Everything is Backwards

Orwell and Rand and Hayek and all the rest were right. The world has gone mad, and everything is backwards. Everything that is wrong and evil is celebrated, encouraged and embraced, while everything right and good is smeared, demonized and forbidden. That discussion runs outside the scope of this blog, of course, so I suppose we can limit this to the very misguided efforts to ‘fight the stigma’ of addiction. How absurd.

What are stigmas? Why do they exist? We stigmatize things that we can universally or culturally agree are abhorrent (think totalitarian communism until every liberal and a few elitist psychopaths went bat shit insane). Why would addiction be any different? Wouldn’t any sane person want to avoid being and behaving like a drug addict or an alcoholic? Isn’t it rational and reasonable to stigmatize addiction and all that it entails? What is not to stigmatize about lying, stealing, manipulating, deceiving, gluttony, pathological selfishness, abusing others and killing oneself?

Seriously?

It is not difficult to see the nonsense in accepting addiction, but let’s dig a little deeper to see just how deranged and degenerate this sort of progressive activism is. Fighting or ending the stigma tells the drug addict or the alcoholic that it is perfectly okay to be a drug addict or an alcoholic. We are to believe that it is not our fault and better yet, “there is nothing wrong with it at all! This is who I am, and nobody should frown upon my drug and alcohol abuse, what I do to myself or what I do to others! Being a drug addict is perfectly natural! Some people get the illness and some don’t. Simple as that. And those that catch it are not to be blamed or judged or told what to do! They are to be accepted and embraced for who they are… especially since it’s an involuntary, blameless disease and nothing can be done about it anyway!’

Um…

Who doesn’t see how absolutely insane that sounds?

To be sure, ‘fighting the stigma’ is clever. It is really a marketing slogan for dependency, big government and big business recovery. Don’t worry, stay an addict, we’ll take care of you.

Much worse is what this does the already sick mind of an addict. Addicts and alcoholics have come to believe the worst thing they could believe – that there is nothing wrong with being an addict, that it is okay to be an addict, to relapse every week or every day, to refuse to grow up and become an adult, to be completely self-absorbed at all time, to seek greater comfort 24/7 no matter who or what that comes at the expense of… and that the world no longer has the right to judge or criticize what we do. Don’t you worry about a thing because the social justice thugs will demand everyone embrace who you are and what you do. We will smear any individual who dares to mention any offensive words or phrases such as ‘personal responsibility’ or ‘hard work.’ Those people are just racists, most likely white males. Let’s burn everything down because the TV told me I am an oppressed victim, even though I’m not and even though I’ve never been one and never will be.

Or we could tell them the truth so they can tell themselves the truth…

There is nothing okay about being a drug addict or an alcoholic. There is nothing okay with using drugs or drinking alcohol over and over and over again until you finally cross that line and become a drug addict or an alcoholic. There is nothing okay with breaking your parents’ hearts and filling them with the greatest agony, terror and fear they will ever know. There is nothing okay with becoming a pathological liar so that you can use and drink the way you want to and remain in your comfort zone 24 hours a day like a fucking child. There is nothing okay with deceiving your spouse, your parents, your siblings, your friends and your employers. There is nothing okay with flying into rages and abusing people who love you just because you are not getting your way. There is nothing okay with self-induced mania or depression, which causes you to become hot and cold with those who love you. There is nothing okay with using and taking advantage of people. There is nothing okay with stealing. There is nothing okay with burning bridges, losing jobs and refusing to get up and work. There is nothing okay with expecting the world to take care of you just because you want to pretend to be a victim and whine about how you feel all fucking day. There is nothing okay with being entitled and whining that you have the right to take what someone else has made. Sickening. There is nothing okay with accepting taxpayer funded methadone so you can stay high all day, never do shit with your life and never get better at all. There is nothing okay with becoming a complete narcissist. None of that is okay and all of it is a moral failure. All of it is sin.

Sorry, but that is the truth. What happened to the truth? Why don’t we tell addicts and alcoholics the truth anymore? Why don’t we tell anyone the truth about anything anymore? Have we forgotten our history? How did everything get so upside down and ass backwards? All I can say is we better be careful or soon drug addiction and alcoholism and depression and feelings and being offended by everything will be the least of our problems.

I pray that we all find God and do what is right. I pray for our country and for the preservation of freedom. I pray for the future of our children and grandchildren.

Broken Mind

     “Therefore, the main problem of the alcoholic centers in his mind, rather than his body.” – Alcoholics Anonymous, p.23

     So true, it hurts. Perhaps what hurts even more is that our brilliant, saintly, heroic, divinely ordained, perhaps even angelic doctors and psychiatrists (forget about social workers and addiction specialists) don’t believe this or understand it in the slightest. They believe addiction to be a purely physiological condition, a bio-chemical imbalance. Needless to say, that is absolutely correct, in that the brain of an addict is a changed brain neuro-chemically. But what they aren’t telling you, or rather, what they can’t tell you is why an addict who has been sober for months or even years, whose brain chemistry has returned to normal, suddenly relapses? They cannot tell you this because it somehow desecrates their belief system, that things we cannot see or prove do not exist.

     But how naive and obtuse it is not to understand that wrong and immoral behavior can also produce changes to the brain, or rather to the mind. In fact, the disgustingly selfish and destructive behaviors of addicts do just that, warp his or her brain to the point of insanity. When you have a brain that is insane, or that is subject to go insane at any moment, no amount of physical sobriety or freedom from the physical condition of substance dependency is going to do or prevent anything.

     If we didn’t have broken minds, we could simply get sober and remain that way. But unfortunately for us and for all of you, that’s just not the case. The mind of an addict is a cauldron of lunacy. Here is a mind that may very well react normally to many parts of life, yet when it comes to drugs or alcohol, suddenly you are no longer dealing with something that responds to ration or reason. So until we fix our broken minds, there is no hope whatsoever that any true alcoholic or addict can stay sober.

     And this is why it is so crucial to actually WORK on ourselves morally and spiritually. Only through such work, through such expulsion of various forms of internal poison, may we bring ourselves back to sanity. To be accurate, the work we do isn’t actually what restores us to sanity, but rather, it allows us to be cleaned out enough to make contact with GOD and He is the One who restores our brains, sometimes instantly, back to sanity. God can and will fix our bio-chemical imbalances, so long as we get off our lazy asses, walk through some pain, and do some work (i.e take some right action).

12 & 12 – Step Four – Analysis/Insight
12 & 12 – Step Eight – Analysis/Insight 😉

God, please give me the power and the willingness to always keep my mind in tact…

Frothy Emotional Appeal

     “Frothy emotional appeal seldom suffices.” 

     Translation: People can’t keep us sober or fix us. That is, nothing anybody says has the power to restore us to sanity… so trying to plead with an addict is entirely a waste of time.

     “Frothy emotional appeal seldom suffices. The message which can interest and hold these alcoholic people must have depth and weight. In nearly all cases, their ideals must be grounded in a power greater than themselves, if they are to re-create their lives... Men and women drink essentially because they like the effect produced by alcohol. The sensation is so elusive, that while they admit it is injurious, they cannot after a time differentiate the true from the false. They are restless, irritable and discontented, unless they can again experience the sense of ease and comfort which comes at once by taking a few drinks… and unless this person can experience an entire psychic change there is very little hope of his recovery.” -Alcoholics Anonymous, The Doctor’s Opinion, xxviii, xxix

“Charlie, why do you drink when you have so much potential?”
     Huh?
“Charlie, why do you use drugs when you have so much talent?”
     Are you serious?
“Charlie, we love you so much. Isn’t that enough?”
     Nope.
“Charlie, now that you have this beautiful, wonderful wife and child, that should be enough, right?”
     It should be, but you people have no idea how sick I really am.
“Charlie, with all of your loving friends and family, plus all of our resources and modern medicine at your disposal, you should be able to get sober and stay sober, right?”
     Wrong.
“Charlie, the doctor says you will die if you continue to drink.”
     Um, can I borrow some money? Oh, and thanks, that’s great about the doctor thing.

     Unfortunately, non-addicts don’t understand addiction. It doesn’t matter how much shit I have, or who I have, or what potential I have. You could give me a billion dollars, my dream job, a mansion on the water, an angel wife, two beautiful kids and the best of friends… and I think I’ll go get jammed out of my fucking skull. I’m an addict. I use. That’s what addicts do. No pile of “frothy emotional appeal” is going to do the trick.

     Here’s the deal: Yes, addiction is plain and simple a physiological disease. We have broken our bodies and can never again use normally. But the reason why we can’t STAY sober has nothing to do with our bodies. There is no physical craving of drugs when we’re sitting there butt sober. We only begin craving drugs or alcohol AFTER we start drinking or using.

     So no, the reason why we can’t stay sober has nothing to do with the bio-chemical illness of alcoholism or addiction. The reason why we can’t stay sober is because we have a spiritual problem. We have a moral problem. Yes, a moral problem, along with the insanity of the mental obsession. Do me a favor… go out there and try to stay clean while acting immorally. Try to stay sober while lying, cheating, manipulating, being selfish, angry, depressed and abusive. Good luck with that. You will need luck because it doesn’t work.

     Once we become addicts and realize that we have a serious problem, the only thing keeping us actively using is doing the wrong thing. If we were living by spiritual principles, there would be no need to use. We would know how selfish we are, and we would go and fix our broken minds. We would have an entire psychic change, find God, restore ourselves to sanity, and never again suffer from the random mental obsession to drink or use drugs.

     So if you’re an alcoholic or an addict out there and you plan on staying sober after you pat yourself on the back for going to detox, you better change the person you are. You have no chance of staying clean if you do not embrace spiritual principles and live a moral life. Drinking booze and using drugs is 100% connected to morals, or lack thereof. Do we really think the average alcoholic, heroin addict or crackhead out there is living right? Please. So when you get a pamphlet or an article that some clueless PhD wrote about how addiction is not a moral problem but rather purely a physiological phenomenon, you are absorbing information that will undoubtedly lead to relapse, and perhaps your eventual death.

God, teach me to live by Your principles of love, honesty, patience, tolerance, courage, compassion, strength, honesty and service…