Truth is not a matter of opinion. Solid Evidence is the foundation of truth.

There is a proven process of investigation, be it for problem solving, selection of a course of action, or an unfettered search for truth.  The process is timeless and comes complete with built-in fail-safe protections against conclusion jumping.

  1.  Ascertain Facts and only facts.
  2. Identify the moral/ethical/legal or spiritual principle applicable
  3. Apply principal to facts

The best resources. the most current scientific research, real facts and evidence  are the key to effective problem solving. Allow me to provide an easy to understand example:

 If you have a wound  and are bleeding to death, which is most likely to help stop the bleeding? A tourniquet applied tightly above the wound, or singing Amazing Grace?    There is vast evidence that a tourniquet will stop the bleeding; there is no evidence that singing anything will stop the bleeding.
Evidence based medical treatment means that you use what is PROVEN to be of value, where there is ample EVIDENCE that a particular treatment actually works!  
When I mentioned this to my dear friend Leonard Buschel, publisher of the Addiction Recovery e-Bulletin, he uttered an experience  based phrase that contained tragic truth:
“In the rehab industry, they don’t care about evidence — it means nothing.” — Leonard Lee Buschel.
That quote is from a man who insists treatment works, and yet he also acknowledges that  the “Recovery Industry” is rife with corruption, and most so-called rehabs
 provide no medical diagnosis or medical treatment for what is a proven medical condition.  Most do not even have medically trained people on staff, let alone actual addiction medicine specialists.
No honest treatment center has a treatment plan in place before you arrive. That is a blatant violation of the most basic of medical ethics.

Every  year thousands of Americans are told that they have the medical conditions of addiction or alcoholism by people who have neither the tools nor the training to diagnose any illness.. They are basing their “diagnosis”on nothing more than behavioral symptoms, and there are at least seventeen treatable medical conditions other than alcoholism that have heavy drinking as behavioral symptoms.  Suppressing the symptom does nothing to treat the illness.  It requires a comprehensive medical diagnosis to determine what true medical issues are present, and what the appropriate treatment is for the individual patient.

Despite this obvious fact, people are still being sent, often against their will, to so-called “treatment centers” where they are told that they have a disease, but are denied any comprehensive medical evaluation or professional medical care.

NEVER send anyone to a rehab that evaluates your insurance but does not offer complete medical diagnosis prior to forming a treatment plan.

There are notable exceptions.  There are now treatment centers, evidence based, who use  your DNA to search for any inherited conditions that would make you vulnerable to addiction or dependence. Addiction Labs of America is a high-tech laboratory that caters to the unique testing and monitoring challenges of treating alcoholism and other dependence/addiction issues.

Research into the role of genes in drug addiction has shown that natural variations in proteins—which are encoded by a person’s genes—can lead to differences in how vulnerable that person is to drugs of abuse. Continued study of genetic factors in drug addiction can provide new ways for understanding the disease of drug addiction, and can lead to new therapies for preventing and treating it. — SCHOLASTIC MAGAZINE 2006

The AA BIG BOOK makes a clear distinction between the heavy drinker and the alcoholic.  They make drink the same, may have the same problems because of the drinking, but there is a difference — the alcoholic can’t stop even though they want to stop. 12-Step and other “recovery” programs can be excellent life-enhancing support groups but they are not treatment ,  not have they ever claimed to be treatment.  “Treatment,” confirms AA, “is the realm of doctors and scientists.”

Question;  If a true alcoholic cannot voluntarily stop drinking, and will go to any lengths to get alcohol, why can someone considered by family and friends to be an alcoholic enter a treatment center and NOT run away  at their first opportunity in order to get alcohol?  Is it possible that “problem drinkers” go to treatment and get sober, but actual alcoholics don’t?  Actually,  severe alcoholics will go into medically assisted detoxification using the latest medications created for  that purpose.

If you or someone you love is having issues with alcohol or drugs, the real first step is to contact an addiction medicine specialist. for a complete workup.   

In California, call (800) 444-1838  or to find the medical professional near you who specializes in addiction medicine, click this link, or cut and paste into your browser.


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