The Plain Honest Truth About Alcoholism and Chemical Addiction Treatment
Working as a treatment counselor in the field of toximolecular addictions (alcohol and drugs) I recognize the dilemma people face when selecting a program to recover from the progressive deterioration of an addiction, or to put it another way, when your life falling apart, who ya gonna call? The goal is, of course: “Recovery,” and although it is no secret, some folks may not know that most treatment programs fail to deliver whatever they think that word means … Abstinence? Stability? Wellbeing? … dream on.
The sea of confusion centered around toximolecular addictions (alcohol and drugs) has left a great many people disenchanted with the whole treatment industry … and it’s hard to blame them. Treatment has digressed into a money-making revolving door of nonsense. Consider what you get. Number one, therapy. Lots and lots of “talk” from a strangers who want to analyze you, and reshape your thinking and behavior … as if your mental attitude or your personality is the reason you can’t stop chasing alcohol/chemicals. WRONG! Science knows it’s the gradual altering of the brain from toximolecular chemicals that shape your behavior and attitudes. Dr. George Valliant spent his whole life in the field’s longest running study to explain this very thing. He then went on to write a book called The Natural History of Alcoholism to share his findings: There is no alcoholic personality, hence therapy is not a viable choice for treating alcoholism or chemical addictions.
Sure, therapy can augment treatment as a way to integrate someone back into society and address the aftermath of psychological damage produced by a brain distorted by toximolecular chemicals, but contrary to all the college educated psychologists and talking heads, therapy does not treat a chemical addiction. A toximolecular chemical addiction refers to the ongoing need to support a state perpetuated by an imbalance of physical molecules. Therapy is just words, and words, no matter how inspirational or moving, do not repair the chemical damage addictive substances cause. The only reason up and coming counselors are taught this nonsense (i.e. therapy is treatment) is to maintain a workforce needed to perpetuate the money-making revolving door where no one recovers or gets well. Good for business, not so good for people.
But that’s not the whole enchilada. The treatment industry also dispenses psychiatric drugs, lots and lots of drugs to address depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, irritability… the list goes on and on. The range of possibilities considered appropriate for prescribing psychiatric drugs to an alcoholic or addict can be found in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual-5 (DSM-5), psychiatry’s bible for diagnosing mental disorders, and the reference guide insurance companies use to payout for drugs. The treatment industry refers to this marriage of therapy and drugs as Dual-Diagnosis. What a scam!
Personally I don’t think swapping out your primary addiction chemical(s) for new doctor prescribed toximolecular concoctions is a good trade. Not just because I’ve seen hundreds of people who have been harmed by Big Pharma’s chemical garbage, but because psychiatric drugs only elicit a positive response for a short time (weeks, maybe months) and then … its back to alcohol or the primary chemical, with a new monkey on your back. Again, good for business (Big Pharma’s business) not so good for the customer.
So, who ya gonna call?
First understand, the plain honest truth is depression, anxiety, and mental health disorders are NOT diseases, they’re symptoms. Symptoms brought on by either a shortage of important molecules in the brain/body, or an excess of toxic chemicals (most likely both). Alcoholism, recognized as a disease by the AMA and WHO, does indeed present unique genetic markers, but also stems from a complex conglomeration of biochemical distortions: abnormal glucose metabolism, candida, pyroluria, abnormal histamine, toxic metal burden, wipeout of important biochemical cofactors, etc. In this light alcoholism is a complex symptom-rich disease stemming from multiple biochemical anomalies … and they all have one thing in common: they can not be talked away. Adding more toximolecular chemicals to the mix (in the form of psychiatric drugs) is not going to work either. So why gamble your life, and invest time and money on therapy and psychiatric drugs?
The answer lies in testing (not the psychometric questionnaires psychologists use, but real lab tests) to determine what is out of balance: which life-supporting chemicals need to be restored and which toxic chemicals need to be removed, and then, getting down to the business of fixing it. So, who ya gonna call: Health Recovery Center.