Here's an interesting thing. Compare the titles of these two books.
Although both use the words attachment and addiction, only addiction has the same semantics. Attachment is used by each in an entirely different, even opposite sense.
In the first -- Addiction as an Attachment Disorder -- attachment refers to the "Attachment Theory" developed by John Bowlby, and now so widely accepted as to hardly be considered a theory anymore. In this case, attachment is a good thing -- "secure attachment" being a prerequisite for healthy child development and later-life psychological stability.
In the second case -- The Thirst for Wholeness: Attachment, Addiction, and the Spiritual Path -- attachment is used in the Buddhist sense: as an obstacle to spiritual development. The author, Christina Grof, is the wife of Stanislav Grof, famed pioneer of using LSD with terminal patients -- and source of a whole load of crap about "shamanism," "kundalini" yoga, and "spiritual emergency," (the latter basically the result of fucking about with your "chakras"). This second sense of "attachment" is typical of usage in the field of "transpersonal psychology" -- a more polite way of saying whacked out weirdos who used to call themselves New Age until it got too embarrassing.
"Ram Dass, Jack Kornfield and Stan [Grof] in the Big House at Esalen"
from The Association for Transpersonal Psychology site
Somewhere back in there, since 2002 or so, I realized that this difference in semantics is why I quit drinking 22 years ago -- and quit Buddhism at the same time. Took me a long time to understand that. Note in what follows that the "thirst for wholeness" that leads people to do alcohol and drugs, is the same impulse that draws them to "spiritual" trips of all kinds. This is the reverse of what Christina Grof is suggesting. If you qualify on either front, heads up. Word to the wise -- and otherwise.
Note also, and well -- although it doesn't say so in the following clips -- that the attachment problems referred to are generally the result of experience in the first three years of a child's life -- long before either kind of "spirit" is even a remote fantasy.
Addiction as an Attachment Disorder
Here's a similar book from the same publisher.
Creating the Capacity for Attachment: Treating Addictions and the Alienated SelfMay all beings be securely attached.
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