Is Addiction a Disease?

“Non-12 Step Addiction Treatment Philosophy” Palisades of Malubu.

Not with me!

I believe in 12-Step Recovery. If you wanna it will work.

Some professionals and lay people say addiction is a disease. Some say No, it’s a choice. Just like the Non-12 Step idea just above. Some say yes, some say no. I know a well run 12 step program, especially with a hard working sponsor can produce as good or better results as any other platform.

“Unlike other rehab centers, we don’t believe that addiction is a disease,” says Palisades spokesperson. “Our research shows that people become dependent on drugs and alcohol because of one of these four causes:

1. A chemical imbalance
2. Events of the past you have not reconciled
3. Current conditions you can’t cope with
4. Things you believe that aren’t true”

Folks – addiction is a progressive and deadly disease. If not treated correctly and necessary changes are not made for the patient, client, sufferer, addicted: the person could die.

I do agree with items 1-4 just above.

I do agree with the common goal of treatment as Chris Prentiss states it: “Our goal is to find out what’s driving you to use drugs or alcohol. Once we locate the cause of your addiction, we will begin the work to heal it. Our entire program revolves around accomplishing this goal using an advanced one-on-one approach to therapy.” Passages Malibu.

I’ve described several times on this blog that “there can be no long term behavior change unless “core permission-granting AOD/CTC beliefs are changed first. You can read all about it in the continuing education piece in my catalog.

If you buy that for self-help I will give you coaching if you choose. Just call or email me.

Court mandated clients can go along with the program faking it as they continue to use alcohol and other drugs in treatment. The sad part of this is that they never give themselves a chance to change their beliefs and show themselves that they can live without AOD. How’s that for irony?

Regarding the disease idea, sure; this behavior can lead to disease, addiction and all kinds of other personal, relationship and legal problems. Drinking or using AOD is a choice.

So, it’s a behavior choice that if repeated enough will lead to disease, addiction and possibly death.

If you want help with your problem or for a loved one buy the book or CEU piece in the catalog. Or, call me now at 808 385 4550. Remember the time difference as I’m on Maui – enjoying sobriety.