Mark Jennison claims that his I Am A Comeback program is better than mainstream recovery methods in helping individuals regain their control over their alcohol intake. Ironically, such take is something an overconfident drunk man will say IMHO. No offense but it’s also hard to take him seriously when he looks like an alcohol addict himself. I don’t think his program is “ultra-powerful, game-changing strategy” as he claims, and I’ll tell you why in the review below.
Don’t get me wrong, I somehow agree to Mark about how it’s more realistic to control the drinking of alcohol rather than complete abstinence from it. But to say that they’re better than methods with years of study to back them up is just too overboard. Nothing but hype to turn your attention to his program rather than the conventional ones.
I mean, him seemingly luring men with toxic masculinity doesn’t sit well to me. The words “high- achieving,” “powerful,” and “elite-minded” being used TOO frequently in his site just screams like it. I’m not an expert myself but someone with a Psychology degree told me that the first step in rehabbing is acknowledging the weakness first rather than feeding your patient’s ego unnecessarily. Like how you would tell Superman first that his weakness is Kryptonite rather than tell him that he’s the strong and amazing Superman himself. In the grand scheme of things, I think Mark is doing this as a marketing ploy and to also weed out the broke to those who can pay thousand bucks for his program.
To be fair, he needs to do such weeding to not waste anyone’s time. After all, his program is quite expensive and not for everyone. The first offer that costs $3,000 only gives you access to Facebook Workplace group and a personal coach that will check your progress to sobriety from time to time. To get the actual 45-day program that is the equivalent of conventional 30-day drug detox, you need to pay $5,000. The former consists of several video lectures of up to 60 minutes each to “re-train your brain.”
Here’s the content of the 45-day program if you’re curious. Week 1 would be your typical mindset training and removing any doubts that recovery is impossible. Week 2 is all about the mentors evaluating your personal experiences, so they know what approach to take to cure you. Week 3 is about building your confidence like what happened to week 1, but taken to a higher notch.
Meanwhile, week 4 is about the mentors giving ideas of other activities and coping mechanisms to do instead of resorting to too much alcohol. Week 5 is knowing the root cause of your alcoholism, so you hopefully overcome it. Finally, week 6 is about imparting discipline so that the triggers that made you drink too much alcohol before don’t bother you anymore.
By end of week 6, you’re expected to be in control of your alcohol addiction now. If not, you have the option to join their 6-month program called “Comeback Alliance.” As expected, this will cost you a lot more.
Since the pricing is similar to the rehabs offered by actual medical institutions, I rather skip Mark’s program. This is especially important when you have an insurance that covers the cost of conventional rehab. There’s also free-of-charge options that you can try first like those offered by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
For the coaching part of Mark’s program, I’ll recommend an actual therapy from psychiatrist that can prescribe you meds if needed. Mark’s saying that “you don’t have a disease” as an implication that you don’t need proper medication is quite dangerous. Sure, something related to addiction and mental health is not a disease, but that doesn’t mean that taking pills such as antidepressants is not useful. Denying “science” in these fields seems like an anti-vaxxer thing to do, c’mon Mark.
Besides, I have a gut feeling that the success rate of 92.2% that Mark claims for his program is not true. How can you trust someone to say their success figures truthfully when he requires NDA so you can’t talk shit (aka give negative reviews) about him and his program? There’s a reason that only a few reviews of this program exist, and they are usually commented via throwaway accounts. The censorship is quite insane that Kim Jong-un would be proud. It seems like Mark is just monetizing addiction while threatening people who realize it’s all BS to not retaliate.