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  • 5 May 2020 8:48 AM | Teresa Rodden (Administrator)

    Rethinking Recovery interviews professionals and people who have success stories without subscribing to the traditional belief system of recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous, Twelve Steps, and identifying as having an incurable disease.


    Michelle Dunbar Author & Researcher - The Freedom Model

    Michelle Dunbar was first thrust into the addiction recovery world as a young child. At the time, she learned from family members who were immersed in the 12 Step culture about the alleged supernatural powers of alcohol and drugs. As a result of these beliefs, she struggled with alcohol and drugs succumbing to the disease rhetoric.

    Thankfully, Michelle was blessed with an inquisitive mind and a skeptic’s heart. By 1990, then in her early twenties, these personal attributes proved to be a compass that guided her out of heavy substance use completely. She learned never to take anything at face value and was heard quite frequently saying, “Let’s look at the data.” This attitude and hunger for the truth pushed her past the addict/alcoholic self image, and provided a firm platform to research and help others learn the truth that addiction is not a disease, and that people can move past their addictions.

    She began her career at Baldwin Research Institute, Inc. (BRI) in 1992 as a volunteer helping women to solve their substance use problems. In 2002, she joined BRI in a professional capacity working directly with substance users and their families. During her tenure at BRI, she has worked in nearly every division and capacity. She co-authored and taught a program extension offered by BRI called Continuing Education that tackled life issues and goal setting. She developed and taught the first Saint Jude Family Program and she has worked extensively on the past four program revisions. She is one of the co-authors of BRI Publishing’s latest book, the revolutionary text entitled, The Freedom Model for Addictions: Escape the Treatment and Recovery

    CLICK HERE TO WATCH MICHELLE'S INTERVIEW

    If you would like to be interviewed for either professional or success story (or both) please contact us through RethinkingRecovery.com

  • 29 Apr 2020 2:17 PM | Teresa Rodden (Administrator)

    "Past research by Miller et al. and Heather et al. found treated subjects were more likely to relapse, and to relapse worse, when they believed in the disease theory of alcoholism (Miller et al.) and the “cultural delusion” of one-drink/one-drunk (Heather al.). Keep in mind that per AA, no matter how long you have abstained, whether you take a single drink or have an all-out bender, you’re back at day one. Non-12-step CBT programs, on the other hand, teach relapse prevention techniques, including a person’s ability to get off the “relapse train” at any station."


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  • 28 Apr 2020 4:20 PM | Teresa Rodden (Administrator)

    Following is an excerpt from the article we spoke about in Dr. Peele's interview, "So Alcoholics Anonymous Is “Proven” to Work After All? Not So Fast!." It's a good read and provides a much appreciated alternative perspective on addiction and how we, as a culture, could be doing better. 

    "A Fundamental Change of Direction

    We need a whole new way of thinking about our relationship to drugs and alcohol. This reconception needs to respond to problems created by substance use. But America’s drug problems are caused primarily by the lethal combination of our abstinence obsession, drug panics and inhumane capitalism.

    There is a larger background question here. How are we doing? Is this a point in history where we want to double down (or double back) on our long-tried existing approaches to addiction?

    The addiction author and journalist Maia Szalavitz, a successful graduate of a Hazelden-style 12-step rehab, wrote an important piece in 2017 cataloging the cultural weight behind the 12 Steps—“After 75 years of Alcoholics Anonymous, It’s Time to Admit We Have a Problem: Challenging the 12-step Hegemony”:

    For much of the past 50 years or so, voicing any serious skepticism toward Alcoholics Anonymous or any other 12-step program was sacrilege—the equivalent, in polite company, of questioning the virtue of American mothers or the patriotism of our troops. If your problem was drink, AA was the answer; if drugs, Narcotics Anonymous. And if those programs didn’t work, it was your fault: You weren’t “working the steps.” The only alternative, as the 12-step slogan has it, was “jails, institutions, or death.”

    I can attest to that. I have for decades been one of few addiction specialists willing to publicly question AA, and have been blacklisted as a result..."

    Here's the link for the original Filter article https://filtermag.org/alcoholics-anonymous-cochrane/

  • 27 Apr 2020 9:58 AM | Teresa Rodden (Administrator)

    NONTRADITIONAL ADDICTION SUPPORT HUB

    N.A.S.H. is an overdue response to an overwhelming need bringing together nontraditional alcohol and addiction (habit) professionals in a collaborated effort to level the playing field and not force feed you AA and Twelve Steps. 

    It's important for you to know you have options. N.A.S.H. offers a variety of possibilities to meet you where you are and provide you content to make an informed decision on how to move forward and take charge of your habit or addiction.

    Seekers search for free. 

    Solution providers can be listed and promoted through membership. 

    This is an alcoholics anonymous and twelve step free zone.

    None of the solution providers, primary messages, or solutions offered are based on or about alcoholics anonymous or twelve steps.


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