A reader recently commented: I question the validity of your statistic that 3/4 of people with substance abuse problems achieved sobriety without any treatment I know it doesn’t fit with common wisdom, but I stand behind this basic statement that I’ve made all over this website: “at any given time, 75% of addicts have recovered […]
A new study finds that 10% of americans “used to have a problem with drugs or alcohol, but no longer do.” But somehow, this finding gets distorted to support the recovery culture. See how OASAS and Drugfree.org pull the scam and twist the data.
Jessie had a troubling crack and heroin habit. When she asked her father for help he told her she had the power to change and forbid her to go to Narcotics Anonymous meetings. She’s been clean for 2 years now.
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.
Some honest reporting from Scientific American on the reality of natural “recovery” or self-change from substance use problems
New Years Resolutions are often formed as negatives, form them as positives and they’ll more likely lead to actual change rather than disappointment. It’s easier to build new positive habits than it is to focus on not doing something all the time.