Treatment for addiction (excluding medical detox) is completely unnecessary. That is a bold statement, but it’s true. Drinking and drug taking have remained a stable aspect of the human condition for thousands of years, as have stopping and moderating substance use. Every imaginable remedy to stop or slow down heavy substance use has been tried throughout the ages. Treatment and the 12 steps just happen to be the latest methods used, but there is a serious issue with all of these attempts to change people. Behind all the various methods implemented throughout history lies one undeniable truth that is completely ignored, and that is – without an individual’s mental and emotional consent to stop or moderate, that individual won’t stop or moderate regardless of whether they are treated or go to 12 step meetings. This is not a small point, but is, in fact, the key to making a change.
This simple fact brings up a real issue about whether or not treatment or 12 step meetings are necessary at all. If the real gatekeeper of abstinence or moderation is the individual, then is there a need for external influences such as rehab or 12 step meetings to solve the addiction issue? Said a different way, if the entire process of personal change is based on a choice made within the mind of the individual, then why would you need external methods to “maintain sobriety” such as meetings, clinics and rehabs?
People Like to Take Advice
When an individual makes the choice to stop or to moderate, they tend to seek out someone to guide that decision for them or with them. This isn’t abnormal of course, and can feel quite helpful. We all look to others for context in our decision making – it’s natural. However, in the case of addiction, this desire to include others in our decision making can potentially be harmful. When a person engages in heavy substance use repetitively, the shame and remorse of that lifestyle can become debilitating. Addiction treatment and 12 step meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are not set up to provide people with factual information to assist substance users in making their own decisions about their substance use; instead these organizations become more like a parental or authority figure that uses fear, deep remorse and guilt as means to tell substance users how they should be living. Most substance users seeking help are in a vulnerable state, and they are easily taken in by the comfort of not having to decide for themselves. Being told exactly what they should do and how they should live can be a relief for people who have been struggling for any length of time.
Once the myths of the addiction disease are sown, along with the myth of loss of control and the supposed powers of substances to enslave them, people seeking help can become lost in a sea of confusion. They often come to believe in their own weakness and inability to think for themselves. More and more they rely on the advice givers to solve their problems — not just with substance use, but in many cases many other life problems as well. This is why “support networks” and “relapse prevention programs” and the like are so popular and standard practice; never mind the fact that all of those participating in this charade are still deciding in the privacy of their own minds whether they will continue to use or not.
If you live in a world of myths (in this case, living under the illusions of addiction mythology) and magic (the power of “treating the disease of addiction”) the web of confusion can get incredibly deep and complex. The further one sinks into the belief in the need for others to help them solve their substance use problems, (or any life problems for that matter) the more they come to believe they actually need the “treatment”, “aftercare”, “meetings” and “support.” No amount of ongoing relapses and struggle can convince them it isn’t working, instead they blame themselves for their failures. And sadly many people lose all hope that they can be fixed.
All of these constructs miss the point that a person chooses to use or not use based on their personal preferences. Treatment actually hinders the decision making process. It distracts people completely from how they can solve their problem.
Once you take on a “recovery-centered lifestyle” there is no answer but to be beholden to all of the treatment community’s false promises. This is a horrible place to be, because once treatment/12 steps fail to provide their magic, the individual is blamed for the failure, when in fact, the individual is simply being distracted from their own infinite powers of free will, mental autonomy, and their pursuit of happiness. This distraction of “recovery” is why it takes 450 pages in The Freedom Model for Addictions to uproot and dispose of all of the treatment and recovery trappings and mythology. It truly is a guide to personal change!
By debunking the disease theory, the loss of control myth, the powers of drugs myth, etc., The Freedom Model unravels the very confusion that makes the individual feel they need “professionals” to help them “recover.” Since there is no disease, there is nothing to recover from. That is the starting point. Then we delve into each small myth that builds the powers of drugs that in effect lessens and eliminates the actual innate power you possess! Essentially we reverse all of the myths and magic, and demonstrate throughout The Freedom Model, exactly how to escape the mental and emotional traps called addiction, treatment and recovery. Once the myths are debunked and cleared away, there is only a simple choice to be made – and it needs to be made without self-judgment or guilt; do I want to abstain, do I want to moderate or do I prefer continued heavy use.
The Choice is Yours
With no myths in the way, the decisions come quickly and easily. The choice is yours – do you choose to be trapped by lies, or do you want to be freed by the truth? If you are ready for the truth, and are interested in finding out more about how The Freedom Model, you can call us anytime to discuss what options may work best for you.