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Friday, February 05, 2016


The most interesting article I have read in years

Dr. Dodes is a psychoanalyst and as such his bias is toward the "psychological." Addiction is a BioPsychoSocial illness
with components of all three working in syndrome in the addict.

If, as Dr. Dodes states, "People are very different from rats" then tell Joseph LeDoux, one of our leading researchers on Anxiety to stop using the little fellas because he is just wasting his time.

Dr. Dodes has been on this Anti-AA campaign for some time now. In psychological terms we might say that he is "fixated" or stuck in the "oral stage" of badmouthing AA.

If there is an "overwhelming body of evidence showing that rat studies disprove the neurological 'chronic brain disease' hypothesis he should cite the evidence, put it forth and let us with non-rat brains decide for ourselves.

Finally, if there is anything that we can say, with some degree of certainty, it is that Psychoanalysis is more suspect than AA as to its efficacy in helping people get better. However, as Dr. Dodes says about the 12 Step rehab industry, "People make a great deal of money from it." Is he talking about Psychoanalysis?

Lance - with you on the brain disease theory - see our analysis of the Vietnam studies at:
and more on the implications in an instalment of our online addiction treatment course at:

Have not read your book The Sober Truth so can't comment on that, but as you may know, 12-step approaches are not part of wallpaper here in the UK as they are in the USA.

Mike Ashton

the most affected area on this is Africa kenya

A lot needs to be done

Good to learn that the "tipping point" in addiction is a moment when there is a sudden change in a system, caused by an event that itself may be small.

It certainly will,hopefully

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