Someone says, “AMO” and my ire gets up!
Of course not. But if he was using heroin and refused to get clean would you let him have his drugs in your house? Your son is an addict. He’s in trouble. SOMEone who knows what’s going on has to find the strength within and set the ground rules. Not out of meaness, but out of love.
I say, “Your house: your rules.” Time for some tough love. He needs detox and pronto.
The money he pours into scAmway products and all other “support” (i.e., indoctrination) materials stops as well. Get him (and keep him) away from the brain-sucking scum of his upline. Tell him it’s either that or to go out and buy new bed sheets for the back seat of the car. Period.
Point him to — and have him read — “Merchants of Deception” — an absolutely gripping read by Eric Scheibeler, a former Emerald, who details the nightmare that Fred Harteis (his creepy, smarmy upline) slowly and methodically snared him into. Make sure you read it too, if you haven’t already. As a recovering AMO survivor, I can’t say enough about how penetrating and cathartic this is.
That said, be ready for some heavy denial and anger and depression (on his part) and — if you’re lucky enough — he’ll pull through this MUCH wiser (if not more jaded, sadly).
Need I mention to have him browse this board as part of his (room and) board? Of course, if he was at all serious, he’s pretty far into it at three years. I don’t know if anyone can be ‘shocked’ or ‘shaken’ (or even ‘tough loved’) into their senses about those AMO bastards. You’d have had a tough time convincing ME that I was being brainwashed and duped. But then, you’re not my mother. (For the record, I sponsored my mother and father — bless their hearts for forgiving me!).
I’d just do anything I could out of love, patience and compassion for your son. For the past few years his eyes have been on a ball he’s been chasing, running headlong into the street. You’re in a perfect position to see the truck coming at him and I’d do whatever I could to help him see the real world. Of course, he has to be ready to see it. It took me over six years. Sorry if this sounds harsh or terse. I’ve been down that road and I’d do practically anything to keep others from staying involved in an AMO for any longer than was their destiny.
He needs a level head — a rock in his storm, because goodness knows his fair weather Quixtar buds won’t be there for him.
Best wishes to you and your son. Please keep mlmsurviorsclub updated. And please, PLEASE don’t cave on him.