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Chapter 8: To Alcoholism Professionals

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“The physician must be able to tell the antecedents, know the present, and foretell the future – must mediate these things, and have two special objects in view with regard to disease, namely, to do good or to do no harm.” Hippocrates, Epidemics

TO ALCOHOLISM PROFESSIONALS

In the summer of 2004, a friend was hospitalized for alcoholism in the relapse unit of one of the premiere rehab sites in the United States. He had waited some time for a spot to open up, desperately wanted to get sober, and was willing to do the work necessary—with one caveat: he did not believe that alcoholism was a disease. Rather than taking advantage of his willingness, the hospital staff spent most of their time trying to browbeat him into accepting the disease model—even made it a condition of his continued treatment. My advice to him: make them prove it—not only the disease model, but every claim they made that sounded suspicious. Dig in and don’t budge until you are satisfied. In our periodic phone-calls I armed him with enough facts to give their junk science a good run. The method behind my madness had nothing to do with whether or not alcoholism was a disease; it had more to do with creating and honing a long-term sobriety based on intelligent challenge rather than ignorant acceptance—something I have seen work over and over again since then.

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