Alcoholics and drug addicts are often the last to see or admit that their addiction is out of control and destroying their lives. Over time, alcohol and drugs alter the brain, causing bizarre, irrational behavior to a degree that must be addressed. Left unchecked, an alcoholic/drug addict’s life may deteriorate in a number of ways: 

  • Job loss
  • Marital collapse
  • Health consequences
  • Incarceration, etc.

The best recourse we have when we see the lives of our friends and loved ones unraveling from a chemical addiction is to get them into treatment, do an intervention, bring in the addiction experts. Certainly that’s a logical course of action, and perhaps the only option available when confronting an issue as complicated and emotional as a chemical addiction. But guess what, in most cases the so-called experts fail.

What’s the Use?

Treatment has been shown time and again to be a useless exercise. It wastes both the time and money of those who seek it. Yet people repeat it over and over hoping somehow the outcome will be different. That, by the way, is a definition of insanity. What’s even more discouraging is the harm some programs do by prescribing new “psychiatric drugs” under the guise of treatment for coexisting mental disorders. People do not realize the extent of biochemical damage they’re receiving when they go through a dual-diagnosis treatment program.

It sounds ludicrous to think the drug treatment industry is contributing to many of the drug problems people face today, but it’s true. Dual-diagnosis programs are immoral, insidious traps designed to keep people on drugs for the rest of their lives. The only difference is, they call their drugs “meds,” but to the brain the imbalances produced are every bit as damaging and addictive as the chemicals sold on the street, and many of them are identical.

What’s the Answer

So then, if treatment isn’t the answer, what is? The answer is treatment, but not the nonsense promoted by the drug treatment industry, but rather authentic treatment by experts who understands the true definition of alcoholism and addiction. 

Several years ago Federal Court was asked to rule on how to properly classify alcoholism: as a mental disorder or physical disease. An expert for the Federal Government recognized on several occasions that “there exists no effective psychiatric treatment for alcoholism.” In his ruling, Judge Miles Lord noted the AMA calls alcoholism “the third leading cause of death in the U.S.” He went on to state “The court is unaware of any mental illness that so directly and persistently results in death. Disease of the body, if severe and continuing, will in time, affect the mind. The sole fact that a condition is accompanied by abnormal behavior does not justify its classification as mental.”

I admit, the government doesn’t get things right very often, but this time, they hit the nail on the head. Unfortunately, the treatment industry has yet to embrace this idea, so today you’ll find 95% of all the treatment programs focus on psychotherapeutic approaches to correct abnormal behavior. I invite you to scour the internet; you’ll find treatment program after treatment program selling a cornucopia of psychological therapies promoted as “treatment” along with psycho-spiritual programs chanting the 12-steps, all designed to talk, shock, and shame alcoholics/drug addicts into proper behavior and abstinence.

In my own experience, going to school to become a licensed LADC (Licensed Alcohol Drug Addiction counselor), I saw why the treatment industry looks this way. That’s all they teach.

Talk therapies:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Family-focused Therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy,
  • Rational Emotive Therapy, etc.


What I didn’t learn about, until after I graduated, were the many studies that showed the biochemical connection to alcoholism and addictions. Addictive chemicals change the brain causing great biochemical and sometimes structural distortions. Science defines alcoholism as a primary physical disease. The root cause is in genetics and chemistry.

Had I learned this in college, I might have asked how talking to an addict about their unsavory behavior, was going to fix the damaged brain producing that behavior? It sounds ridiculous, but it’s not a trick question?” It’s the primary approach of treatment today: sitting in a circle with alcoholics and drug addicts, reviewing past behavior. Now you know why conventional treatment programs fail so often.

Authentic Treatment

Authentic treatment comes when the treatment provider understands the true definition of alcoholism and addictions. Understanding the disease concept of alcoholism and addictions means acknowledging the many chemical distortions influencing the brain and body. These “physical” underpinnings are not altered by talk, no matter how skilled a therapist may be. The way back to sanity and stable brain function is through specific biochemical repair in accordance with the orthomolecular blueprint for life. Authentic treatment does not blindly prescribe drugs based on symptoms like a dual diagnosis program. Authentic treatment requires gaining some knowledge about a person's genetic history and running specific labs tests to identify and verify the biochemical imbalances driving the addiction.

When you do it right, authentic treatment brings big changes:

  • Cravings go away
  • Depression lifts
  • Anxiety reduces
  • Mood swings stabilize
  • Sleep normalizes


Does therapy still have a role in treatment?

Absolutely, but if you don’t restore the brain, and repair the chemical distortions producing the anomalous behavior, you may as well be talking to your cat.

I am grateful for Health Recovery Center and the director Joan Mathews-Larson, who taught me what the true definition of alcoholism is. Her books Depression Free, Naturally and Seven Weeks to Sobriety continue to elucidate the truth against the unethical objectives of the treatment industry. I hope this short essay will help some people find Dr. Joan Mathews-Larson’s clinic, Health Recovery Center. I have seen too many people waste their lives, or destroy them going in and out of conventional treatment programs (treatment clones). If you want your life, one time through Health Recovery Center is all it takes to get well and learn how to stay well and enjoy life.