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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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
All of the best-selling accounts of addiction turn out to be fakes. This is true of James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces, The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, and Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey through his Son’s Addiction by David Sheff. Why is that? If you read this site, you already know the answer: because addiction is a myth, and therefore any account of it must be fictional or fraudulent.
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There is a multi-billion dollar medical industry dedicated to studying the science of ‘addiction’. However, this is an exercise in futility. There is no such thing as addiction (defined as an uncontrollable compulsion to drink/drug). All they can show is that parts of the brain light up when people who use drugs see pictures of them, e.g. cocaine, etc. Surprise, surprise! I’m sure my brain would light up when I see a donut. But I’m not addicted to them. (Well maybe a little.)
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