Q&A’s

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The drugs we have today are so much more addictive than they were 20 years ago when we grew up. I think your book avoids this reality, and is irresponsible because of it. Please stop saying people can easily get over an addiction. That might just get someone killed!

You Asked, We Answered Addiction Questions That’s a strong accusation. We are sorry you feel this way, and I’m not sure you read the book. We never dismiss addiction as an easy construct to move past if you are a believer in it. However, we do tell the truth that when...

Can alcohol, heroin, or other drugs lower inhibitions?

You Asked, We Answered Addiction Questions No, pharmacologically, substances do not change the content of our mind’s thoughts. The Freedom Model for Addictions does a fantastic job of covering this topic in detail. Here is a brief excerpt that might help explain some...

My daughter has been to 3 rehabs. I swear that every time she goes, she gets worse, not better. But I do understand that when she gets out she needs to avoid triggers. So what’s going on here, and how can she hide from the drugs?

You Asked, We Answered Addiction Questions You bring up a good question here. Unfortunately, treatment makes addicts, it doesn’t cure them. So your assessment that she keeps getting worse from treatment’s influence is correct. Being an “addict” is a state of mind; a...

Do sedatives or downers or heroin relieve stress?

You Asked, We Answered Addiction Questions In a word, no. Drugs affect the physical body and physical brain, but they do not change a person’s motivation or the content of their thoughts. This idea that drugs change what you think is a massive myth in our...

I just got my third DUI, and my wife left me and took the kids. Sometimes the only way I feel I can get by, is to drink. I drink wine and sometimes abuse my xanax when things get too stressful– but I’m exhausted. Does the Freedom Model help with situations like mine?

You Asked, We Answered Addiction Questions Yes it does. You will be provided a way directly out of the trap you feel yourself in right now. In 0rder to fully pull yourself from that place of despair, and from the belief that alcohol and xanax are somehow providing a...

I’m really struggling at this stage of my life. I’m recently divorced, have 2 kids I’m raising alone, and I find myself drinking way too much. It’s not uncommon for me to drink a bottle of wine at a sitting. Whenever I feel stressed, I drink and it helps. How do I stop this trend; my kids have recently started to complain about it?

You Asked, We Answered Addiction Questions The Freedom Model for Addictions addresses the myth that alcohol and/or drugs helps with stress, and provides a path out of this mythology: “Pharmacologically, alcohol doesn’t relieve stress for anyone. We explain this fully...

How do I quit using heroin and methamphetamine?

You Asked, We Answered Addiction Questions Chapter 14 of The Freedom Model for Addictions talks about this in a way that people find quite helpful. However, because we do not have the space to place all 400+ pages of that text here, there is a lot more to quitting...

Does a brain get hijacked by being an addict or alcoholic?

You Asked, We Answered Addiction Questions In a word…NO. Brains change constantly. Any learned behavior or habit will change a brain. This is fact. But a brain that has adapted to drug or alcohol use does not “force” a person to continue to use – which is what the...

I saw your website and was a bit shocked. I’ve been in therapy for many years reviewing my past, and looking for the causes of my addiction. I feel like I’ve made some progress, but when I read some of the website, I realized that truthfully I’ve been spinning my wheels for years. The cause of my addiction is still unknown – can you help me?

You Asked, We Answered Addiction Questions Yes we can help you. Take a moment and read the following quote from The Freedom Model for Addictions. If this makes sense to you, then you are probably ready to move past the addiction and recovery trap you currently find...

I have a son in college who has been struggling with what we think is a Xanax addiction. At least that what we think it is. How do we get him into a rehab when he has told us he doesn’t have a problem? Can we force him to go?

You Asked, We Answered Addiction Questions   This is a common question. As you will read below, much of how and what parents feel in regards to a child’s issues may be heavily influenced by the recovery society’s insistence on portraying the worst of a parent’s...

I looked through your websites and I agree drug addiction and alcoholism is not a disease. But I do think it is a lack of control and strength. I’ve certainly felt weak and made the choice to get high again. So I think you are a bit off base here.

You Asked, We Answered Addiction Questions The Freedom Model for Addictions addresses this topic in great detail throughout the text. Here is a brief excerpt that makes the point that disease and the “lack of control” argument are the same thing: “Perhaps you are one...

Does mental illness cause addiction?

You Asked, We Answered Addiction Questions The answer can be found in Chapter 6 of The Freedom Model for Addictions: “The recovery ideology of “underlying causes” has these people completely confused. According to the Surgeon General’s 2016 report on addiction, 60% of...

I had a traumatic youth. It was extremely stressful and chaotic, and drugs became my answer. Today, I still find myself getting high as I try to deal with my traumatic past and lost relationships and my guilt. How do I deal with stress and trauma and also stay clean?

You Asked, We Answered Addiction Questions The Freedom Model for Addictions has an entire chapter devoted to these Learned Connections (stress and use, trauma and use, depression and use, anxiety and use, etc.).  Take a look: “When we are born, we are mental blank...

Does poverty cause addiction?

You Asked, We Answered Addiction Questions First it is important to note that there are no external causes of addiction. There are reasons that individuals internally decide to use heavily (living in poverty might be one of them) – but there is no external factor that...

What are the causes of addiction?

You Asked, We Answered Addiction Questions In order to answer your question, we must first define the word - causes, and then see if that is the correct term to explain why people use substances heavily. In Chapter 5 of The Freedom Model for Addictions, the authors...

Isn’t Addiction Genetic?

You Asked, We Answered Addiction Questions In a word – NO. Take a look from Chapter 3 of The Freedom Model for Addictions: “Many of our readers as well as their family members are convinced that addiction “runs in their family” and that there is some genetic...

How Do I Resist Craving?

You Asked, We Answered Addiction Questions To answer your question, you must first understand what a craving is from a logical standpoint. The Freedom Model for Addictions addresses this: “You don’t get cravings; rather, you actively crave, so no resistance is needed...

Why are drug and alcohol rates currently increasing in the US?

You Asked, We Answered Addiction Questions The simple answer is because we promote the idea that drugs and alcohol have power over the human’s free will. This myth drives the entire powerlessness narrative and keeps people immersed in the perpetual addiction –...

As a person who comes from a dysfunctional family, how do I get over my addiction? Do I need to replace my use with other activities, and do I need to fix my family life if I want to overcome my addictions for good? In other words, do I need a plan for my recovery? Does this make sense?

You Asked, We Answered Addiction Questions First off, this question presupposes that your addiction is somehow inherently caused by your life situation outside the realm of addiction – that being a dysfunctional family life. But the fact is this,whether your family...

Does Suboxone work for a heroin problem?

You Asked, We Answered Addiction Questions Suboxone is an unfortunate temporary distraction that eventually gives way to your desire to use heroin over the long haul. It provides a false sense of security and the illusion that you are “doing something about your...

Will Naltrexone help me get over my drinking problem?

You Asked, We Answered Addiction Questions Naltrexone is as effective as a placebo. Its success as a miracle drug for alcoholics is grossly overstated. If you want to take the drug, and you already desire a change in your habit, then taking the drug will have...

Every time I get high, I lose control. How do I stop this?!

You Asked, We Answered Addiction Questions The simple answer is to know that “loss of control” in regards to drug and alcohol use is a myth. Individuals take drugs and drink alcohol to the exact levels and in the exact amounts they want to take them (even though they...

Is Heroin more addictive than other drugs?

You Asked, We Answered Addiction Questions The answer is not as simple as yes or no because you are asking the wrong question. You should be asking is do drugs contain addictiveness like an orange contains vitamin C? The answer is no, they do not. In the first chapter...

*In cases of physical withdrawal, medical treatment and/or medical detoxification services may be necessary. Consult with a licensed physician..
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