Hungry Ghosts – Understanding Addiction:
Once we recognize the roots of addiction and the lack it strives (in vain) to ﬁll, we can develop a compassionate approach toward the addict, one that stands the best chance of restoring him or her to wholeness and health. Stress, both then and later in life, creates the predisposition for addictions, whether to drugs, alcohol, nicotine, or to behavioural addictions such as shopping or sex. Helping the addicted individual requires that we appreciate the function of the addiction in his or her life. More than a disease, the addiction is a response to a distressing life history and life situation. Once we recognize the roots of addiction and the lack it strives (in vain) to ﬁll, we can develop a compassionate approach toward the addict, one that stands the best chance of restoring him or her to wholeness and health
What you will learn?
1. What is the source of addictions?
2. What happens chemically and physiologically in the brains of people with substance dependency or behaviour addiction?
3. The false “blessings” of addiction as experienced by the addict (e.g., as emotional anaesthetic, as personality booster, as social lubricant, and so on;)
4. The development of the addicted mind: how early childhood experiences shape the brain;
5. The social basis of addiction in economic, cultural and political dislocation and disempowerment;
6. How much choice does the addict really have, and how much responsibility?
7. Developing a therapeutic relationship in which healing is possible;
8.How to encourage the addict to take responsibility;
9.The prevention of addiction, both in adolescence and before.