Apr 14, 2013
For the last six years after designing new concepts and specific to the point answers, no wiggle room terminology, and with a specific direction in dealing with addiction and related issues I have chosen to speak out about a grave injustice I see. The traditional forms of treatment, medical, twelve-step, religious… have failed to be of service to the vast majority of those that need assistance. The numbers vary from three to ten percent for success and one still must ask, what is considered a successful outcome. For me it is TOTAL ABSTINENCE. Anything less would facilitate a return to an existence not a life and at some point DEATH will follow, but not before causing heartache for those loved ones who unfortunately must witness the self-destructive actions of someone who is seeking death on some level.
My speaking out so directly maybe seen as an attack, knowing this and the possibility and most likely scenario that negative feedback if not personal attacks will come from those who are entrenched in the status quo because of financial concerns or their personal bias to their dogmatic need to believe that their way is the only way. I would be ecstatic if overnight the number for success was ninety percent from traditional treatment methods, but here again what about that ten percent for whatever reason just do not relate or benefit with traditional treatment methods. Unfortunately the numbers are reversed, recidivism factually means that at best, for every (1) person that is helped (9) people are returned to a self-destructive existence do to concepts and a vocabulary that is filled with harmful, misleading, and potentially lethal misinformation I believe.
I ask that you take a minute or two to relax and reflect on your memories. If you are one that attends a twelve-step fellowship recall the number of people who do not return after attending for a short period. Recall those with weeks, months, even years that have returned to active addiction. Those fortunate few that do return avoiding death, if you’ve been around long enough you know it happens, are doomed to pick up the same information and even with a positive attitude and a new commitment the same recidivistic material is offered. Look at your own experiences with your recovery efforts. How many times has it taken, how many questions still unanswered, do you believe your personal program has everything you need for a lifetime? If not there are things you can and must do if you honestly believe you deserve a quality life.
If you happen to work in the field be it a counselor, medical staff, educational teaching, and all the others, why I ask are your clients, patients, students subjected to believing that a ten percent success rate is acceptable, and your continued inference by treating and teaching that the statue quo is the best that can be achieved supports my statement. Blaming the quality of someone’s commitment as the excuse for a dismal recidivism rate outcome should not be accepted on any level. As the percentage cries out for, the professionals and the concerned must look to something different than the old standard if the majority of those entering treatment are to have a chance.