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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %ADDICTIVE IDEAL VALUE GOAL DUTY PRINCIPLE MORAL 920821 It is often thought that the key to dealing with addictions is a separation between the addicts and the focus of the addiction as perceived by the addicts and the addicts' supportive codependents. Thus the focus is often upon separation between the addicts and: caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, prescription drugs, illegal drugs, sexual partners, compulsive work environment, etc. The war on drugs focuses upon the growers, producers, transporters, and marketers of illegal drugs so as to separate the addicts from their supply. It is assumed that once the supply has been dried up, the addicts will return to normal. Our problem is that the key to dealing with addictions has to do with how we relate to all of our addictive: attitudes, assumptions, beliefs, principles, ideals, values, goals, and convictions---which create the climate of our addictive community which may be our: family, school, church, work-place, profession, institution, city, state, nation, or world. We are in deep trouble when our best efforts to deal with the destructiveness of our addictions are confused and mislead by the dishonesty which is central to our addictions. We cannot recognize the key to dealing with our addictions because of our addictions. Our best efforts to transcend our addictions are mislead by our addictions, and our sins are not very original. In our state of alienation we cannot cooperate, and tend instead to victimize each other---to avoid getting to truly know each other whom we fear in our mislead confusion. We too often expect some savior to come and save us; to fix us, to rescue us, to do for us what we need to do for ourselves. We fail to honestly take good care of ourselves so that we will be healthy and strong and able to help others take good care of themselves. Instead we become codependent supporters of each other's addictions; working to make each other's addictive behaviors become invisible, hidden, or respectable. And there is no health in us because we are constantly in fear that our dishonesties will become apparent to us and/or to others. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================