What is recovery? What does it mean to recover something? It means you find something. The person finds themselves again after they have lost sight of themselves.
There is a popular myth that people with addiction problems will somehow benefit and see the light by hitting ‘rock bottom’ In reality ‘rock bottom’ is not a place it is advantageous for anyone to go. It goes along with ideas like ‘tough love’ and abandonment’, strategies which rarely work out the way loved ones hope. It is a better idea to deal with addiction as soon as a person is willing to do this – and the means to do so have become apparent. To be fair, until relatively recently it has not been at all obvious what to do. This is where the wonder of ibogaine comes in.
In The Hungry Ghost – The Biopsychosocial Perspective of Addiction Part 3, Gabor Mate looks at addiction as a product of the kind of culture that has been spread around the world, in particular the interference with community and spiritual life. Ther are some great insights in it.
As Gabor Mate says, the myth is that an addict has to reach rock bottom. People don’t need more defeat, they’ve had enough defeat. In order to gain possession of ourselves we need some confidence, some hope of victory, some taste of victory. We must know what victory is and like it better than defeat.