The Differences and Similarities Between Alcoholism and Addiction

My experience is that they are always removed and that we are immediately restored to sanity. In Grace we can still experience negative emotions but God allows us to see them for what they are and not react.

  • Apart from dissecting the Big Book so as to have a firmer grasp on the 12 Steps and program and in general, it also is designed to help us decipher the intricate language and wording used from a different time period.
  • It can also look more like a soul-sickness or defeated spirit.
  • Addiction is often referred to as a disease of perception as addicts have a tendency to creating extraneous narrative around the experiences of their lives.
  • Addiction must be tended to on the physical realm, or at least, this is the primary focus initially.
  • This spiritual malady, or spiritual disconnection, is the driving force behind our addiction and self-destructive behaviors.

The steps that particularly bring awareness to concrete examples of the spiritual malady of addiction are discovered in Steps 4 and 5. These steps outline the emotional patterns which have a tendency to the block the ‘sunlight of the spirit’. As the steps are taken, it may be seen that resentments function to create separation from the people that the addict loves and the whole of life.

Filling the Hole: Fixing the Spiritual Malady

I have seen in myself how fear and shame seem to drive most of my maladaptive behaviour. We have spiritual malady difficulties in our relationships with others, these relationships are often unhealthy and ill.

What are the 5 spiritual powers?

The five are faith, effort, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom.

But it really was, for me, only when I’d had the phychic change that I fully understood what that was about. I mean, I bet most of us, if not all of us, just thought that ‘drinking’ was the root of our problems, and if we could manage to stop drinking then we’d be this ‘person’ we thought we were capable of being. I really didn’t know and wouldn’t have believed that my drinking was only a symptom of a deeper rooted problem. To deny that there is at least the possibility of a physical disease component to addiction is to deny the biblical reality that sin affects the body .

Spiritual Malady

Alcoholics and children of alcoholics have a tendency to avoid emotions in fact and to use emotional reasoning when arguing a point. The spiritual principles of AA and the 12 steps in particular were drawn from the 4 absolutes of the Oxford group, via initially the 6 steps and the idea of a spiritual malady is also borrowed from the Oxford group. In sobriety, it is so important to maintain conscious contact with a higher power and count our blessings.

what is a spiritual malady

My emotions became wedded in time to being undifferentiated arousal states that prompted me to seek an external way to deal with these troubling emotional/arousal states. We have to show love and tolerance for each other as we suffer the same illness/malady. Dismissing others like us for having what we have and acting as we do is like a form of self loathing.