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 […]
Dillon had a professional intervention, went to rehab, and learned that he was powerless over his addiction. Also, he eventually killed himself. I think these facts are related.
Harvard professor Gene Heyman discusses the contradictions in addiction, voluntary and involuntary acts, goal directed behavior, global vs local choice, and more.
I don’t spend a single day worrying about how to get through it without a drink or drug. I don’t spend a single moment thinking about it. I did, back when I was in the recovery culture. But then I started living – I started focusing on building the life I wanted. I haven’t achieved all of my goals, but I’ve stayed free of drug/alcohol use problems for 9 years now, and I’m a heck of a lot happier focusing on all my new interests rather than worrying about struggling with an imaginary disease. I am not “in recovery.” I refuse to struggle like that. I stopped recovering and started living my life.
Feelings don’t always reflect reality.