The War of the Gods in Addiction

The War of the Gods in Addiction

C.G. Jung, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Archetypal Evil
by David E. Schoen
ISBN: 978-1-882670-57-4; 1882670574
172 pp.

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War of the Gods in Addiction

The War of the Gods in Addiction, based on the correspondence between Bill W., one of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous and C.G. Jung, proposes an original, groundbreaking, psychodynamic view of addiction which explains both the creation and successful treatment of alcoholism and other addictions. Using insights from Jungian psychology, it demonstrates why the 12 steps of AA really work. It emphasizes the crucial process of neutralizing the Archetypal Shadow / Archetypal Evil, an aspect of all true addictions, and explores this concept extensively through theoretical and clinical material, modern and ancient myths, and fairy tales. The significance of using dreams for diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of addiction is also explained. This book bridges the longstanding gap between the mental health community and 12-step recovering communities and translates concepts necessary to understanding the addictive process in ways that encourage mutual understanding and benefit.

Table of Contents
Chapter One: Setting the Stage: The Bill W. – Carl Jung Letters

  • Bill W.’s Letter
  • Carl Jung’s Letter

    Chapter Two: The Psychodynamics of Addiction: Development of a Typical Addiction
  • Stage 1 – The Ego/Persona Identification Alignment with the “False Self”
  • Stage 2 – The Development of the Personal Shadow
  • Stage 3 – The Introduction of the Potentially Addictive Behavior
  • Stage 4 – The Creation of the Addiction-Shadow-Complex
  • Stage 5 – The Addiction-Shadow-Complex Takes over the Psyche

    Chapter Three: An Exploration of Archetypal Shadow/Archetypal Evil as an Essential Ingredient in Addiction
  • An Overview of Concepts of Evil
  • Clinical and Theoretical Formulations of Unintegratable Aspects of the Psyche
  • Images of Addiction and Archetypal Shadow/Archetypal Evil in Fairy Tales, Myth and Religion
  • Why People are Drawn to Archetypal Shadow/Archetypal Evil
  • Clarification of Definitions of Archetypal Shadow/Archetypal Evil

    Chapter Four: The Healing Process of Recovery through the Twelve Steps of A.A.
  • A. Turning it Over: The First Three Steps of A.A. and the First Three Stages of the Psychodynamics of Recovery
  • B. Shadow Work: A.A. Steps Four through Ten and Stage four of Psychodynamics of Recovery
  • C. Staying in the Light: A.A. Steps Eleven and Twelve and Stages Five and Six of the Psychodynamics of Recovery

    Chapter Five: “Using Dreams” of Recovering Alcoholic and Addicted Individuals
  • “Feels Great” Using Dream Reactions
  • “Feels Awful” Using Dream Reactions
  • “Somewhere-in-between” Using Dream Reactions
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    David Schoen, LCSW, MSSW, is a Jungian analyst who practices near New Orleans, Louisiana. He lectures and teaches nationally, is an internationally published author on the psychic significance of the hurricane, and a Louisiana poet.