Gorski’s Book, Straight Talk About Addiction,
further explains the implications of the distinction between
the brain and the mind in addiction recovery.
The paradigm of the BRAIN-MIND is emerging to explain how the physical brain, connects with and is sensitive to the nonphysical actions of the mind. THE BRAIN is the physical structure that supports the nonphysical actions of the THE MIND. We, as human being, are sentient beings with a neuroplastic brain is capable of reprogramming itself based upon experience throughout the entire human life span.The ability to self-regulate the brain-mind assigns meaning to life experiences which can become culturally based beliefs that cause the development complex shared beliefs and personalities that influences our behavior, relationships, and social structures. This can lead to stress, conflict, violence, pain, trauma, stress-related illness, , addiction, and mental health problems. The Brain-Mind takes note and moves to correct the problems.
Is the Most Difficult To Treat
And the Most Relapse Prone.
There are evolutionary changes pushing us inevitably toward conquering addiction and other lifestyle-related diseases. The evolution involves examining everything we have ever done that helped out clients. It also involves bring all these success stories, no matter how small, together. We view each little success story as a piece in the puzzle to a complicated life-long chronic disease management process. Then we put them into a big pile (the big pile is actually a high power computer) and start looking for similarities and complimentary components. (The computer actually does most of the looking. We push a button and let the computer do the hard number crunching in the cyber-space world of correlations and algorithms.)
the health of billions of people and the planet they live on.
its is slowly unfolding before our eyes right now.
The answer, of course, is yes! At different times the survival responses of the brain (fight, flight, freeze) plus our deeply conditioned habits take over control and we do things we either are not aware of that, in spite of our awareness, we would prefer not to do. (Have you ever had your mouth take on a life of its own during an argument?). At other times we make conscious rational choices governed by the lifestyle we live and the people places and things we choose to associate with.
Today we are coming to the end of a failed paradigm that the physical brain is all that there is. All of the accomplishments and tragedies of mankind ia causes by a clump of cells that accidentally at some point became self-aware. Everything is pointing to a non-physical mind that inhabits and works with the physical brain to allow human beings to survive, thrive, maintain health, manage illness and keep moving forward with courage in to an uncertain future.