Denial and the Psychology of Addiction

Rather than simply judging the addict, a more enlightened understanding is emerging. Addiction is, more often, being understood in terms of disease. George Hunter, in his brilliant text The Celtic Way of Evangelism, adds in a key concept, denial, and its role as a defense mechanism: “addicts deny what is obvious to everyone else in […]

December 31, 2009 in Stormy Issues by

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Addiction and its Rites of Worship

George Hunter points out that addiction itself has an attractive, worshipful quality. It can become, itself, as a religion. He writes of its consuming nature, especially at its late stages, where: “addiction becomes one’s religion, drugs become one’s God, and rituals of use become rites of worship.” It is important to recognize, acknowledge and deal […]

December 21, 2009 in Stormy Issues by

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