Here’s a helpful list of ways to make sure you never solve your substance use problem.

1) Believe that you are powerless over drugs and alcohol.

2) Kick things off with 90 days or more in rehab, so you can get used to being there.

3) Think of all the things that will trigger you to use drugs again, and keep an eye out for them.

4) Make a plan on how to deal with your next slip or relapse.

5) Commiserate with others about how great drugs are and how much you miss getting high.

6) Don’t try to manage your life, sit back and pray to a higher power such as a doorknob, tree, or group of alcoholics to do that for you.

7) Build your entire social life around other people with substance use problems.

8) Remind yourself that you can only stay sober for one day at a time.

9) Refer to yourself as an addict or alcoholic every day for the rest of your life.

10) Believe that an incurable disease “hijacks your free will” and causes you to use drugs and alcohol.

This list obviously isn’t funny, it’s appallingly tragic.

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The Freedom Model and the Freedom Model Retreats, divisions of Baldwin Research Institute, Inc., do not provide any services that require certification by New York State’s Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. The information in this book is designed to provide information and education on the subject of substance use and human behavior. This book is not meant to be used, nor should it be used, to diagnose or treat any associated condition. The publisher and authors are not responsible for any consequences from any treatment, action, application, or preparation, by any person or to any person reading or following the information in this book. The publisher has put forth its best efforts in preparing and arranging this. The information provided herein is provided “as is” and you read and use this information at your own risk. The publisher and authors disclaim any liabilities for any loss of profit or commercial or personal damages resulting from the use of the information contained in this book.


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