I also contend that our “maladjustment to life” is based on emotional immaturity which is in itself a function of emotion regulation and processing deficits. I want to make clear to members that these thoughts are not definitive treatise on the subjects. Just an attempt to stimulate thought or discussion and provide information based on my study and experience. Today I look further at the disease of alcoholism focusing on it as a spiritual malady.
The spiritual illness that we faced acted as a catalyst for our addiction, and every attempt to self-medicate our spiritual malady pushed us deeper and deeper into the disease. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else.
Matt H. – AA Speaker – “Recovery, my new and wonderful life”
Basically, the alcoholic, once they start they cannot control the amount spiritual malady they take. The Big Book calls this the phenomenon of craving.
The “spiritual malady” of the Oxford group seems enhanced in me, I believe I sin more than normal people because of my emotional immaturity and reactivity. My “loss of control” over drinking is also linked to emotion processing difficulties as it prompted impulsive, uninhibited drinking. I read quite a lot of Spiritual Books from people such as Eckart Tolle, Anthony De Mello, Wayne Dyer amongst other more Eastern Spiritual teachers & they all point towards the same Human dysfunctionality born out of the Ego. We have this sense of separation not long after Birth thus our Ego is constantly living in Fear & fighting for survival.
thought on “The Spiritual Malady”
It shows us how our approach to life can possibly be transformed for the better. I have for several years wondered if the spiritual malady described in the Big Book adequate or accurate enough in describing what I suffer from.
My recovery has thus since been about “growing up” a bit, however unsuccessful I am in this pursuit on https://ecosoberhouse.com/ occasion. It shows the areas of behaviour and attitudes that can be treated by working the steps.
Why Addictive Eaters Anonymous Uses Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Literature
There are as many different definitions of what spirituality means as there are alcoholics in recovery. A spiritual awakening in the life of any alcoholic in recovery is a very personal matter. This can seem a little confusing to newcomers, who believe that they only have a problem with food. They do not understand why it is being suggested they read a book they believe to be for alcoholics. It is our experience that the problem is not the substance; the problem is the disease of addiction. We have also found that the disease of addiction is not limited to any one substance and that to be sober we need to be free from all mind-altering substances.