks!!! 🙂

  4. Hi Michael, it sounds like the postal system in your area is more efficient than the one here!
    I hope you gain useful info from the book.

    • Well, so far it has reminded me of a few really crazy people that have caused big problems for other people in the the 12 step world. I saw several people damaged by the anti meds view, that is popular with certain groups. I wrote a little piece on here around new year for new comers warning them about sharing personal things as well and will revisit a lot of these topics in the future. I think it is really important that people speak out when things don’t work for them and why. For a while I was over trusting of people in AA and this caused me problems. I will finish this and then get the reprogramming book as well. Makes a change for me to get a book before everyone else! Usually they get released a month later here but I can get them on kindle.

  5. Yes, you’re one of the first to know about it- I haven’t sent out press releases or anything like that, so it’s only been mentioned on sites like this, plus one friend who’s not involved with the programs but wanted to know what it was about 🙂

    To add: (as a person on a Yahoo group asked about this)- while the Deprogramming book should be available on Amazon before long, and the ebook through B&N and Apple, I didn’t distribute Quicksand outside the Lulu site. The reason is I’ve found “independent book sellers” hike up prices so they can make ridiculously-huge profits. So while selling through Lulu means fewer sales, it’s the only way I could think of to keep the price down as low as possible.

    • Thanks so much for letting me know, I will probably not have a chance to read it until after Christmas, as I am really busy in the next few weeks but look foward to seeing it.

  6. Have a nice Christmas and holiday season!! 🙂

  7. Sunkist123 April 2, 2015 at 4:54 pm · · Reply

    Why did you remove my book from your Pinterest page???

  8. Sunkist123 April 2, 2015 at 7:03 pm · · Reply

    Oh, I’m sorry- my mistake. I didn’t know you had more than one board.

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