I feel conflicted about writing this post because addiction and recovery are loaded topics. All around the world, millions of people are – right this minute – suffering from addictive urges and the life-wrecking consequences of substance abuse.
I don’t want to offend anyone by suggesting they may be hooked because of the brainwashing they have received about what it is to be addicted.
I also don’t want this to be one of those “everything you’ve been taught is a lie” rants. Not everything is a lie and that makes the problem more challenging. Still, the bottom line for the intelligent but untrained consumer can only be this: Everything we’ve been taught about addiction adds up to ZERO.
There is absolutely no consensus among various legitimate helping communities about what addiction is and what, if anything, leads to resolution. And then there’s this bombshell statistic: The vast majority of addicts who recover do so all by themselves, without professional intervention. Check out the data:
I am still typing because it certainly seems true for three reasons:
1) The observable facts about addiction and recovery suggest that most addicts and their mental health support system are steeped in a web of myths that keep them helplessly chasing their tails.
2) If you look at the “addiction industrial complex” as a whole, there are stark inconsistencies among what health care professionals, government agencies, counselors, and researchers have to say about addiction. These folks are all on the same team; the people whose mission it is to help addicts. Yet, they contradict themselves right and left. More specifically, the way they define vs. treat addiction ends up looking like a massive oxymoron.
3) If this post helps even a small percentage of people, I’ll risk offending the rest. It’s a cost/benefit thing.
Why we must understand how the experts define addiction – this is important!
The keys to understanding the false ideas that dominate the addiction industrial complex are the widely accepted definitions of addiction promoted by the top brass; the medical community, including researchers, doctors, mental health pros, and such.
Here are some of
The Myths about Addiction that Hold Addicts Hostage