The book tells how to get rid of addiction, be it to drinking, gambling, overeating, shopping, smoking or anything else. For anyone struggling to break the cycle of addiction comes this unusual approach from the Chopra Center, the facility that has healed thousands of persons changing their lives for the better.
Addiction is the most widespread problem in our society. The emotional and physical pain experienced by people who are addicts and their families is incalculable. The direct and indirect economic costs of addiction exceed hundreds of billions of dollars worldwide, says the author.
It can be challenging and at times people are compelled to alleviate their distress quickly. People indulge in behaviour that temporarily anaesthetises the pain and anxiety of loss, disappointment, separation, alienation, frustration or loneliness but which can develop into a habit and addiction that trades short-term relief for long-term distress. This natural impulse to do or take whatever necessary to relieve the distress is the basis of addiction.
To derive freedom from addiction, the authors describe how they adopt different approaches to quieten the inner turbulence, encourage elimination of toxicity from life, awaken vitality and heal the heart. They describe the various steps which help the addict to re-establish a deep and nurturing connection between the body, heart, mind and soul.
The authors also describe 12 steps which provide the map for the struggling person to escape from the prison of addiction. They give information on the various drugs that people consume to find relief from a stressful life.
Many have been able to derive freedom from the fetters of addiction who have followed the principles laid down by the Center.
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