We need a new paradigm for understanding and treating drug and alcohol addiction. I believe that a new paradigm must value human consciousness and not negate it. You are more than a mechanistic, physical machine. There is a powerful ghost inside your machine. The new paradigm will be built on three ideas or concepts that honor the existence of your ghost. The three beliefs that will form the foundation of the new paradigm shift will be responsibility, choice and power.
Responsibility: I believe that you are responsible for all of your experiences. You are responsible for everything that you think, say, feel and do. What you give out in life will eventually come back to you. You need to stop blaming and complaining. No one is to blame for your condition in life. You are not a victim. You never have been nor will you ever be a victim. You are completely responsible for your addiction.
Choice: I believe that life is about choice, that you are always choosing and creating your experiences. You chose your thoughts, what you think and believe to be true and as a result you chose what you experience. You are not your thoughts or thinking, you created or choose your thoughts and then created your experience as a result of your choices. You choose your addiction and the using of drugs and alcohol.
Power: I believe that you are very powerful. I do not believe that you are not powerless. I believe that you have the power to create and determine your experiences and life. You always have had this power. You never stop having this power even when you use drugs or alcohol. You are never powerless. You have the power to change your thinking and as a result transform your life and end your use of drugs and alcohol.
If you are to find a true and lasting resolution to your drug and alcohol addiction you have to come to believe that you are completely responsible for your addiction, that you choose it and that you and you alone have the power to transform your life and end your addiction forever. Currently you want to believe that you are not responsible and that you did not choose your addiction, that your addiction is the result of something happening to you and that you are powerless. However, your beliefs are only thoughts and thoughts can be changed, if you are open minded and willing to learn.
Dr. Harry Henshaw
A negative self image and the poor self-esteem that it causes is the primary cause of drug and alcohol addiction. The problem is not the drugs or alcohol, it never has been. For way too long we have believed that the cause of drug and alcohol addiction is either the drugs and alcohol themselves or something physical, that is, our brain.
The real cause of drug and alcohol addiction will not be found in any other person, place or thing but only inside the individual, within his thinking. When a person consciously decides to focus on transforming his self image, on how he thinks about his value and worth as a human being, then and only then will he start to find an authentic solution to his drug and alcohol addiction problem.
Until the individual learns to heal the relationship with the man or woman in the mirror things will continue to be the same and he will continue to use drugs and alcohol to numb himself of the negative thoughts that haunt his mind. Individuals who authentically come to respect, accept and love themselves will not use drugs and alcohol.
The real solution to drug and alcohol addiction is to help an individual learn how to respect, accept and love themselves as they are now, to let go of their belief that they are not good enough and as a result of this work they will come to stop using drugs and alcohol forever. Drug and alcohol addiction is not a physical disorder so much as it is primarily a thought disorder, a thought disorder that constantly tells the addict or alcoholic that they are not good enough.
The real addiction is not to drugs and alcohol but to a way of thinking, a way of thinking that tells you that you are not good enough, that you are inferior, that you do not matter. Transformation and recovery is about learning that you are good enough, that you are perfect, whole and complete and that you do matter!
Dr. Harry Henshaw
When we are truly positive in our life, when we think and say positive things about ourselves and others, when we are sincerely grateful for what we have in our life, when we authentically acknowledge ourselves, we are in the process of loving ourselves and also, of connecting to our Source, to Spirit, our Higher Power, to God. Connecting to our Source, to Spirit, to our Higher Power, to God is about changing and transforming the trajectory of our life from fear to one of love.
When we are connected to our Source, to Spirit, to our Higher Power, to God, we are connected to our Power within us in the Now and our life becomes about creating infinite possibilities! When we get connected to our Higher Power we not only beginning to experience authentic self love but are creating the possibility of ending our drug and alcohol addiction forever. Authentically loving yourself and being connected to your Higher Power are synonymous and create the foundation for recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
Dr. Harry Henshaw