I am grateful for the doctors, psychologists, religious folk and every day people that went before me trying to figure out a “cure” for the alcoholic and drug addict.
Carl Jung happened to be one of those people. He understood that the alcoholic was not doing anything but seeking a connection with god.
This meant that it was not a moral issue. It was not due to ignorance, class, height, weight, color, where you came from or who you knew.
I drank and used drugs in an attempt to fill myself in search of a higher energy. It worked for awhile but the fix was only temporary.
Then when I was in rehab over 12 years ago I heard someone say “this is a disease that has a spiritual solution.” I knew – right then and there – this was about god.
Don’t get me wrong…I was in shock when I realized that. But the grace that allowed me to hear it and feel it…is just a miracle.
Jung understood that the only thing that could battle this plight….was spirit. How ironic that the word “spirits” were also used for alcohol.
The quotes I have posted are excerpts from a letter Jung wrote to Bill Wilson, the man accredited for one of the largest recovery movements in the world….Alcoholics Anonymous.