Some individuals in recovery, in AA and NA, believe that you are not responsible for your addiction to drugs and alcohol. They also tend to believe that you did not choose your addiction. These same individuals also believe that you are powerless when it comes to your addiction. These same individuals believe further that life is happening at you and all you can do is manage it to the best of your ability. While difficult to express, it is believed that you are a victim.
Transformation believes that you are completely responsible for your addiction to drugs and alcohol. Transformation also believes that you choose your addiction by virtue of the thoughts and beliefs that you created. Transformation also believes that you have the power to change your life and end your addiction forever. Transformation believes that you are cause of your life and not the effect of life, not a victim.
The so-called philosophy of the recovery movement and that of transformation are different and in some ways diametrically opposed to each other. The bottom line is that you have to choose which philosophy you want to use to help you with your substance abuse issues and life in general. Your choice of which to believe and use will have clear implications and consequences for you and your life.
Dr. Harry Henshaw