It is said that addicts and alcoholics literally lose control of their substance use after a single drink or hit of a substance. This is the main feature of the disease model of addiction. But is it true? Do they really become zombies who have no choice but to relentlessly use drugs and alcohol? The recovery culture says it's true, but scientific research paints a different picture... Loss of Control in Addiction and Alcoholism The main feature …Learn More about Do Addicts and Alcoholics “Lose Control”?
Addiction is not a disease, it is a choice…
...the disease model of addiction has never been scientifically proven. What's more, the disease model hasn't even helped to reduce stigma, reduce overdoses, or even to help people solve their substance use problems. All the promises of the medical model have fallen flat. It's made things worse.
If you're ready for a realistic helpful view, read on. I think you'll find the evidence demonstrates that "addicts" are free to change, and that passing on this information isn't cruel–it's compassionate.
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Most Alcoholics Recover Without Treatment and They Moderate Too!
I'm constantly referencing this study in my writing, so I figured I should post up the main information from it here. The study is an analysis of data from 2001-2002 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions, or NESARC for short. This data is relevant because it comes from a survey representative of the US population as a whole - unlike many addiction studies which only survey people who go through treatment programs. …Learn More about Substance Dependence Recovery Rates: With and Without Treatment
They're screaming it from the rooftops: "addiction is a disease, and you can't stop it without medical treatment"! But why are they screaming it so loud, why are they browbeating us about it, why is it always mentioned with a qualifier? You don't hear people constantly referring to cancer as "the disease of cancer" - it's just "cancer", because it's obvious that cancer is a disease, it's been conclusively proven that the symptoms of cancer …Learn More about Addiction is NOT a Brain Disease, It is a Choice
What is addiction? The debate over whether or not addiction is a disease (or some other type of involuntary behavior) versus a pattern of freely chosen behavior can get crazy. The rhetoric from the pro-disease side has been rife with emotional pleas that paint anyone who thinks otherwise as a big mean crazy crackpot who hates everyone. But the fact is that the science is not settled in favor of the disease model of addiction, and there are plenty …Learn More about Addiction Is Not A Disease – Quotes From Experts
I’ve been getting quite a bit of communication from people studying to be in the addiction treatment field lately. Most are aggressive and insulting off the bat – and some even pretend to want to have a productive discourse while doing this! Here’s an example of a recent exchange (I have changed identifiers and bolded […]
This is a truly sad and disturbing story that sums up why I fight against the myth that addiction is a chronic disease, and that addicts/alcoholics are helplessly out of control. A 41 year old man in the Netherlands decided to euthanize himself after 8 years of a painful alcohol use problem. ‘My parents especially have […]
To any personal friends reading this, know that I don’t usually do this, but a few years ago I counted how many drinks you all had at a birthday party – and you’re all dangerous binge drinkers! Well, I don’t think that’s a fair representation of my friends’ drinking, but that’s how the government would […]
I’m going to tell you something shocking today: addiction treatment doesn’t cure addicts – it creates addicts. I study this, and I’ve lived it. I was a heroin user for 8 years; and ironically, the worst period in those years began immediately after I received treatment. This defies expectations, because after all, treatment is supposed […]
Addiction treatment workers complain about unethical behavior in the addiction treatment industry, in a recent New York Times article titled “How Staten Island’s Drug Problem Made It a Target for Poaching Patients.” Their target is rehab recruiters who offer backdoor referral payments for patients with private insurance. This is against the law in some states, but […]
I get many communications from rehabs and recovery organizations trying to get me to post an infographic full of addiction myths, or to advertise a rehab on my site that I completely disagree with, to propagate some content I disagree with, or to vaguely work together in some way. One of the recent messages I […]