What is a “Psychic Change”?

The Process of Recovery is Includes More

The process of recovery is more than just not using drugs. It is a process that entirely changes the way that an individual reacts to life. An entire shift in an individual’s thoughts and desires occurs, allowing them to achieve and maintain sobriety while enjoying a life of happiness, joyousness, and freedom. The shift, referred as a “psychic change,” is essential to one’s recovery from the hopeless state of body and mind exacerbated by addiction and alcoholism.

The disease of addiction is one of the mind, body, and spirit. All three aspects of the disease must be treated if one is to successfully recover. If we only break our physical dependence on drugs, for example, we will continue to experience an uncontrollable desire for intoxication and will either return to drug use or be constantly fighting temptation.

The psychic change results from deep and affective spiritual experiences. The primary text of Alcoholics Anonymous outlining the 12-Step recovery process, known as the Big Book, recounts a meeting between famed psychiatrist Carl Jung and a man in the throes of alcoholism. Jung explains that recovery is not possible unless an individual has a vital spiritual experience.

Jung is quoted as saying, “Here and there, once in a while, alcoholics have what are called vital spiritual experiences. To me these occurrences are phenomena. They appear to be in the nature of huge emotional displacements and rearrangements. Ideas, emotions, and attitudes which were once the guiding forces of the lives of these men are suddenly cast to one side, and a completely new set of conceptions and motives begin to dominate them.”

These rearrangements as a result of a spiritual experience result in an entire psychic change. Dr. Silkworth, in “The Doctor’s Opinion” of the Big Book explains, “One feels that something more than human power is needed to produce the essential psychic change.” When we have deep spiritual experiences, we begin to have the necessary psychic change.

Psychic Change Helps Control Your Addiction

The cycle of addiction is so powerful and seemingly inescapable, that unless an individual “can experience an entire psychic change there is very little hope of his recovery.” Silkworth further explains, “once a psychic change has occurred, the very same person who seemed doomed, who had so many problems he despaired of ever solving them, suddenly finds himself easily able to control his desire for alcohol.”

Through the process of recovery, we experience deep and affective spiritual experiences and entire psychic shift. With these experiences and changes, we are able to maintain sobriety easily, as long as we continually engage in the requirements of our recovery program. We come to a point where we are able to maintain our sobriety, as well as a life of happiness, joyousness, and freedom from temptation or desire for intoxication.

Addiction and alcoholism do not have to run your life. You can make the decision to seek help today and begin the rewarding journey of recovery. The Lakehouse Recovery Centers, located on beautiful Lake Sherwood in Southern California, combines 12-Step, alternative, and holistic recovery into an effective and advances approach to treating addiction and alcoholism. For information about individualized treatment options, please call today: (877) 762-3707


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