Two longtime lovers: spray paint artist, Chor Boogie, and yogini and performance artist, Bast.
One shocking drug relapse—after more than a decade clean.
Then the disheartening discovery: 90% of narcotics addicts relapse in the first year in our Western medical system.
The lovers navigate the treacherous labyrinth of addiction and ultimately chose to pursue treatment with an obscure indigenous African sacred plant medicine called iboga, used since ancient times for shamanic initiation and spiritual healing, and proven to have powerful addiction breaking effects. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s seems to be worth the try, considering the alternatives.
This medicine is only available well beyond the borders of the United States. There is hope for healing, if they can both make it to the shaman in time.
When you are in the grip of anxiety, fear, or worry:
Do you feel powerless to stop your reacting?
Does your life feel unmanageable?
Does your craving for control interfere with your life?
Do you feel hopeless for a cure?
If you answer "yes" to these questions, you anxiety has become an addiction. It acts like a drug that excites, numbs, and possesses you, causing you to avoid a full life. Viewing anxiety as an addiction, Dennis Ortman, Ph.D. guides you through the time-tested Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to find relief from your anxiety. He shows how the Steps offer practical wisdom on how to transform your anxious habits of thinking into constructive action. The Steps invite you to stop, look, listen, and then consciously act to create a new life, awakening your true self.
Is it possible to overcome the powerlessness of addiction? Joining forces to answer this age-old question, coauthors Anderson Spickard Jr., a doctor with over forty years’ experience in addiction medicine, and James B., a recovering addict, candidly describe the harsh challenges and clearly outline the necessary steps toward healing and recovery.
Combining firsthand accounts and simplified medical insights, The Craving Brain addresses how adolescent binge drinking plays a role in the development of alcohol addiction, explains why addicts don’t need to hit rock bottom before they can recover, and responds to some of the most compelling mysteries of addiction, including:
Why are some people at a higher risk?
Is an uncontrollable craving a moral failing or a brain injury?
Why can’t addicts see their problem and just quit?
Are interventions helpful or dangerous?
How effective are twelve-step programs?
How is brain science transforming addiction recovery and improving treatment outcomes?
As hopeful as it is unapologetically realistic, this groundbreaking guide is a must-read for anyone who suffers from addiction or knows or works with addicted individuals. With courage, determination, and the right support, recovery is indeed possible.