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Addiction


Addiction to drugs, alcohol and other unhealthy habits can be caused by a spiritual or emotional emptiness. Comedian Russell Brand, who has written a book about how to recover from addiction based on his own experiences, says: “People who take drugs and drink to excess are trying to deal with a spiritual pain and an emotional pain.”


Resources

If you or someone you love is affected by addiction, here are some resources that can help:

Addiction: what is it? NHS.UK

Alcoholics Anonymous

Help for carers of addicts from the Carers Trust

Narcotics Anonymous

Humaniversity Addiction Program Intensive (HAPI), The Netherlands

Understanding co-occurring disorders (also called dual diagnosis or dual disorders) - Psychology Today

UK Addiction Treatment Centres


Books

Addiction and Grace by Gerald G May

Beyond Anorexia: Narrative, Spirituality and Recovery by Catherine Garrett

Mindful Recovery: A Spiritual Path to Healing from Addiction by Thomas Bien and Beverly Bien

Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions by Russell Brand

The Soul of Recovery: Uncovering the Spiritual Dimension in the Treatment of Addictions by Christopher D. Ringwald


For parents

Talking to Your Kids About Drug and Alcohol Abuse - The Ultimate Do's and Don’ts Guide - The Treehouse drug and alcohol rehab, Texas, US

Intervention eBook - What to do if your child is drinking or using drugs - The Partnership for a Drug-free America