Monday, May 16, 2011

Recovering Addict vs. Cured Addict

Hi, my name is Dan and I'm an alcoholic a former alcoholic.

Thanks for stopping by and welcome to my addiction blog.

When landing in a rehab hospital 17 years ago, one of the first things my fellow addicts and I were told was that addiction is an "incurable disease" which we could only learn to control, at best. The concept didn't set well with me then, nearly two decades ago, and it still doesn't.

Addiction treatment hasn't changed a lot in the last twenty years. Most addiction professionals will still swear up and down that no addict or alcoholic can ever be cured and will forever remain in a state of recovery. They will have you believe that every addict is always just one drink or pill away from relapse, ruination and an early grave. Addicts are simply far too fragile and helpless to ever hope to defeat our addiction, they assure us. Our only hope is through rehab, group therapy, and attending 12 Step meetings for the rest of our lives. While this approach might be helpful for some people – and I’m not saying it isn’t – attending A.A. meetings and 12 Step programs isn't for everyone.

But there is a simpler way. If conventional treatment methods haven't worked for you or a loved one, then you're not alone. There are many of us who have learned to beat addiction on our own and countless others still searching for answers. This is a place to post questions, exchange views, or share your personal story with others.