Learn some more helpful and constructive definitions of substance use, substance abuse, and addiction.
This site is dedicated to presenting a different view of addiction: That it is all about choice, and that you can permanently change your substance use habits without fear of relapse or a lifetime spent in meetings and treatment.
Some of you might be wondering whether I know about all the scientific proof that addiction is a brain disease. I'm well aware of the scientific facts and their misinterpretation. Here's my critical analysis of the brain disease model of addiction.
This site is not presenting a model of "recovery" because addiction is not a disease from which one can recover. It is freely chosen behavior, which anyone can freely choose to abandon at any point. This is not recovery from a disease, it is a change like any other change in day to day living that people make in their lives.
I am dedicated to presenting information about addiction from a non-disease perspective, so that people can learn how to feel free and in control of their substance use, and be empowered to change it to whatever degree will make them happiest in their lives. "Addiction is a choice" - that is, you can choose whether to hold or dismiss every thought and belief that motivates you to use substances heavily - and thus you can choose whether to continue any pattern of substance use or not - at will.
Reading any particular article on this website will not force you to change. Hopefully though, you will find some information that helps you to believe that change is possible for you - that it is within reach. This is one key ingredient in changing the mindset that fuels "addiction."
There are plenty of PhDs, MDs, researchers, professors, neuroscientists, philosophers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other intellectuals who disagree with the idea that addiction is a disease. I've gathered some of my favorite quotes from experts about addiction and put them on one page. It makes a great resource if you're researching the topic, and it's a great counterpoint to those who claim that everyone agrees addiction is a disease, or brain disease, or not a choice, or what have you. There is real disagreement, and if you want to understand the choice view of addiction, these sources are a great place to start.