Monday, March 2, 2020

Comment/Response on Selfishness, Morality & "Stigma"


Comment: 

     Alcohol use disorder/ substance use disorder/ severe depression are not caused by selfishness of self-centeredness. Those theories are rooted in old moralizing tales of how to treat addiction and illness in general. Unfortunately many of us are not only used to the stigma but we self stigmatize and start to believe things like that. It’s simply not true. Yea can working on humility help a person thrive/ live a more balanced life? Sure. Are we, as people who struggle with mental health problems and substance use issues, inherently selfish and immoral. Fuck no.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Anybody Can Take Steps - Chapter Two



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STEP 2
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.


     Many who contemplate this process or embark on the Twelve Steps take issue with this particular Step. One, they don’t believe in God or Divine Intelligence. Two, even if they do believe in something greater than themselves, how do they know it will restore them when they don’t yet feel restored? Admittedly, it’s difficult for us to believe something unless it has already happened. People collectively believed that man would never fly and the next day Orville Wright flew over the beach at Kitty Hawk. To make matters worse, we don’t like believing things that we can’t see, hear or touch right in front of us. Show me it works, and then I’ll believe. Third, we’re not so sure that we really need to be restored to sanity. Just because we are powerless, does that mean we are actually insane? Isn’t insane someone in a nightgown and hospital slippers, locked up in an asylum getting shock treatments twice a week?

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

"His Disease Made Him Do It..." Um, No


Comment:

     There is so much truth here. I hear people at my meetings excusing their adult children's behavior because they have a disease. For example someone said to a newcomer that their addict will steal from them etc., but that he knew his child only did that because of his disease. Okay, I've been stolen from and I didn't take that position, I was OUTRAGED about it, I'm sorry there is still a CHOICE not to do the wrong thing. My son once shared with me that he was taking a drug friend to a pawn shop as his friend wanted to hock some jewelry he stole from his parents. My son told me he knew the jewelry looked really expensive and he said to the kid are you really sure you want to do this, that looks really valuable. Okay, so if they had no conscious, that thought would never even had occurred to my son. I agree that the pendelum has swung way to far in the direction of the addicts not taking any responibility for their actions. I'm all for supporting my son in his efforts towards sobriety but I refuse to excuse some of the things he has done because "his disease made him do it."

Comment/Response on Selfishness, Morality & "Stigma"

Comment:       Alcohol use disorder/ substance use disorder/ severe depression are not caused by selfishness of self-centeredness. T...