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Title: That’s what a addiction is, and that is all that an addiction is. The rest is embroidery.
Author: Fraser Trevor
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When we meet a person suffering from an addiction, the conversation might perhaps go somewhat as follows. You say “hello”, they don’t. Yo...


When we meet a person suffering from an addiction, the conversation might perhaps go somewhat as follows. You say “hello”, they don’t. You say “it’s a nice day” – they say nothing. They hear and see things you don’t. They describe fears and terrors you cannot see and do not believe in. They talk in ways that make no sense to you, and about things you cannot possibly understand or follow. The dialogue is not really a dialogue, more two monologues. There is no meeting of minds – there is no consensus as to what you are talking about, or indeed about the reality you are both sharing at that moment. What usually happens in a conversation between two people – indeed the underlying purpose of any and every conversation – is the overlapping and mutual confirmation of what reality is like just then. But this simply doesn’t happen when one participant is labouring under an addictive illusion. That’s what a addiction is, and that is all that an addiction is. The rest is embroidery.

So the solution to bring about recovery, obviously, would be to re-synchronise these two realities, yours and theirs. This requires establishing a common point, an agreed foundation or basis from which to start. Without this, you are running on parallel lines, your two versions of reality diverge. You are talking, not so much at cross-purposes, more at cross-realities. Addictive thinking is unreal. And the origin of this unreality is fear, serious fear. Addiction does not occur unless the sufferer has been deflected from today’s reality – and the only thing powerful enough to deflect the human mind from finding out what is currently going on, is an Addiction. Thats why we start at Stage One in The Ten Stages its the road back to reality its a spiritual stepping stone.
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