I am just finishing up an HBO documentary on drinking. The personal situations in the film are so familiar, it is actually quite scary (especially the moderation management crap). Another thing that caught my attention is what a professional tried to explain at one point. People do not get long-term treatment for addiction. It is nothing like treatments for diabetes. I know it is common to mention diabetes when we analyze addiction. Diabetes is also a progressive illness. Nobody blames you if you have it. It should be the same with addiction. Fine, I get that. But on the other hand, addiction alters the mind in ways diabetes doesn’t. It would be great if addiction could be treated by some meds and life style changes. I could take pills and go to therapy for the rest of my life. Those would not protect me from triggers and relapses. I just keep following my Higher Power..there is no better remedy.
Anyways, here is the documentary.