Essay Addiction and Grace

1325 Words Apr 26th, 2016 6 Pages
Marian Gayed

PPSY 511
Addiction Assessment and Interventions
2-18-16

Addiction and Grace Paper

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Addiction and Grace Paper Addiction and Grace by Dr. Gerald May, was an extremely insightful and helpful resource in understanding those who struggle with addiction, the nature of addiction itself and the healing process. I realized through my reading that addiction is a broader issue that involves a range of behaviors far beyond alcohol and drugs to include work, sex, performance, responsibility, and intimacy. According to Dr. May (1991), “We are all addicts in every sense of the word” (p.4). As a future therapist this opened my eyes to how addiction is a universal problem and how forces of attachment to anything can bring
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Dr. May in his book talks about five mind tricks which I found to be fascinating in understanding how addicts think. Addicts’ minds don’t function like normal minds, they will work out tricks in every way to keep their addiction going. According to Dr. May (1991) self-deception, denial and repression, rationalization, hiding, delaying tactics, break down, and collision, are all examples of how the mind of addicts are so powerful in rationalizing and keeping certain knowledge in the unconscious to keep the addiction going. I learned that addicts will do almost anything to avoid being present to one self, as this experience triggers a real fear of nothing to do, a phobia of boredom, dread of being alone with nothing to occupy one’s attention (May, 1991 p.44). I learned that awareness, self-reflection and meditation can be a very hard process for addicts to do, because it requires them to be present to oneself.
Dr. May (1991) also defines addiction as “a state of compulsion, obsession, or preoccupation that enslaves a person’s will and desires” (p.14). It is the experience of “always wanting or a perception of needing more of the addictive behavior or object of attachment in order to feel satisfied (May 1991, p.26). But what drives one to go in such a cycle? Through reading this book, I learned about the psychological nature of addiction. Dr. May (1991) believes that

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