Today is the fifth anniversary of this website, so here’s an entirely self-indulgent post about my journey here. First, I had problems with substance use. The problems were that: My girlfriend, relatives, and parents didn’t like that I used drugs. I spent so much money on drugs that I didn’t have any left to spend on […]
Gabrielle Glaser released a big story in The Atlantic this week dissecting AA, and obviously, dissing it as well. The article was well researched and presented a lot of hard facts. As usual, this was portrayed as insensitive and malicious by the recovery culture. How dare you attack a program “that has helped millions” (it hasn’t […]
The truth about addiction – that it is not a disease, and that every substance user is in full control of their drug and alcohol use – is treated as a mortal threat by “recovering addicts and alcoholics.” But why? Because they rely on fear of the addiction boogie monster – and the truth will take their fear away.
Journalist Johann Hari is peddling a new book on addiction, promising a fresh new take – and yet it may not be all that fresh – and it may not follow from the evidence he cites. Hari is smacking down the disease model of addiction, specifically the one that depends on pharmacology. And for making this […]
I just got done watching the new season of The Comeback – a mock reality show about a pathetic aging sitcom star, Valerie Cherish (played by Lisa Kudrow). I consider myself a comedy connoisseur, and this show to be top notch. So if you haven’t seen it, check it out on HBO – I give […]
The slogan at this website is “addiction is not a disease, it is a choice“, and that pisses a lot of people off. They read all sorts of things into this message that I promise I do not believe nor mean to convey. For example, they often assume that those who say addiction is a choice […]
How can something be both permanent and reversible? It can’t. These are contradictory terms describing mutually exclusive concepts. For something to be permanent, it cannot be reversible – and vice versa. Yet this doesn’t seem to phase the jerks pushing the disease model of addiction in the slightest. They’re happy to unload their BS on the public with direct out in the open contradictory claims that make no sense whatsoever. They say in one breath that addiction changes the brain permanently, then they do research to understand how these “permanent” brain-changes eventually reverse.
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I’ve had it with the argument that suggests seeing “addictive” behavior as freely chosen automatically bestows shame upon those who engage in it. It’s usually presented with the request that we “treat addiction as a disease so that people won’t feel ashamed.” This argument is so wrong, but it’s rarely questioned and analyzed with any […]
To say that addiction is a choice rather than a disease is not to say that people don’t really suffer. Nor is it to say their behavior comes from some inherent “badness” within them. It is to say that their suffering is indeed real, and that it emanates from a set of beliefs about substances, […]
There’s one aspect of drug use that goes mostly unquestioned: the pleasure provided by drugs. The reputation of heroin is probably the best example of this. It has this mystique about it that both users and non-users find fascinating. Heroin is believed to be a sort of pandora’s box that you had better not open, […]
the brain disease model of addiction comes from a deterministic philosophy, in which free will doesn’t exist. This is logically impossible.