Anyway, you also know that I believe that a new paradigm in addiction is long overdue which is why it is NECESSARY to debunk the old and accepted one (AA/Stepism).
Because it's just little old me trying to promote these ideas, with a little help from those of you kind enough to write a review of the book and posting it, it is time to try and find one couragious enough human being in the media to take a stand for truth and to remedy this very old wrong. Towards that end I wrote the following cover letter which I am sending out in my media kit hopeful that somebody will give me a shot.
"There is an epidemic running rampant in this country and it is time to put an end to it! It
seems that virtually all anti-social, immoral and even illegal acts are being justified or at the very least excused by the idea that some form of “disease” or “addiction” is the cause of said transgressions; Everything from obesity (eating disorder), shop lifting (kleptomania), gambling (gambling addiction,
rape (sex addiction) and finally drugs and alcohol.
Whatever happened to being responsible for and facing the consequences of one’s own actions and choices? Who’s responsible or this “It’s not my fault, I couldn’t help it” attitude that is becoming more
acceptable by the day?
In the area of alcoholism, the biggest proponent of this excuse is the teachings to be found in the 12 Step religion of Alcoholics Anonymous. The overriding premise of their “program” is that we are powerless over our “disease” and unless we surrender our WILL and our LIVES over to our higher power (God or the AA group itself) we are doomed to a life that will result in insanity, incarceration or death!
I escaped by finally realizing that this message was false and that alcoholism is NOT a disease but rather a choice! I am not powerless; I never was but I bought into the lie propagated by the recovery
industry. Dr Steve Yadin, of Stony Brook University Hospital, agrees and in his review of the book adds; “taking a stance of powerlessness and surrender as prescribed by Alcoholics Anonymous is counter-productive and leads to another form of dependence as opposed to learning how to take control of one’s own mental disposition.”
The 12 step religious recovery model is a BAD one and I set out to prove it in my book, The Freedom to Recover. Other books have been necessarily critical of AA but my book transcends those by also offering methods by which to aid the suffering alcoholic. It empowers them with the tools to utilize their own resources in terms of better thinking skills, decision making and coping mechanisms, a
motivational guide if you will.
You can be instrumental in creating awareness and bringing this extremely important healthcare crisis the attention that it deserves. I look forward to sharing my views on this critical issue with you and your audience. I can be reached by phone at ###-###-#### or via email at ##$#$#@$#$#$dotcom
For more information please visit www.thefreedomtorecover.com.
Thank you for your consideration and humanity in caring enough to make a difference.