Good News for Mel Gibson – He Doesn’t Have an Alcoholic Disease

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Mel Gibson has alternatives to believing he has to struggle with alcoholism for life. The relapse rate for those who see themselves as alcoholics is high because of this belief.

The bad news is that he believes he does.

Mel Gibson’s statement that he has struggled with alcoholism for years is a painful example of how most people view their addictions as a lifelong struggle.

Is alcoholism a disease? Are people alcoholics for life? Richard Friesen, an executive trainer with a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, claims his radical addiction recovery process is not only be positive and painless but ends the lifelong struggle and reduce the relapses like those experienced by Mel Gibson.

Friesen’s approach has raised a few eyebrows in traditional recovery circles that claim addiction is a disease for life. Friesen waves off the criticism with a big grin. “They are right. Alcohol CAN be a disease for life especially if you believe it is!” He goes on to add that any unwanted behavior can be ended permanently. “I would love to hear Mel simply say - ‘I used to drink.’”

To back up his claim that alcoholism isn’t a disease for life, Mr. Friesen is offering a radical new approach to recovery. Clients experience a three-day, upbeat seminar with hypnosis, interactive exercises and relationship training along with weekly support.

According to Friesen, Positive Recovery creates a nourishing environment that gives clients the tools to work through the fundamental steps of change from being an addict or alcoholic to being a person who used to do drugs or drink. Relationship training and hypnosis solidify each step and create a nourishing process for building a new life.

Positive Recovery seminars were founded by the brother/sister team of Richard and Wendi Friesen to expand the success of the Alcohol Freedom CD program by reaching people who want to end their struggles in a supportive and lively group experience. More information on the free evening workshops and the seminar starting August 11, 2006 and the Alcohol Freedom CD can be found at or by calling (415) 259-0652.


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