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About the Book

Negative addiction is not a disease, and therefore cannot be treated with medicines, medicinal attitudes, instructions, rewards for abstinence, or misleading ideologies and practices that in any way tell the alcoholic or drug abuser he is a victim.

Addiction is not a complex condition as many addiction specialists will have us believe. The drama in which many addicts live may be very complex but the experience of addiction is not. It is part of the addictive personality. Positive addiction is nourishing and rewarding; negative addiction is hardly that. It is fueled by emotional need followed by emotional choice. It lacks the liberty of active decision.

David Thomas Dozier presents a new adaptive approach to understanding victimization, lack of control, helplessness and the fatal attraction to pain and suffering. He challenges the false labels often used by addiction specialists to categorize their patients as victims of disease, emotional disorder and psychiatric pathology, all concepts that reinforce the negative drama that is addiction.

He offers ways to help the alcoholic or drug addict allow natural change to occur through understanding and experiencing the powerful affirmations that each human being possesses. He shatters the stereotypes many organizations, specialists and treatment facilities use to diminish an addict's ownership of awareness, responsibility and active personal choice. He debunks ancient myths regarding addiction and in the end shows us that positive addiction is natural and often healthy.

This book addresses all kinds of addicts, including what the author refers to as external addicts, those loved ones who desperately offer their love, attention, time and guidance in observed situations of torment and suffering. He suggests powerful ways to truly assist the addict through acceptance, faith and therapeutic guidance.

The book does not dwell on proven techniques or on old established ways to redeem addicts. It is based on a new approach that involves awareness, acceptance, free personal choice and present-moment experience, all ways to simplify and demystify the false complexity associated with alcohol and drug dependence.

While some of the contents of this book may appear controversial and sometimes inconsistent with the logic that drives our minds, our mechanism of thinking, the author shows us that we can learn to experience a powerful new perspective of what is going on in an addict's fanatic attraction to drama and the unremitting state of suffering and anger.

The book is divided into six sections and uses a self-help group approach to interact with readers, a refreshing format of questions and answers by group members in a "room" the author says, "...(that) has no walls or visible boundaries. It's containment is marked only by the group and their experiences." The narrative extends beyond that venue, and its experience resonates in the growing awareness the reader uses to understand the truths we all have in common.

The Eight Affirmations of Alcohol & Drug Addiction is a book not to be read in a conventional way but to be fully experienced through observation and awareness.

David Thomas Dozier's first published book, Ordinary People As Healers (Smashwords, 2014) is available at many ebook retailers around the world.


 

Introduction

We are all addicts, and all life forms exhibit some form of addictive disposition. The tree is addicted to sunlight; the plant is addicted to the nutrients in the soil; the bee is addicted to nectar; and parasites are addicted to hosts. And the list goes on. On a much larger scale, suns, planets and moons are addicted to gravity. All life forms are addicted to self-preservation and the propagation of its species.

As humans we have an abundance of addictive needs. We crave the sustenance of food, air, sunshine, companionship, love, sex and contentment. In this sense addiction is not a bad word. Positive addiction often results in growth and progress. If we preface the word with qualifiers like food, sex, work or alcohol and drugs, addiction takes on a very different connotation, most often a negative one. Anyone who appears to overly rely on an addictive source or exhibits behaviors consistent with social "abnormality" is then viewed as an addict. Society has a host of pejorative terms and stereotypes for those kinds of people.

Adages like there but for the grace of God, go I connote associations with misfortune, weakness, selfishness and self-disrespect. They promote alienation, feelings of superiority, detachment and indifference among people who view addicts as social outcasts. Stereotypes of this nature have existed for eons and have persisted through social and political strata, as well as personal and community attitudes.

Society and many addiction specialists will have you believing that addicts require strict guidance, reformation, redemption and, in some radical views, punishment for their aberrant, self-indulging behaviors. Some religious beliefs and practices will attempt to have addicts exorcise their evil ways in favor of obedience to a higher power, the God who will heal them. Organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous and Addicts Anonymous base their intervention methods on this premise. These approaches promote the disease model of addiction. Diseases require victims and antidotes, and interventions based on cures and rehabilitation.

I am going to show you why these approaches don't work because addicts, you and I, are not patients in need of cure. We are just ordinary people who need to use awareness and perspective to understand why we are relying on emotional needs and choices in our lives. We are not diseased; nor do we view addiction as abnormal behavior.

You will learn that addiction is a universal trait, one required for sustaining life and order in the universe. Through an understanding of the eight affirmations you will experience a clarity that will help you demystify and simplify your relation with the behaviors that foster negative addiction. You will learn to know why you are not a victim and that you don't need treatment. You will develop the awareness and perspective that will serve to negate the false notions of dependence. You will learn to let go of negative addiction in favor of active personal choice in order for you to enjoy the positive experiences of indulgence.

Even if you don't consider yourself an addict or you are the desperate loved one of an addicted person, you will be exposed to concepts and practices that will enhance your understanding and acceptance of the natural order of life in its effortless progress and being. You will learn to experience by accepting and then letting go of obstacles, occurrences and people who block your way, who impede your own natural addiction to personal growth and fulfillment.

And for those who are experiencing the worst of emotional pain, alienation, abandonment and hopelessness, you will learn that there is an exit door from the dark drama that is negative addiction. And for each of us, it is at hand's reach and only moments away.

There is a way to manage addiction without taking medicines, participating in intense behavioral treatment programs, and attending groups that promulgate solutions like abstinence, token reward and giving up personal choice in favor of supplication to a higher power. You know that God really wants you to be independent and to use the moral strength He has provided you to make healthy personal choices based on free will, love and compassion, not on fear.

There is a way. It is based on what the eight affirmations reminds us about ourselves: that we are not diseased, not victims, not the prisoners of our own making and certainly not the hapless ones that society eschews. We are ordinary people who now, in this very moment of experience, are about to make the first of many positive choices that will enrich our awareness, self-love, tolerance and positive addictions in a new world we never thought existed, the world of full awareness, clarity, perspective, tolerance and present-moment experience.

There is nothing complicated about this approach. You don't have to memorize instructions, plans, tenets or learn complex methodologies. The ideas, concepts and truths are all inside you, and have been all along. Since you won't be learning anything new (only awakening to your own awareness and knowledge), you don't have to worry about deep concentration and the discipline often associated with acquiring new knowledge. You may awaken to truths that were not accessible to you in your state of drama, but these virtues have always been there, an intrinsic part of you.

You don't have to be ready to read this book. You have already started. Now, relax with a cup of coffee or tea, turn down the music or television so that you can listen to what I am about to offer you. Very soon you will learn that there is a higher form of listening. Soon you will find that you are not reading words, sentences and paragraphs someone else has written. You will instead re-experience what you already know about yourself and the powerful truths from which you come. You, too, are the author of this book.

DTD

20 June 2014

City by the Sea, Texas