the principles used by Rational Recovery are quite interesting and could be of value to anyone seeking help with an addiction problem.
these views are quite contrary to the traditional methods used for years, which continue today.
I see some good points that deserve consideration.
there are some people who could benefit from the RR approach;
among them are those who can't relate to 12 step programs.
Addiction recovery is not a group project; it is an individual responsibility. You are ultimately on your own.
• There are no Rational Recovery groups anywhere in the world! Your desire for “support” is nothing more, and nothing less, than a plan to get loaded in the absence of support.
There is nothing in your past, in your genes, in your brain, or in your
personality that compels you to drink or use. Using is voluntary,
• The sole cause
of your addiction is a voice in your head that tells you to “Do it!” in
a thousand different ways. That is your Addictive Voice.
• Personal problems don’t cause addiction; addiction causes your personal problems.
• Self-improvement does not result in addiction recovery. Recovery leads to self-improvement.
• You drink or use because you love to get high. Admit it!
• The worst possible way to quit something you love is one-day-at-a-time.
Stay away from recovery groups of all kinds; you can’t possibly recover
there. They’ll never let you go, and you’ll be “in recovery” forever.
Stay away from shrinks; most substance abuse counselors are members of
recovery groups, unable to trust themselves without evening
supervision. The rest have never been addicted, and can only guess at
what addiction is and what to do about it.
Your physician can’t help you with your addiction; he may even be
supporting it. Most refer to recovery groups, to which many of them
belong. However, they do have good treatments for withdrawal, if you are in danger of seizures.
• Consider that the real truth about addiction and recovery lies in the exact opposite of most popular beliefs.
• Recall your original family values, the ideas about right and wrong you knew by the age of 5 or 6. Those are your foundation for addiction recovery.
Your beliefs about God are fine, whether you believe or not. Sound,
sprititual growth may only follow AVRT-based recovery, when your
thoughts are not biased by the mandate of addiction.
• AVRT-based recovery is as difficult as you make it, and takes as long as you choose.
• If you won’t trust yourself, why should anyone else?