I’ve had the profound blessing of publicly speaking to groups of parents as well as the opportunity to work individually with moms and dads, either in the Steps or through general counseling and addiction education. One thing I’m always asked is something like,

     “Yeah but Charlie, you’ve had success because you’ve worked really hard and you are committed and passionate about this stuff, but my kid might not be able to do it like you…”

     Do what? Work hard? Please.

     “There are just certain things he can’t do, certain things he won’t do, certain things he’s not willing to do…”

     Um, no. Sorry. That’s not gonna cut it. There is no such thing as ‘he or she can’t do it’. There is only ‘he or she won’t do it’. And the only remedy for that is to suck it up and just do it. If they are not willing, then they need to become willing. And if they have trouble becoming willing, they need to get over their issues with spiritual concepts and pray for willingness. Whether they want to believe it or not, God is there. I can prove it, too, via my own experience and what happened to me and to my brain chemistry within a split second.

     So whatever your addict says about how such and such is just too hard, well, that’s all bullshit. And yes, even if they are riddled with 27 different mental disorders, as if there are actually 27 different unique mental disorders. Lol. The medical/psychiatric Establishment will tell you there are hundreds, but for the sake of remaining on topic, let’s just assume that you understand that the DSM-5 is all propaganda. The bottom line is this: There is no choice. We have to work hard whether we want to or not.

     But why? Why can’t he just hang out on suboxone and seroquel and rip butts all day and do absolutely nothing with his life? You don’t understand Charlie, he or she may need do that because of their depression and anxiety and attention deficit and the emotional burden of their feelings of sadness and self-consciousness and insecurity and boredom and stress and…

     You gotta be kidding me. Does he need a diaper too? Personal CNA? And do you really want the rest of the country to foot the bill for his selfishness? So we should now subsidize being human?

     I don’t think so. I’m not a brain surgeon but something just doesn’t add up. Being uncomfortable isn’t a novelty. Not being able to step out of our comfort zones isn’t a national crisis, a vicious and blameless disease we need to throw money at by taxing everybody else who didn’t choose to become preoccupied with self, comfort, drugs, alcohol… And please, no comments about that. The process of losing choice is a choice.

     So… the slow-to-think status quo has finally begun to grasp the notion that the power of choice can be lost but in return are now removing choice from the recovery equation? Wow. So we must now forgive the insane behavior of an addict but how dare we judge them and push them when they stubbornly and childishly refuse to work hard and go to any lengths to get better? Are we toddlers who must be coddled? Have we really become that programmed and politically correct? Have we really become that dependent and entitled?

     By the way, the current “addicts are victims of addiction” nonsense is a propaganda campaign to sell people their drugs instead of Pablo’s street drugs. It is advertising, cleverly disguised by academic elitists as credible science. We don’t need intellectuals and drug companies to fix addiction. We don’t need to be told what to do by people with zero experience outside of the classroom or the lab. We need recovered addicts and spiritual guides with real world, lasting tools of change.

     I don’t know why it’s such a rare concept, but guess what addicts and alcoholics need to address? Guess what our fundamental problem is?


     But let’s stay on topic. Why should we consider there be no choice other than to get better and stay better?

     Because the moment we lose control of our drinking or using is the moment we no longer have the right to drink or use. We can and we must work hard simply because it is now our responsibility to do so. It’s not an option. We must get better. We must be responsible sons and daughters and siblings and friends and spouses and parents. It is requirement of living life.

     We say that addiction is not a choice, but why not recovery? If anything is not a choice, then it is doing anything it takes to fix ourselves and never again cower and justify the need to pleasure ourselves, if by doing so harms self or others.

     Sorry but you can’t blame being weak on your brain or your DNA. If you are weak, then you are just being weak. And to get stronger, you just need to be strong. There’s no other way to get out of the pickle we are in. We simply have to act and courageously walk through our pain. And if we find that it’s difficult, that’s because it’s supposed to be. But there is not one single addict out there in the entire world who is not capable of going to any lengths to get better.

    I know I said there is a blueprint and there is fate… but I also know that we can defy our fate and change our blueprints… and then, you see, changing our fate was our fate. Get it? Whatever happens is our fate 😉

8 thoughts on “Huh?

  1. Lol, I would but I hate Facebook and the like with a passion, no pun intended. I wanted to build my own website to put all the written stuff, new books, webinars etc… but then we had another baby. Whoops.

    Bless you.

  2. Charlie, you said that the DSM-V is “just propaganda”. Okay, but then what I am supposed to think when my addict displays all the exact characteristics of BPD? Is he just being a typical extremely selfish and immature addict, or there something really wrong with his brain that led to the addictions in the first place? I am confused because he acts exactly like the addicts you describe on your blog and in your book, yet, he also fits the BPD criteria perfectly and I feel doubt that if he were to take the Steps, he could actually change – he just acts so…insane sometimes, there's no other word for it. His emotions are so way over the top, he's irrational much of the time, and totally consumed by anger.

    Sorry, I know that's sort of a complex question, but after thinking about this post for a while I really wanted to hear what you thought about it. Any thoughts you have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  3. I'm sorry, I just found and re-read your post The Dual Diagnosis Hoax…I think it answers my question pretty well. All the “disorders” are different manifestations of the same sort of spiritual sickness. So you would say that BPD is just a way to describe a spiritually sick person who is acting a certain way? And that it is possible that this person could be healed if he opened himself to God's power?

  4. Thank you so much for reaching out about this. These are tough issues and certainly tough questions, but yes, the implications in your last two questions are basically how I feel.

    The DSM 5 as propaganda is not an assertion that the behavior isn't real. The behavior and the mental skews are certainly real, some of which are totally insane and brutal to deal with – especially when the individual has become shattered to the point of pathology, i.e. the inability to see and assess themselves honestly, a truly narcissistic frame of mind which includes no empathy for others. So it's not that he doesn't act the way BPD is described in the DSM 5. The propaganda is in the purpose of the DSM, which is NOT to help people but to define and categorize every little skew known to man in order to sell psychotropics and therapy sessions, which all but ensure the real underlying problem is never fixed thus necessitating a lifetime of buying their services. My contention is that the industry is a hoax, not the behavior.

    The other problem with this new world where everything is a disorder is that the diagnosis actually pushes the patient further away from recovery. By defining our symptoms as the actual disorder, we miss the forest for the trees. In other words, when we define what we have as far as symptomology, we are taught to think that the solution is simply addressing their behavioral skews, but the core sickness remains in tact. So the disorder isn't borderline personality. The disorder is a sick and depraved soul, a total lack of connection to self, God, purpose and earth, and from this original problem all “disorders” emanate.

    Diagnoses are just code names. Depression and anger and mania and narcissism and all the rest are just code names. Underneath anger, for instance, is sadness, and underneath that sadness is a soul that is cut off and disconnected from self, from self-acceptance, from reality, from God.

    All that said, while we must understand the way in which we hurt others with profound clarity, I have never suggested we beat ourselves up. On the contrary, we must understand that these parts of us exist, and while we must learn that they cause harm to others and are therefore wrong, we also must accept and befriend them so they do not grow stronger. We don't let ourselves off the hook, but we also don't beat ourselves up.

  5. PS It is no coincidence that the explosion in mental illness in America coincided with an explosion in pharmaceuticals. In order to sell us all of these pills, they need us to believe in all of these distinct, unique disorders.

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