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Midwest Book Review

Posted on March 14, 2012 at 6:35 AM

Thank you to the Midwest Book Review for the glowing review of my book:

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The Memoir Shelf

Up from Down

Ted Adamson

Westbow

1663 Liberty Dr. Suite #300

Bloomington, IN 47403

9781449725013, $11.95, www.westbowpress.com

Addiction can tear apart our lives. "Up from Down: A True Story of Recovery From Addiction" is a memoir from Ted Adamson as he discusses his battles with heroin addiction, as he shares his story with a no holds barred look at addiction and the damage it can do to our lives. Frank and honest, he hopes his story will ring true with other addicts and help them find their way through. "Up from Down" is an excellent and thoughtful memoir, not to be overlooked.

 

Post Traumatic Stress and Addiction

Posted on March 14, 2012 at 6:05 AM

"Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder which occurs after a negative trauma or event. Living with PTSD can be difficult and painful sometimes leading to addiction by self-medicating."

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I know for a fact that my addiction to both alcohol and drugs was a result of what is now called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. How often do you hear that mentioned in AA? I don't think I have ever heard it mentioned. Occasionally, I have heard someone talk about the horrible trauma of being molested or something but generally it is not talked about.

 

 

If you hear anything about the cause of addiction in AA (Alcoholism in an addiction btw), it is usually that the cause is your "genes", brain chemistry disorder, or inability to metabolize alcohol. It’s all utter nonsense.

 

There are a few place (like the site referenced above) that correctly associate traumatic events with addiction to alcohol and drugs. However, there are fewer places indeed that know how to deal with the condition.

 

And that was the reason behind me writing my book "Up from Down". You can read the story of the traumatic events which gave rise to my addiction and how ultimately (after 50 years of suffering), I found the key to freedom.

 

Or you can continue to believe you have a "disease”, “faulty genes", or "abnormal brain chemistry" or an "allergy.".

 


 

Alcohol and Afghan Massacre

Posted on March 13, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Fox News is reporting that Alcohol abuse was involved in the recent murders of Afghan civilians. This is not surprising to me.  Please read the letter on this website from Dr. Malachai Martin where he states demonic possession can occur as a result of alcohol addiction.

This is something that MOST alcohol counselors do not recognize. Doesn't that help explain why an American Soldier can go berserk and do these inhumane acts?

I would also like to add that Possesion can also come about as a result of hate. It could very well be that this soldier who reportedly served several tours of duty in war zones fell to the temptation to hate the enemy and became filled with the same evil spirt. 


"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm."




Heroin-addicted daughter

Posted on March 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Excerpt:

HIGH RIDGE • There is no parenting manual for this, at least none that Stacey Burke saw. How, she wondered, can a parent help a child survive the grip of heroin?

 

Through a turbulent ride that lasted three years, Burke did plenty to try to help her daughter, Natalie, overcome her heroin addiction. Burke, 51, of High Ridge, lost that struggle in November, when Natalie shot herself to death while high.

 

Natalie Burke, a graduate of Northwest High School, was 22 when she died.

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Sad Story. If you or a loved one has a problem with heroin addiction, consider getting a copy of my book. If you cannot afford it, send me an email at adamsonted@gmail.com and I will send you a free e-book. Young people should not be dying at age 22 as a result of their drug addiction.

Real Alcoholics

Posted on March 5, 2012 at 12:10 AM

This is the sort of post which may get me in trouble, but what the heck. It's better to be hated for who you are than to be loved for something you are not.


I think it’s important to be honest on this subject. I am not suggesting that anyone go out and start drinking. I am suggesting we need some honesty on this subject. AA gives a lot of lip service to honesty, but I say at its core AA has some really dishonest premises. The most important of those are 1) Alcoholism is a diseaseand 2) Once an Alcoholic, always an Alcoholic.


This is from "Heavy Drinking: The Myth of Alcoholism as a Disease,”:


One extremely influential voice in the field of alcoholism studies is that of George Vaillant, a scientist of long experience, now working at Harvard University.............Valliant has been persuaded by the experimental and clinical studies that "in a laboratory setting confirmed alcoholics can drink with moderation"*


*Valliant, The Natural History of Alcoholism (1983). Supporting studies city by Valliant in this passage are: Paredes et al., "Lossof Control of Alcoholism"(1973); Gottheil et al., Alcoholics' Patternof Controlled Drinking (1973); Mello and Medelson, "Experimentally Induced  Intoxication in Alcoholics" (1970); Merry (1966); Marlatt and Rohsenow, " Cogniitve Processes in Alcohol Use" (1980); Hodgson,Rankin, and Stockwell . "Alcoholic Dependence and the Priming Effect" (1979).


And there are many more studies which I won’t bother posting at this time, but I can.Don't attack me for telling you the truth. It is not my fault that thescientific studies do not support the idea "Once an Alcoholic, alwaysan alcoholic". It’s not my fault that they do not support the idea that"real alcoholics" can never drink safely again.

 

Midwest Book Review

Posted on February 6, 2012 at 4:30 AM

Thank you to the reviewer at Midwest Book Review for the nice review


 

The Memoir Shelf

 

Up from Down

Ted Adamson

Westbow

1663 Liberty Dr. Suite #300

Bloomington, IN 47403

9781449725013, $11.95, www.westbowpress.com

 

Addiction can tear apart our lives. "Up from Down: A True Story of Recovery From Addiction" is a memoir from Ted Adamson as he discusses his battles with heroin addiction, as he shares his story with a no holds barred look at addiction and the damage it can do to our lives. Frank and honest, he hopes his story will ring true with other addicts and help them find their way through. "Up from Down" is an excellent and thoughtful memoir, not to be overlooked.


Truth

Posted on February 6, 2012 at 12:35 AM

My book offers a unique perspection about alcoholism and addiction in America. Even Christian groups like Celebrate Recovery have it wrong when they call these conditions “Diseases”. Truth: “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

What is an Alcoholic?

Posted on January 31, 2012 at 2:35 PM

What is an Alcoholic?


The word “Alcoholic” and “Alcoholism” are slippery words. They do not mean the same thing to everyone. For starters, let’s look at how the dictionary defines it.


The Oxford Dictionary (which I was taught is the foremost authority on the English Language while in high school) defines Alcoholic as:


“2suffering from alcoholism: his alcoholic daughter was the cause of his anxiety”.


That really doesn’t tell us a whole lot. Let’s look up “Alcoholism” in the dictionary:


“Addiction to the consumption of alcoholic drink; alcohol dependency:”

 

That is pretty straight forward and probably what the majority of English speaking people mean when they say someone is an “Alcoholic”. I have asked non-AA friends what “Alcoholic” means to them and generally they answer “somebody who gets drunk a lot or somebody who is habitually drunk”. So far so good.


However, I can tell you from personal experience that is not what most members of Alcoholics Anonymous and most treatment professionals believe and teach. Alcoholics Anonymous World Services puts out a pamphlet called “This is AA—An Introduction to the AA Recovery Program”.


This is what the pamphlet says:


“While there is no formal AA definition, most of us agree, for us, it could be described as a physical compulsion, coupled with a mental obsession.”


Further on, in the same pamphlet, it says:


“We understand now that once a person has crossed the invisible borderline from heavy drinking to compulsive alcoholic drinking, that person will always remain an alcoholic. So far as we know, there can never be any turning back to “normal” social drinking. “Once and alcoholic, always an alcoholic” is a simple fact we have to live with.”


My experience with Alcoholics Anonymous is that most AA’s would agree with that. It is something that is repeated over and over at meetings in various forms and becomes an article of faith to them. In addition, most AA’s will state that alcoholics are “physically different”, and they advance different theories as to why.


So the average English speaking person uses “Alcoholic” to mean someone who gets drunk a lot while an AA member has their own unique definition.


Where else might we look? Perhaps the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders which says:


Alcohol Alert From NIAAA


The DSM Criteria

Researchers and clinicians in the United States usually rely on the DSM diagnostic criteria. The evolution of diagnostic criteria for behavioral disorders involving alcohol reached a turning point in 1980 with the publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Third Edition (14). In DSM-III, for the first time, the term "alcoholism" was dropped in favor of two distinct categories labeled "alcohol abuse" and "alcohol dependence" (1, 2,12,and 15)


So apparently researchers and clinicians have stopped trying to define the word.


Alcoholics Anonymous teaches that “Alcoholics” are different than other type of heavy drinkers although there is no consensus even among AA’s on how they are different. Some would say they have an allergy, others perhaps not. There have been various theories advanced at various times, some of them disproven by later scientific evidence. The gist of all of them is that alcoholics are physically different and can never drink again in moderation. If by some chance one is able to do that, then that is considered proof positive that they were never an “alcoholic.” Of course, there are experts such as Professor Herbert Fingarette, author of “Heavy Drinking-The Myth of Alcoholism as a Disease”. In his book Professor Fingarette cites studies to prove the proposition that “Alcoholics” can drink moderately. As you might expect, he is not too popular with AA’s.


In my book “Up From Down” I do devote some time about the true nature of alcoholism and my decade’s long experience with Alcoholics Anonymous.

 

New Book Review at Good Reads

Posted on January 29, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Cheryl Faith over at Goodreads posted a new book review. Many AA's get upset when I say that a truly recovered drug addict or alcoholic can safely take a drink in moderation. Cheryl however is a bit more open minded. 

Read all the reviews over at Good Reads


Cheryl Faith rated it

"I am always blessed by reading success stories from alchoholics and addicts. This was an easy read and a pleasure.The author made sure to point out where he and 12 step programs differ. The Big Book of Alchoholics Anonomous comments on those who cah do an about face and drink like a gentleman. OUR HATS ARE OFF TO HIM. This author is one of those we raise our hats to. It is a very brave thing to take that step of faith. I am far too frightened to go back to where I was and I chose total abstinance. For me it is safer."

Edited version of my new book

Posted on January 28, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Mostly my book does not have profanity in it, but there are about 6 places where there is mild profanity. 


A major Christian bookstore has agreed to test market the book, and I have edited some of the word in a revised edition. They are not major changes. 


For example, you might read about some B****** , but it will not be spelled out in the new edition. 




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