Activism

If you would like to expose the Addiction Myth in your own community, here is a half-page flyer to hand out at your local  AA meeting.  You can attend any meeting marked as “Open” – you do not need to call yourself an alcoholic.  It is up to the policy of the group as far as whether you may participate.  I have also gone to “Closed” meetings and have not been kicked out, even though I did not call myself an alcoholic.  Consider the type of group before handing out the flyer — it may be preferable to give it only to the group leaders/officials.  I also target newcomers and court-carders after the meeting (assuming they appear sane).

Send an email to NIDA/NIH and tell them whether you think addiction is a disease or a religion.  It’s your tax money, after all.

 

The Alcoholism Myth

Excessive drinking is a choice – not a compulsion or disease. It always has a simple explanation: jealousy, resentment, anger, loneliness, lust, or fear of aging. Drinking too much? What pains you? What do you do when drunk? Here you’ll find the answer. Fictional Big Book stories obscure this fact by depicting excessive drinkers as helpless victims. Bill W. was not an addict – he used alcohol to conceal his “scrapes” with women.

Addiction is not real: All heroin addicted Vietnam vets kicked the habit on the flight home. Highly addicted rats in a cage show little interest in the drug once they are restored to a natural environment, despite severe withdrawal symptoms. In humans, withdrawals can be alleviated medically.

Addiction has no scientific basis. Our knowledge of addiction is based entirely on the subjective reports of lifelong liars, self-proclaimed ‘master manipulators’ and professional actors.

Addiction” is merely the Power of Suggestion: We were taught as a children: if you take drugs you might not be able to stop. This becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

AA speakers – often actors, writers, and admitted liars – embellish stories and leave out details to exaggerate the power of addiction. They model the relapse cycle through middle age; then ‘discover’ AA, accept God and seek forgiveness.

Abstinence causes binging behavior. AA promotes the relapse cycle of abstinence and binging. Permission of drinking among alcoholics actually reduces violence and injuries.

AA is a haven for psychopaths, liars, criminals, and predators who find a convenient rationalization for their mischief and potential new victims. During the meeting, they fantasize about the destruction they will cause the next time they become ‘powerless’ under the cravings. (For them, Alcoholism is modern day Demon Possession.)

Though it offers valuable fellowship, AA is a cult that creates alcoholics. The first step is classic brainwashing: “I am powerless”. You have the disease and we have the cure. Bill W. sexually exploited vulnerable newcomers.

“Alcoholism” is a Modern Delusion that hurts everyone: ‘Addicts’ waste years fighting a fake disease. Families waste valuable resources on expensive and ineffective treatments. Substance Abuse Treatment is an “Essential Benefit” under the Affordable Care Act – now a tax on everyone. Violent wars are fought around the world to protect us from “addiction”.

You are not required to identify as alcoholic.

Simply say: My name is ______ and I drink too much.

You are not powerless. Don’t promote the myth.

For more information and FREE treatment for alcoholism and addiction:

AddictionMyth.com – info@AddictionMyth.org

16 thoughts on “Activism”

  1. I would like to see your sources sited for the Bill W, Crowley connection. Just out of intrigue, not to dispute or disprove any of your claims here. I’ve been in the program and seen a lot of bullshit that has made me withdraw from it, I am able to drink in moderation. Had a beer, walked by a liquor store and didn’t buy more beer. Lol. Just a beer after work. So. Basically I’m interested in the expansion of this websites idea if you could provide information on those sources.

    1. I feel like much time has been wasted in believing I had no control over my choices and will power, I was just a kid that used drugs to mask pain and shame of a tough upbringing and needed to relearn how to approach life. And I did, now I can have a beer here and there.

  2. I have broken away from AA and I feel happy for the first time in a long time. I stopped dating woman in AA and thought my life revolved around “the program”. I attend MM Moderation Management and have found a happy balance in my life which includes a new wonderful girlfriend, plenty of golf, work, piano, etc. I am also in therapy and am dealing with some of the issues that resulted in heavy binge drinking. AA is not for everybody alcohol problems are not the same for everybody and treatment has to be different. It’s like a spectrum just like autism. This is a great site. I do drink a few beers on occasion and that is part of the balance of my life.

    1. Good for you Marc. My hat is off to you. I hope that your life of moderation is a long blessed and happy life.

  3. A great meeting to show up at to distribute your literature , where you would find the exact reception you are looking for would be the Men’s Nooner in Portland, ME. You’d get a kick out of them.

  4. Sounds to me like we don’t need to worry about taking any habit forming drugs like heroin , coke, morphine and all the rest…..The only thing you have to do is say Pressto and no more cravings , sweats , pain or mental confusion…….What a wonderful thing

    1. That’s right. You don’t have to worry about taking them because you can take them any time you want. And when you are ready to withdraw, it is very easy under medical supervision. No more crime, mischief, debauchery under the claim of “withdrawals and cravings”. Now you will have to take responsibility for your behavior. Sorry.

  5. you cannot hand out non related things at an aa meeting its against the traditions. even an aa member cant come in and hand out flyers that arent aa material

  6. You seem to have difficulty separating the causes of addiction and the addiction itself.

    For instance, anger being a cause for excessive drinking. Yes, it may well be. So, what? Does that disprove the existence of Alcoholism as a real addiction? How?
    And maybe some alcoholics are just naturally angry people with or without alcohol. But ask yourself this – which is more problematic, an angry person who never drinks or an angry person who drinks excessively every single day?

    1. Hey John,
      After reading a lot of this material, and then your comment, I would like to say I truly know for a fact that I drink out of extreme anger. I was, mind you, not born ‘naturally angry’ as you pointed out could be possible, and I do not believe anyone is born ‘naturally angry”. My anger is from initially being emotionally/sexually abused growing up and simply having no boundaries as a result, and after a few decades went by, more and more people used me up etc as a result of my lack of boundaries, and anger just overcame me for how I was treated by others. That being said, I would like to say, I temporarily do not feel my anger when drinking. I do realize that at times I do drink to excess, but thankfully I am not the angry drunk, tho I do know exactly what you were getting at… they are the worst…..I have decided that instead of dealing with my drinking (which in my case was a ‘symptom/result’), to rather deal with my broken emotional state, and my lack of proper boundaries with others. I truly believe that as that resolves, or at the least improves, that my drinking will no longer concern me as it will very likely diminish to appropriate non-health threatening levels.

      I have an old book titled “What You Can Change… And What You Can’t” by Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D. (woopdy doo i hate doctors) and I was pretty impressed with it. It is a book compiling outcome-based studies on all sorts of issues, alcoholism being one of them. It does say based on the studies done through the years that an excessive drinker rarely quits for life, and the only real thing that should be expected is to be able to get it under control. At any rate, a study was done which I found to be quite interesting and refreshing.
      I quote the book on one such study –
      “100 married ‘alcoholic’ males were divided into 2 groups. The first group was given elaborate year-long counseling and social work, introduction to AA, aversion therapy with drugs, drugs to alleviate withdrawal, as well as free access to inpatient medical treatment. The second group was given ONE session of advice, involving the drinker, his wife, and a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist told the couple that the husband had alcoholism and that he should abstain from all drinking. Further, he should stay in his job, and the couple should try to stay together. One year later it should be noted that BOTH groups were doing EXACTLY the same, that is about 25% had improved. ” (Point being hey,….. we are adults), “and the theme was that recovery ‘lay in the couple’s own hands and could not be taken over by others.”

      These studies completely back up what the author of this blog is saying, He seems to be one of those ‘pull yourselves up by your own bootstraps’ kind of guy, like my husband. Which is clearly a good idea, but is not always possible, as not all people possess the basic inner-workings to do so, reasons variable, BUT I do believe those said inner-workings can be learned and or improvised given the RIGHT assistance (if it is so desired), (so author of this blog, don’t reem me out and call me a pussy k)?

      I take these studies as meaning that in many cases (not talking about the narcissistic or psychopathic ones) people just really need to address what is really bothering them inside, emotional pains etc, and that drinking will likely normalize if one doesn’t feel a disaster on a day to day basis…

      That being said I want people who read this comment to realize I did not include the narcissistic type, or the psychopathic type as they are truly free-range assholes who don’t give a hoot about anyone. I am merely speaking for the ‘self-medicating’ population out there. And another thing, we ‘self-medicating’ or other similar types, are NOT sending out ‘the cry for help’. Man I hate that phrase more than almost anything that has ever ever been said to me about the ’emotionally distraught ‘disturbed’ or any other such label. We are NOT as the so-called ‘sane’, “crying out for help’. That is the single most insulting thing that has ever been said to me about drug use, drinking or self-cutting (I’m not a cutter by the way). Those people are coping. Leave them alone, or at least don’t make them feel like they are ‘attempting suicide’. They aren’t. They are simply trying to temporarily stop the emotional pain, and they are succeeding, THIS is why they HIDE their cutting, etc. If it was a ‘cry for help’ they would be doing it in full view of everyone. (That is unless they are seriously cracking up, in which case they still probably do not want help, they are simply ‘reacting’ to their current emotional state, which is off the charts, and are in too much pain to realize they are scaring the b-jesus out of everyone.) Clearly it is not the best way, but it is a way, for now. If they want help, it’s out there in droves. The problem with all this so called ‘help’ is that most of it is insulting. We are called ‘diseased’ and ‘mentally ill’, which has heaped huge amounts of damage on the already emotionally devastated individual. It removes the last shreds of self-worth or confidence that we have. We are not lesser. We are not diseased, we are hurting. No, it does NOT give us license to hurt others and I will never say it does. I do realize though in hind-sight that others have been hurt by my actions/or state of being because they wanted ME to not hurt and they didn’t know how to help me. So they hurt because I hurt. Not the same thing as (narcissistics and psychopaths stealing from or cussing out your family members etc). Just the fact that they have to watch us struggle. Hey everyone struggles, this is so true, not minimizing any non-drug user or non-drinking person’s struggles or pains. I admire them for facing life fairly sober or always so, and being pretty level-headed. In fact I envy those people. I strive to be like them. But I still have dignity. I have loads of them as friends. They love me, and I love them, I don’t steal and trash out others for a bottle of wine for craps sake.

      Just saying….Also I did not mean for this answer to get so long and off the beaten path, just want to finish off by saying that I realize that everyone is super busy trying to make it in this world but that no one should feel guilt because they couldn’t ‘do enough’ to ‘help’ their friend or family member who was into drugs or alcohol etc. It’s OK for you to live your life and not be entrenched in ours. It’s OK to not be able to be all things to all people. Just tell us you love us, if you do, and hug us, and let us work it out. Don’t insult us by acting as if we need to be hospitalized and sent to the funny farm. That being said, I suppose there is a line, and there are some that should be, but not near as many as are being pigeon-holed into this BS diagnoses and subsequent ‘treatment’, which is really often just MORE mental/emotional abuse and a stripping of one’s dignity and what’s left of their inner-strength. Boy I hope that made sense. Thanks John!!!! (if you ever read this reply)

      1. Right on Girl! I can tell you’ve given this a lot of thought. It’s as if a lot of those thoughts came out of my head!

    2. This guy is an idiot! I knew heroin addicts who came home from Vietnam and they di NOT kick the habit on the plane ride home, some never did & died! There’s proof in the millions of recovered addicts & alcolocs. You want facts, there are the FACTS!

  7. Some studies are fnllaiy recognizing that people who have addictive personalities and do drugs are self-medicating. There is a biological craving or need and self-medicating brings about a different feeling and a different physical reaction than it does with people who do not have addictive personalities.Starting to do the drugs is a choice; becoming addicted is not.

    1. Becoming addicted is a direct result of a choice or choices made by an individual especially if a person knows how addictive a substance is capable of being if used so how is becoming addicted to a drug not a choice?

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