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Steven Slate, Mark Scheeren, and Michelle Dunbar have created an indispensable guide through the labyrinth of claims about the nature of addiction to explain how this understanding leads to resolution of addiction and to overcoming it. Indeed, their thoroughly grounded scientific exploration of the “meaning of addiction” IS the basis for such personal resolution. To know that your enemy is not only your addiction, but, more importantly, how you think of it, is the key to freedom from addiction. And no volume in the world can put you in a better position for this resolution than The Freedom Model.

STANTON PEELE, PhD Author of Love and Addiction and Diseasing of America: How We Allowed Recovery Zealots and the Treatment Industry to Convince Us We Are Out of Control and creator of the on-line Life Process Program

The Freedom Model vividly operationalizes the words of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Max Planck: “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” In The Freedom Model, the things you look at are you, me, and our fundamental ability to make willful, constructive choices and changes in our personal lives. Utilizing the power of free will in the pursuit of happiness, we actively shape our destiny. We welcome adaptive changes in our search for new and more promising ways to effectively engage in the world around us. Beyond powerlessness, mindless addiction, and extrinsic influences, we seek an internal locus of control and a life made from the stuff of our own choices. It is our opportunity to define what is right for ourselves, knowing this definition may not find support from others. In The Freedom Model, use and abuse of alcohol and drugs allows for three basic options: heavy substance use, adjusted substance use, and total abstinence. In reality, these options have always been there and it is our right to choose the alternative best suited to our own, self-defined vision of happiness. We decide how we wish to live our life and benefit when our choices derive from our voice within. Would we want it any other way?

REAUME CARROLL MULRY, PhD Clinical and Sport Psychologist

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Steven Slate is a Research Fellow of Baldwin Research Institute, whose mission is to research cutting edge drug and alcohol issues, educational methodology, and best practices for drug and alcohol problems and related issues, to guide the drug and alcohol treatment industry and recovery society as a force for change, and to honestly and objectively educate the public as to the effectiveness of treatment and prevention programs with respect to drug and alcohol use. He co-authored The Freedom Model for Addictions, which is the culmination of BRI's decades of research and experience helping people with substance use problems. Steven came into the field after 5 years of addiction treatment had failed to help him solve his own heroin use problem, and he rejected the teachings of treatment to finally solve his problem. By shedding the "addict" self-image, embracing the fact that he was in control of himself, and recognizing that he could choose to change his substance use habits without a lifetime of meetings, treatments, and relapses, he finally ended his destructive heroin use habit. He's gone on to study addiction, and found that the majority of people said to be addicted get over their problems without any treatment or meetings whatsoever, and that a wide body of research spanning several decades easily disproves the treatment industry's claims of involuntary substance use and a "disease of addiction". His critical refutation of the brain disease model of addiction has appeared in textbooks published by McGraw Hill and Greenhaven press, and has since been confirmed by several internationally recognized addictions researchers, academics, and neuroscientists. His TEDx Talk "Our Relationship With Addiction" can be found online, and he appeared in the 12 Step exposé documentary "The 13th Step." His website is a popular source of alternative theories of addiction and research demonstrating that all substance use is fully voluntary behavior, that addiction treatment can be harmful, and that so-called addicts and alcoholics are more likely to resolve their problems without addiction treatment. His work is committed first to respecting the autonomy and right to self-determination of all substance users, denouncing myths about substance use, denouncing attempts to coerce and scare substance users into quitting, and finally presenting the facts that empower substance users to make choices that decrease their difficulties with drugs and alcohol.

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