Treatment is a formative time for a recovering addict—the ideas that seem to save us end up staying with us.
By the time the family gets around to taking action, conditions in the addict’s life have already reached the point where there’s a certain incentive to change.
Alcoholism has been around for nine or ten thousand years, but most of what science understands of brain function is less than eighty years old.
There’s a big difference between “knowing” that something is a disease, and actually treating it as one.
But to start opening those doors, someone has to be in the room — that is, they have to be identified (by themselves, preferably, but frequently by others such as the court system or family members) as possible/probable addicts.
A model generally supersedes other models not because it is perfect in every respect, but because it seems to explain certain aspects better than its predecessors.