There are many people and organizations in our
culture who are trying very hard to make sure
that addictions are NOT seen as a disease or as
the result of genetic or biological
predisposition. These people have a strong
personal and social interest in an entirely
non-physiological model of addictive human
behavior. Their perspective of social problems
is based primarily on a philosophical
orientation with a social perspective, heralding
socio-political correctness as its goal.
Throughout history, a great many people and
institutions have tried to help alcoholics and
addicts. Currently, there are thousands of
different programs in the United States trying
to help those people who have a social or
personal problem with drugs or alcohol. Yet, the
success rate for these programs is
extraordinarily low considering the effort and
Today, drug treatment and rehabilitation centers
are typically operating on the belief that
social or philosophical factors are causing the
addictive behavior, and that if we could change
an addict's belief system, or his social support
structure we could end his addictive behavior.
And yet, the success an individual attains,
typically doesn't last as long as the treatment.
This superficial view comes from our social
orientation which maintains that addiction is
the result of bad personal choices, weak
character, and anti-social or irreligious
Yet, successful recovery programs prove that
addiction is a neurologically based disease.
Accepting this should be one of the first steps
in any recovery program. If the problems you
suffer stem from severe alcoholism or addiction,
you must accept that these problems are not
primarily mental or free will issues.
Addictions are not about will power. The
problems facing addicts, alcoholics, and their
families are miserable, disgusting, and
infuriating. They are often hopelessly
discouraging. But to imagine that an addict
"could change if he wanted to"
is a serious misunderstanding of the long term
dynamic of addictive disorder.
The reason addicts have lost control is because
they have suffered permanent physical
neurological changes based in their brains
and nervous systems. The disorder manifests in
long term obsessive-compulsive behaviors outside
the realm of the addicts own control. It is true
enough that the use of chemicals begins with
chosen behavior. But if alcoholism or addiction
develops, the problem has moved outside the
realm of free choice. It has developed into a
long term mental and physical
neurological disorder. Addiction is based in
physical dependency created by altered
neurotransmitter balances, and driven by
millions upon millions of new living,
functioning active neurological pathways which
have been established to sustain the condition
in the addicts brain. The new neurological
pathways are permanently established, and they
will not just disappear.
We, at Biotherapy Alternative Medicine Clinic,
believe in a comprehensive approach. Our
recovery programs are designed to address mental
and physical aspects of addictions, helping our
clients to overcome their harmful addictions and
finally gain control of their lives.
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