Importance of Human Consciousness in the Recovery from Drugs and Alcohol

If we promote the idea that drug and alcohol addiction is caused by physical factors, by the brain, we then run the risk of negating the conversation about human consciousness having anything to do with a solution to the problem.

When we promote the idea that drug and alcohol addiction is primarily, if not exclusively, a problem caused by the brain, we also run the risk of stripping the addict and alcoholic of any sense of responsibility for their addiction.

With the lack of responsibility for their problem, the addict and alcoholic will have a tendency to not be motivated to do much to change their life, possibly feeling helpless to even try. With the lack of responsibility for their problem, the addict and alcoholic may even have another excuse to continue to use.

It is only by believing that human consciousness plays an important if not exclusive role in the development of drug and alcohol addiction will we be able to restore personal responsibility for the disorder and also create real motivation to take action to change the trajectory of their current life. With this sense of motivation there will be the experience of hope.

Dr. Harry Henshaw