Real Alcoholics are more likely to recover than Heavy Drinkers according to data in the government’s latest large scale epidemiological study, NESARC-III.
In an analysis of nicotine, cannabis, alcohol, and cocaine users (in which a vast majority were diagnosed with mood and anxiety disorders), the researchers found that: “No association was observed between mood and anxiety disorders and dependence remission for any of the substances assessed.”
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.
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.
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.
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).