Treatment of drug and alcohol addiction is created on a fallacy.

Much of the "treatment" of drug and alcohol addiction and to some degree, the recovery movement itself, is fabricated on a lie. I refer to this lie as a fallacy as lying implies, at some level, a conscious intent. One definition of fallacy is "a mistaken belief, especially one based on an unsound argument." At minimum it was created out of not knowing.

The fallacy that I am making reference to in this post is that a treatment program, any treatment program, is needed for the individual to change. Most treatment programs tend to market themselves as a "program" that will change the person's life, that will effectively treat the individual's "disease." To some degree you hear this in AA and NA.

The word treatment even implies the fallacy in that something has to be externally given to a person to fix them. It is my belief that this idea about needing something external to the individual, that the individual will receive something from the treatment program that will effectively treat their "disease," tends to erode the fundamental tenet of responsibility and choice, both necessary for their recovery and transformation and as a result, promotes a state of victimization.

Individuals suffering from drug and alcohol use have the power within them to change and transform their life. The story that is perpetuated by our treatment industry is designed to get individuals to purchase a service that they are told will heal them, a service that tends to not work as marketed. As we know, the relapse rate for residential treatment programs is high, about 90%.

Dr. Harry Henshaw