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This is a common topic when someone calls us for help for their drug or alcohol issue. “What kind of aftercare do you provide once John completes his stay with you?” “Is there relapse prevention so Donna will have the tools to avoid relapsing?” “Derek needs employment when he finishes the program or he will get drunk again.” “I will definitely need aftercare as I’ve been to treatment and relapsed several times.”

These kinds of questions regarding post-treatment planning arise because of the massive misinformation that has been promoted in the treatment industry for the last 60 years. They are based in the idea that “addicts/alcoholics” are weak and cannot overcome the cravings they are taught they will inevitably endure after they leave rehab. By teaching this disempowering view, treatment providers build the argument that “ongoing care” is necessary for the freshly released patient to remain sober.

But what if this perspective is wrong? What if instead, people are taught a message that is so clear and concise, and that addresses addiction from an entirely different and empowering perspective that such safety nets are totally unnecessary? That model exists.

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The normal path that is taken by disease-based treatment centers is a 1 to 2 month residential program, followed by a “sober living” facility for a few to several months in which “relapse prevention” classes and 12 step support meetings are offered. (Many of these sober living houses say they offer these services, when in fact they are actually warehousing “addicts” to collect their insurance money. In far too many cases, such as the now famed “Florida shuffle”, an entire criminal enterprise has flourished on the backs of vulnerable families sending their children unknowingly into “sober living facilities” that are actual drug houses backed by insurance fraud schemes.) The point of all this is the push for patients to attend a sober living or relapse prevention protocols post-rehab, regardless of the fact that this path has very high rates of return to heavy use, and tragic high rates of death due to overdose, suicide, and criminal activities perpetrated on the innocent.

So what is the answer for people seeking a solution? The answer is relatively simple; ditch all you know about addiction. That’s right — throw it away. You’ve been sold a lie. You are not powerless, and never were. You developed a strong preference for a substance and the activity surrounding using it for very personal reasons. And you’re in good company as it’s estimated 1 in 4 people will struggle with substance use at some point in their life. Here’s the truth that no treatment provider will tell you: more than 91% of people who once qualified as addicted, fully get over the problem; and most do so with no treatment at all. This is based on the largest epidemiological studies on addiction that have been done to date. (See National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions NESARC I, II, III.) So not only is addiction treatment completely unnecessary but so is addiction aftercare; and as a matter of fact, it keeps you chained to a past problematic behaviors needlessly thereby reducing the likelihood that you will successfully move on from it.

If you’ve ever been in a long term romantic relationship that has gone sour, and then left it successfully, then you already know how to do this. Whether your problem was with alcohol, marijuana, opiates, or other substances, you fell in love with that substance; with the feeling it gave you, with your perception of what it did for you, with the ritual of using it, and with all of the perceived benefits you were getting. This is exactly what happens when we fall in love with a person. You feel you need that person to be happy, in much the same way you feel you need that substance. As such, getting over it requires you to question the benefits you were getting and allow for the possibility that you will be happier making a change.

When you do this, there is no need to be sheltered from triggers, or go to relapse prevention, or aftercare, because there are only personal choices to be made. If you prefer to abstain or moderate because you personally see more benefits in those options than in heavy use, you will naturally move in that direction. Maybe it is time to choose complete freedom and move past the entire addiction disease construct for good.

Mark Scheeren is the co-author of The Freedom Model for Addictions, Escape the Treatment and Recovery Trap, and is the co-founder and Chairman of the St. Jude Retreat, the only residential non-12 step model for addiction in the world. For addiction help, call 888-424-2626

For more information about The Freedom Model go to TheFreedomModel.org

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Working for VP Harris is ‘Scarlet Letter’ in White House, Aides Flee in Droves

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The situation at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is a strange one at this moment, and news from the East Wing has many wondering just how much worse things are going to get before they begin to mend.

While there is certainly a great deal of trouble within the Biden administration, perhaps no corner of the executive branch is quite as worrisome as the office of the Vice President, with Kamala Harris dropping staffers by the handful, and new reports of castigation befalling those who’ve worked for her.

A new report revealed that departing staffers for Vice President Harris are leaving their White House posts in part due to concerns of being forever labeled a “Harris person.”

A growing list of Harris staffers are heading out the door amid internal chaos and disastrous poll numbers.

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The concern of being labeled a “Harris person,” as well as burnout and desire for greener pastures, are driving the exodus from the vice president’s office, sources familiar with the chaos in the VP’s office told Axios.

One anonymous Democratic strategist said that Harris needs “someone loyal, who can think methodically to best position the vice president and to make sure everything she’s doing is being maximized and communicated to a broad population and get her numbers up.”

And also:

A different Democratic operative close to the veep’s office told Axiosthat the staff departures are lighting a fire under chief of staff Tina Flournoy to keep the sinking ship afloat.

“If we mess this up, it’s going to set women back when it comes to running for higher office for years to come,” the operative said.

The label of being a “Harris person” apparently carries a weighted stigma with it in Washington — something that does not bode well for the fledgling veep as her first year in office begins to wrap up.

The news will undoubtedly reignite the Democrats’ fears about their chances to win the White House again in 2024.

The situation at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is a strange one at this moment, and news from the East Wing has many wondering just how much worse things are going to get before they begin to mend. While there is certainly a great deal of trouble within the Biden administration, perhaps no corner of the executive branch is quite as worrisome as the office of the Vice President, with Kamala Harris dropping staffers by the handful, and new reports of castigation befalling those who’ve worked for her. A new report revealed that departing staffers for Vice President Harris are leaving their White House posts in part due to concerns of being forever labeled a “Harris person.” A growing list of Harris staffers are heading out the door amid internal chaos and disastrous poll numbers. The concern of being labeled a “Harris person,” as well as burnout and desire for greener pastures, are driving the exodus from the vice president’s office, sources familiar with the chaos in the VP’s office told Axios. One anonymous Democratic strategist said that Harris needs “someone loyal, who can think methodically to best position the vice president and to make sure everything she’s doing is being maximized and communicated to a broad population and get her numbers up.” And also: A different Democratic operative close to the veep’s office told Axiosthat the staff departures are lighting a fire under chief of staff Tina Flournoy to keep the sinking ship afloat. “If we mess this up, it’s going to set women back when it comes to running for higher office for years to come,” the operative said. The label of being a “Harris person” apparently carries a weighted stigma with it in Washington — something that does not bode well for the fledgling veep as her first year…

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Lin Wood Reveals Screenshot Suggesting that Tucker and Hunter are ‘Buddy Buddy’

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All the world’s a stage, right?  Isn’t that the de facto anecdote we turn to when our illusions about the world around us are shattered?  It’s the, “welp, I guess this counts as closure” statement that we use as a bandaid over our confusion.

Controversial attorney Lin Wood is almost undoubtedly understanding of this idea, having been inversely reviled at times by both sides of the aisle.  His latest bit of strange behavior has involved a couple of the mainstream media’s most controversial figures:  Fox New host Tucker Carlson and Hunter Biden, long-embattled son of the President.

The Donald Trump-allied lawyer Lin Wood claims that the Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s son, have a “buddy-buddy” relationship. On Thursday, Wood posted what he claims is a conversation between the two as proof.

While it’s unclear who originally posted the email exchange between Biden and Carlson, Wood uploaded the unredacted and unverified screenshot to his Telegram channel on Thursday night. It appears to show three emails between Biden and Carlson from November 2014.

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Neither Carlson nor Biden has confirmed the authenticity of the messages.

And what was this purported evidence?

In the exchange, Carlson appears to thank Biden for writing a reference letter to Georgetown University — which Biden attended — for his son, Buckley.

While the mainstream media still portrays Wood as a supporter of former President Trump, those who’ve been following along with this storyline aren’t so sure, citing the conniving attorney’s penchant for flip flopping.

All the world’s a stage, right?  Isn’t that the de facto anecdote we turn to when our illusions about the world around us are shattered?  It’s the, “welp, I guess this counts as closure” statement that we use as a bandaid over our confusion. Controversial attorney Lin Wood is almost undoubtedly understanding of this idea, having been inversely reviled at times by both sides of the aisle.  His latest bit of strange behavior has involved a couple of the mainstream media’s most controversial figures:  Fox New host Tucker Carlson and Hunter Biden, long-embattled son of the President. The Donald Trump-allied lawyer Lin Wood claims that the Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s son, have a “buddy-buddy” relationship. On Thursday, Wood posted what he claims is a conversation between the two as proof. While it’s unclear who originally posted the email exchange between Biden and Carlson, Wood uploaded the unredacted and unverified screenshot to his Telegram channel on Thursday night. It appears to show three emails between Biden and Carlson from November 2014. Neither Carlson nor Biden has confirmed the authenticity of the messages. And what was this purported evidence? In the exchange, Carlson appears to thank Biden for writing a reference letter to Georgetown University — which Biden attended — for his son, Buckley. While the mainstream media still portrays Wood as a supporter of former President Trump, those who’ve been following along with this storyline aren’t so sure, citing the conniving attorney’s penchant for flip flopping.

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