The good news is that you, and you alone, have the power to become sober and free of alcohol related problems.
This may sound incredible but scientific research proves it’s true. In reality, three of every four people in the United States diagnosed as alcoholic (alcohol dependent) are now sober, drinking in moderation, or have reduced their alcohol consumption. And the overwhelming majority of them accomplished this on their own without AA or any other program or rehab. That’s according to a nation-wide study of 43,000 adults (Dawson, et al, 2006) conducted by the United States government. These findings are also supported by many other scientific studies.
The fact that alcoholics have power over their consumption of alcohol is at odds with what we have been taught. But it’s what both science and practice have increasingly demonstrated over the past 20 or more years (Schwartz & Begley, 2002).
Unfortunately, established and long-held beliefs are resistant to change. For example, doctors held onto false theories about the cause of ulcers for many years just as they resisted the germ theory of disease for decades after it had been proven true. The problem isn’t limited to medicine. Astronomy, chemistry, biology, geology, psychology and many other fields have similarly resisted newly-proven facts (Kuhn, 2009).
In spite of all the evidence, we can expect similar resistance to the fact that we have control over our consumption of alcohol. Such denial is natural and normal human behavior.
However, alcoholism is not a disease and people don’t lose their self-control over alcohol as is commonly believed (Fingarette, 1988; Heyman, 2009). The mounting evidence of this will become harder and harder to ignore until the reality is commonly recognized.
Fortunately, no one has to wait until that time comes. Right now you can take advantage of the highly effective Cognitive Behavioral Education (CBE) program available at the non-profit, non-religious St. Jude retreats.
Dawson, D.A., et al. Recovery from DSM-IV alcohol dependence. Alcohol Research and Health, 2006, 29(2), 131-142.
Fingarette, H. Heavy Drinking: The Myth of Alcoholism as a Disease. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988.
Heyman, Gene M. Addiction: A Disorder of Choice. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009.
Kuhn, T.S. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.
Schwartz, J.M. and Begley, S. The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force. New York: HarperCollins, 2002.