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The Freedom Model for Addictions

By: Steven Slate,Mark W. Scheeren,Michelle L. Dunbar
Narrated by: Baldwin Research Institute Inc.
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Do you want an addiction - a lifelong diagnosis - or do you want to see yourself as having a habit that you can solve completely? Your answer tells you if The Freedom Model for Addictions is the answer you have been looking for.

The Freedom Model debunks the addiction disease concept as well as the idea that “recovery” is needed after you’ve decided to abstain or moderate your use. Much of the content within the book may surprise you, maybe even shock you. For example:

  • Did you know addiction is not a disease?
  • Did you know the brain disease theory is not based on sound science and is actually a myth?
  • Did you know that addictions are habits, just like many other habits, and that as such are quite easy to break once you know the facts?
  • Does your gut tell you that treatment is just another money grab from those who are vulnerable and that something is drastically wrong with the rehab industry as a whole?

If so, you’d be right - rehabs don’t work, and The Freedom Model tells you exactly why and how this Western cultural institution came to gain such power over people’s lives. For those immersed in the 12-step culture or in the rehab culture, this book provides a path out of those institutions, and into a much more empowered state of mind.

The Freedom Model is an approach that deconstructs the construct of addiction and recovery and all that surrounds these beliefs. By doing so, you can be completely free to move on in your life without those constructs holding you back and keeping you needlessly trapped in an endless addiction/recovery/addiction cycle. The Freedom Model renders addiction and recovery as completely obsolete and unnecessary in both your personal life and as cultural constructs that keep the masses blind to the solutions that exist within the individual.

©2017 Baldwin Research Institute, Inc. (P)2021 Baldwin Research Institute, Inc.

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Freedom Indeed

The human mind is capable of so many things. To believe that we can either only exist in abstinence or addiction is absurd. Consider this model when deciding how free you want to be.

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the best addiction self help book.

I just finished this. it shattered my understanding of "addiction". and it's done with science. everyone who has ever thought they were addicted to anything should read this. thank you I'm gonna listen again.
I don't love the narrator, it is a book that will challenge your preconceived notion and the narrator does not hold back his defiant tone which comes on strong to me. but listen to the science, listen to the words, we have all been lied to about what addiction is. we should be pissed off. but this is a book also about empowerment of individual and he captures that well. he sounds kinda like a macho gym trainer that gives good pep talks haha no offense. great book wow.

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Fantastic! Knowledge is power!

I found the detailed research debunking the myths of addiction and recovery enlightening. Overall the book helps strengthen the power of choice and the reasons one enjoys and chooses nearly all activities. This is the path to balance for the non-12 stepper.

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Great for general purposes.

I'm glad that a book like this exists at a time where 12 steps are still seen as the only game in town for addiction. Frankly, if I need to go to meetings for the rest of my life, I haven't dealt with my alcoholism.

The pure logic approach will likely be helpful to most intelligent and introspective people. However, geniuses are often driven to drink as well. What this approach somewhat overlooks is that neurochemicals and biological drives are extremely powerful. Never an excuse to resign to "fate" as an addict or wear it as an identity, sure.

Ever seen Hoarders? Logic doesn't get those people to that state, nor automatically out of it. Nervous system disregulation, neuroses, trauma can cause people to do things that land them in jail or the grave. Look up dorsal vagal shutdown. Dissociation. These things literally alter brain structure.

In my case, trauma and abuse caused me to be unable to form bonds, and I was perpetually anxious and unable to be at ease or have fun. Enter alcohol. It was like finally hearing the music everyone else was dancing to. I landed in the hospital after a blackout. Still didn't "find the pros and cons" with clear eyes. I was risking my life, in deep denial about it, to satisfy a primal urge to both socialize and procreate. We are a conceited species that believes our will drives everything we do. Still, appreciate the work, but overlooks the key factors that cause people to drink dangerously.

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Excellent book, horrible narrator

This book has changed my life, but I had to read it not listen to it, to get through it. the narrator for the audible version is awful. it sounds like a frat kid trying his first attempt at reading a book. really wish one of the authors read the book instead of who ever they hired out of a college fraternity to read it.

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just what I need

I really like this approach it was very helpful to me I would recommend