ENOUGH ALREADY

The disease model of addiction helps some, but not all, people who suffer from uncontrolled problematic drug use. It helps those who believe in it. Further research and disputation on its validity is pointless.

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Respectful Guidance
Reduces Harm

Many County Courts are partnering with “nonprofit organizations” to provide “addictions treatment” to felons who would otherwise be sent to prison. The felons receive “evidence based” treatment that was conceived in the ideological belief that addiction is an incurable disease, and abstinence is the only conceivable treatment. Most drug-related offenders grow up learning life’s lessons in a […]

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Denial As A Weapon In The War Against People Who Use Drugs

The disease model of addiction emerged more than half a century ago as an enlightened and compassionate alternative to the judgmental view that addicts are morally deficient. The Hazelden–Betty Ford foundation described the plight of addicts in the bad old days before Hazelden’s founders “invented modern addictions treatment.” Imagine for a moment that it is […]

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Ease Suffering Reduce Harm

Our jail is full of people who have been in prison and have completed mandated addictions treatment. Why did prison and treatment fail to rehabilitate them? The addictions treatment programs that are mandated by our courts are based on the belief that drug-related offenders have a chronic disease called addiction, and that abstinence is necessary […]

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