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Addiction Recovery and the Alchemical Method

April 14, 2015

 

Four years ago my life was very different. I was in a world of malady, physical and spiritual. The addiction from which I suffered produced a pain so severe that any hope of focusing and retrieving some semblance of a life of sobriety was completely unforeseen. I needed help, and I needed it quickly. 

My fall from grace brought me to an abysmal state, a haphazard nightmare where all that I had cared for was strewn about recklessly. After years of partying and living an aimless, unfulfilling existence, I turned to hard drugs to quell my deep urges to fill the void of my unresolved emotional turmoil within; a hole which was a remnant of my tumultuous childhood. I soon reached a place where I was living way beyond my means and had to resort to criminal behavior to continue living viably, a fact for which I had always been regretful. My impetuous nature further propelled my life into ruins and I had at last reached my bottom; the proverbial state where the entire string of bad choices, which had propelled the addict to this point of despair, is played before him in something of a cruel tragic comedy. But, miraculously, after a much needed turn of fate, I found hope in the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

 

Upon entering the program of A.A., I was pleased to find that others like me not only existed elsewhere in the world but also wanted to convene in an attempt to help each other. I was surprised by the paradoxical nature of the situation; never before had I believed that a ravenous, wanton addict would actually desire the opportunity to help another human being. But, as my understanding of the principals of A.A. expanded, I began to see very clearly that being of service to others is an imperative tenet of successfully living a life of sobriety within the program. Through my own practice of this principal, it soon became demonstrable that service does lead to an understanding of self, and consequently an internal sense of joy is fostered. A.A. showed me how to live a life of sobriety that was happy, joyous, and free, and in this freedom I was allowed to explore what I really wanted from life. Having completed the Steps, I used the principals of the program to cultivate a more thorough understanding of my self, and I decided that it was time to find a career that would be truly fulfilling. My pursuit led me to the art of Alchemical Hypnotherapy.  

 

After months of study and practice, my certification as a hypnotherapist was achieved and I was tasked with the duty of searching out my own niche of self-expression upon which I could create my unique professional practice. Given my background, I naturally gravitated toward the opportunity to be of service to other recovering addicts in whichever capacity I was able. I have and will always hold a profound love for the programs of A.A. and N.A., and it was because of this love that I wanted to help those who are newly entering a life of recovery. As I refined the specialties of my burgeoning practice, my mission became clear: I was to be of service in a way that I had never thought possible – by applying the Alchemical method.

 

As a student of psychology, I had heard for some time that the late, reverent psychologist C.G. Jung and Bill W. (pictured right), the creator of A.A., had been friends. I had also been informed that the two had actually collaborated on some of the original concepts which later became the Twelve Steps; a notion that I found very intriguing. This bit of information struck me as rather serendipitous given the fact that I was considering merging the principals of Alchemy with those of the Twelve Steps, a marriage that would soon prove to be very momentous. As I continued to learn and absorb the innumerable brilliant techniques that comprised the Alchemical methodology, I couldn’t help but stumble upon some that seemed to speak to my recovering addict within.

 

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