December 9, 2013

Fake Success Rates: Retention and Completion

NIDA Relapse Rates

The addiction treatment industry doesn’t care about real success for it’s patients – they only care about keeping you in treatment for as long as possible. This is evidenced by the fact that they present retention rates rather than real success rates.

Still Genius – Fingarette on the Disease Myth and Learning

heavy drinking

23 years later, Herbert Fingarette’s critique of the disease concept still rings true. In this excerpt, he points out that the ruling explanations of addiction are simply describing learning, and for all the fancy medical language, treatment is simply about teaching.

Penn & Teller Bullshit: Alcoholics Anonymous


A lot of people think Charlie Sheen’s claims about Alcoholics Anonymous are crazy. Penn & Teller did a great job exposing the truth about AA, addiction, and alcoholism on their show, Bullshit!. See the video here.

Addiction Is For Kids

NSDUH 2000-2009

Rates of addiction are highest among young adults, and drastically drop among people 30 years and older, as data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows (NSDUH).