What is an Addict’s “Natural” State?

Welcome to our discussion based on Joe C.’s Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life. We post choice quotes from the daily reading, as well as the discussion questions, and encourage you to think on it and respond in the comments. Please keep our community guidelines in mind while commenting.

“Being healthy is a natural state and the means for achieving it is in the grasp of each one of us. I believe that a judicious mixture of hard work, clear thinking, humor and self-confidence are the ingredients of effective living.”

Your Erroneous Zone, by Dr. Wayne Dyer

…Restless, irritable, discontented–isn’t this theĀ natural state of an addict’s mental health? If there was only one promise it might be that working the Twelve Steps will make us less miserable. Positive Psychology moves away from dysfunction to focus on accentuating our positive, functional selves. Dyer’s book and concepts inadvertently describe the value of working the program. Hard-working, clear-thinking, humorous and self-confident–are these not the qualities of those who we admire?

Discussion questions

  • Is mental and physical health a natural state for me?
  • If not, do I see how it can be cultivated?