I won’t debate if addiction is a disease, but I agree no one wants to be addicted to anything. 12-step treatment teaches addiction is a chronic, progressive disease. Members don’t have a choice to use because they’re “powerless” over the substances. I assume Mara has not been in 12-step programs, but she does admit she’s battled depression in life. As an outsider she gives a very logical explanation of addiction. The nickname for outsiders in AA is “normies” or “Earth People.”
Only in addiction would the patient apologize for treatment not working, even when it’s prescribed by professionals.
Wait. Doesn’t it stigmatize alcoholics to call them abnormal and alien to this planet? Wouldn’t telling them that all humans make mistakes be more therapeutic?