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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

interesting top 10

good article from defeat addiction.org

Top 10 Reasons Addiction Is NOT A 'Treatable' Involuntary Incurable Progressive Brain DISEASE
1-Alcoholics don't always lose control of themselves whenever they are exposed to the object of their addiction

2-All medical treatments for alcoholism have consistently been proven ineffective). Alcoholics are three times as likely to succeed long-term without medical treatment.Treatment actually hinders the normal natural recovery process

3-Alcoholism usually does not last a lifetime. Alcoholics almost always mature out of addiction: With dependency being highest in mid-twenties then dropping sharply in late-thirties and reaching as low as 1% in the early sixties

4-No biological or genetic mechanisms have ever been clearly identified that account for addictive behavior

5-No scientific research suggests or supports the hypothesis that neurobiological factors initiate volition

6-Chronic alcoholics can moderate their drinking, while others returned to drinking responsibly

7-The majority of the offspring of chronic alcoholics do not become alcoholics themselves

8-The alcoholic brain rapidly heals itself and returns to normal upon abstinence

9-No research disputes that alcoholism takes a great deal of time to develop

10-Everyone has the God given gift of free will and moral choice

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6 comments:

Shadow said...

am i missing something here??? this makes no sense????

Fireman John said...

the only one i disagree with is #6,
that many of us can moderate or return to social use...i know i can't

Shadow said...

also no. 3 though... the latest stats on alcohol abuse here is that the highest age group of abusers seems to be 40+????

Anonymous said...

Cancer is a disease; you can't wake up and say "Today, I will not have cancer."

Alcoholics CAN wake up and say "Today, I will not have a drink."And they can DO it.

I am the offspring of a recovering alcoholic. I am the widow of an alcoholic. The use of alcohol by others has caused some of the greatest pain in my life. But I am encouraged by those like you John, who fight the good fight. Press on.

Becca6296 said...

"Whether such a person can quit upon a nonspiritual basis depends upon the xtenet to which he has already lost the power to choose whether he will drink or not. Many of us felt that we had plenty of character..."
pg 34
Alcoholikcs Anonymous

This concept keeps me the halls and taking what I want and need and leaving the rest for the zealouts within and the rational recoverers elsewhere.
Thanks for you great post.

Becca6296 said...

ps in response to Anonymous I wonder if she has a choice or not whether to wake up a codependent and how her relationships are fairing

 
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