True or false? Addiction is a disease.

I became the Director of the Alcoholism Treatment Unit at Harvard’s McLean Hospital. I’ve probably treated a couple of thousand people who have one addiction or another. Almost all residential treatment programs in the United States are 12 Step based, so their effectiveness will depend entirely on whether 12 Step programs work and the statistics for AA are not good. It is helpful for 5-10% and that’s a good thing. That’s 5-10% of people who are being helped by’s a lot better than zero percentbut it shouldn’t be thought of as the standard of treatment because it fails for most peoplefor the vast majority of people. ~Lance Dodes, MD, in The Business of Recovery.

$35 billion is spent annually on treatment, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. We’re seeing glitzy marketing & bogus research to justify the outrageous cost of “Twelve Step Facilitation” therapy (TSF) but without proof of scientific efficacy.

Here are some facts:

  • No one has ever discovered the “disease” of addiction. Addiction does not fulfill the nosological criteria for a disease.

  • No research authorities accept the classic disease concept and not a single one is trying to revive the theorynot for the past three decades.

  • Nowhere in the field of medicine is treatment less grounded in modern science. Rigorous, valid, scientific studies simply do not exist.

  • Numerous researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective. AA ranks 38th out of 48 methods compared.

I recently discovered a shocking documentary produced by a former rehab insider. It reveals the secretive and unregulated world of high-priced addiction centers. I was stunned as I watched medical doctors, counselors, and rehab CEO’s heartlessly alter the truthand you will be, too.

I strongly recommend this documentary to every Christian who has ever wondered whether the 12-Steps and TSF were scientifically validfor themselves or for loved ones.

If this video affects you the way it affected me, it will bring you to tears.

If I haven’t convinced you to get this video, check out the trailer. This is a must-see documentary.

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The Business of Recovery examines the untold billions that are being made off of families in crisis. With little regulation or science, addiction treatment has become a cash cow business that continues to grow while deaths pile up.
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The Handbook of Alcoholism Treatment Approaches,  Drs. Reid K. Hester & William R. Miller
Heavy Drinking: The Myth of Alcoholism as a Disease, Dr. Herbert Fingarette
The Bad Science of Alcohol Anonymous, Gabrielle Glaser
The Business of Recovery, Greg Horvath, Adam Fingberg