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We are a group of sober members of AA in the DC area and across the U.S. committed to exposing the Midtown Group (MG) as a cult posing within AA. Some of us are former members or loved ones of former members of the group.

It is our belief that the leaders of the MG utilize vulnerable young men and women to further their own security and status. Additionally, we believe that the allegations of statutory rape and sexual abuse are hallmarks of a destructive cult that needs to be stopped.

We are dedicated to stopping Midtown from using AAs name to take advantage of vulnerable young newcomers who come through their doors seeking help from what they believe to be AA. We will not stop until DC area AA is back in the hands of real AA groups so that newcomers can find the help they need.

What to Look for in a Healthy AA Group

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking (3rd Tradition), not conformity. Everyone is free to criticize and hold different opinions. Everyone is equal in the group there is no leadership in AA. Differences of opinion are welcomed and respected. There is no psychological pressure to conform and no atmosphere of enforced uniformity.

Members view themselves as a part of society in general involved in a group for practical and limited reasons. Members spend only a reasonable part of their spare time in group activities and enjoy a completely separate family, social and professional life. Healthy groups are democratic in practice and not just in theory.

Members are free to come and go as they please. They participate as they wish, without feeling excessive guilt or shame for not attending meetings, donating time or money. Nobody fears any physical or psychological reprimand for missing meetings or refusing tasks.

Members put their personal needs first and are able to differentiate those from the needs of the group. They decide for themselves their relations with the group and are able to reassess their level of commitment and also leave the group without creating a major personal crisis or conflict with the group


"I am responsible....

When anyone, anywhere reaches out for help, I want the hand of AA always to be there. And for that I am responsible."

-AA Responsibility Statement







"Nobody sets out to join a cult. No one knowingly wants to give up their life, their needs, and their goals. They come to believe they're improving themselves and improving the world and it is then they are led into a psychological trap. It could happen to anybody."


Steve Hassan - Leading American Exit-Counselor

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