Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014….

Every year has it’s ups and downs and we tend to forget that this is normal. So, too, the adventure of putting our misuse of alcohol behind us.

Yes, the adventure – and, no, I’m not kidding.

As Thoreau wrote, “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”

And so begins the research project – how do we find ourselves, where do we look, who shall help, and how will it all turn out?

There really are no “Steps” to follow, unless you want to live the miserable life of a self-proclaimed “alcoholic,” whether you ever take another drink or not. But that pseudo-life is not for such as you or us.

Granted, there will be ebbs and flows and you will be tossed about by setbacks and storms and hazards and pirates (also called “sponsors”), but that is always the case with any flight, voyage, or journey whether by air, sea, land, or into oneself.

So, whenever you are ready to cast off, whether from alcohol, AA, or whatever miseries you have been medicating, we’re here to help you design your own road maps and charts.

And we’ll do so confidentially, individually, efficiently, privately, affordably, and effectively.

Need more information? Just call for a free consultation with one of us – no answering service, marketing departments, hucksters, or other rehab con artists.

How is AA like Afghanistan?

There is no “exit strategy!”

Of the many problems inherent with AA, one is that there isn’t any end in sight – just the opposite. Join the cult and you’re supposed to be doomed to a lifetime of meetings, “steps,” and infantilism.

That’s not how people actually fix problems, or change their lives, or survive real diseases. It’s like going to your neighborhood psychoanalyst for 25 years to talk about your childhood, hoping that one day a “breakthrough” will occur.

It’s not going to happen since both your therapist and AA have a vested interest in keeping you stuck.

Remember, AA “works” for those who want to, or agree to, stay 10 years old for the rest of their lives.

Remember, too, that alcohol abuse tends to regress us to about that emotional level if we let it.

But quit drinking and we also begin to rebound to our actual “age” and maturity and, therefore, quickly outgrow AA. The result? We can either leave AA behind and continue to build healthier lives, or we can stay and be miserable (and drink to fit in) with all of the childish cult members.

More about “fitting in” and why you can’t, and don’t want to, in next week’s edition.

Still drinking the Kool Aid?

Never was our choice. Why would you want it to be yours?