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By Gerald G. May

ISBN-10: 0061122432

ISBN-13: 9780061122439

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 possibly examines the "processes of attachment" that result in habit and describes the connection among dependancy and non secular know-how. He additionally information a few of the addictions from which we will undergo, not just to components like alcohol and medication, yet to paintings, intercourse, functionality, accountability, and intimacy.

Drawing on his event as a psychiatrist operating with the chemically established, may well emphasizes that dependancy represents an try and assert whole keep an eye on over our lives. habit and charm is a compassionate and clever therapy of an issue of significant drawback in those such a lot addictive of occasions, one who promises a severe but hopeful consultant to a spot of freedom in response to contemplative spirituality.

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First, some questions that might reveal tolerance: —Do I feel that the amount of money and possessions I have right now is sufficient for my security, or do I feel I’d really be better off with more? —Is my sense of power and control sufficient, or do I feel I need more? —Are the important people in my life reliable, understanding, and loving enough, or would I feel more secure if they were more so? Second, some questions about withdrawal symptoms: —How do I feel if someone or something threatens to take away my possessions, power, or relationships?

Our personal worth and value, our capacity to love and be loved, and our ultimate care and protection are all things that have been given to us by God as our birthrights. 5 34 / Addiction and Grace Everyone in our culture seeks some kind of security within the realms of possessions, power, and relationships. By asking ourselves questions about our experience with these three areas and the five characteristics of addiction, we can see what serves freedom and what is addiction. Very simply, addiction exists wherever we can find evidence of all five of the characteristics.

Also note that they do not necessarily occur in the progressive order in which I present them. They overlap with one another and repeat themselves in a vicious cycle of self-deceit. We begin with the two most primitive and universal defense mechanisms described by Freudian psychology, denial and repression. Denial and Repression During the early stages of the development of chemical addiction, the conscious mind studiously ignores or rejects any signs of increasing use of the substance. Not only does the person not recognize that a problem exists, she doesn’t want to think about it.

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