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Suchtverhalten – Drogenkonsum

 

Inhaltsverzeichnis (verbergen)

  1. 1. Scham und negative Emotionen als Suchtauslöser
  2. 2. Definitionen von Sucht
  3. 3. Selbsthilfegruppen und das Zwölf-Schritte-Programm
  4. 4. BW-Werte – Suchtauflösung (Übersicht) – D. Hawkins
  5. 5. Gelassenheitsgebet
  6. 6. Radikale Wahrheits-Übung – D. Hawkins
  7. 7. Statistik zum Thema Internet-Pornographie
  8. 8. Zitate zum Thema Sucht / Addiction
    1. 8.1 Zitate von D. Hawkins
    2. 8.2 Quotes by D. Hawkins
    3. 8.3 Zitate von anderen Quellen
    4. 8.4 Quotes by various other sources
    5. 8.5 Quotes by Gabor Maté
    6. 8.6 Quotes by Brenda Schaeffer – Sex and romance addiction
    7. 8.7 Quotes by Bill Griffith Wilson
    8. 8.8 Actual success rate of the 12-step program – Lance Dodes
  9. 9. Englische Texte – English section on Addiction
    1. 9.1 Release from addiction (LoC calibrations chart) – D. Hawkins
    2. 9.2 Twelve-step program (AA)
    3. 9.3 Progressive stages of addiction and recovery
    4. 9.4 Serenity Prayer
  10. 10. BW-Werte: Sucht / Addiction
    1. 10.1 LoC calibrations (engl.): Addiction
  11. 11. Index: Sucht / Addiction – Bücher von D. Hawkins
    1. 11.1 Index: Audio- und Videomedien (engl.) von und mit D. Hawkins
  12. 12. Links zum Thema Sucht / Addiction
    1. 12.1 Literatur
    2. 12.2 Literature (engl.)
    3. 12.3 Externe Weblinks
    4. 12.4 External web links (engl.)
    5. 12.5 Audio- und Videolinks
    6. 12.6 Audio and video links (engl.)
    7. 12.7 Audio and video links (engl.) – Gabor Maté
    8. 12.8 Audio and video links (engl.) – Alcohol addiction –  Bill Wilson and J.R. (Randy) Richmond
    9. 12.9 Audio and video links (engl.) – Kevin McCauley
    10. 12.10 Audio and video links (engl.) – Sex addiction – Patrick Carnes
    11. 12.11 Audio and video links (engl.) – Internet pornography addiction – Gail Dines
    12. 12.12 Audio and video links (engl.) – Internet pornography addiction – Hilton, Schneider, Kastleman, Wilson
    13. 12.13 Interne Links

 

Irisierende Wolken

 

 

Sobald sich die Wolken aufgelöst haben, wird die Sonne aus sich heraus scheinen.
Dr. David R. Hawkins, mehrere Quellen

 

 

Der Alkoholiker ist nicht süchtig
auf Bier oder Whiskey;
er ist süchtig auf den Rausch.

Dr. David R. Hawkins,
Sedona Seminar Alignment,
3 DVD-Set, 16. April 2005

 

 

KultCult

 


 

Scham und negative Emotionen als Suchtauslöser

Die Wurzeln von Süchten aller Art sind negative Emotionen und Scham.

 

Ein drogeninduziertes Hochgefühl kann von BW 350 bis 600 variieren. Es überdeckt die beschwerenden Notstandsgefühle und gewährt Einblick in das, was sein kann und in Wirklichkeit immer schon ist.

 

Hawkins ist ein über den Bewusstseinssprung in die Erleuchtung genesener ehemaliger Alkoholiker, der als Psychiater beruflich über fünfzig Jahre mit seelisch Gebeutelten und Süchtigen zu tun hatte.

Definitionen von Sucht

Sucht ist ...

  • Machtlosigkeit
  • Bindungsunfähigkeit
  • ...

 


Die Musen Clio, Euterpe und Thalia
Französischer Maler Eustache Le Sueur

 

Siehe auch: ► Wunder und Sucht

Selbsthilfegruppen und das Zwölf-Schritte-Programm

Sinngemäß und in abgewandelter Form lauten die 12 Wandlungsstufen des
Zwölf-Schritte-Programms (orientiert an de.Wikipedia, Stand Januar 2007) innerhalb einer sich regelmäßig treffenden Selbsthilfegruppe zur Heilung von Suchtkrankheiten so:

 

  1. Sich selbst eingestehen, dass man in Bezug auf das eigene Problem machtlos ist und sein Leben generell nicht mehr meistern kann. Es kann sich dabei beispielsweise um Alkohosucht, sonstige Drogensucht, Sexsucht, Gefühlsnöte usw. handeln [je nach dem Anliegen der Gruppe].
  2. Zu dem Glauben kommen, dass nur eine Macht, die umfassender ist als man selbst, die eigene psychische Gesundheit wiederherstellen kann.
  3. Den Entschluss fassen, seinen Eigenwillen und sein Leben der Fürsorge Gottes, so wie ihn der Einzelne für sich versteht, anzuvertrauen.
  4. Eine gründliche und furchtlose Bestandsaufnahme seiner selbst machen.
  5. Vor Gott, sich selbst und vor einem anderen Menschen die eigenen Fehler eingestehen.
  6. Bereitschaft zeigen, 'Charakterfehler' von Gott beseitigen zu lassen.
  7. Demütig darum bitten, dass Gott sämtliche persönlichen Fehler beseitigt.
  8. Eine Auflistung aller Personen machen, denen man Schaden zugefügt hat, und die Bereitschaft / den Willen zur Wiedergutmachung aufbieten.
  9. Wo immer möglich, diese Menschen entschädigen, außer, wenn sie oder andere dadurch verletzt werden.
  10. Die innere Inventur fortsetzen und die Dinge eingestehen, die man gedanklich ins Unrecht setzt, wo man unrichtig gehandelt hat.
  11. Durch Gebet und Besinnung eine nachhaltige bewusste Beziehung zu Gott, wie man ihn versteht, aufbauen und vertiefen und um nichts als die Erkenntnis bitten, Gottes Willen zu erfassen und die Kraft zu erhalten, ihn umzusetzen.
  12. Nach der inzwischen erlebten spirituellen Erweckung (Durchbruchserlebnis oder allmähliche Wandlung) sich dafür engagieren, diese Botschaft an Mitbetroffene weiterzugeben und seinen Alltag nach den spirituellen Grundsätzen des 12-Schritte-Programms auszurichten.

BW-Werte – Suchtauflösung (Übersicht) – D. Hawkins


Süchte und Suchtauflösung
BW-Wert Suchtbezogenes ThemaBeschreibung
80-100Die meisten DrogenEinige Drogen liegen unter diesem BW-Wert.
150Antidrogen-Programm der Vereinigten Staaten von AmerikaWirkungsloses Programm, das Zeit, Ressourcen und Geld verschwendet
300-600Drogeninduzierte GipfelerlebnisseHigh-Zustände
350Erforderliches Bewusstseinsniveau, um den Prozess der Suchtheilung einzuleiten 
540
575
Selbsthilfegruppen von Suchtbekennern mit 12-Schritte-Programmen
Bekannteste SH-Gruppe Anonyme Alkoholiker
Dieses Programm bietet den einzigen tiefgreifenden Ansatz zur Suchtheilung, den Hawkins aktuell kennt und empfiehlt. Es heilt das Gruppenfeld. Wer sich vorzeitig entzieht, kann einen Rückfall in Suchtverhalten erleben.
560+Gruppenleiter von AA-SelbsthilfegruppenDurchschnittlicher BW der Säulen eines heilsamen Gruppenfeldes
550-600Ein Kurs in WundernEKiW ist ein eigenständig oder in Gruppen durchzuführender bewusstseinserweiternder Kurs in Buchform.

Gelassenheitsgebet

  1. Gott, gib' mir die (Gnade und Demut und) Gelassenheit,
    Dinge hinzunehmen, die ich nicht ändern kann,
  2. den Mut, Dinge zu ändern, die ich ändern kann,
  3. und die Weisheit, das eine vom anderen zu unterscheiden.

 

Standard-Gebet bei den Treffen der Anonymen Alkoholiker, 12-Schritte-Selbsthilfegruppen, Gebet von Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) US-amerikanischer Theologe, Philosoph, Politologe, (irrtümlich auch Friedrich Christoph Oetinger, Prälat, Theosoph, zugesprochen), entstanden vermutlich 1941/42

Radikale Wahrheits-Übung – D. Hawkins

In seinen Seminaren zum Thema Sucht und Schmerz erläutert Hawkins den Ablauf der radikalen Wahrheits-Übung, die er bei Suchtverhalten, Krankheit und Schmerzen generell als Abhilfe empfiehlt.

 

Radikale Wahrheitsübung
StufeEmpfehlung
1.Höre auf, über deine Empfindungen (deinen Drang) zu grübeln (mentieren) und sie mit Namen (Diagnosen, Urteilen) zu versehen.
2.Leiste deinen Empfindungen keinen Widerstand mehr. Und erlaube, dass sie über ihr örtliches Vorhandensein hinauswachsen und sich in deiner Aura verteilen.
3.Übe dich in der Haltung Mögen noch mehr dieser Empfindungen auftauchen.
4.Nimm sie ganz an und erlaube, dass sie sich im Prozess der Hingabe vollständig auflösen.

 

Diese 4 Schritte zur Loslösung von Notstandsgefühlen im nichtintegeren Bereich lassen sich beispielsweise anwenden auf

 

Wer loslässt, wächst über seine wollüstigen Begierden und Gefühle der Scham, Schuld, Angst, Wut und des Stolzes hinaus und erreicht einen gelassenen, nicht verhafteten Zustand, in dem er gleichermaßen in Frieden ist, ob nun das Verlangen vorhanden ist oder nicht, ob es auftaucht oder verschwindet. Der Gelöste betrachtet sein Verlangen aus der Haltung der Harmlosigkeit und weiß, wann es angemessen ist und wie es angemessen zu befriedigen ist.

 

Um eine BW-Stufe hinter sich lassen zu können,
muss man sie sich in Gänze zu eigen gemacht haben.

 

Beschleunigen: Die Haltung, dass noch mehr von den vorhandenen bzw. darunter liegenden Schattenempfindungen auftauchen mögen, ist eine Möglichkeit den Prozess zu beschleunigen, indem man '100% Verantwortung übernimmt', für das, was da ist. Dabei anerkennt man seine Empfindungen und Emotionen vollständig und führt sie nicht (mehr) aus. Die Vorstellung, dass das Verlangen endlos sei, gibt man ebenfalls auf. Dabei wird sich zeigen, dass es im Prozess der Hingabe austrocknet und irgendwann einfach versiegt ist.

Statistik zum Thema Internet-Pornographie

  • Sexsucht ist führend im Internet.
  • Es gibt 400 Millionen pornografische Webseiten, täglich kommen 300 weitere dazu.
  • 89% der Pornografie-Webseiten stammen aus den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika [Platz 1], 4% aus Deutschland [Platz 2].
  • Mit Online-Pornofilmen wurden weltweit mehr als eine Milliarde US-Dollar verdient. [Stand 2009]
  • 43 Prozent aller Internet-User schauen sich online Pornofilmen an.
  • 72% Männer und 28% Frauen (Tendenz steigend) rufen pro Sekunde etwa 30.000 Porno-Streams ab.
  • 35% des Internet-Datenverkehrs ist pornografischen Ursprungs.
  • Ein Viertel aller Google-Suchanfragen dreht sich um Pornografie.
  • Nur 3% der Sex-Seiten verlangen eine Altersangabe des Nutzers.
  • 'Sex' und 'Porn' zählen zu den fünf meistgefragtesten Suchbegriffen bei Kindern unter 18 Jahren.

 

Quelle: ► Artikel Zehn Fakten über Web-Pornos, präsentiert von der deutschen Bild-Zeitung online, 15. Januar 2010
Referenz: ► Online Education
Siehe auch: ► Statistik

Zitate zum Thema Sucht / Addiction

Zitate von D. Hawkins

⚠ Achtung Siehe Power vs. Truth (engl.) Januar 2013

  • Von einer einzigen Sucht zu genesen, kann den Großteil einer Lebensspanne beanspruchen. Die verbreitetste und heimtückischste Sucht ist die Verleugnung, die den Blick durch unsere intellektuelle Eitelkeit trübt. […]
    Auch wenn ein Mensch vernünftigerweise einsieht, dass er sich selbstzerstörerisch verhält, hat diese Erkenntnis nicht die geringste unerlässlich abschreckende Wirkung. Seine Süchte verstandesmäßig anzuerkennen, hat uns in keinem Fall die Macht verliehen, sie im Zaum zu halten. Afflicted by Forces Unseen?, FU Exzerpt aus Power vs. Force. The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, Kapitel 24 Resolution [Ratschluss], S. 289, Hay House, February 2002

 


 Amanita muscaria, Marriott Falls Track
Tasmania, Australia, 12. April 2009
  • Das Erleben eines langanhaltenden höheren [Bewusstseins]Zustandes kann "regulär" nur durch ein Leben hingebungsvoller innerer Arbeit erreicht werden; es kann jedoch vorübergehend auch durch künstliche Mittel erreicht werden. Aber das Gleichgewicht in der Natur führt dazu, dass das manipulierte Erreichen dieses Zustandes ohne eigenes Verdienst eine Schuld erzeugt und dass dieses negative Ungleichgewicht abträgliche Folgen nach sich zieht. Der Preis solch' eines gestohlenen Vergnügens ist die Verzweiflung der Sucht, und schließlich zahlen sowohl der Süchtige als auch die Gesellschaft dafür. OU Die Ebenen des Bewusstseins, Kapitel VI, S. 98, 2005

 

  • Das so genannte Hochgefühl, das der Drogen- oder Alkoholgenießer erlebt, kann allerdings einen messbaren Bewusstseinswert von 350 bis 600 [auf einer Skala von 1-1000] erreichen. Die tatsächliche Wirkung von Drogen dient einfach dazu, die niederen Energiefelder zu unterdrücken, was dem Betreffenden ermöglicht, ausschließlich die höheren zu erleben. Es ist, als ob alle unteren Töne eines Orchesters durch ein Sieb herausgefiltert würden, so dass man nur noch die hohen Noten hören kann. Die Unterdrückung der niederen Töne bringt nicht die höheren Töne hervor, sie macht diese lediglich offenbar.
    […] Selten erfährt ein Durchschnittsmensch etwa Liebe ohne Angst oder reine Freude, noch viel weniger Ekstase. Diese höheren Bewusstseinszustände sind jedoch derart machtvoll, dass man sie, so man sie einmal erlebt hat, nie vergessen kann und sie deshalb unablässig anstrebt.
    […] Der hohe Zustand, nach dem die Leute mit allen Mitteln trachten, ist tatsächlich das Erfahrungsfeld ihres eigenen Bewusstseins (SELBST). Wenn sie spirituell unzureichend gebildet sind und es ihnen an Hintergrundwissen mangelt, um das Erleben begreifen zu können, glauben sie, dass es von einer "äußeren" Quelle erzeugt wurde (beispielsweise von einem Guru, von Musik, Drogen, Geliebten usw.). Dabei ist lediglich unter besonderen Umständen etwas eingetreten, wodurch sie erfahren haben, was in Wirklichkeit "im Innern" vorhanden ist.
    Die meisten Menschen sind so weit entfernt von ihren eigenen reinen Bewusstseinszuständen, dass sie sie nicht erkennen, wenn sie sie erleben, weil sie diese mit ihren eigenen niederen Ego-basierten Zuständen oder ihrem eigenen geringsten gemeinsamen Nenner einschätzen. Ein negatives Selbstbild blockiert das freudige Leuchten, das die wahre Essenz ihres Wesens ist, das deshalb nicht erkannt wird. Dass dieser freudige, friedvolle, erfüllende Zustand tatsächlich die eigene Essenz ist, ist ein wesentlicher Lehrsatz jedes bedeutenden spirituellen Führers gewesen (wie etwa Das Reich Gottes ist inwendig in euch). FU Power versus Force. The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, Kapitel VI New Horizons in Research, S. 104-105, Hay House, February 2002

Alternative Quelle: Sober Living'' magazine, spring 2003 (updated 20. May 2010) PDF (engl.)


 

  • Es ist die Energie dahinter, auf die man süchtig ist. Sedona Seminar Alignment, 3 DVD-Set, 16. April 2005

 

  • Der Alkoholiker ist nicht süchtig auf Bier oder Whiskey; er ist süchtig auf den Rausch. Sedona Seminar Alignment, 3 DVD-Set, 16. April 2005

 

  • Das Ego kann nicht über sich hinauswachsen. Es kann allein durch den Spirituellen Willen BW 850 transzendiert werden. Suchtverhalten gibt es schon seit Millionen von Jahren. Der Verstand, die Ratio BW 400, ist linear und machtlos gegenüber der Sucht. Der Spirituelle Wille ist nichtlinear. Wenn wir uns GOTT zuwenden, geschieht es durch Demut und Übergabe. Sedona Seminar Alignment, 3 DVD-Set, 16. April 2005

Quotes by D. Hawkins

Personal avowals on addiction

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Alcoholism

  • I suffered from a hopeless and incurable disease. Early recordings, source unknown1

 

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On enlightenment

  • I succumbed to a progressive and fatal illness [alcoholism] that did not respond to any available treatment. By the time I was 38 I knew I was about to die. I didn't care about my body, but my spirit was in extreme anguish and despair. As my final moment approached, the thought flashed through my mind, What if there is a God? So I called out in prayer, "If there is a God, I ask Him to help me now." I surrendered to whatever God there might be, and went unconscious. When I awoke, a transformation of such enormity had taken place that I was struck dumb with awe. Power vs. Force. The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, Preface, S. 11-12, Hay House, February 2002

 

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Humourous sharing:

D. Hawkins shares how he was pulled over by a cop because of weaving with his car while driving on the street.

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Recommendation:

Twelve-Step Program

Recommendations

  • I recommend the 12 steps to anybody in the world for anything. Because its merely a spiritual way of living. This was the idea of the Oxford Group. The Oxford Groups were not religious. They asked 'What is the spiritual core of truth? Because they were disillusioned with traditional religion.
    Twelve-step program calibrate at 540 which is the energy field of healing itself. It's impossible to do the 12 steps and still calibrate below 200. Every single step brings you above 200. Don't forget each step brings up resistance! [Partially paraphrased.] Sedona Seminar Enlightenment, lecture 4, Poco Diablo Resort, 3 DVD set, August 2003
⚠ Caveat See Power vs. Truth, January 2013

  • Renounce the addiction of the ego to the juice of positionalities. Source unknown

 

 

  • It is the level of [...] chronic gamblers who accept failure as part of their lifestyle often resulting in loss. [...] Major losses in early childhood make one vulnerable to passive acceptance of grief later on, as though sorrow were the price of life. Power vs. Force. The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, chapter 4 Levels of Human Consciousness, S. 79, Hay House, February 2002

 

  • Alcohol or drugs do not have the power to create a "high" at all; they calibrate at only 100 (the level of vegetables). The so-called high that the drug or alcohol user experiences, however, can calibrate from 350 to 600. The actual effect of drugs is merely to suppress the lower energy fields, thereby allowing the user to exclusively experience the higher ones. It's as though a filter screened out all the lower tones coming from an orchestra so that all that could be heard were the high notes. The suppression of the low notes doesn't create the high ones; it merely reveals them. Power vs. Force. The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, chapter 6 New Horizons in Research, S. 104, Hay House, February 2002

 

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The state of Shangri-La:

This quote is followed by a reference to the fictional paradise-like mystical, harmonious valley Shangri-La nested in the Himalayan Mountains, so described in the novel (later in the movie) Lost Horizon (1933) by British author James Hilton. Synonymously, mystical states have been termed Shangri-La.

  • Within the levels of consciousness, the higher frequencies are extremely powerful, and few people routinely experience these as pure states because they're masked by lower energy fields of anxiety, fear, anger, resentment, and so on. Rarely does the average person get to experience, for instance, love without fear, or pure joy, much less ecstasy. But these higher states are so powerful that once they have been experienced, they are never forgotten, and therefore, are sought ever after.
    It is to this experience of higher states that people become addicted. Power vs. Force. The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, chapter 6 New Horizons in Research, S. 104-105, Hay House, February 2002

 

  • The high state that people seek, by whatever means, is in fact the experience field of their own consciousness (Self). If they're spiritually unsophisticated and lack a context with which to comprehend the experience, they believe it's created by something "out there" (such as a guru, music, drugs, lovers, and so forth) – but all that has actually happened is that, under special circumstances, they have experienced what is, in reality, "in here”. The majority of people are so divorced from their own states of pure consciousness that they don't recognize them when they experience them, because they identify with their own lower ego states, or their own lowest common denominator. A negative self-image blots out the joyous brilliance that is the true essence of their identities, which therefore goes unrecognized. That this joyous, peaceful, fulfilling state is really one's own essence has been a basic tenet of every great spiritual leader (for example, ‘the kingdom of God is within you’). Power vs. Force. The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, chapter 6 New Horizons in Research, S. 105-106, Hay House, February 2002

 

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Narcotics are addicting – recreational soft drugs are nonaddicting.

  • The original critical error was the failure to differentiate between hard drugs and soft drugs. Hard drugs (narcotics) are addicting, with severe withdrawal effects, and have been traditionally associated with crime. Soft drugs (recreational) are nonaddicting, don't induce withdrawal, and are usually initially handled by amateurs. By criminalizing soft drugs, the government created a new criminal syndicate, wealthy and international in scope. Power vs. Force. The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, chapter 11 Power in the Marketplace, S. 168, Hay House, February 2002

 

  • Recovering from a single addiction can take up the majority of a lifetime. And the most common and insidious addiction is to denial, which benights us through our intellectual vanity. […]
    Even when a person intellectually knows his behavior is self-destructive, this knowledge has no necessary deterrent effect whatsoever; intellectual recognition of our addictions has never given us power to control them. Afflicted by Forces Unseen?, excerpted from Power vs. Force. The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, chapter 24 Resolution, S. 289, Hay House, February 2002

 

  • All spiritual truth is contained in every spiritual concept. It is only necessary to completely and totally understand one single concept to understand all of the in order to arrive at the realization of the real. The secret of success is to choose one concept or spiritual tool and pursue it with intensity, nonstop, to its ultimate end. It could be forgiveness or kindness carried to the absolute or it could be the third step from a "12 step" program. The Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, S. 367, 2001

 

  • From a medical viewpoint, true addiction is denoted by withdrawal symptoms. Psychological addiction, such as dependence on marijuana, lacks physical withdrawal symptoms. […]
    Psychologically, the addictions fall into two somewhat different classes – those of the sedatives, such as alcohol, heroin, barbiturates, and tranquilizers – and those that are excitatory, such as amphetamines and cocaine. The sedative disorders have only been recoverable since the advent of Alcoholics Anonymous. Truth vs Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 185-186, 2005

 

 

  • Addiction to the ego's proclivities is like intoxication where pleasure is derived from the emotional payoff of negativity. Thus, negative positionalities tend to be self-perpetuating habits akin to addiction, based on presumption and the inner seductive lure of the gratification of basic animal instincts. By repetition, they eventually gain dominance and control, which is the innate purpose of the narcissistic ego in the first place. In spiritual work, these are termed 'temptations' and it is then presumed that sacrifice is necessary to give them up because one is relinquishing the pleasure of the emotional 'juice' of 'being right', 'getting even', feeling sorry for oneself, etc. Transcending the Levels of Consciousness. The Stairway to Enlightenment [Hardcover], S. 340-341, 2006

 

  • Complexity is a perception of the ego/mind. One sharp knife can cut through hundreds of different objects; there is only the necessity of one simple action. Analogously, there is only one simple key concept necessary to disengage from all the ego's encumbrances. It has only one addiction, which is to subjective pleasure/gain. That is the secret payoff of all desires, projected values, and attractions. This is exaggerated by projected value or specialness. There is only one gain, and this same gain is merely superimposed on everything that is desired and therefore attracts attachment. The pleasure is associated with derived happiness. Thus, the ego has only one goal. That discernment enables escape from all attractions. This solitary motive is merely projected onto multiple diverse objects, persons, or qualities. Discovery of the Presence of God. Devotional Nonduality, S. 119-120, 2007

 

  • AA deals with the impossible. Alcoholism was a hopeless condition; nobody survived it until Bill Wilson’s2 enlightenment. He reached a consciousness level of 575. The light in the room lit up, and suddenly he was in the Presence. Bill got sober, and then he gave it to another. So it was transmitted from one to another. All these people knew that giving up drinking would save their life, but nobody did it. It took the power of his knowingness. And so to this day, every person in AA has a sponsor. A sponsor is somebody who has taken the bit in his teeth and survived it. Interview David R. Hawkins, Conversations about the Teacher and the Student, part III of III, presented by Four Corners magazine, Pamela Becker, August/September 2007

 

 

  • The only problem [with artificially induced euphoria] is you didn't really transcend the lower of the ego. You only temporarily blocked it off. You found a shortcut. Somehow that creates some kind of a karmic debt. (Calibrated as true.) […]
    To me addiction is the fast way to God. You either die or you get it. […] The fastest way – it either breaks you or makes you – is addiction. Sedona Seminar Perception and Illusion: Distortions of Reality, 3 DVD set, 4. May 2002 – Az addikcióról [About addiction], YouTube film, minute 3:41 and 6:41, 9:48 minutes duration, posted 20. March 2012

 

  • Question: How do I best care for my alcoholic sister?
    Answer: You surrender her/it to God and let go of wanting to control it. Trying to intervene keeps someone in pain and robs them of karmic merit. […] If you intervene, you’re robbing her of karmic merit and of what she needs to know. She’s going to need to hit bottom, whether she knows it or not. Intervening actually increases her suffering, because every time you try to help, you change where she has to go to hit bottom; now she has to go even lower. Do you love her enough to surrender her to God? If she says, "I hate you, you’re deserting me, I’m going to kill myself," you say, "Well, that’s between you and God." You need the conviction, the first step in Al Anon. Otherwise, you’re serving your own ego if you say, I've got to go in there and intervene. Sedona Seminar Alignment, 3 DVD set, 16. April 2005

 

  • The experiencer is the leading edge of the ego. It's the experiencer that is addicted. The mind is absolutely silent, so if you’re looking at thought, you’re looking at the ego.The animal had to have a processing probe; is this all right to eat or not? The ego is an information processor, like an amoeba, constantly checking to see if this is okay or not. That experiencer / processor is what we think we are. Sedona Seminar Alignment, 3 DVD set, 16. April 2005

 

  • Renunciation doesn’t have to be walking away from the world. It has to do with renouncing the juice of the ego. Find the critical point, that’s what you need to know. Find that, and the whole thing falls. The crux of the ego is its addiction to the juice of positionalities. You only have to focus on that one point. If you want to understand the ego, you have to understand the amoeba. The amoeba needs to get. The non-linear has a probe in linearity, and that’s your ego. It’s checking, is this molecule good, is this one good? It’s information processing. Before it gets invested in something, it checks it out. We find out what about the ego is it that we need to surrender? It’s the experiencer. It’s only the experiencing that matters – it isn’t even just the juice, it’s the experience of the juice. You don’t have to surrender 10,000 things; you only have to surrender one thing. I remember clearly the moment when the ego surrendered its dominion. Sedona Seminar Alignment, 3 DVD set, 16. April 2005

 

  • You think you’re stuck with whatever – my mother-in-law, money, etc. – but that's only the linear content. It's the energy behind it that you’re addicted to. You really have only one problem; people think they’ve got this problem […] to solve, but really it's just one:
    • you’re hooked on the juice of being right, of loss and sadness.
    • The alcoholic isn't addicted to beer or whiskey; he’s addicted to inebriation. […]
Forget what the matter is, just notice the energy of the payoff for the ego. Then all you have to do is to become unaddicted to that energy. The ego cannot transcend itself. Only the spiritual will [LoC 850] can do that. Sedona Seminar Alignment, 3 DVD set, 16. April 2005

 

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Resentment is a deadly poison.

  • Resentment kills more alcoholics than anything else. Sedona Seminar Transcending Obstacles, 3 DVD set, 3. September 2005

 

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Drugs silence the lower frequencies of the ego which allow to experience one's true Self.

  • All addictions are addictions to a higher state of consciousness. Alcohol and drugs blot out the lower frequencies so all you are feeling is the joyful happiness, loving everybody, because the lower frequencies are blocked out by the drugs. That didn't just get born after two martinis. That was there. The low rumbling noise was stopped and now you hear the birds sing. The happiness was there all the time. The high feeling is coming from your real self. You feel the radiance of your real self which is always there, but obscured by the clanging of the ego. The drugs silence the lower frequencies of the ego and allow you to experience the radiance of that which you are in Truth. Sedona Satsang Q&A, Creative Life Center, 2 CD set, 13. September 2006

 

  • What you are unwilling to give up are the payoffs and what holds you to that level of consciousness! Would you rather let go of chocolate or being right? We get addicted at any level of consciousness – you are already addicted to the payoff of a certain positionality. You don't have to let go of the positionality, but to the payoff and the juice of that positionality. All of these dualities yield a narcissistic gratification. […] The attraction is the payoff and the aversion is letting the juice go! Sedona Seminar Perception vs. Essence, 3 DVD set, 22. April 2006

 

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Personal question on addiction

  • Question: My wife went into AA rehabilitation and left, failed, went back again. I used kinesiology to determine the cause of that failure. Am I morally obligated to do anything with the truth I found out about her through kinesiology?
    Answer: No. I doubt it would be of benefit to her to make it available to her. [Tested as true.]  To hear it from an external source – an interpretation made outside of the therapeutic relationship is always taken as an attack. Sedona Seminar Is the Miraculous Real?, 3 DVD set, 9. December 2006

 

  • Addiction serves as a pathway, a fast way to God. […] You either get it or die. Sedona Satsang Q&A Golden Word Book Signing hour, CD 2 of 3, track 5, minute 1:20-4:30, 13. January 2007

 

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Alternative source:

Marnia Robinson, US American former corporate lawyer, researcher, author on ancient sacred-sex prescriptions, Other Techniques for Rewiring, presented by Your Brain On Porn, 18. December 2010

  • Question: How to transcend any desire of a physical nature? How to overcome a craving?
    Answer: Ah, a craving first starts in your mind as an image. If you watch this carefully you will see any craving first appears as an image, whether it is a cheeseburger, hamburger, a naked body, whatever, or if you are an alcoholic, a drink. First comes the image of the drink, and you eliminate it instantly (imagine the big red X on the image). The image draws energy to it, so when it first appears, it is only about 5 watts, if you don't exterminate it within the first second, it is about 150 watts, then 600 watts, then it's a have to. [...]
    I always tell alcoholics you have about one or two seconds to eliminate that image of a drink.
    Similar to the 'Red X' technique, the 'Rubber Band' technique can help in the same way. Keep a rubber band tied around your wrist and every time you start to entertain a thought or fantasy concerning your trigger, snap the rubber band on your wrist to induce pain. You will condition your brain to associate that thought as being less than rewarding over time. Sedona Seminar What is Real?, 3 DVD set, 16. June 2007

 

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The 12 steps program can get one enlightened.

  • Question: Can the 12 steps take you the whole way?
    Answer: Yes. 12 steps will take you the whole way. Spiritual inventory, meditation, asking God's will for you, surrendering to God's will at great depth, completely surrendering one's will to God is all that's required to reach enlightenment. Sedona Satsang Q&A, 2 CD set, 9. July 2008

 

 

  • 12 step groups are the most uplifting to the collective because they follow the principles of simplicity, honesty, one day at a time, and a caringness towards others. Sedona Seminar Practical Spirituality, 3 DVD set, 25. October 2008

Zitate von anderen Quellen

Verhängnisvoller Appell der Gegenkultur in den 60-iger Jahren

  • Finde ein Sakrament, beginne ein neues Leben, befreie dich! Timothy Leary (1920-1996) US-amerikanischer Psychologe, Protagonist für die Erforschung psychedelischer Drogen, CIA-Agent, Autor, Eröffnungsrede, Pressekonferenz,  New York City, 19. September 1966
  • Tiefgreifende Veränderungen anstreben, heißt, Lösungen zu suchen, die v e r l e t z l i c h machen – und genau das lehnen die meisten Menschen ab. [...] Paradoxerweise wirkt genau das, was scheinbar zu nichts führt. [...]
    Die Ermutigung, sich anderen Menschen gegenüber verletzlich zu zeigen, bietet einen Ausweg aus der Scham. Patrick Carnes, Ph.D. C.A.S., führender US-amerikanischer Sexsuchtexperte und -therapeut, Minneapolis, Wenn Sex zur Sucht wird, S. 254, Kösel-Verlag, 1992

Quotes by various other sources

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2. Corinthians 4, New International Version (NIV) (NT)

 

Personal avowals

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Kübler-Ross' reply on the question why she smoked in view of the danger of cancer

  • Cigarettes cannot touch you if you're not afraid of them. You can only be damaged by those things you fear. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D. [Social impact LoC 485] (1926-2004) Swiss US American psychiatrist, death and dying researcher, founder of Near-death studies, author, presented by Playboy, M. Seligson, 1981

 

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Schedule I Hallucinogenic substances (LSD, DMT, psilocybin [psychedelic alkaloid in mushrooms], MDMA, and mescaline) are restricted drugs in the United States and other countries.

  • I tell them meth is bad, PCP is bad, cocaine is bad, and I tell them why. But psychedelics and marijuana – marijuana, I say, since 1937 the government has spent billions of dollars proving it was as bad as they told us it was. David E. Nichols, Ph.D. (*1944) US American pharmacologist, medicinal chemist, LSD expert, Purdue University, Professor challenges how people think about drugs, presented by Purdue Exponent, Shaan Yadav-Ranjan, 19. January 2011

 

  • I never thought I was wasted, but I probably was. Keith Richards (*1943) English musician, singer, songwriter, multiple drug addict, founding member of the English rock band the Rolling Stones, James Fox, Life, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (UK), Little, Brown and Company (US), 26. October 2010

 

Insights

 

  • It isn’t the drug that causes the harmful behavior – it's the environment. An isolated rat will almost always become a junkie. A rat with a good life almost never will, no matter how many drugs you make available to him. As Bruce put it: he was realizing that addiction isn't a disease. Addiction is an adaptation. It's not you – it's the cage you live in. Johann Hari (*1979) British columnist, journalist, writer, Chasing the Scream. The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, Bloomsbury, 20. January 2015
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Addiction archetype

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) defined addiction totally insufficiently. [...] AA has defined addiction [in general, alcoholism in particular] as a disease and that the addict is helpless over the disease. I don't particularly buy that. I find that to be a rather challenging position, especially when one positions it within a spiritual context and a spiritual journey of the empowerment of the self. [...]
    The addict didn't even exist as an archetype until the 20th century. [...]
    Every single one of us is a born addict. That's a given. Why is that? We are not born congruent. Addiction at its heart is the separation between the mind and the heart.
    Video DVD presentation by Caroline Myss, Ph.D. Myss.com (*1952) US American spiritual teacher, mystic, medical intuitive, five-time New York Times bestseller author, Addiction Workshop, part 1, sponsored by Hockley Valley, Ontario, Canada, archived by CMED Institute, minutes 3:07, 5:52 and 27:57, 68:09 minutes duration, recorded August 2011

 

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Shadow avoidance as the source of addiction

  • We have so much shadow within us, it is incomprehensible. And that's why we're addicts. And we don't face that truth about us. And that's why we're addicts. Video DVD presentation by Caroline Myss, Ph.D. Myss.com (*1952) US American spiritual teacher, mystic, medical intuitive, five-time New York Times bestseller author, Addiction Workshop, part 1, sponsored by Hockley Valley, Ontario, Canada, archived by CMED Institute, minute 63:57, 68:09 minutes duration, recorded August 2011

 

  • Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism. Carl Gustav Jung [LoC 520/540] (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of depth psychology, author, source unknown

 

  • Alcoholism is
    ♦ an obsession of the mind that condemns one to drink and
    ♦ an allergy of the body that condemns one to die.
William Duncan Silkworth, M.D. (1873-1951) US American medical doctor specialised in the treatment of alcoholism, director of the Charles B. Towns Hospital for Drug and Alcohol Addictions, New York City, 1930s

 

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Pioneers of orthomolecular psychiatry:

(Abram Hoffer, M.D.3 (1917-2009) Canadian psychiatrist, Dr. Allan Cott, Dr. A. Cherkin, Linus Pauling, Ph.D. [LoC 450] (1901-1994) US American chemist, biochemist, educator, peace activist, author, have confirmed that mental illness is a myth and that emotional disturbance can be merely the first symptom of the obvious inability of the human system to handle the stress of sugar dependency.

  • The functioning of the brain and nervous tissue is more sensitively dependent on the rate of chemical reactions than the functioning of other organs and tissues. I believe that mental disease is for the most part caused by abnormal reaction rates, as determined by genetic constitution and diet, and by abnormal molecular concentrations of essential substances. Selection of food (and drugs) in a world that is undergoing rapid scientific and technological change may often be far from the best. Linus Pauling, Ph.D. [LoC 450] (1901-1994) US American chemist, biochemist, educator, peace activist, author, Orthomolecular Psychiatry. Treatment of Schizophrenia, W. H. Freeman & Co., illustrated edition June 1973

 

 

 

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Note:

The midbrain is the unconscious, primitive, reflexive survival-based limbic system.

  • Addiction is a dysregulation of the midbrain-dopamine and cortical-glutamate (pleasure) system due to unmanaged stress resulting in symptoms of decreased functioning specifically:
    1. Loss of control,
    2. Craving,
    3. Persistent drug use despite negative consequences.
Kevin McCauley, M.D., US American addiction researcher and therapist, The Institute For Addiction Study, Going to the Edge of Current Neuroscience of Addiction, part 8 of 10, YouTube film, minute 6:29, 10:00 minutes duration, posted 15. March 2010

 

  • Addiction [i.e. narcissism] is the medical problem of our time. Drew Pinsky, M.D. (*1958) US American board-certified internist, radio and TV personality, addiction medicine specialist, assistant clinical professor, Keck USC School of Medicine, source unknown

 

  • Sex addiction is an intimacy disorder. Sex addicts feel so alone, so ashamed and so unworthy of intimacy and love. Drew Pinsky, M.D. (*1958) US American board-certified internist, radio and TV personality, addiction medicine specialist, assistant clinical professor, Keck USC School of Medicine, source unknown

 

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Question:

In vino veritas? Is alcohol a truth revealing means.

  • Anderson Cooper, CNN: Is alcohol really a truth serum?
    Drew Pinsky, M.D. (*1958) US American board-certified internist, radio and TV personality, addiction medicine specialist, assistant clinical professor, Keck USC School of Medicine: Not really. Listen, it's something that affects brain function profoundly. People that are on drugs don't do things, don't think – even when they are mildly intoxicated, if somebody is truly an addict, people don't understand the fact – the common public sort of understanding isn't the understanding that the drug – that the thinking associated with addiction is profoundly affected. Thinking is part – or disturbed thinking and thinking at the service of addiction – is part of the disease process.
    Interview transcript Mel Gibson's Legal Mess. Can Mel Atone? presented by CNN, Showbiz Tonight, host Anderson Cooper, aired 2. August 2006

 

  • The Sedona Method, ACIM, and the 12 steps programs are all invested in "surrendering" emotions. Reviewing or challenging the existing mind frame of the predatory social paradigm, they miss to inspect the dominant-submissive social construct that keeps producing childhood trauma resulting in pain-killing but destructive addictions. They also lack to convey to recovering addicts: emotional and social intelligence skills and empowerment/leadership skills. Audio interview with Linda Kohanov, US American riding instructor, horse trainer, speaker, author, Equine Magic With Linda Kohanov, Spielberg’s War Horse, Happy Trails Sag, presented by US American radio show, host Robert Phoenix, minute 16:30 [Four stages of effective usage of emotions], minute 71:08, 102:14 minutes duration, aired 21. December 2011

 

  • Maybe there are as many definitions of spiritual awakening as there are people who have them. But certainly each genuine one has something in common with all the others. […] When a man or a woman has a spiritual awakening, the most important meaning of it is that he has now become able to do, feel, and believe that which he could not do before on his unaided strength and resources alone. He has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state of consciousness and being. He has been set on a path which tells him he is really going somewhere, that life is not a dead end, not something to be endured or mastered. In a very real sense he has been transformed, because he has laid hold of a source of strength which, in one way or another, he had hitherto denied himself. He finds himself in possession of a degree of honesty, tolerance, unselfishness, peace of mind, and love of which he had thought himself quite incapable. What he has received is a free gift, and yet usually, at least in some small part, he has made himself ready to receive it. Alcoholics Anonymous, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, first issued 1953, Alcoholics Anonymous Publishing Co., S. 106-107, 1st edition 10. February 2002

 

  • Since the White Male System / Addictive System defines itself as reality, everything else is unreal by definition. Since its referent is the external referent, the internal referent is unreal and nonexistent by definition. The process of invalidating that which the system does not know, understand, cannot measure, and cannot thereby control is so extreme that large areas of perception and knowledge are lost. We give the system the power to make the known unknown. Anne Wilson Schaef Livinginprocess.com US American psychotherapist, feminist, addiction researcher, author, source unknown

 

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Counterculture phrase in the 1960s

This phrase urged people to cultural changes through the use of psychedelics and by detaching themselves from the existing conventions and hierarchies in society.

  • Like every great religion of the past we seek to find the divinity within and to express this revelation in a life of glorification and the worship of God. These ancient goals we define in the metaphor of the present — Turn on, tune in, drop out. [LoC 180] Timothy Leary (1920-1996) US American psychologist, influential figure of the 60s counterculture, advocate for research of psychedelic drugs, CIA agent, writer, excerpted from an opening speech, press conference, New York City, 19. September 1966

 

  • 'Turn on' meant go within to activate your neural and genetic equipment. Become sensitive to the many and various levels of consciousness and the specific triggers that engage them. Drugs were one way to accomplish this end.
    'Tune in' meant interact harmoniously with the world around you – externalize, materialize, express your new internal perspectives.
    'Drop out' suggested an elective, selective, graceful process of detachment from involuntary or unconscious commitments.
    'Drop out' meant self-reliance, a discovery of one's singularity, a commitment to mobility, choice, and change. Unhappily my explanations of this sequence of personal development were often misinterpreted to mean 'Get stoned and abandon all constructive activity'. Autobiography by Timothy Leary (1920-1996) US American psychologist, influential figure of the 60s counterculture, advocate for research of psychedelic drugs, CIA agent, writer, Flashbacks, 1983

 

  • It takes the average smoker 8 to 10 times before he is able to quit successfully. Steven A. Schroeder, M.D., US American director of the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, UCSF, source unknown

Quotes by Gabor Maté

Personal avowal

  • The hardcore drug addicts that I treat are, without exception, people who have had extraordinarily difficult lives. The commonality is childhood abuse. These people all enter life under extremely adverse circumstances […]. I don’t have a single female patient […] who wasn’t sexually abused, for example, as were many of the men, or abused, neglected and abandoned serially, over and over again. Gabor Maté, M.D. drgabormate.com (*1944) Hungarian-Canadian physician, addiction expert, speaker, author, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. Close Encounters with Addiction, M.D.Knopf, Canada, 12. February 2008, issued in the United States, 5. January 2010
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Dopamine craved for soothing physical and emotional pain.

  • Food [nicotine and caffeine] will increase one's dopamine levels by 50%.
    Sex will increase one's dopamine levels by 100%.
    A shot of Cocaine will increase one's dopamine levels by 300%.
    A shot of Methamphetamine (crystal meth) will increase one's dopamine levels by 1200%.
    None of the drugs (including nicotine and caffeine) can "cause" addictions.
    Video presentation by Gabor Maté, M.D. drgabormate.com (*1944) Hungarian-Canadian physician, addiction expert, speaker, author, Brain Development and Addiction, DVD, YouTube film, minute 12:14, 1:04:26 duration, posted 23. February 2009

 

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Damaged brain circuits with addicts:

Opiates, dopamine, impulse control, stress control

  • The addict has no impulse control.
    The real problem with addiction is not free will but the 'free won't'. The addict is not able to say no. The part of the brain that is supposed to say no doesn't function in the brain of the addict. […]
    Four essential brain circuits:
    1. Opiates (love, connection, reward, pain relief),
    2. Dopamine (incentive, motivation, vitality, curiosity, sense of being alive),
    3. Impulse control
    4. and Stress control
these are the circuits that don't work in the addict.
Video presentation by Gabor Maté, M.D. drgabormate.com (*1944) Hungarian-Canadian physician, addiction expert, speaker, author, Brain Development and Addiction, DVD, YouTube film, minute 18:40 and 19:11, 1:04:26 duration, posted 23. February 2009

 

  • When the American Army went to Vietnam 20% of them came back as heroin addicts. 20% of the GIs who came back from Vietnam were heroin addicts. A few years later only 1-5% [of them were still addicts]. So 95% of them got over their addiction which is unbelievable.4
    If 5% of my [drug addicts] patients in the Downtown Eastside (of Vancouver) overcame their addition everyone would think I was a genius of some kind. […] The drugs by themselves can't cause the addiction. Video presentation by Gabor Maté, M.D. drgabormate.com (*1944) Hungarian-Canadian physician, addiction expert, speaker, author, Brain Development and Addiction, DVD, YouTube film, minute 20:05, 1:04:26 duration, posted 23. February 2009

 

  • Not all addictions are rooted in abuse or trauma, but I do believe they can all be traced to painful experience. A hurt is at the centre of all addictive behaviours. It is present in the gambler, the Internet addict, the compulsive shopper and the workaholic. The wound may not be as deep and the ache not as excruciating, and it may even be entirely hidden – but it’s there. As we’ll see, the effects of early stress or adverse experiences directly shape both the psychology and the neurobiology of addiction in the brain. Gabor Maté, M.D. drgabormate.com (*1944) Hungarian-Canadian physician, addiction expert, speaker, author, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. Close Encounters with Addiction, M.D.Knopf, Canada, 12. February 2008, issued in the United States, 5. January 2010

 

 

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Cultural myths on addiction

  • Conventional thinking on addiction is based on two assumptions:
    1. first, that addictions are a matter of choice; an ethical lapse, a stupid decision that needs to be deterred by Draconian punishments.
    2. Secondly, there is the assumption that addiction is a brain disease – a genetically determined, inherited disease. […]
I believe the source of addiction is not to be found in the genes or in individual choice but within the addict’s particular history, within a particular multi-generational family within a particular culture.
This is the view which dominates medical thinking. Interview with Gabor Maté, M.D. drgabormate.com (*1944) Hungarian-Canadian physician, addiction expert, speaker, author, presented by The Believer, 17. February 2012

 

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Stigmatization (scapegoating) of addicts

Projecting one's shadow on them

  • Why are we so uncomfortable with mental illness? Because we’re all crazy to some degree. Some people are clinically depressed, but most of us are not free from feelings of intractable sadness or loss. People are afraid of their dark sides. In this society — rife with addictive behaviors that go way beyond drug addiction — we project our discomfort with ourselves onto the addict. It’s like scapegoating in the Bible, where the sins of the community are put on a sacrificial goat and we chase him into the desert. That’s what we do with drug addicts. [...] As most of us aren’t drug addicts, but have other addictions, we can safely stigmatize the drug addict. He or she represents the ugly part of us we don’t want to acknowledge and deal with. […] It’s only in relationships with compassionate others they [drug addicts] can start to develop a healthy relationship with themselves. Interview with Gabor Maté, M.D. drgabormate.com (*1944) Hungarian-Canadian physician, addiction expert, speaker, author, presented by The Believer, 17. February 2012

 

  • At the very heart of addiction is the deep absence of self-esteem, which is caused by stress to the traumatized child. Addicts believe that if all these negative things happen to them, there must be something wrong with them. When they are punished and attacked and criticized further, it hardens that deep sense of self-loathing. Gabor Maté, M.D. drgabormate.com (*1944) Hungarian-Canadian physician, addiction expert, speaker, author, The Rebel Doctor, presented by The Fix, Kristen McGuiness, US American journalist, 11. July 2012

 

  • Addiction is not the fundamental problem, but the addict’s desperate and doomed attempt to solve a problem – that of unbearable emotional pain, self-loathing, and emptiness.
    Trauma and childhood emotional loss are the template for addictions. They instill the pain, engender the self-loathing, and create the emptiness. Crucially, they program the very chemistry and physiology of the brain to make the cerebral circuits more receptive to the soothing or exciting effects of substances. Interventions, treatment programs, laws, social opprobrium do not work – often make the addiction more tenacious, in fact – because they do not address causes, only behaviours. Behaviours are effects and you don’t solve a problem by tampering with effects. Gabor Maté, M.D. drgabormate.com (*1944) Hungarian-Canadian physician, addiction expert, speaker, author, Cory Monteith death reflects media's lack of curiosity about causes of addiction, presented by Straight.com, 14. August 2013

Quotes by Brenda Schaeffer – Sex and romance addiction

  • LOVE is
    • not a dependency,
    • not a feeling,
    • not a mental thought,
    • not a behavior role,
    • not romance,
    • not a relationship,
    • not a biochemical response,
    • not sex,
    • and not something we can earn or learn. […]
Love is a real energy in us, below us and above us that enhances life. And sex can be a part of it. Brenda Schaeffer, M.A.L.P., US American psychologist, addiction therapist, author

 

  • Happily ever after isn’t [achieved with]in six months. It's a long term process. It's about maturing. It's about you. Know living through the hardships and the hard times and having enough heart in the relationship to go through those tough times. Brenda Schaeffer, M.A.L.P., US American psychologist, addiction therapist, author

 

  • Healthy love is an inside job rather than looking outside of ourselves to satisfy our hunger for security, sensation, power, identity, belonging. We need to be able to become a really loving, compassionate parent to ourselves. Brenda Schaeffer, M.A.L.P., US American psychologist, addiction therapist, author

 

 

  • The newness of the amerous falling in love stage is temporary. It lasts […] about four months in adolescence and six months in an adult relationship. Brenda Schaeffer, M.A.L.P., US American psychologist, addiction therapist, author

 

 

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Schaeffer recommends this website to assess sex and romance addiction:

Sash.org

  • I do distinguish between SEX, ROMANCE and LOVE because they do affect different parts of the brain. […] The addictive process […] becomes a biochemical addiction or dependency. We have three neuro pathways in our brains that help us feel aroused, satiated and have a rich fantasy life. […] They’ll start getting urges to have more sex, to look for another romance, because these romance chemicals are waning […] It moves to a biological chemical and not a chemical dependency. […] Many of the love addicts perpetuate the same patterns over and over and over. Brenda Schaeffer, M.A.L.P., US American psychologist, addiction therapist, author

 

Audio interview with Brenda Schaeffer, M.A.L.P., US American certified addiction specialist, spiritual psychologist, Is it love or addiction?, presented by web radio station Personal Life Media, program Sex, love, and intimacy, episode 13, host Chip August, 48:22 minutes duration, date unknown 2000s

Quotes by Bill Griffith Wilson

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German version:

Anonyme Alkoholiker in der Bundesrepublik DeutschlandGeschichte und Entwicklung bis heute, Christa Appel, 2010

  • Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates.
    They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average. There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest. Bill Griffith Wilson [Bill W.] [LoC 540] (1895-1971) US American co-founder of the international mutual aid fellowship Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Alcoholics Anonymous – The Big Book online, AA World Services, Inc., 1939, 1955, 1976, 4th edition, 2001

 

  • Many of us exclaimed, "What an order! I can't go through with it." Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we were willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection. Bill Griffith Wilson [Bill W.] [LoC 540] (1895-1971) US American co-founder of the international mutual aid fellowship Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Alcoholics Anonymous – The Big Book online, chapter 5 How it Works, S. 58-60, AA World Services, Inc., 1939, 1955, 1976, 4th edition, 2001

 

Actual success rate of the 12-step program – Lance Dodes

75% AA recovery rates – Claim 19555-8% AA recovery rates – Research 2014
AA has worked for 75% of people who have gone to meetings and "really tried."
50% got sober right away.
25% struggled for a while but eventually recovered.
According to AA, these figures are based on members' experiences.
Based on the data of
a) Alcoholics Anonymous’s retention rates,
b) rates of active involvement among AA members,
(attending meetings regularly and working the program)
c) studies on sobriety,
Dr. Lance Dodes places
AA's actual success rate between 5-8%.
A.A. Big Book, 1st edition 1939,
2nd edition 1955, 4th edition 2001
Lance Dodes, M.D., US American retired professor of psychiatry,
Harvard medical school, author, Zachary Dodes, co-author, The Sober Truth. Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs
and the Rehab Industry
, Beacon Press, 1st printing edition 25. March 2014
References:
Article The Irrationality of Alcoholics AnonymousIts faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. Researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective.,
presented by the US American magazine The Atlantic, Gabrielle Glaser, issue April 2015
Audio interview with Lance Dodes, M.D., US American retired professor of psychiatry, Harvard medical school, author, article With Sobering Science, Doctor Debunks 12-Step Recovery, presented by US American support public radio NPR, host Arun Rath, 5:31 minutes duration, posted 23. March 2014
See also: ► Cult scoring of self-help group Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Englische Texte – English section on Addiction

Release from addiction (LoC calibrations chart) – D. Hawkins


Addictions and healing addictions
LoC Addiction related issueLegend
80-100Most drugsSome drugs calibrate lower than this range.
150Antidrug program in the United StatesIt is an ineffective program as it wastes time, ressources and money.
300-600Drug induced peak experiencesHigh states
350Required level of consciousness to set the process of healing an addiction in motion 
540
(575)
Selfhelp groups of those who admit their addiction applying 12 step programs
The best known selfhelp group is the Anonymous Alcoholics
Offering the only profound approach for healing addictions, AA is known to D. Hawkins and recommended by him. Healing is issued by the group field. Those who retreat too soo may experience a relapse.
560+Sponsor / main mentor of AA selfhelp groupSomewhat above the average level of consciousness of a healing group field
550-600A Course in MiraclesACIM is a consciousness expanding book course that can be studied individually or in a group.

Twelve-step program (AA)


Twelve steps to resolve addiction
Step–No.General descriptionPersonalized expression
Step 1Admit that you are powerless over your addiction (that your life has become unmanageable)."I admit I am powerless over the ego –
so that my life has become unmanageable."
Step 2Believe that a Power greater than yourself could restore you to sanity. "I came to believe that a Power greater than myself could restore me to sanity."
Step 3Make a decision to turn your will and your life over to the care of God as you understand God. "I make a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God as I understand Him."
Step 4Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of yourself. "I make a searching and fearless moral inventory of myself."
Step 5Admit to God, to yourself and to another human being the exact nature of your wrongs. "I admit to God, to myself, and to another human being the exact nature of my wrongs."
Step 6Be entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. "I am entirely ready to have God remove all of these defects of character."
Step 7Humbly ask God to remove your shortcomings. "I humbly ask Him to remove my shortcomings."
Step 8Make a list of all persons you have harmed, and become willing to make amends to them all. "I make a list of all the persons I have harmed, and become willing to make amends to them all."
Step 9Make direct amends to those people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. "I make direct amends to those people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others."
Step 10Continue to take a personal inventory and when you are wrong promptly admit it. "I continue to take personal inventory and when I am wrong, promptly admit it."
Step 11Seek through prayer and meditation to improve your conscious contact with God as you understand God, pray only for knowledge of God’s will for you and the power to carry that out. "I seek through prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact with God as I understand Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out."
Step 12After you have had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, you carry this message to other addicts, and practice these principles in all your affairs. "I have a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, I carry this message to others and practice these principles in all my affairs."
Referenced by ► D. Hawkins, Sedona Seminar Enlightenment, lecture 4, Poco Diablo Resort, 3 DVD set, August 2003
Twelve Steps to Enlightenment, adapted from AA’s 12 Step program, presented by dissolved website consciousnessproject.org [articles/twelve-steps-to-enlightenment]
Reference: en.Wikipedia entry Twelve-step program

 

Whatever problem you have in life, if you apply the 12 Steps to it, that will solve it. (Calibrates as true.) D. Hawkins, Prescott Seminar Spirituality: Reason and Faith, 3 DVD set, 26. January 2008

 

Step 9: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
There are some things that to reveal it would be so disturbing to people that out of compassion for them then. […] So that precludes dumping! Cause you feel guilty about the affair you had 32 years ago you don't have to blow away your wife now and tell her about the night you were drunk in Chicago. I mean you wish it had’t happened it’s agonizing you for 32 years with guilt. But to dump it on her is dumping! It’s misusing her, its gonna hurt her and it does not really mean anything. It’s better discussed with a confessor. You are saying should I bring this up? What is your purpose? – That you don’t feel so guilty, well good for you, but what about her! So you have to look about the consequences and avoid dumping your stuff on others! That's another reason to have a confessor, priest, or doctor, therapist, good friend. D. Hawkins, Prescott Seminar Peace [LoC 565] 3 DVD set, 8. August 2009

Progressive stages of addiction and recovery

Concentric dynamics of various addictions
RingHuman level of
addiction
External
4·quadrants
ThemeFocusInternal
Chakra
PoleAddictive
Fixation
1.Individual ISurvivalMoney1.·Chakra+Substance/s
Alcohol, drugs
2.Family ◊ TribeYOUProcreation / BondingSex2.·Chakra+/–Compulsive behavior
Methods
      Threshold between Unconscious ⇔ Conscious – MOMENT of CHANGE: Becoming conscious of addiction      
3.Collective ◊ WorldWEDomination⇔SubjugationRankism3.·ChakraMain personality cult
Projection
4.Ancestors ◊ Archetypes ◊ GodsITDeath-Rebirth / SurrenderDeath4.·Chakra–/+Cult around gods
Light or dark

 

Progressive spiral of addiction and recovery
RingExternal addictionInternal addictionSenseRecovery approachQuality/Strength
1aSelf-destructionBodyEyeSelf-knowledgeFreedom
2aRuin of family / surroundingEmotionsEarBonding / AltruismLove
      Threshold between Unconscious ⇔ Conscious – MOMENT of CHANGE: Becoming conscious of addiction      
3aGenocide / Mass mind controlMindMouthPlanetary connectedness
Community
Empowerment
4aEgocide
Maturing the ego
SpiritHeart
All=One
Divine SELF
Interconnectedness
Transformation?
Wholeness O

 

Tripartition dynamics in healing addiction and trauma
RingProgressive addictionBait
Process
ActionRing of
consciousness
Signature ⇔
Tension
Maturing
Conscience building
1bBody cult /
Substance abuse
Bread baitJoint knowing1st of 3 thirdsSatisfaction
Frustration
I cannot.
2bWork addiction /
Relationship addiction
Play baitJoint feeling2nd of 3 thirdsSuccess
Bitterness
I won't.
      Threshold between Unconscious ⇔ Conscious – MOMENT of CHANGE: Becoming conscious of addiction      
3bDominator force
War
Crisis phase
Effort / Toiling
Joint acting3rd of 3 thirdsPeace
Anger
I endure.
4bSpiritual / religious idolization
Cult of personality
Pole shift
Grace
Let it be.
Surrender
New heaven
and new earth
Miracle
Disappointment
Behold, I am making
all things new!

 

See also:
Kreise – Circles
Trauma
Journey of transformation – Saint Christopher
Resilience ratio: Two thirds unconscious vs. one third awakening
Four steps of reconciliation and release
Reestablishing trust with a sincere apology
Transforming rankist rape culture into digntiarian consent culture
Four basic brains and their role in breaking taboos
Four collective denial patterns – Breaking taboos

Serenity Prayer

  1. God, grant me the grace and humility and serenity
    to accept the things I cannot change,
  2. courage to change the things I can,
  3. and wisdom to know the difference.

 

Source: Reinhold Niebuhr, US American theologian, philosopher, politic scientist, issued possibly 1941/1942
Full English version of the Serenity Prayer of the AA [Alcoholics Anonymous]

BW-Werte: Sucht / Addiction

LoC calibrations (engl.): Addiction

  • LoC 540 – Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) field for successfully overcome addiction
  • LoC 540 – Twelve-step program
  • LoC 350-600 – Peak experiences induced by alcohol and drugs
  • LoC 350 – Necessary level of consciousness to start healing addiction
  • LoC 540 – Bill Griffith Wilson [Bill W.] (1895-1971)
  • LoC 400 – Sidewalk cafe in Paris
  • LoC 250 – Coffee shop5
  • LoC 235 – Medical marijuana
  • LoC 202 – Coffee
  • LoC 200 – Fast food outlets

  • LoC 160 – Commercial tobacco industry in the United States [Status 2004]6
  • LoC 160 – Gambling casinos in the United States [Status 2004]7
  • LoC 150 – Antidrug program in the United States (i.e. anti drug addict program)
  • LoC 120 – Alcohol induced delirium
  • LoC 80-100 – Alcohol, drugs, vegetable
  • LoC 95 – Drug addiction
  • LoC 90 – Alcohol dependency, addiction
  • LoC < 80 – Drugs
  • LoC 55 – Drunken driving

 

Sources: Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 92, 94, 185, 2005 and other sources

Index: Sucht / Addiction – Bücher von D. Hawkins

Index: Audio- und Videomedien (engl.) von und mit D. Hawkins

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Note on Shangri-La [LoC 625]: "Once the person has experienced these sublime states [of i.e. a near death experience NDE] their life is totally transformed. The movie "Lost Horizon" depicts those extremely well.
If you see the movie Lost Horizon [according to a novel by British author James Hilton, 1933] you will understand drugs and alcohol. [O]nce the person has experienced Shangri-La and he tries to go back to the world, the world of 220 has no longer has any appeal. […] And in that movie the main character […] desires to get back to that state of Shangri-La. (Shangri-La calibrates at about LoC 625, a very addicting state of consciousness, once experienced.) So he [the main character] gives up everything in the world to go back to that state. In respect to drugs and alcohol that is exactly what you are going to do. […] You will give up anything and everything in order to get back in that state of consciousness. […] In the end this state requires that you’ll risk and give up your body. […] You're going to say yes to it. Now we know what we are addicted to."

 

Links zum Thema Sucht / Addiction

Literatur

Literature (engl.)

  • Vance Ferrell, You can quit Alcohol, Harvestime Books, 1987, 2. Ausgabe 2003

Bezugnehmend auf Dr. Hawkins' Multi-Vitamin-Gaben-Studien mit schizophrenen Alkoholikern

Referring to the correspondence between Swiss psychiatrist C.G. Jung and one of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill W. [LoC 540] (1895-1971), a Jungian take on why the 12 Steps work, proposes an original, groundbreaking, psychodynamic view of addiction

Externe Weblinks

External web links (engl.)


FECRIS = Fédération Européenne des Centres de Recherche et d‘Information sur le Sectarisme European Federation of Centres Research and Information on Sectarianism

 

Audio- und Videolinks

Audio and video links (engl.)

  • Video interview with Timothy Francis Leary (1920-1996) US American psychologist, DON'T TAKE LSD... (V 0.2.1), CBC documentary How To Go Out of Your Mind: The LSD Crisis, filmed 1966, YouTube film, 10:05 minutes duration, posted 25. May 2010
    Timothy  Leary: "We always have urged people: Don't take LSD unless you are very well prepared, unless you are specifically prepared to go out of your mind. Don't take it unless you have someone that's very experienced with you to guide you through it. And don't take it unless you are ready to have your perspective on yourself and your life radically changed, because you're gonna be a different person, and you should be ready to face this possibility."
  • Addiction Clip, excerpted from movie What the Bleep do we know?!

See also: Filme

Discussing addiction, Depression, AA, Bill W., Niacin, Linus Pauling, orthomolecular medicine, his colleague Dr. David Hawkins who had successfully treated schizophrenic alcoholics with Niacin Minute 6:40

Short clips on Dopamine by Nora Volkow, director National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Adam Kopecs

Mother Ahauasca gave Hancock an encounter with death and pulled him off of his destructive path of 24 years of addictive abuse of cannabis.


Audio and video links (engl.) – Gabor Maté

Panel presentations, discussion, Q&A

  • Audio presentation by Gabor Maté, M.D. drgabormate.com (*1944) Hungarian-Canadian physician, addiction expert, speaker, author, Capitalism Makes Us Crazy: Dr. Gabor Maté on Illness and Addiction, presented by zvents.com, recorded by US American radio station KPFA PRX, Berkeley, California, 29:00 minutes duration, aired 19. November 2011
    "It's very interesting to look at United States from the outside. [...] If you met some guy who kept telling you how great he was and everybody wants to be like him, how would you diagnose him psychologically? He has got a grandiose personality disorder. What he is actually doing is compensating for his deep insecurity. This is a country [USA] which in its very rhetoric betrays its extraordinary insecurity." Minute 1:35-2:17
  • Audio presentation by Gabor Maté, M.D. drgabormate.com (*1944) Hungarian-Canadian physician, addiction expert, speaker, author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, The Human Face of Addictive Behavior, MP3, presented by US American web radio station Big Ideas, 53:37 minutes duration, aired 24. November 2011
  • Video presentation by Gabor Maté, M.D. drgabormate.com (*1944) Hungarian-Canadian physician, addiction expert, speaker, author, Who We Are When We Are Not Addicted: The Possible Human, Vancouver, B.C., recorded 9. January 2012, YouTube film, 59:19 minutes duration, posted 12. January 2012

Launch of workshop series Beyond Addiction: The Yogic Path to Recovery

Audio and video links (engl.) – Alcohol addiction –  Bill Wilson and J.R. (Randy) Richmond

Audio and video links (engl.) – Kevin McCauley

The midbrain is the unconscious, primitive, reflexive survival-based limbic system.

"Addiction is a dysregulation of the midbrain-dopamine and cortical-glutamate (pleasure) system due to unmanaged stress resulting in symptoms of decreased functioning specifically: 1. Loss of control, 2. Craving, 3. Persistent drug use despite negative consequences." Minute 6:29

Scientific neurobiological facts behind addiction. Addiction is a disease.

Audio and video links (engl.) – Sex addiction – Patrick Carnes

Pine Grove Hospital, Hattisburg, Mississippi, offers a 6-week residential program (30-task-model) for addiction treatment.

Audio and video links (engl.) – Internet pornography addiction – Gail Dines

  • Video interview with Gail Dines, US American professor of sociology and women's studies, Wheelock College, Boston, anti-pornography campaigner, author of Pornland. How Porn has hijacked Our Sexuality, 29. June 2010, Pornland, YouTube film, 11:54 minutes duration, posted 6. August 2010
  • Video interview with Gail Dines, US American professor of sociology and women's studies, Wheelock College, Boston, anti-pornography campaigner, on Crusade Against Porn, sponsored by Book TV booktv.org, produced by US American cable television network C-SPAN2 (MOXNews.com), recorded 4. September 2010, YouTube film, posted 6. September 2010

Social and cultural impact of pornography in American society. Boys first view porn at the average age of 11.5 years resulting in an unhealthy understanding of sexuality.

  • Video interview with Gail Dines, US American professor of sociology and women's studies, Wheelock College, Boston, anti-pornography campaigner, The pitfalls of porn, presented by AlJazeera English TV, host Riz Khan, YouTube film, 22:33 minutes duration, posted 16. September 2010

The global reach of explicit pornography via the internet creates addicts, desensitizes men and degrades, debases, dehumanizes and objectifies women.

Article in Adult Video News (pornography industry publication) Minute 24:16

Audio and video links (engl.) – Internet pornography addiction – Hilton, Schneider, Kastleman, Wilson

  • Video documentation on Pornography addiction, a health hazard that western culture, written and directed by Jonathan Schneider, YouTube film

Internet pornography is NOT harmless. Interviews with sociologists, psychologists, scientists and law enforcement officials detail the negative side effects of pornography consumption.



  • Animated video series by Gary Wilson, US American science teacher, presented by BodyWisdomVideos, YouTube animation, posted 6. June 2010

Discussing the relationship between pornography and brain circuits

Physiology of erections, ED, virtual overstimulation, recovery from Internet porn

"Love is an addiction based on porn."

 

Interne Links

Wiki-Ebene

Englisch Wiki

 

 

1 The incurable disease was alcoholism.

2 LoC 540

3 Video presentation by Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D. (1917-2009) Canadian psychiatrist, biochemist, agricultural chemist, Abram Hoffer, YouTube film, 9:31 minutes duration, posted 21. February 2008
On addiction, Bill W., AA, Niacin

4 Vietnam: Drug Use in, presented by Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol, and Addictive Behavior, 2001

5 Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 92, 2005

6 Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 126, 2005

7 Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 126, 2005

 

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