Frequently Asked Questions
Do addicts have a good time? Aren’t they just stupid or lazy? Isn’t their basic problem a lack of willpower? Are 12-Step programs an easy con or a cult? If someone can quit drinking or using drugs intermittently, isn’t that proof they’re not addicted? Don’t addicts have to want help? Isn’t punishment the best way to force them to quit?
Listening to countless speakers at AA meetings made me question my assumption that drug addicts — starting with me — were only getting what we deserved. No one held a gun to our heads and made us take drugs. We did them voluntarily, enthusiastically. Didn’t we bear the blame for our descent into dereliction? I felt that I did, that I caused my metamorphosis into an incorrigible drunk. But it’s not that simple. Some people are genetically pre-disposed to addiction.