A new study concludes that getting treatment for alcoholism will not increase your chances of survival. Here’s why it’s important – we’re told all the time that there’s an epidemic of addiction, and that some astronomical figure of people who “need treatment” aren’t getting it. Most estimates range around 90%, such as this one, from […]
I was reading two profiles of men in their mid-thirties who recently changed their problematic substance use habits, rapper Madchild, and actor Colin Farrell, and of course it reminded of the theory my friend Stanton Peele is so fond of – that people generally mature out of addiction, i.e. they grow up and change their […]
Unfortunately, most of the money spent on treatment for drug and alcohol problems comes from the government. This situation props up the false and ineffective disease model favored by government agencies such as the NIDA, and results in worse services for us all. There is no free market competition working to bring better help to people with addiction.
It’s impossible for a rational person to recommend that anyone get treatment for an addiction – because nearly every treatment program involves the faith-healing and dogmatic indoctrination into the self-defeating methods of 12-step groups. See the proof here, and learn some tips for dealing with it.
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).
Contrary to the hype, most drug users don’t become “addicts”. Studies show that only 13.4% of recent heroin users actually become dependent on the drug. It’s time for a reality check on the truth about drug use and addiction.