Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of by Gerald G. May

By Gerald G. May

Addiction and style bargains an inspiring and hope–filled imaginative and prescient if you wish to discover the secret of who and what they are surely. may perhaps examines the "processes of attachment" that result in dependancy and describes the connection among habit and religious wisdom. He additionally info a number 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 possibly emphasizes that habit represents an try to assert entire keep watch over over our lives. dependancy and beauty is a compassionate and clever therapy of an issue of significant obstacle in those so much addictive of instances, person who gives you a serious but hopeful advisor to a spot of freedom according to contemplative spirituality.

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Moments of peaceful openness and self-reflection, which may have seemed so pleasant in the past, are now actively avoided. Prayer, meditation, and simple times of quiet relaxation are either discontinued or filled with activities that will occupy attention. ” I know my own daily practice of prayer and meditation is not easy. One reason is that this practice opens my awareness to things about myself that I would rather not be conscious of. In many instances, these awarenesses have to do with my addictions: how attached I am to certain petty concerns and competitions, how worried I am about truly insignificant things, how important my selfish ego is to me.

Early researchers observed that chemically addicted people seemed to operate on the basis of the pleasure principle. Addicted people were called “narcissistic,” self-centered, manipulative, and devious, and they suffered from low self-esteem. The researchers concluded that some deep neurotic problem was responsible for the onset of addiction. When I began working with substance abuse, I noted that addicted people did indeed tend to have little self-respect, and they often seemed manipulative, devious, and self-centered.

Then, when the effect of the drops wore off, there were more natural congesting chemicals and less natural decongestants than there had been to start with, and therefore her nose was stuffier than ever. So she used more nose drops, and 24 / Addiction and Grace the vicious cycle continued until her nose was producing huge amounts of its own congestants and almost no decongestants at all. In trying to keep the balance, her nose had literally become dependent on the artificial decongestants in the drops.

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