By Gerald G. May
Addiction and charm deals an inspiring and hope–filled imaginative and prescient should you wish to discover the secret of who and what they are surely. could examines the "processes of attachment" that bring about dependancy and describes the connection among habit and non secular know-how. He additionally information a few of the addictions from which we will endure, not just to ingredients like alcohol and medicine, yet to paintings, intercourse, functionality, accountability, and intimacy.
Drawing on his event as a psychiatrist operating with the chemically based, could emphasizes that habit represents an try to assert entire keep watch over over our lives. dependancy and charm is a compassionate and clever therapy of an issue of significant challenge in those so much addictive of occasions, one who grants a serious but hopeful consultant to a spot of freedom in accordance with contemplative spirituality.
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Through the haze of intoxication and depression, the mind continues its battle with itself. Increasingly bizarre forms of rationalization and resolution surface—forms that are possible only because the person’s reason has been cruelly eroded. Other drugs are used to substitute for the primary substance, and secondary addictions develop. Desperately seeking a way out, unrealistic schemes are hatched. ” These grow into proportions that can only be called psychotic. “If it weren’t for my boss treating me the way he did, I wouldn’t be in this state.
How much can I respect myself if I do not even know what I really want? The greatest damage to self-esteem, however, comes from repeated failures at trying to change addictive behavior. Even if I do feel clear about what I really want, I cannot make myself behave accordingly. I seem to be honestly out of control; yet, in all truth, I have only myself to blame. This failure can decimate my self-respect. In some other culture, in a society that reveres the mystery of human nature more than ours does, such failures at self-mastery might not be so devastating.
In a passive response to defeat, the addicted person is besieged with feelings of shame, remorse, and guilt. This self-hatred may lead to suicidal impulses, but more often the person simply surrenders to the addiction. “I give up. I can’t handle it, and I’m too tired to even go on fighting. ” There may be some 48 / Addiction and Grace grace in this admission of defeat, but it is still misperceived by the addicted person. If the person is sophisticated in the language of Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous, she is likely to try to convince herself that this, finally, is the rock-bottom surrender that will somehow save her.