In 2012, I published, “The Privileged Addict.” The story tracks my descent into chronic drug addiction and the crippling depressions that ensued during periods of sobriety. I wrote this book to detail the specific set of spiritual actions that changed me forever. I felt compelled to illuminate the truth about addiction, the flaws in conventional treatment programs, and how AA has split into two different programs. More importantly, I wanted to describe exactly what I did to become recovered. Achieving physical sobriety alone is essentially useless. No offense, but what is the point of getting sober only to fight and struggle through each day, chained inside our twisted, self-absorbed minds? An addict must change from deep within, ridding himself of the poison that has brought him down, warped his mind, and destroyed all things precious in life. In the end, he or she may need spiritual help beyond the scope of human aid.
This site contains more than 500 posts I’ve written about the spiritual nature of addiction, recovery and the addict mind – how and why the addict drinks, uses, thinks and acts the way he or she does – how the addict schemes and manipulates to get what we want – how we steal your time, energy, love and money while continuing to fool you that we are just victims of a blameless disease acquired through no fault of our own, that we are somehow unique in our suffering, and that you are doing the only right and just thing by enabling us.
Other posts discuss families, spouses and codependency, how NOT to help us, what to do for YOURSELF. There are also articles on the myriad of specific tools we can harness such as the spiritual actions of the Twelve Steps including prayer, meditation, written inventory and service, not to mention other effective tools such as exercise, simple menial activities, changes in attitude and how we perceive ourselves, our feelings, events, relationships, and so on. There are articles on various philosophies, religious traditions, real vs empty spirituality and God. There are articles on concepts such as letting go and non-resistance. There are articles on the failure of new age self-help and the slew of status quo treatment strategies such as CBT, harm reduction, relapse prevention, trigger identification, role play, individual therapy, group therapy, meetings, the industry of psychology and psychiatry, psychotropics and other pharmaceutical interventions. There are articles that discuss periphery topics such as our shift and decline in culture and our collective approach to addiction, the disease model, the so-called “compassionate” model, the failure of the pharmaceutical model, the dual-diagnosis hoax and the pressure to seek fruitless, secular solutions by increasing taxes, laws and government. And then there are hundreds of additional articles on other relevant topics.
This site will open your eyes to addiction, recovery and codependency. It will answer the many questions you and your loved ones have about addiction and shine a bright light on the confusing nature of this malady. It will illuminate the many truths you might even feel in your gut but are suffocated today by the endless pile of false and watered-down assumptions, theories and solutions peddled by mainstream forums, media and “experts.”
God bless you.