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Unread 09-13-2009, 01:05 PM   #1
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"alcohol addiction is a disease" we've all heard that but many who say it don't appear to understand or believe it. For example here is a quote I pulled from a recent news article

“The treatment of alcoholism involves a complete psychological, spiritual and emotional shift,” wrote James West of the Betty Ford Center. “Victims of the disease are released at the core of their being from the compulsion to drink as the result of a conscious and unconscious adoption of a set of principles and values that set them free from the bondage of the disease. Naltrexone can do none of these things, nor was it ever designed or expected to.”


It sounds to me that James believes addiction results from poor principals and values and just throws in the word "disease" for effect. This link explains why addiction is a disease http://www.alcoholanswers.org/alcoho...uestions.cfm#1 and helps explain why medications can help.

Resistance to medical interventions for the treatment of addiction by traditional non-medical treatment approach providers, is preventing people from understanding all of their options. Most treatment centers do not even mention Naltrexone tablets or Vivitrol to their patients, even when their treatment has failed repeatedly. Maybe there is a profit motive? Maybe they just don't understand addiction and the related brain adaptations, or maybe they have become so anti-drug that they can't accept that any medication can be useful? Maybe they feel their own recovery accomplishment is somehow diminished if others can accomplish the same thing more easily and faster with the help of medications? Maybe miserly loves company and they want the repeated failure so they have a sense of purpose after each of their members relapses? I don't know maybe its a combination of all of these things??

So much is now known about addiction, and effective treatments exist. If you or a loved one is addicted, please start with your doctor, actually a doctor trained in treating addictions. Don't let the old myths and misunderstandings about addiction handicap yours or your loved ones chances at achieving sustained addiction remission.

Here is the source article for the quote above:
http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/...s-as-patients/

for a list of doctors near you, enter your zip code in the box on the upper right hand margin of this page or follow this link: www.alcoholanswers.org/local
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Unread 09-13-2009, 03:31 PM   #2
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"alcohol addiction is a disease" we've all heard that but many who say it don't appear to understand or believe it. For example here is a quote I pulled from a recent news article

“The treatment of alcoholism involves a complete psychological, spiritual and emotional shift,” wrote James West of the Betty Ford Center. “Victims of the disease are released at the core of their being from the compulsion to drink as the result of a conscious and unconscious adoption of a set of principles and values that set them free from the bondage of the disease. Naltrexone can do none of these things, nor was it ever designed or expected to.”


It sounds to me that James believes addiction results from poor principals and values and just throws in the word "disease" for effect. This link explains why addiction is a disease http://www.alcoholanswers.org/alcoho...uestions.cfm#1 and helps explain why medications can help.

Resistance to medical interventions for the treatment of addiction by traditional non-medical treatment approach providers, is preventing people from understanding all of their options. Most treatment centers do not even mention Naltrexone tablets or Vivitrol to their patients, even when their treatment has failed repeatedly. Maybe there is a profit motive? Maybe they just don't understand addiction and the related brain adaptations, or maybe they have become so anti-drug that they can't accept that any medication can be useful? Maybe they feel their own recovery accomplishment is somehow diminished if others can accomplish the same thing more easily and faster with the help of medications? Maybe miserly loves company and they want the repeated failure so they have a sense of purpose after each of their members relapses? I don't know maybe its a combination of all of these things??

So much is now known about addiction, and effective treatments exist. If you or a loved one is addicted, please start with your doctor, actually a doctor trained in treating addictions. Don't let the old myths and misunderstandings about addiction handicap yours or your loved ones chances at achieving sustained addiction remission.

Here is the source article for the quote above:
http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/...s-as-patients/

for a list of doctors near you, enter your zip code in the box on the upper right hand margin of this page or follow this link: www.alcoholanswers.org/local
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Dear Tim,
Thank you so much for this valuable information!

I for one wonder how my life could have changed sooner had I known about various treament options. I am just grateful that I did not give up, became my own advocate and finally found an addictions specialist who was aware of the current options !

Thank You !
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Unread 09-22-2009, 11:24 AM   #3
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Bumping thread - great info from Tim !
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Unread 09-23-2009, 06:20 PM   #4
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Thanks for the message Tim. Good to hear.
More options lead to better outcomes!
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Unread 09-30-2009, 12:56 AM   #5
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Hi,
You guy's alway's have great advice. I think it is important for anyone who come's to this site, to realize that everyone is different, and what work's for one may not work for another. But they can find out that they are not alone and I think that is Huge!
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Unread 10-03-2009, 03:28 PM   #6
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Hi Casey,
Good to see you posting, you have been missed ! I hope all is well with you. Take care, Carly : )
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Unread 10-16-2009, 10:28 PM   #7
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Hi Carly,

Thank You, I have had a few medical problem's - but feeling much better.

Glad to see all the Regular's are still here giving great advice. I think this forum is a Godsend to alot of people who really think they are alone and when they find out they are not , they are amazed!

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