By Gerald G. May
Addiction and charm bargains an inspiring and hope–filled imaginative and prescient if you happen to wish to discover the secret of who and what they are surely. may well examines the "processes of attachment" that result in habit and describes the connection among habit and non secular expertise. He additionally info a few of the addictions from which we will undergo, not just to elements like alcohol and medication, yet to paintings, intercourse, functionality, accountability, and intimacy.
Drawing on his event as a psychiatrist operating with the chemically based, may perhaps emphasizes that habit represents an try to assert whole keep an eye on over our lives. habit and charm is a compassionate and clever therapy of a subject matter of significant drawback in those such a lot addictive of occasions, person who gives you a serious but hopeful advisor to a spot of freedom in line with contemplative spirituality.
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It is not at all unusual to hear aged alcoholics, who have lost jobs, families, and homes, and who are now hospitalized with advanced cirrhosis of the liver, saying, “Hell, no. I’ve never had any trouble with booze. ” Rationalization Wherever denial and repression fail, the addicted person realizes some kind of problem exists. The realization calls forth a new defensive maneuver, which is to rationalize, to make excuses in an attempt to justify the addictive behavior. These rationalizations are not intentional lies; the person actually tries to convince herself that they are true.
It is caused by the attachment, or Gerald G. D. / 25 nailing, of desire to specific objects. The word behavior is especially important in this definition, for it indicates that action is essential to addiction. As I have indicated, attachment of desire is the underlying process that results in addictive behavior. In Sally’s case, nose drops were the object of her attachment, but for her attachment to become true addiction, she had to act on it; she had to use the drops. Narcotic users imply this emphasis on behavior when they speak of “doing” drugs.
The mind uses denial, repression, and a host of other defense mechanisms to keep us unaware of the truth of our motivations or to justify them falsely. For example, while I may know that much of my psychic energy is currently invested in writing this book well and clearly, I may not realize that some of the same energy is also invested in less admirable motives like trying to impress or compete with my colleagues. In terms of the spiritual life, we may think we are seeking to love God with purity of heart, but quite different and even conflicting motivations are normally present beneath awareness.
Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions by Gerald G. May