Ability versus Choice

The whole question of whether a given person “can” or “cannot” use drugs or alcohol again is erroneous, misguided, and liable to cause a great deal of harm. It sets up a challenge to people to try to use drugs or alcohol again–and those who have truly internalized AA’s notions of powerlessness all to often wind up dying in the process. Asking whether a person “can” use drugs or alcohol again is ridiculous–of course you “can”. The question is whether or not it is in your best interest to CHOOSE to do so!

Rather than asking whether or not someone can use drugs or alcohol again, a much more rational and helpful question is for the person to ask “What is my best choice? Is it safer use, reduced use, or quitting?”

When people choose to quit drinking or drugging because they believe that it is their best choice, then they will have a great deal of success in quitting!

Copyright © 2010, 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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