July 8, 2013 | Posted in Mind / Mood

In anthroposophic terms, addictions are often connected with the liver and our habit body, the etheric body. The spiritual purpose of the liver in association with the gall bladder is to ‘turn our ideals into action’ (Philip Incao MD).

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In anthroposophic terms, addictions are often connected with the liver and our habit body, the etheric body. The spiritual purpose of the liver in association with the gall bladder is to ‘turn our ideals into action’ (Philip Incao MD).

Addicts are sometimes very idealistic people whose lives were obstructed. Enhancing the Ego structure (Self, I, spiritual individuality) is fundamental in working with addictions.  See Ego, Self, I.

For information on the impact of drugs on the subtle bodies of the human being, see In Place of the Self: how drugs work, by Ron Dunselman.

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Treatments

ARTA is a community in Holland which uses total relocation of the addict into a new community as the foundation for treatment and cure.

For some months, the addict is not to have contact with the friends and family he originated from. Arts, trades, healthy diet, exercise, and counseling essentially re-build the inner make-up — the thinking, feeling, willing — of the former addict.

http://www.mandalawellbeingtrust.co.nz/article/anthroposophical-mental-health-addiction-treatment

Please note the inspiring quote from Karl Konig in the article link above.

While addiction brings to mind abusable substances like alcohol, prescription medications, and street drugs, there is an addictive tendency expressed in use of coffee, sugar, and food.

The obesity epidemic in the USA may relate to the gliadin in wheat having opiate properties:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6099562. Dr. William Davis discusses this in Wheat Belly.

True Botanica 5M Pentas provides specially prepared trace minerals, what Rudolf Steiner referred to as ‘the scaffolding for the ego to enter the human make-up.’ For adults  20 drops orally three times daily. These are prepared in a non-alcoholic base.

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**Cautions**

Addiction-trained counselors and twelve step groups are the experts who know the territory and speak authoritatively.

Biochemical restoration is critical (nutrition was part of Bill W’s original conceptualization of Alcoholics Anonymous, but it was omitted from the program later); see Seven Weeks to Sobriety: the proven program to fight alcoholism through nutrition, ( formerly titled Alcoholism — the Biochemical Connection) by Joan Mathews Larson.

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Resources

Mandala WellBeing Trust    http://www.mandalawellbeingtrust.co.nz/article/anthroposophical-mental-health-addiction-treatment

In Place of the Self: how drugs work, Dunselman, Ron, Hawthorn Press, 1995.

Seven Weeks to Sobriety: the proven program to fight alcoholism through nutrition, Larson, Joan Mathews , Fawcett Books, Random House Publishing.

Wheat Belly, Davis, William, Rodale Books, 2011.

True Botanica www.truebotanica.com +1 800 315 TRUE (8783) (in USA)  +1 262 912 0970 (outside USA)

Weleda Pharmacy www.weleda.com  +1 800 241 1030 (in USA and to obtain contact info for outside USA))

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