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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 12:01 PM

31. I work in transplant

Iíve also been sober many years because of AA, and youíll have to take my word for thisóI was bad.

That being said, AA ďworksĒ for a lot of people. There are very few other workable, affordable options, as itís basically a form of free therapy. I have taken care of any number of liver transplant patients who stopped drinking and using on their own, and did not need ďcommunity recoveryĒ as itís called. In our transplant program, If your liver disease is due to alcohol or drug abuse, itís a requirement that you attend community recovery programs and prove that you did so.

I hate the AA works/AA doesnít work/AA is a cult-religion/no it isnít/ back and forth arguments and I usually donít involve myself, but I do want to say this. I donít give a shit HOW someone gets sober, on their own, through AA, through therapy, through religion, through sheer will power. I just care that they do.

There are drugs for addiction coming down the pike, other therapies, but the abstinence based approach, so that oneís addiction isnít ďtriggeredĒ seems to be the best way thus far.

As I type this, Iím working, Iím a dialysis nurse today. My patients are very ill, and I value the ones who put themselves into that illness through their own behavior no less than others. Addiction is ugly. It ruins lives, it costs billions, there is no current cure.

Liver failure is one of the ugliest ways to die there is.

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