Determining an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs is particularly difficult for the addict. After all, to accept a positive conclusion puts the onus of stopping on the addict.
When it comes to relapse from alcoholism, very little progress has been made since the whole idea of treatment began. In fact, relapse is more likely to occur today than 20 years ago and we can thank Big Pharma for that.
I'd like to share the truth about what causes alcoholism and addiction because quite frankly, the United States of America is faced with an epidemic.
As an addiction counselor, I am occasionally asked whether an alcoholic must remain abstinent or can they learn to drink in moderation, that is drink socially? In other words, “Will I always be an alcoholic?”
J’s rebuttal to the article 'Orthomolecular Medicine, too Logical to Fade, too Unprofitable to Promote.'
After losing my 17-year-old son to suicide immediately following his stay in a month long 12-step treatment program, I feel compelled to share the answers I finally found (too late for Robby) after years of searching for “Why treatment failed him?”
People seeking treatment for alcoholism are never told the US government figures for outcomes: 80 percent of treated alcoholics return to drinking less than one year after completing a traditional treatment program. Keep in mind 95 percent of the alcohol treatment programs operating today are traditional 12-step psycho/spiritual or psychological-based “clones” offering no biochemical repair.
Relationships are complex and no two cases are ever identical. The people we have in our lives and the relationships we form will change as we grow and heal during the recovery process. This is especially true for relationships during addiction recovery.
It’s not unusual for treatment centers to see a dip in their client populations during the holiday season. I suspect this happens because many hard-core drinkers see the holidays as a last chance societal-sanctioned reason to imbibe. Unfortunately hard-drinking holiday festivities sometimes set the stage for damaging consequences. Job loss, marital collapse, chronic health consequences, and DWI’s all manifest from the erratic behavior of a brain made toxic by the very powerful chemical of alcohol.