Rachel and Erin Alder are a married couple from Seattle. Shortly after they met they became entangled in a situation within AA where their vulnerabilities were being used to control their behavior by a manipulative sponsor. In Rachel's case, the vulnerability that was exploited Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder while Erin’s biggest vulnerability became whether the marriage was dependent on continued work with this manipulative group leader.
Eventually, Rachel and Erin were able to break free from the exploitation of the invasive sponsor and her high-demand group after 7 years of control. In the second part of this 3-part story, the Alders detail some of the most heart-wrenching experiences they endured during their time in the group and explain the painful lessons they learned while trying to overcome tragedy.
Before You Go: Rachel examines the narcissistic tendencies of group leaders who make everything about them. She explains how this manipulative tactic can be used as a means to control the narrative of others.
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