Pacifica Hospital:
Leading the Way in the
Treatment of Mental Illness?

Pacifica Hospital:
Leading the Way in the
Treatment of Mental Illness?
by Ken Ragge
This is one of the first pieces I wrote for my first web site. It was quite a shock to me to see medical and psychological treatment replaced by the Step religion.

All in-patient alcohol and drug treatment has been Twelve Step indoctrination for many years. What is newer, however, is "using" the Twelve Steps for mental health.

Pacifica Hospital in Sun Valley, California seems to be right in step with the latest advances in mental health treatment. In their psychiatric unit day room, bright, cheerful posters announce Emotions Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, and Adult Children of Alcoholics meetings. The Serenity Prayer, a Twelve Step prayer, is on display for the patients. It appears Pacifica, too, understands that mental illness is a spiritual disease caused by bad genes. All that is needed is for the patients to accept the reality that the Twelve Steps are God's latest revelation and dedicate the rest of their lives to saving others to stay saved.

This hospital, and many others like it, gets government money.