Let’s take a look inside the billion-dollar addiction treatment industry.
Today, I wanted to talk about an article I read in Forbes magazine which has to do with the alcohol addiction treatment industry which is worth $35 billion dollars in America alone, not anything outside the US.
This article stated that there were 23 million people in the US that were addicted to alcohol or some other drug.
I think that figure is very low.
There’s an awful lot of people who are addicted to or at least dependent on alcohol or some other drug.
They’re looking at 2 1/2 million of these people going through formal addiction treatment, going to a facility, like somewhere like Hazels.
That’s a top-end place.
It’s a market worth 35 billion dollars in the US.
These people are claiming that they have an 80% success rate.
I’ve read a lot about this kind of stuff, and 80% success rate is complete bullshit.
As the article states – I’ll put the link on the website – that most of these places rely on the AA, a 12 step programme to do as part of their whole system.
That’s the basis of their system.
The success rate of AA is very low.
It’s dependent on who you listen to, some people would say between 5 and 10%, but I’ve read in some areas that it’s below 5%, and really it’s not a treatment.
It’s an organisation, a movement.
People get together and try and help each other but there is no real treatment other than going to regular meetings and your beliefs being held up by the group.
Whatever you think of AA, whatever you think about the philosophy behind AA or how they go about their meetings or whatever, the doctrine, the indoctrination whether you think it’s a cult or not, that’s a different thing.
I don’t personally think it’s a cult.
I think it’s an organisation which has even set up I think to help people but I don’t think it does help most people.
Even if you got less than the top end of that figure, that means 90% of people who go to AA fail and that’s not an effective treatment.
It’s not a treatment.
But, it’s what a doctor wold send you to.
It’s what a judge wold send you to.
You can go to court in the US and the judge can actually say ‘I’m forcing you to go to the AA’.
That’s the same thing as the judge saying to you ‘I see you’ve got a broken leg there, I’m ordering that you get the leg amputated or put down because we can’t do anything for you’.
It’s exactly the same thing.
The judge has got no knowledge in this area, no knowledge of what works or doesn’t work, and there’s a judge saying ‘I believe that this is what you should be doing’, or the legal system is saying that.
As I said, it’s not an effective treatment.
Because it’s not a treatment, it doesn’t work.
It works for a small minority of people.
What I say about this doesn’t make any difference to anyone else.
If people go there and they feel that they’re getting help, even if they’re going there and doing it ten years later and they feel this is what’s keeping them off the alcohol, then fair play.
If you feel that’s what’s working for you, then that’s good for you.
But, if I went to a place and I was still going to that place 10 years later for treatment for a condition, then I would personally not feel that was working for me.
It just doesn’t make any sense to me.
A working treatment means you go somewhere and you get help with it, and you’re over it.
How long does it take a broken leg to heal? 6 weeks? 2 months?
If you’re not getting treatment, if success is equated with getting away from the thing that you’re trying to get treated in all fairness, that doesn’t make any sense to me.
But I’m getting off the point again.
I don’t want to come across like I’m AA bashing.
I’m not trying to bash AA but I’m trying to say that the system that AA is based around doesn’t work for me.
It wouldn’t because I don’t want to be tied to that thinking anymore.
I don’t want to be tied to thinking that I’m an alcoholic and I’ve got this problem for the rest of my life, that I have to search out a higher power or believe in something I don’t believe in in order for this to work.
It’s just a no-no for me.
From Day 1, it doesn’t appeal to me.
That’s probably why it won’t work.
I like to have personal control, I like to control what I do in my mind.
I believe I have ultimate control over the direction that I take, over the way I think about things.
Obviously, if I break my leg, I can’t control that.
I’ve got to accept the fact that my leg is broken, and no matter how much I use my mind, it’s not going to work.
But, that’s a medical issue.
I don’t believe alcohol is a medical issue.
I don’t think alcoholism is an issue.
I believe it’s a habit.
I believe that it’s an addiction, a habit that’s gone a bit too far in one direction.
But I believe that I can control that.
I don’t think about alcohol anymore.
I’m 3 1/2 years into this thing and I don’t think about alcohol any more.
I don’t feel like I need alcohol as a part of my life anymore.
I feel it was holding me back.
It was like a rubber band pulling me back and now that rubber band has been released.
I’m able to do the things in my life that I want to do, and I don’t have these things holding me back.
I don’t have the disease.
I don’t have any of that bullshit.
So, the whole point of this video is to highlight that there is massive money to be made by trying to convince you that you’ve got something which is out of your control.
They’re talking about between for the lower end of this spectrum of treatment centres, of anywhere up to between 15 and 23 thousand dollars.
If you go to Hazels or The Benny Ford clinic who have recently joined forces, you’re talking about twice that much.
That’s every 30 days.
Every 30 days you have to pay this.
In order for you to be willing to pay out such large sums of money, parents mortgage their homes, putting themselves into a lifetime of debt.
In order to convince you to do that, they have to put across a very good case that what you’ve got is life threatening.
You can’t do this yourself.
You’re completely out of control.
You have a disease.
For me, AA completely falls into that box.
Regardless of their good intentions, they’re a voluntary organisation, fair enough, but it’ the mentality it breeds in people.
That they have to look outside of themselves to a higher power.
This means that they can’t deal with it themselves.
I’m living proof that you can deal with this yourself.
There are millions of people who have stopped drinking on their own.
There is a big mythology surrounding alcohol and its use and abuse.
For me, there is no defining line between alcohol use and abuse.
It’s the same if I was saying ‘this guy is drinking fucking bleach, so is he using bleach or abusing bleach?’
Most people would say he’s abusing it.
That’s the way I think about alcohol.
If you’re putting this stuff into your body, you’re abusing your body.
If you’re putting four cheese pizzas into your body, you’re abusing your body.
You’re asking your body to overcome things because you like the taste or you want to feel good for a moment.
So your body has to deal with the consequences of that.
This is personal abuse.
This thing just riles me up because it’s someone trying to take my personal control away from me.
I really want to maintain as much control over myself.
I think your control emanates from your mind.
First, it’s where you have the most control in your life.
Then your environment, you can control certain aspects of your environments.
The least control you have is of the people in your life.
It’s the opposite way around when you look at people trying to control your mind in order for them to make a profit.
Not just a profit, they want to be rich.
They’re just greedy fucking bastards who want to make themselves as rich as possible on the backs of other people suffering.
If you think they’re trying to cure people by extracting thousands of dollars from people who are already having problems, it’s a fucking disgrace.
This is where my whole process, my whole thinking goes for these videos.
Because in the beginning when I stopped, I didn’t know where or what to turn to.
I thought I was this alcoholic who had a disease, and that I was now a misfit and I was someone that was outside this part of society.
And all the doctrine, the websites I was looking at, these household names, these were all telling me that I had a problem and it was going to last me for the rest of my life.
As a person, that just made me feel like crap.
I felt like an outcast of sorts.
The truth is that you’re not an outcast.
You’re an outcast when you’re doing this to yourself.
When you’re pouring alcohol inside your body, you’re outcasting yourself from yourself.
You don’t see any other way of living, you just see this.
That’s the way they’re trying to maintain blinkers unto you.
Keep the blinkers on and keep you going down this route where they will make money instead of the alcohol companies.
I wouldn’t even be surprised if underneath it all, the whole of them are not in cahoots with each other.
Because once they’ve got you hooked on stuff, it’s the same thing as the cigarettes, they don’t need to push you any further.
They don’t need to advertise.
All they do is few adverts here and there for brand loyalty.
So until you start to think to yourself that you’re having problems and your life is not going the way you want it to and you’re thinking about alcohol, then wouldn’t it make sense to also have a line in the way out section.
To have a counter at the exit of a night club saying ‘if alcohol is too much for you, come to our facility where we’ll give you 80% chance of success while we’re treating you with a 12 step programme that has 10% chance of success’, how does that even equate?
It’s all lies and propaganda.
I’m going to end this because I’m getting so fucking mad.
From both sides of the coin, we are duped.
From before Day 1.
This propaganda bullshit takes place from the moment you’re born.
We start to get indoctrinated into this lifestyle where we’re poisoning ourselves, whether through alcohol or cigarettes or bad food.
I’ve done all that shit.
Why? To line someone else’s pockets.
To make them multi billionaires.
To have lifestyles which are beyond lavish.
All on the backs of other people’s suffering.
So many people are going through this now, and they have lives where they can live in mansions with bodyguards, and you’ve got a guy who does a bit of weed and he can be put in prison for it for years.
If you have any comments about this, this is a really touchy subject.
I know a lot of people understand this.
Leave a comment down below, I’d love to her what you have to say.
Let’s help each other to get through the hard times.
Pull people forwards.
It takes people who have gone through this whole system and have come out the other end, who have dealt with this through their own control to get up and say ‘this is what I’ve done and it’s all because I had control’, we don’t have enough of those people here.
How many people have you seen coming out of the rehab and say they have to go back again?
Why? It doesn’t work.
As far as I’m concerned, the only system that works is one taking you away from thinking about the alcohol.
This is your system. It’s in your mind.
You’ve got the ultimate control.
When you try to use a tool to keep you in the loop, the e-cigarettes is one of those things…
Until next time, stay safe and keep the alcohol out of your mouth.
It’s the only way you’re ever going to beat this.
Keep the negative thoughts at bay.
WITH EVERY TEMPTATION, THERE WILL BE A WAY OF ESCAPE.
Until next time…
Onwards and Upwards!