Can I moderate my drinking or drug use? When should I try moderation? How do I moderate my drug and alcohol use? Because of the confusion and misinformation about substance use and addiction in our culture, these are tough questions for which quick answers won’t do. Let’s unpack a few things, and then we can get to […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
the brain disease model of addiction comes from a deterministic philosophy, in which free will doesn’t exist. This is logically impossible.