How it Works: Principle #2 – The Cycle of Addiction
Addiction is a cycle. This attribute is at the same time the best and worst part about it.
It is the best part of an addiction because being a cycle makes it predictable. It is routine and dependable, which makes it easy for someone on the outside looking in (like me!) to know exactly where it came from, where it is now and where it’s going next.
It is the worst part of the addiction because you’re the one stuck on this merry go round of pain & torment. Working the exercises in Principle #2 provides us with the way for you to get off.
Making use of the fact that addiction is a repetitive cycle, we can accurately chart it’s entire manifestation. Alchemist Recovery does this through the use of the ancient Chinese 5 Element System. This allows us to plot the complete course of addiction all the way from its deep-rooted origins, to its planning ways of thinking, to its methods of acquisition, through its rituals of using, and out to the inevitable consequences that reinforce the whole thing and at the same time, plant the seeds for the next go around.
Click to view the entire Cycle of Addiction and the associated Alchemist Recovery emotional components
The tenants of Principle #2 have been successfully utilized in world-class addiction treatment facilities since 2003. Divided into 35 unique lesson plans, it breaks the cycle of addiction down into smaller, more manageable parts that allow us to examine each phase of the cycle on its own terms.Click to view Excerpt of Lesson #16
Alchemist Recovery’s 2nd Principle provides you with two important advantages over other approaches.
First, by viewing the cycle in its entirety, we are able to see how all aspects are interrelated and interdependent upon one another. This is a basic tenet of Traditional Chinese Medicine and it shows us how treating one specific issue can effect the whole. And conversely, if one particular issue has become stuck or there just doesn’t seem like there’s a way out, we can leverage other parts of the cycle to break up the stagnation and address the primary area of concern.
The other major advantage this offers is the knowledge that just because we’ve addressed one part of the pattern, we are not fooled into thinking that the entire problem has been addressed. This mistake paves the road to relapse. Alchemist Recovery’s 2nd Principle predicts how, when and where to prevent this from happening.
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