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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.} ========================================================== %EQUANIMITY SHALOM PEACE ACCEPT LOVED FALSE ENJOY+940409 %ADDICT DISHONEST ASSUMPTION DEFENSIVE SECURITY+940409 %TRAGIC SALVATION COMMUNITY DISSONANCE CONFLICT 940409 There is a sense in which addiction is the condition of not enjoying acceptance, love, peace, equanimity, or shalom. The addict is perpetually on guard, defensive and trying to achieve a goal, fix, salvation, acceptance, community. The tragedy of addiction is that it is an endless and futile search for that which does not exist; i.e., individualistic technical means, procedures or efforts which have the power to achieve the perpetually absent: security, goal, fix, salvation, and acceptance offered by a healthy community. The addict is thus in a perpetual state of cognitive dissonance, unresolved conflict, agitation and fear. The addict is driven by a paradigm which has embedded in it utterly false assumptions, convictions and beliefs---which thus lead to essentially false patterns of thought, attitudes, decisions and actions---which are thus lacking in both personal and communal integrity. In light of the above, the cure for addiction involves the acceptance by the addict of other people's acceptance, love peace, equanimity and shalom. The addict needs to learn how not to be on guard, defensive; trying to achieve a goal, fix, salvation, acceptance and community. The addict needs to recognize that the search for what does not and can not exist is futile. The addict needs to recognize, name, describe, and talk about the utterly false assumptions, convictions and beliefs which characterize the paradigm which has dominated his/her dysfunctional life. This needs to take place within a supportive community which accepts the addict as a person who is in search of wholeness, integrity and health. In light of the above a collection of addicts who are operating within the addictive paradigm cannot through their own effort transcend their paradigm---no matter how religious, technically competent, highly trained, scholarly, politically correct, dedicated to selected fundamentals, or self-righteous they may be. They need to accept a miracle which transcends their paradigm in order to enjoy that which they seek. The essence of addiction is not to be found in the particular choice of a fix, kind of specialization/technology, or particular dysfunctional pattern of behaviors. Rather the essence of addiction is in the pattern of basic assumptions, convictions and beliefs of the paradigm which motivates and leads addicts who fixate upon all kinds of choice fixes, specializations, technologies and dysfunctional patterns of behavior; and which motivates and leads addictive organizations and/or communities which nurture those common basic assumptions, convictions and beliefs. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================