Is PAWS an Iatrogenic Artifact of 12 Step Treatment?

Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome–PAWS–seems almost entirely iatrogenic–in other words it is an artifact of the treatment modality which would not occur if people were quitting naturally on their own because they chose to instead of quitting through a 12 step treatment program and against their will because someone forced them to be there.

Just think of it–suddenly you are deprived of your favorite hobby in the world and told that you will NEVER EVER be able to enjoy it again. Isn’t this enough to make anyone miserable even if the hobby were knitting or reading comic books rather than drinking?

You are horribly shamed by your “recovery” group if you ever drink again.

You are forced to attend these godawful brainwashing meeting which are a torture in and of themselves and on top of that you are forced to believe in one of the sickest and most twisted theologies on record–the god of Bill Wilson’s 12 steps who has created alcohol to torture humainty and before whom we were all lost until finally god in his infinite mercy revealed the 12 steps to Bill Wilson who could now go and become the savior of humanity.


Sitting in AA meetings and listening to this sort of garbage is sure to make you sick–if you stay away from the 12 steps and if you quit by your own choice–whether cold turkey or through pharmacological extinction or through gradual reduction you will never have PAWS.

Brain disease my great aunt’s sweet patootie!!!

Copyright © 2009, The HAMS Harm Reduction Network


About Kenneth Anderson

Kenneth Anderson is the author of the book How to Change Your Drinking: a Harm Reduction Guide to Alcohol. He is also the founder and CEO of The HAMS Harm Reduction Network.
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