Ted Adamson on Up From Down. Is addiction a disease? Do 12 step programs really work? Ted Adamson, former junkie, and author of Up from Down: A true story of recovery from addiction, takes readers on an adventure through jails, prison, a Synanon-like program, and AA. We are given a look at the dark side of drug treatment programs: from the bizarre therapies of the Synanon-like Family to the twelve-step programs, you will see what passes as treatment in the modern recovery movement.On the way he shows how he found redemption that none of these places could really offer. Ted currently lives in serenity in Southern California. He has been off drugs for thirty-five years.