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|An Introduction to the Sonora Model of Addiction (2 of 5)|
|The unlikely solution to an age-old mystery|
Over the centuries, we've heard and read about "miraculous" recoveries from addiction, tales that seem to suggest that real cure is possible. But a half-century ago, we officially embraced the disease model as the standard, and the official position of those involved in treatment since that time is that addiction is not curable. Science has little time and even less money to devote to studying "miracles", so the disease model persists, and the belief in incurability is still with us.
"The solution really is this simple...so simple that it almost looks like a twisted joke. But it is by no means easy to understand, and even harder to translate into actual cure."
But a handful curious investigators observed as early as the 1960s that these tales of unusual success had common elements and features. While most researchers dismissed these tales as fabrications or exaggerations, some wondered if there was a phenomenon at work which could account for these successes.
It took several decades and many trips down many false trails to separate fact from fiction and unravel mystery behind these "miracles". But the common threads in these cases did eventually reveal a pattern. This pattern led us to a solution to the riddle of addiction. The mystery has been solved.
We now know what causes addiction...or, at least, the vast majority of cases.
Addiction is not a disease at all. It's a chronic, uncontrollable condition, characterized by abnormal structural development in the brain, and usually caused by the chronic stress which results from episodes of infant shock which trigger this abnormal neural development.
The solution really is as simple as it's described above. In fact, it's so simple that it almost looks like a twisted joke. And it's so far from our current beliefs that it is an easy target for ridicule. Important contributors to this model actually fear becoming targets of this ridicule, and have chosen to remain silent about what they know rather than risk almost certain professional humiliation if they were to speak out.
Simple to describe, yes. But the model is not nearly as easy to understand. And it's even harder to translate into reliable, safe, and inexpensive cures. Even so, if you'll take the time to explore a the principles and observations that made this model possible, you may well wonder why it took this long to discover it...and be utterly furious at how long it will likely take to apply it.
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