Firstly I do not wish to offend any religious or spiritual people here so don’t read ahead if a purely scientific approach to rehabilitation doesn’t interest you.
So as a science advocate and someone who views humans for what we really are, evolved primates, religion has never and will never help me with anything, nor will spirituality or any other form of unproven dogma. I like doing the work and the research to find the truth behind how my brain actually functions and giving credit to all the scientists who’ve dedicated so much time to doing experiments and collecting data.
With that out of the way, another reason I created this topic is because I feel incredibly alone in the world, especially in a small town where religion is still quite purtinent to everyday life, people I work with play religious sermons and preachers on their phones. I even work with a guy who entertains the idea of the earth being 6000 years old. I don’t even like to talk about evolution or evidence because they don’t value evidence, once someone decides they don’t value evidence, the conversation is over. That being said I am open minded and totally willing to change my views on anything given enough evidence, and what people have visions of in their own head or miracles they claim to witness do not constitute evidence. Anyway I’m getting off track, one of my religious friends at work I felt close enough to share my addiction with recommended finding Jesus and the Bible, and I didn’t know how to tell him no cause I didn’t want to offend him. The twelve steps even have religious undertones. I’m even afraid opening up like this on this forum, but I just want to meet some like minded people who are trying to fight their addictions by educating themselves and pursuing knowledge. Our brains are complex but they are also well studied and addictive behaviours are not a complete mystery. I’m a sex addict but regardless of the addiction, it’s glaringly obvious that people are usually seeking escape when they use. Some of the time I would’ve wasted watching porn I now use to watch people like Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, Neil Degrasse Tyson. If these people are my idols, then Cosmos by Carl Sagan would undoubtedly be my Bible.
It feels amazing just to type this out and perhaps the act of typing it out alone should suffice but I want to share it, so here. If you read all that, thanks for reading! Please share your thoughts, evidence or links to any good studies being done.
My brain hungers for knowledge!
I’ll start with a decent article on the science behind the 12 steps which has almost reconciled science with the process for me.
Are There Scientific Processes Underlying the 12-Step Recovery Method? | Michael’s House Treatment Centers