“Despite all we can say, many who are real alcoholics are not going to believe they are in that class,” The Big Book Of Alcoholics states. “By every form of self-deception and experimentation, they will try to prove themselves exceptions to the rule, therefore nonalcoholic.” Scientists, treatment practitioners, and persons in recovery disagree on the validity of these statements when it comes to the use of drug replacement therapy. Recently, marijuana and other drugs including the dissociative ketamine have been praised for their ability to ease the difficulty of withdrawal and curb cravings. However, these are still psychoactive substances, causing an alteration of the mind which many consider to be harmful to the recovering addict or alcoholic. Compared to the abuse of opioids like fentanyl and heroin, the therapeutic and regulated use of marijuana seems harmful. Still, dopamine receptors become flooded and a state of euphoria is activated. For a brain that has become pre-wired to seek out pleasure, this could cause a triggering affect.
Risk of Self-Deception
As The Big Book states, many like to believe they are in a class other than being real alcoholics. Most know, however, that there is not an in between state. One may desperately wish to be the kind of alcoholic or addict who can tolerate such treatments without being inclined to return to using their substances of choice, but, as The Big Book points out, this is self-deception. Many argue that those who can “drink like a gentlemen”, meaning return to normal drinking, are not really alcoholics. Anyone who can use drugs like a normal person cannot be an addict. However, using marijuana medicinally versus using opioids recreationally are two different animals. One does not become a normal opioid user unless they have a prescribed need to take the drug. However, in recovery from opioid addiction, for example, one might indeed be able to become a normal marijuana user.
Treating addiction and alcoholism is still a new frontier for science and medicine. Today, there are volumes of research devoted to the subject which didn’t exist when the Big Book was published. What has become clear is this: no two alcoholics are alike. What works for one may not work for another. At this time, it is nobody’s right to deem them alcoholic or not, recovered or not.
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