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How would this work with alcohol? Scotch in a glass, smell it, swirl it, look at it?
Do that in a bar?
Excellent article. Thanks. As an addict, I appreciate the info.
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This intervention is Buddhism 99, without calling it such- not quite 101. There are so many assumptions within the imagery/hypnosis/suggestions that this technique is no more applicable to all addicts as AA is no more than 30% successful (pure abstinence model). All addictions are mood disorders. The further we get away from the original intolerable, unmanageable feeling, the more entrenched the behavior. Ed Tolman wrote in 46'that all behavior is problem solving behavior. Watching the waves of the mind is an intervention that is over 2500 and possibly 31,000 years old. The goal within Buddhism is to find the true nature of mind; the goal of the intervention here is develop affect regulation or tolerance (where AA doesn't differentiate; if they did their success rate would be higher).It is important to know whether the person suffers from an attachment disorder (where original affect regulation occurs with the caregiver), or a problem within relationship, a problem further along the developmental cycle. The benefits of this intervention could simply be the deliverance of the script in a "loving-mother's voice." Otherwise, I would rather call this an introduction to the introduction of meditation, at least then the spiritual component would be present allowing the person to perhaps bypass the narcissist defenses within addictive behavior, answering/connecting to a beneficent entity (attachment figure).
The assumptions that one can sit still long enough to develop the imagery without distraction implies some degree of healthy functioning...
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Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., is a health psychologist at Stanford University.
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