"I was shackled and oppressed by the cult of AA for 22 years," Sheen told a radio host while claiming that he has "cured" himself of his addictions.
Alcoholic Anonymous has 12 traditions that guide its groups in their relations with other groups, with A.A. and the outside world. Tradition 11 encourages personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, TV and films and Tradition 12 says, "Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities."
Why Anonymity Is Important
Charlie Sheen is a perfect example of why these traditions were adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 step programs. When a celebrity or public figure identifies themselves publicly as a member of A.A. and then has a very public meltdown, it harms the program, as well as the individual.
Fans and followers of the public figure see him relapse and think, "that A.A. stuff must not work."
Of course, that's exactly what Charlie Sheen has been screaming to anyone who will listen, which given his status as the lead actor in the hit television show, "Two and a Half Men," is apparently most any news outlet looking for ratings.
Attack on Alcoholics Anonymous
Here are some of the attacks the 45-year-old has launched at Alcoholics Anonymous:
"I finally extracted myself from their troll hole and started living my life the way I want to live it," Sheen said. "It's vintage, outdated and stupid and it's followed by stupid people. I hate them violently. They will come at me."
"Twenty-two years of fiction. I just decided I don't believe that anymore. I know my own truth and I stand on it. They think it's a one-size fits all, but it didn't fit me."
"I will not believe that if I do something then I have to follow a certain path, because it was written nice," he said. "It was written for normal people, people that aren't special. People that don't have tiger blood, you know, Adonis DNA."
'Written by a Broken Down Fool'
Sheen called the A.A. Big Book "a silly book written by a broken down fool, who was a plagiarist," and he said the program was the "work of sissies."
"The only thing I'm addicted to is winning," he told one radio show. "This bootleg cult, arrogantly referred to as Alcoholics Anonymous, reports a 5 percent success rate. As a retired gambler I take better odds than that."
"My success rate is 100 percent. Do the math ... another one of their mottoes is, 'Don't be special, be one of us.' Newsflash: I am special, and I will never be one of you!"
"I have a disease? Bulls***! I cured it with my brain, with my mind. I closed my eyes and made it so."
Sheen Says Drugs "Work"
Sheen didn't mention why he didn't close his eyes and cure himself anytime in the past 22 years, or before he put a knife to the throat of his ex-wife or was hospitalized in New York after a drug and alcohol fueled binge in a hotel.
When asked by one interviewer why he turned to alcohol and drugs, he said, "because they work. They change the way you see things, change the way you feel."
All of these tirades against A.A. came during a series of interviews on radio and television shows in which Sheen also attacked CBS, Warner Brothers, the producers of his hit show and demanded a $1 million-per-episode raise to continue filming the show.
Adonis DNA doesn't come cheap.
Desperate, Downward Spiral
Last week however, the CBS network made an extraordinary move by cancelling production on TV's most popular comedy series for the rest of the season. The network said it was based on "the totality of Charlie Sheen's statements, conduct and condition."
This sent Sheen on another spree of increasingly bizarre, megalomaniacal rants on various radio and television programs, causing his publicist to resign in frustration.
Dr. Dale Archer, a psychiatrist who also appears on television news shows, observed that Sheen appears to be in the midst of an acute psychiatric emergency.
"Sheen is clearly in a desperate, downward spiral and something will happen soon. Either this man gets help or I fear the worst," Archer wrote in an opinion column.
A.A. Will Be There
Meanwhile, you won't be seeing any official response from Alcoholics Anonymous concerning the attacks by Sheen. That's covered in Tradition 10: Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
As it stands now, Charlie Sheen is an outside issue for Alcoholics Anonymous and for individual A.A. members for that matter. But even a retired gambler can bet that A.A. will still be there whenever he's ready.
If he makes it back.
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