I heard an interview with Charlie Sheen in which he bashed Alcoholics Anonymous and their "5 percent success rate." He said that he has his own rehab program at his home, calling it Sober Valley Lodge. He said that he doesn't want AA to have anything to do with it, as if AA were going to come knocking and asking to be part of Sober Valley Lodge.
Evidently, Sheen has cured his own addiction by closing his eyes and making it so with his mind. He said that he had to unload 22 years of fiction from AA and thought that the Big Book was "a silly book written by a broken-down fool who is a plagiarist."
I was thinking what it would like if the 95% who were still a mess would move on to Sober Valley Lodge and work a recovery program Sheen's way. That would mean that AA would be filled with those who really have recovery-- a "stick with the winners" group.
I wonder how many alcoholics/addicts really think that Sheen has the answers. He professes to be so "successful" because he has a super brain, tiger blood, Adonis DNA, and is a "freakin rock star from Mars". Those who relapse, as he has, are "trolls".
I wish him the best with his recovery. Maybe his mind and tiger blood and Adonis DNA will be all that he needs. I wonder if he thinks about what those around him, his family in particular, are thinking. His father said "We have to love that much more. We have to be that much more present." But sometimes the love becomes worn down and being present becomes more difficult.
I think that if love and being present could help those who have substance abuse problems, there would be a lot more sober people. I tried and tried with love and being present, but it didn't make any difference until the alcoholic was ready to admit being powerless over alcohol. It also meant that I had to admit that I was ready to surrender and needed help with my own insanity.
Fully accepting Step One is the hardest step for so many of us. It means giving up control over others. I think that is vital for the five percent who have recovered. Maybe Charlie Sheen will be one of those who gets it.