Cold addiction what you want – condition, disease or disturbance. I have no issues with these labels. What I'm having is that every Tom, Dick and Harry in the Drugs Committee, who claim that addiction is an "incurable" disease. Rectal cancer is an incurable disease. Addiction is completely curative. I know this to be true, because I'm leaking alcohol and there are millions of others like me.
Why does the Narcotic Committee refer to addiction as an incurable disease? Well, that's good for business. Addiction treatment is a multi-billion dollar industry. Like all other companies involved in millions of dollars, it is interesting for many treatment centers to keep people coming back. At my own time I was in a rehab, I was shocked to learn that many of my intercourse had gained access to rehab hospitals three or more times without success.
The meaning of addiction as an incurable disease also allows one-size use of all approaches to treatment. If every patient feels that he or she suffers from the same incurable diseases, everyone can agree that lifelong apostasy is the only solution. The truth is, people change. While it is true that one drink will cause some alcoholics to get out of control, others can and learn how to manage their drinking. It is because addiction is a disease of your choice. I do not mean to think that every addict chooses to become one. Indeed, almost every addiction is driven by other forces, such as childhood abuse or other forms of abuse that the addict has suffered in the past. Delivery of alcohol or drugs is a more frequent symptom of deeper issues, such as sneezing to a cold virus. When referring to additional disease of your choice, it means that each of us has the power to learn how to control our addiction. Unlike cancer, we can choose our own destiny. We can choose to get better or not.
While my rehab entry was voluntary, I did not use it, at least, and did not intend to repeat the experience. I would learn how to beat addiction or die to try. However, rehab did not mean to be a circular door for me, and I decided to monitor all aspects of treatment. My colleagues and I learned a lot for thirty days. We attended daily group treatment, to study the problems that occurred in our addiction. We were taught the importance of delivering our own will to our will for higher authority. We learned concepts like denial, tenderness, and emotional development. Consultants always remind us that any person, place or situation that could affect our soreness must avoid all costs in the early days of recovery, or recurrence was the result.
So far, so good, I thought. These terms yielded and were useful tools for learning to beat addiction. It was not until our counselor informed us that every addict suffers from an unfavorable disease that I began to ask about the program. He assured us that no addict could ever be cured and that our only hope would be to learn to control the disease. According to the counselor, the response followed to participate in a lifetime of 12 Scores and find a supportive to watch us. We also need to get rid of old drinking customers and never engage in any social gatherings where alcohol was consumed. We were told that once an addict, always an addict. We were simply too weak and vulnerable to protecting ourselves.
I would come back with the idea that we were there to learn how to beat addiction in 30 days or less. Why would either a 30-day newspaper plan designed to teach addicts how to overcome addiction even? The idea of addiction was an incurable disease had never occurred to me. If it had, I would never have devoted a month of my life to a treatment plan, just saying that my disease was incurable. I disagree and expressed my concern. Our consultant responded that the choice was a relapse and an early serious period. He added that my choice was mine and he did not care. A few days later, while he was in group treatment, he announced that my attitude would not contribute to the recovery of the drugs and invited me to pack my suitcase and leave.
I went rehab the same way I had come – still a certain and still addict, but with one thing. Rehab gave me basic knowledge that I had to add addiction without meeting 12 steps or buying into the belief that addiction is an incurable disease. A few weeks later, I discovered a way to add addiction with three simple steps that anyone can learn. Today, I do not have to avoid social gatherings where alcohol is served and can take alcohol or omit it, though I always choose the latter. I am not a recovered alcoholic but former alcohol.
Dan Farish is a drug addict and author
3 STEPS TO RECOVERY – Conflict of One Alcohol of Alcohol and Drugs – A Simple Approach Anyone Can Use to Overcome Addiction
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