“An addiction is a pathological relationship, to any mood altering experience,
that has life damaging consequences.” John Bradshaw
I combine an educational format with participatory experiences to teach about the obscure, subconscious, intolerable emotions behind
compulsive behavior. This course is uniquely educational and experiential addressing compulsions and addiction from the following
experiences and materials;
1. 10 individual psycho-educational sessions at the Executive Park office
2. Attending 10 AA meetings, filling out an insight form anonymously
3. A note from your Physician indicating a recent visit and/or good physical health
We begin with an intense video demonstration of how an alcoholic husband’s denial is destroying his marriage, and he is tragically
clueless about his drinking. We move on to John Bradshaw’s PBS video lecture on Toxic Shame that changed professional thinking in the
1980’s. Also included is the viewing of a video from Fr. Joseph Martin on the process and stages of alcoholism. We integrate the
anonymous material from the AA meetings as we identify the shame, the compulsions, and the denial among the stories.
We then view the healing of the original emotions behind the compulsion/addiction with video sessions addressing compulsions. The
above materials and participation blend together to create a very thought-provoking, compassionate and intimate understanding of
addictions and compulsions.
Alcohol Information Program
".....Most of us do not take these situations,
[being nailed by life] as teachings. We
automatically hate them. We run like crazy.
We use all kinds of ways to escape---all
addictions stem from this moment when we
meet our edge and we just can't stand it.
We feel we have to soften it, pad it with
something, and we become addicted to
whatever it is that seems to ease the
pain.....There are so many ways that we
have dreamt up to entertain us away from
the moment, soften its hard edge, deaden it
so we don't have to feel the full impact of
the pain that arrives when we cannot
manipulate the situation to make it come
out looking fine....."
Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart
|".....Wandering in the
world of desire involves
looking for alternatives,
seeking something to
comfort us--food, drink,
people. The word desire
addiction quality, the way
we grab for something
because we want to find
a way to make things ok.
That quality comes from
never having grown
Pema Chodron, When
Things Fall Apart