Powerlessness as Religion

Addiction is neither a disease nor a moral failing.  It is a religion whose followers idolize drugs and alcohol in their youth, and then (typically in middle age when they’ve gotten too old for those games) decide to pursue the virtues of ‘peace and serenity’.  It is a spiritual journey akin to the Buddhist practice of identifying ‘cravings’ and then renouncing or denying them through a process of enlightenment.  Thus AA maintains a kinship with Eastern philosophies and practices, such as Buddhism and yoga.

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The Problem of the Jews: a Lesson in Brainwashing Propaganda

The Nazis were masterful with propaganda.  If you would question a well-intentioned German citizen on his political beliefs and Nazi policy, he might respond: “Perhaps some of your criticisms are valid.  But vat else can ve do about ze problem of ze Jews?  If you have no solution, zen you are just part of ze problem.” Continue reading The Problem of the Jews: a Lesson in Brainwashing Propaganda

The Morning Slayer

Mornings suck without meth.  Caffeine helps but it’s not the same thing.  With meth you just snort a bump and immediately you’re fine.   Then pop a pill, which will kick in after an hour, and you’re good for the next half day.  It obliterates any trace of tiredness or fatigue without making you feel hyper or jittery.  Relaxed, in fact, and you’re ready to take on the world.   Continue reading The Morning Slayer

Satan’s Chunky Excrement

I am powerless to refrigerated cookie dough. When I go to the supermarket, I have no intention of buying it. I’m not even hungry. And I know exactly what I need and have no business being in that section. And yet I find myself there, staring at the packages. Triple chocolate? Brownie fudge? Peanut butter delight? I can’t decide. I’ll take all 3. Don’t worry I won’t eat them all. Not tonight, not all in one sitting. Continue reading Satan’s Chunky Excrement

The Brainwashed and the Liar: Constance Scharff, Richard Taite and the Never- Ending Addiction

Addiction has always been a terribly difficult condition to treat. Even if you can get an addict to recognize they have a problem, and even if you can get them into treatment, and even if they stick with it — they are still very likely to relapse several times. Especially the young ones. Sometimes nothing seems to help, and the pain and desperation of the addict and their loved ones only increases. Finally, Taite and Scharff outline a lifetime treatment for this terrible affliction in their new book, Ending Addiction for Good: The Groundbreaking, Holistic, Evidence-Based Way to Transform Your Life. Addiction is now easily fixable, like having a broken arm. “There’s no reason to be addicted any more.” (Taite)  They are so sure of their solution, in fact, that treatment is guaranteed.
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Some Assembly Required: Dan Mager Chooses Addictionism

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

Sober Mercies: Heather Kopp Discovers the God of Recovery

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

Painkiller Addict: Cathryn Kemp’s Cravings and Lies

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

The Drinking Club

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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