Idealism is when I envisioned or saw things in perfect manner and confused it with pragmatism. Perfection is the mistake, that contributed to my addiction via shame based ideas of self due to me not measuring-up, it’s I’m not enough-ism. Realism on the other hand, tends toward a more pragmatic and actual view of a situation. Pragmatism is an approach that assesses the truth of meaning of theories or beliefs in terms of the success of their practical application. A prime example of realism is the unscientific notion that came from the AA textbook, The Dr.’s Opinion, that alcoholics have an allergy to alcohol, yet to this day I still hear this myth at AA meetings. Another example is the myth that alcoholism / addiction is a disease due to genetic predisposition, this is via the AMA. This myth is very lucrative for the rehabs / treatment revolving doors of relapse. Alcoholism / addiction (symptom) is the cure for that of which purports to be the disease. The symptom is a frame of reference for the causes and conditions that create addiction.