Monday, February 9, 2009

The Addiction Cure?

While watching CNN over the weekend, I couldn't help but notice repeated ads from Passages Malibu marketing "The Addiction Cure." Curious, I browsed the website and also Amazon for the book "The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure." I couldn't help but wonder if this was detrimental to the recovery process that we've worked so long and hard to develop in this country. With a blatant disregard to the 12-step model and the disease concept, it seems as though the two founders are trying a completely different approach. Now, don't get me wrong-- I haven't read the book, nor have I visited the center itself. They may be doing great work there; the problem is, how do people continue their recovery when they leave a place that does 60+ individual sessions a month? My personal experience, and the experience of many others I know in recovery, show that a combination of individual therapy, 12-step work, and service are the keys to better living. I have trouble believing that one could be "cured" of alcoholism.

On the other hand, what if they have it right and the rest of us are wrong? Or is this another "easier, softer way?" Only time will tell. For now, I just hope they aren't doing more damage than good.

Here's a video of Chris Prentess, the founder of Passages.

For a different viewpoint, here's a video of Father Martin's "chalk talk."

Let me know what you think!

Here's something funny.

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  1. Regarding the word "cure"
    I have been involved in the treatment industry for 30+ years amd I am sober 32+ years. The word cure has been misscunstrued by many including myself. i have recovered from Alcoholism and my healing process was the 12 Steps
    Dictionary definition of Cure: Ameans of healing or restoring to health; remady...

    I am cured of alcoholism however that does not mean I can drink like ordinary folks.

    Dr Bob the cofounder of AA believed he had found a cure. It is my understanding that the early days of the AA movement the word "cure" was frightening to them for their success was so maeger. My web page is and thanks for the opportunity to share my thoughts

    Jim Leonard

  2. An alcohol intervention paired with a sober companion offering alcoholism help can be the best way to get an addict back on their feet again.