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Angie’s Prophecy

Angie’s Prophecy

Her name was Angie, we met in rehab in 2008, and I was awestruck by the tattoo below her belly button that read, “The Best Is Yet to Come.” Our backgrounds were similar; both daughters of physicians drifting through life–the hard way–with no distinct direction, just a whimsical spiral into the depths of addiction. She was a heroin addict. I snorted pills, of any variety, as long as they kept me sedated 24/7. Life just wasn’t my jam, you see. I had visions of grandeur with no ability to execute, which is a heck of a dilemma for a frills […]

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Addiction and the Path of Non-Attachment

Addiction and the Path of Non-Attachment

On a recent trip to India, I visited the holy city of Sarnath, where Buddha preached his first discourse to his first five disciples. A central axiom of Buddhist thought is that of non-attachment. From a Buddhist view, the root of human suffering is attachment, which is fueled by desire. We live within a context of duality: I want/I don’t want. Our drives are motivated toward pleasure and away from pain. Addictive substances are disguised as pleasurable but invariably inflict pain. When we long for something, whether it is a drug, substance, or an object, we create an attachment to […]

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