Mar 24, 2017
Chris Prentiss is the co-founder and co-director of the world-famous Passages Addiction Cure Center in Malibu, California. He is also the author of the popular The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure: A Holistic Approach to Total Recovery and Zen and the Art of Happiness, and he has written a dozen books on Chinese philosophy and personal growth. Prentiss has led personal empowerment workshops in Southern California and has written, produced, and directed a feature film. He resides with his wife, Lyn, in Malibu, California.
“You are not an alcoholic or an addict. You are not incurably diseased. You have merely become dependent on substances or addictive behavior to cope with underlying conditions that you are now going to heal, at which time your dependency will cease completely and forever.”
“When people who believe themselves to be addicts or alcoholics come under great stress or trauma, they mentally give themselves permission to drink or use drugs as a remedy.”
“At the bottom of every person's dependency, there is always pain, Discovering the pain and healing it is an essential step in ending dependency.”
“If you examine your motive for doing anything, you'll soon discover that your reason is that you believe it will make you happy.”
“If you can stop using substance or stop your addictive behavior for extended periods of time without craving, you are not dependent. You are dependent only if you can't stop without physical or psychological distress (you have unpleasant physical and/or psychological withdrawal symptoms) or if you stop and then relapse.”
“It's the causes, not the dependent person, that must be corrected. That's why I see the United States' War on Drugs as being fought in an unrealistic manner. This war is focused on fighting drug dealers and the use of drugs here and abroad, when the effort should be primarily aimed at treating and curing that causes that compel people to reach for drugs.”