The addiction treatment industry, along with it's anointed experts and the recovery subculture have made a simple matter extremely complicated. The results of their teachings are disastrous. Addiction rates are edging up, overdoses and alcohol related deaths are skyrocketing, and the people who receive their help end up having higher rates of binge use, overdose, and longer periods of "addictive" use and more "relapses." The Freedom Model for Addictions is the antidote to the mess the recovery …Get the escape plan about Escape the Treatment and Recovery Trap with The Freedom Model for Addictions
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.
Simply stated, every concept of addiction is built on the idea that in some way, a person’s substance use becomes involuntary. This is most often represented by the word “disease”, as we understand the symptoms of diabetes or cancer to be out of the direct control of the person suffering. But the “symptoms” of the supposed “disease of addiction” remain under the control of the “addict/alcoholic.” They control whether or not they use, and they control whether or not they crave. So, addiction is not a disease. It is a pattern of fully freely chosen behavior based on personal preference. The sooner we recognize that it’s choice rather than disease, the sooner we can effectively help people. The articles on this website, my reading recommendations, and my own book, The Freedom Model for Addictions, will show you how and why this is the case.
I hope you’ll use these resources to help change our culture’s understanding of addiction, and help people out of the trap of self-defeating ideas about drugs, alcohol, and addiction.
Addiction treatment, and our entire approach to "addiction" doesn't help, and it doesn't "cure addicts", it only creates more of the symptoms of "addiction" - hopelessness and a sense of powerlessness …See the video about TED Talk on Addiction: Treatment Doesn’t Cure Addiction, It Creates Addiction
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 …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
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”?
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
"Addiction", in the broadest of terms, is what social do-gooders call some people's propensity to keep using drugs (including alcohol) in a way that is costing them a lot, and/or causing troubles, and/or is generally outside of cultural norms for substance use. The popular explanation pushed by these do-gooders is that this "addiction" is a state of compulsion, in which the drug user is involuntarily using drugs. They are compelled by …Learn More about Addiction: The Problem & The Solution
A dramatic piece of addiction research used to prop up the brain disease model of addiction was blown to pieces this year: cue induced craving. You’ve probably seen this “science” portrayed on television over the years. Some very serious looking scientists in a quiet lab full of fancy equipment put a cocaine addict into a […]
The hysteria and myths about alcohol, other drugs, and addiction runs deep in American culture – and I believe it is causing us to have more problems with alcohol and other drugs. The more people learn the truth, the more we can create a cultural shift that decreases these problems. The following is my study […]
Julie Eldred is a heroin user who violated probation by testing positive for an opioid. She’s contesting the probation violation ruling all the way up to Massachusetts’ State Supreme Court on the grounds that relapse is a symptom of the disease of addiction, and it’s therefore a cruel and unusual punishment to put her in […]
A few years back I read Thomas Szasz’s Ceremonial Chemistry and The Myth of Mental Illness, and found them both to be brilliant and enlightening books. Yet he’s dealing in nuanced issues, and sometimes it’s easy to miss the point. When there’s an army of people threatened by his discussions of these nuances, they want you […]
Real Alcoholics are more likely to recover than Heavy Drinkers according to data in the government’s latest large scale epidemiological study, NESARC-III.
Wanna deal with your “self-medication” based addiction? Try this: recognize the fact that your substance use isn’t medicating anything, that is, that you are taking the wrong medicine. Once you know this, you can stop it. Let’s tackle the issue of stress, a ubiquitous experience that is widely believed to be relieved by alcohol. This […]