Addictionism is a wonderful religion. You can have a blast taking drugs your whole life, and then when you’re old, you discover Addictionism (that is, you were actually a Drug Addict all along) and then you attend the Addictionist Church (AA) where you can hang out with others of the faith and laugh about the old times. While you can’t take drugs any more (or at least until your next relapse), you can do fun things like meditate and teach it to the middle age women who are bored with their lives and wander in to see what all the fuss is about. You can be their guru. Sometimes young people come in too, between or during relapses, and this is a good opportunity to demonstrate your ‘serenity’. They will certainly want what you have, even if they don’t realize it immediately, and even if it takes many years. And it just might. Here is one man’s story. Continue reading Some Assembly Required: Dan Mager Chooses Addictionism
Chronic excessive drinking is dangerously unhealthy, and can even cause death if stopped suddenly. However, if it’s a disease, then it’s pretty easy to cure. With medical supervision and a couple Valium, most alcoholics report a “surprisingly comfortable” detox experience. Continue reading Does addiction take away free will?
Heather Kopp thought she knew God and thought she was a good Christian. She believed in Jesus and even wrote books about her religion. But that wasn’t enough to protect her from a 12 year raging addiction to alcohol, which started with her second marriage at age 30. She describes this time in her life: “During all those years of drinking, I continued to write and edit Christian books. Publicly, I held forth on things like parenting and prayer, while privately I drank myself past sensibility. I knew I was a phony, a hypocrite, and a liar.” (p. 21) Continue reading Sober Mercies: Heather Kopp Discovers the God of Recovery
Cathryn Kemp was a world adventurer and best selling travel writer struck down in the prime of life with acute pancreatitis, which is the most painful disease known to man. At the same time she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Immediately it left her bedridden, and she developed chronic pancreatitis (a different but related disease), and had to move back home with her parents in the country side. She was an invalid for several years, and for the first 2 years she took increasing quantities of morphine to manage the pain. Then she switched to fentanyl, Continue reading Painkiller Addict: Cathryn Kemp’s Cravings and Lies
First of all, AA is *not* Christian. It is pagan. You can choose any Higher Power (god) you wish, and then you pray to it to remove your “cravings”. The First Commandment: You shall have no other gods before me. New AA members are often encouraged to choose inanimate objects or even the group itself (“Group Of Drunks”) as their HP. AA “theology” is incompatible with Christianity, even if many meetings take place in church basements, and even though some members insist it’s Christian.
Continue reading The Drinking Club
Every addict knows that while it’s hard to overdose on heroin alone, it’s pretty easy to kill yourself by mixing with alcohol. You have to be careful about that. Benzos and alcohol are also a deadly mix. Surely Cory Monteith, the beautiful young star of the hit TV show Glee, was aware of this. And yet, he died from exactly this cocktail, like so many other drug addicts. By all accounts, he didn’t intend to kill himself. The power of addiction was just too strong. He couldn’t resist the urge.
Continue reading Cory Monteith: The Cult of Powerlessness Claims Another Victim
Prominent Columbia neuroscientist Carl Hart busts many commonly accepted myths about drugs, including the Addiction Myth, in his new book High Times: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery that Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society.
Continue reading The Man Who Almost Cured Addiction
So what if AA is a Pagan cult? Whether or not you think alcoholism is a disease, AA helps people who are in a really bad spot and keeps them out of trouble. They are less likely to drink or do drugs while attending meetings and performing the 12 Steps. Why so stuck up on Christianity? What’s the problem here?
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“I drank so much that I couldn’t remember what happened afterwards, except I woke up in a stranger’s bedroom surrounded by empty condom wrappers and a guy snoring loudly next to me.”
The alcoholic will often claim “blackout”. We are supposed to take this as evidence that the drinker is compulsive and unable to control their intake. Excessive drinking to the point of memory loss is a symptom of the disease. After all, why would someone put themselves in that kind of situation intentionally?
Continue reading I call “Blackout”
Most people think Alcoholics Anonymous is a beneficial group that helps people recover from their their addiction to alcohol. It provides a safe, structured and open environment where people can discuss their problems and provide mutual support to stay clean, get better, and move on with their lives.
Continue reading School for Scoundrels
Let’s do an experiment. Take two groups of children. To one group you instruct:
Children, be careful around candy. Some people get addicted to candy. Here’s what happens: They start eating it and things seem ok at first, but after some time they find that they are unable to stop. Then, they eat all the candy, even though they are getting really fat and desperately want to stop. Even though they may not even really like the taste of the candy! For these children, the only solution is to completely ban candy from their lives. Otherwise they may succumb to the addiction again. It is a life-long struggle, although there are treatment programs for it.
Addiction is a terrible thing. The addict is desperate for drugs and does terrible things to get them. Once he has them he doesn’t give a damn about anyone or anything. It is as if his soul is possessed by the devil. Of course, we are not religious and we don’t believe that literally. There is a scientific explanation for why the addict acts with such malice. His goal is not to hurt people; he is lying and cheating and stealing to get the drug. Although the child seems like a demon, he is actually in the throes of a medical disease and must be dealt with compassionately. In fact, entire industries were created to treat and research this disease. If you want to find a rehab, there are many. It’s a tough disease, but it can be treated. Never cured, of course, but treated. And people get better.
Continue reading The Little Psychopath Could: How the Addiction Myth creates new Drug Addicts