“Hit and Myth of Addiction”

In which the author pretends that he is clearing up some general misconceptions, in order to repeat every last bogus piece of completely non-controversial, culturally ingrained conventional addiction “wisdom” that everyone has already believed for generations: “What I do want to do,” he says, “is lash out at some of the myths, old wives’ tales and sheer rubbish surrounding addiction.” You know this is going to be a trenchant piece when the first myth he tackles is: “If it’s legal, it can’t be that bad.”

Drug hell memoirs often make for self-indulgent, voyeuristic vic-lit (victim literature). And that includes A Million Little Pieces by James Frey, although the artistically embroidered bits were entertaining enough.

So why then more about addiction?

Well, because I need to tell you about the “hideous Four Horsemen – Terror, Bewilderment, Frustration, Despair,” as the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book terms them. And how, after battling them for a decade or more, they trotted away for a bit. Then came thundering back with a diabolical fury that saw me go on to autopilot and, in a moment of utter insanity in mid-2009, pick up a bottle of vodka and shamble down the Via Dolorosa.

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  • MikeAugustine

    Of course the author opens the article by sharing his own ESH. Typical. And he’s full of it when he refutes myth 4 (laziness). Anybody living in meetings is shiftless and lazy. And caffeine-induced busy bodiness does not a productive person make.

  • Lucy

    FTG- and to your commentary I would add “and quotes directly from the Big Book without disclosing his source.”

  • stop beating me to all the great stories FTG!!!

    This piece truly is a treasure trove of bullshit. My head would actually explode if I tried to analyze every lie, manipulation, and distortion contained in it. I love how these people actually pretend they’re presenting something new and informative when they say this stuff. Like someone’s gonna read it at this point and say “I never heard that addiction is a disease”.

    Here’s a quote I like:
    “Some say addicts can stop any time. They represent the choice model, and I tend to think of them as flat-Earthers. In the other corner, you have the disease model, subscribed to by a vast armada of addiction experts, neurobiologists, addicts and, increasingly, laymen.”

    Flat earthers.

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  • causeandeffect

    I really couldn’t stomach all the step speak in this. I didn’t read all of it. What disturbs me is the idea that people who have long term sobriety just go on autopilot and drink again. I’ve heard that in the roomz and simply don’t believe it. If I were to ever drink again (and I really don’t want to) I would never say I went on autopilot. I would have to thoroughly examine what led up to it so it could at least be a learning experience. It sounds as if this guy really believed his disease had been doing push ups in the parking lot for years which is a deadly, deadly concept.

  • Vera

    Learning from an experience would require thinking, and we all know what AA’s think about thinking.

  • Lucy
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  • AnnaZed

    Just a historic note; Hitler was tea-total and Churchill was by anyone’s measure what we would call an alcoholic: http://www.winstonchurchill.org/learn/myths/myths/he-was-an-alcohol-abuser

    just sayin’

  • flannigan

    Did this article actually state “that if you are addicted to one pychoactive substance, you are addicted to them all- even the ones that you have never even tried”? What? How can one be addicted to something that one has never tried? Am I missing something or is this guy totally backwards? And this is the state of the alcohol/substance abuse treatment industry? Stunning.

  • MikeAugustine

    Jeepers, eddie, half the people on that vid look like they could use a meeting….

  • AndyM

    The brain-damaged prose of Bill W is really something, isn’t it? Reader’s Digest meets the Book of the Apocalypse.

  • AndyM

    Anna,I,d say that Churchill was an heroic alcoholic. He drank more than I could ever manage in a day for breakfast.

  • AnnaZed

    Churchill was heroic in every way. His ideas were very unpopular before the war. The world almost didn’t have him at the helm when he was so vital and needed.

  • andy m, you said it.

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  • humanspirit

    There’s quite a funny anecdote about Churchill. Apparently some woman at a reception said to him disgustedly, “You;re drunk!”. His reply was, “And you, Madam, are ugly, but I’ll be sober in the morning”.

    (Not sure how true it is, but it’s a good line.)

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  • chris

    was this guy tackled, tied down to a bed and MADE TO STOP BY AA, or did he put it down himself. blame the “DISEASE”, who`s doin push-ups WAITING TO GET YA, then give credit to AA, or maybe i should say AA TAKING CREDIT for YOU NOT USING IT. Ridiculous. i dont like liver, maybe AA can take credit for me NOT EATING LIVER, its about the same thing. is liver doing push-ups and WAITING TO GET ME TOO?

  • Tameka

    I read through your article and found it to be amazing. Myths like this tend to be so damaging because they create negative effects in those trying to recover. I’m really happy that this article was posted as I’m doing research on the many myths surrounding rehab and addiction.

    Should anyone else be interested to see how this would help others here’s the page I looked at https://www.pbinstitute.com/rehab-myths/

    I hope this can assist with someone if they are struggling with coming to terms with addiction and rehab.