What a Concept!
Since the birth of Rational Recovery 30 years ago, during the Reagan Administration, I have been saying, “If Nancy Reagan had said “Just say never,” instead of “Just say no,” I think we would be in far better shape these days. Nancy's outmoded slogan lingers today as a relic of the 1980’s, another bogus idea based on misguided sentimentalism. Her views were shaped by mainstream thinking on addiction and recovery, so how could she have known that "Just say no," leaves the door wide open to eventual "yesses," and if one is addicted, "no" means later — any time that seems just right for a gratifying relapse?
It took an out-of-the-box thinker, Donald Trump, to focus national attention on planned, permanent abstinence as the very best prevention of addiction. By asking the young men and women to raise their hands for the pledge, he introduced the concepts of personal honor and individual responsibility to the addiction recovery field. Until now, only Rational Recovery has emphasized those elements as the foundation for addiction recovery. Although he sees clearly that planned, permanent abstinence is the only sure prevention for addiction, Mr. Trump may not be fully aware that planned, permanent abstinence, in the manner he demonstrated onstage in Wassau, is also the only known remedy for chronic addiction to alcohol and other drugs.
Donald's interest in addiction was kindled by the death of his older brother, Freddy, who died in 1981 from addiction related causes. Without investigating the circumstances surrounding his addiction and death, I will conjecture that our health and social service systems failed Freddy, and failed the Trump family as well. They are the same circumstances that surround every addicted person in the USA, in recovery or not, including yours truly, who was also headed toward an early, ignominious death in 1981. It doesn't matter what Freddy was addicted to, or what his childhood was like, or what medical, familial, or other disposing factors may have been involved, or what his attitude toward therapeutic or remedial services were. The fact remains that just by living in the false, cultural narrative of addiction and recovery, cultural recoveryism, Freddy and the rest of us have been provided a huge, soft, emotional mattress that would forgive our self-intoxication in perpetuity, and shift responsibility for continued drinking/using onto others. If he attended any recovery groups, he was prohibited him taking the same pledge that Donald asked onstage in Wassau, because that would have been denial of his alleged disease. He would have been warned that his desire to summarily quit, altogether and forever would set himself up for a great fall and he'd become a dry-drunk, unable to function or achieve any comfort or happiness, and he'd live a wretched life of constant yearning to get high again. If Freddy was like me and most other addicted people, he would have jumped at the opportunity to forsake addictive pleasures once and forever, in exchange for happiness in the human family.
In reality, Freddy was a nice kid from a good family whose experimentation with alchohol produced unexpected, unspeakable, torrential pleasures that literally blew his mind, along with his family identity, family loyalty, and his moral conscience. As his addiction progressed for the lack of concise information leading to prompt recovery, the darkness of the high life descended upon him, and he lost hope of ever returning to the human fold. If he attended recovery groups, he learned there that he was different from others, that his life would forever be defined by his addiction, and that if he didn't work a good program in AA, he would always be at risk of relapses that would be progressively worse and eventually fatal. Whatever clinical or psychological services Freddy may have obtained would deny its adherence to 12-step principles, but the template nevertheless followed the PBS (psychological bullshit syndrome), that there is some hidden reason deeply rooted in his unconscious or stemming from a rotten childhood or current stress or emotional distress, and that his drinking/using is essentially attempted self-medication or at least a persistent, maladaptive coping mechanism for some elusive, disposing factors.
Implications of the Wassau event.
Now that planned, permanent abstinence has been brought to national attention, many more addicted people and their families will learn of Addictive Voice Recognition Technique® (AVRT®). That will increase pressure upon social agencies to provide all addicts informed consent to recovery group participation and addiction treatment services, including the fact that every single "alcoholic" and drug addict has an absolute right to know that AVRT exists and how to access that authentic information about it.
As information on AVRT-based recovery becomes more available, addiction treatment services will lose their mystery, along with the support of taxpayers and health insurance payers to continue pouring billions of U$ dollars into the rabbit hole of addiction treatment, where everything is upside down to accommodate the disease concept of stupidity and immoral conduct. Perhaps, along with the Dept of Education, the Energy Department, and the Environmental Protection Agency, the obscene waste of addiction treatment can be reduced by repealing the enabling legislation, especially the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which directly funds the entire addiction treatment industry by granting behavioral disease, including addiction, the same funding entitlements as physical disease and disability.
Mr. Trump is committed to building an impenetrable wall on our southern border, where practically all illicit drugs enter the United States, and he promised New Hampshire voters that his policies would slow or stop the drug trafficking responsible for the terrible heroin epidemic of recent years. Alas, if heroin dries up, addicts will move on to other avenues to the high life, and the worst addiction of all, alcohol addiction, will continue unabated until the addicts themselves are offered the key that opens addiction's prison door, an informed, principled commitment to permanent abstinence.
Addiction is profoundly political, a struggle between the dual (animal-human) natures of our species that begins in the struggle between mother and infant over food, and then the widening range of animal behaviors that must be squelched through legitimate, family authority so that the child may mature into a human being fit for survival in the civilized world. When nice kids from good families experiment with synthetic drugs, including alcohol, they often get hooked and develop anti-family attitudes. Following the call of the wild, they join together with other low-life who prize the high life over happiness according to family values. The further they go on down the line to failure and despair, they are free to get off the bus and return to their families in good standing, provided they meet minimum standards of common decency, which would be an apology — not for what they did while under the influence, but for causing their family members to suffer by drinking/using against their explicit wishes. The world isn't quite ready for AVRT-based, family centered recovery, but as the word gets out and more people recognize the shameful charade of recovery group participation and addiction treatment services, the sooner we’ll see public services devoted to bringing planned, permanent abstinence to every addict and family in America. Perhaps Donald would like to go in this direction as a matter of personal interest as well as Presidential concern.
Mon, April 04, 2016
Below is some informative text about AVRT-based recovery
for visitors who have come here via the Trump event in Wassau.
Rational Recovery recommends that
users, abusers, and addicted people learn AVRT concepts before
doing anything else or getting help. The
reasons are simple:
- Although you love the high life, you'd still rather be normal. So, get normal now by studying AVRT. There is nothing more cost-effective, dignified, simple,
risk-free, and beneficial than planned, permanent abstinence.
- Even though you have an alcohol or drug problem, there
is nothing wrong with you that prevents you from
- Planned abstinence is an AVRT-based skill. Anyone can learn it.
You may not yet know how to abstain, but you can surely
- Most people (over 70%)
who quit substance addictions do it on their own. Even
AA admits that 60% of successful recoveries take place
independently -- outside
AA -- without groups, shrinks, or rehabs!*
- Whatever problems you may have, they are almost certainly the results and not the cause
of your addiction. When you abstain, they will probably
fade or disappear.
- The cost of getting help in time and money is great,
to you, to others, and to society.
- Getting help usually means extensive participation in
recovery group activities instead
of directly learning the skill of planned abstinence. AVRT-based recovery is incompatible with recovery group doctrines and the group format as well.
- There is little if any research showing that getting
- Recovery groups often aggravate addictions and cause
- Given the choice, most people prefer independent problem-solving.
- Quitting a substance addiction is much easier than it
appears to be, or is made out to be.
- According AA's circular logic, if you quit on your own,
you didn't have "the problem"
in the first place. What that really means is that no
one really has "the problem" until going
to AA. Anyone can quit right now,
for good, and immediately become a normal, healthy person.
The Grapevine (official publication
of Alcoholics Anonymous), May 2001 http://www.divisiononaddictions.org/html/reprints/vaillant.htm
- AVRT is education on planned, permanent
- AVRT is the only method ever developed specifically
for the purpose of ending addictions.
- AVRT is drawn from reality rather than from higher knowledge.
- AVRT can be compared to the Heimlich Maneuver:
- Simple and obvious, once understood
- Replaces error rooted in tradition
- Instant results
- AVRT is free, at this website!
- Addictive Voice Recognition Technique® (AVRT®) is a registered service mark with the United States
Patent and Trademark Office, and may not be used in commerce
- AVRT can be learned by reading or with audio-visual
- a professional tool
- addiction treatment, therapy, or counseling,
- philosophy or world-view,
- a spiritual, religious, or personal growth method
- a psychological theory or part of one.
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