Current Legal Model:
No one would consciously choose a lifestyle of addiction. We promote an environment of inclusion, community and solutions. Addiction is a symptom of underlying needs and over-utilization of coping skills & defense mechanisms that have become pathological. Learning new skills and dealing with past trauma is critical to living a life free of addiction. Love, acceptance and tolerance heals!
Current Medical Model:
The Surgeon General of the US and the current medical model consider the disease of addiction a primary brain disease, citing genetics as 50-70% of the cause. While this is an improvement and creates a more compassionate response than the legal model, it also can create an attitude of a victim from the perspective of the addicted person and minimizes the impact of environment. Addiction is a behavior and behaviors are not genetic. While brain chemistry does indeed lend to compensation towards substance abuse, it is dangerous to let 50-70% of our claim to recovery be left to genetic predisposition.
Our environment (thoughts, surroundings, relationships) literally changes our DNA. All can be rebuilt. Our environment is the key to manifest our desired reality. While our genetics may play a part in creating our brain chemistry, one must recognize the bio-psycho-social model of recovery and the interconnection of each for total recovery. You are not a victim and you do have the power to change your life!