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Addiction and 12-Step Culture

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Dreams about addiction and fighting addiction; also 12-step programs and their peculiar culture.

Dreams can warn you're addicted to non-drugs. Dreams on this list warn of addictions to train noises, magic, sleazy guys, and fairness. Some warnings are literal, while some (like train noises) stand for addictions harder to name. I suspect dreams sometimes make the "drug" unfamiliar to remove it from the picture and focus on your addictive behavior or attitude itself, without the distraction of an external villain. You can't blame alcohol or tobacco if your dream turns it to fairness or prunes--you have to face the absurdity of your naked behavior, stripped of its trigger--its excuse.

Can you be addicted to dreaming itself? To dreamwork? I think so. But it's hard to be, at least by my definition of an addict--someone whose life is being swallowed by the addiction. Just spending time on your dreams doesn't make you an addict--for dreams push you to change, and change takes time and energy, particularly when you're stuck or scared. Even if you're paralyzed for a while, wrestling with the devils and angels of your psyche, that isn't addiction--metamorphosis sometimes requires a cocoon.

You're a true dream addict, your dreamwork has gone wrong, only when you spend all your time on dreams, but don't act on the advice they give you. Of course, dreamers are not the only ones to turn good advice into holy texts they worship but don't really enact! We all know religious people like that. Don't become a cult of one.

Heh. I should talk, right? With this huge, mad site...

RELATED TOPICS: drugs including alcohol - eating disorders especially anorexia - truth and lies - slavery and freedom - diagnostic dreams - healing from abuse - stars to navigate by: goals, purposes, values - over-all life-paths - See also the full INDEX OF SUBJECTS.

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THE ADDICTION: by Wayan; 1988/1/26, a thoughtful nightmare
I'm addicted to faraway trains. I quit cold turkey, but I shake the house down! Junkie poltergeists...
ARSON MUSIC: by Wayan; 2000/10/4, a parallel-world dream on ethics
Driving through California farm hills with subtly different natural laws, I find social consequences. Can physics create evil?
AT A BIG 'SWENSON' PARTY: by Jack Kerouac, mid-Sept? 1953, a nightmare on American emptiness
A lovely pecan pie, but the guests are cutting pieces, dropping them, hands trembling in growing hunger desperate the dark voracious guests fighting now to freeload...
AURALESS: by Wayan; dreamed 2017/5/14, a sex nightmare about perfect normality
I'm in bed with a movie star, and it's awful. Why? Because I can only feel her with FIVE senses--the sixth is missing! So disorienting it's creepy...
CHUNKS, or, BABEZILLA!: by Wayan; two dreams 1990/10/4 and 1991/9/4 told as digital comics.
I meet a giant psychic baby feared by 12-step people. So I go to the beach and find I'm a shark-bit girl who can have her missing chunks sewn back in--if I still have room for them...
COMYN RESTRAINT: by Wayan; 1983/3/25, a dream on abandon.
I'm from a race of self-policing psychics, starting to wonder if we've created our own Inquisition...
CRYSTAL AND GUNSEL: by Wayan; 1997/7/2, a nightmare--psychic or not?
Gunsel kills my friend Crystal in a flaming aircar crash. But that's not enough--he comes back, and...
DICTY: by Wayan; 1990/5/?, a rantish poem on high-tech distraction
A catalog of American addictions and the absurd distinctions we make between them....
DIPSOMANIA: by Dick in L.A.; before 1961, a suicide-preventing ghost/voice
I couldn't find Mrs. B and feared she was suicidal. Quite clearly and at once I heard my late mother say "She's in that hotel over there"...
THE ENTWINED CHILD AND MADAM PURR-SAY: by PurplePurplePurple; 2013/7/5, two mirroring poem-dreams the same night
I dream my autistic son, miraculously high-functioning, recites a math-poem to a crowd...
Then I become cartoon cat Madam Purr-Say and chant my own defiant poem at the dream gods...
FAMILIARS: by Wayan; 1986/4/2, a dreamtale on the dark side of reading.
In ancient Britain, as Christianity moves in, I'm a slave--sailing through centuries, but never free...
FREEDOM THROUGH BOXES: by Wayan; an experiment in art & pain, Jan 2005
I've always loved curves, color, dreams, sex, texture... and planning, too.
So one day I drew 100 black boxes in ink--no color, no curves, no erasure! And then I began to seek...
HOUSE OF BLUE LIGHT: by Wayan; 1994/4/3, a dark dream.
As my grandmother is dying, I have a dream about what really went on in her house...
KITTY WANTS TO DIE: by Wayan; 1981/11/9, a nightmare baring a side of me wanting to... die? transform? AVOID?
Kitty, exhausted, stops fighting what's inside her, and lets herself die. Huge crystalline wormlike aliens burst out, looming over the spaceport...
POLYGON DREAMS: by Wayan; 2007/4/23, a 32-page comic on the effects of shapes
What if comics panels and layouts weren't so square? I try triangles, pentagons, hexagons, circles, spirals--and some serious stuff pops out...
SECRET SCREEN: by Wayan; 2018/4/19 and 2018/5/16, three linked dreamlets on escaping grim games
A friend talks me into being lookout as he steals a cult's secret papers. I know it'll end in murder, but foresight paralyzes me!
Trying to master a game that freezes unplayably now & then, I find a button leading to a secret screen full of second chances...
I'm lost in a grim basement, but two kids show me an exit door whose cobwebby glass can be walked through like air...
SORTING HAT, DRUNKEN CAT: by Wayan; 2013/10/18, a steadily mutating warning-dream
I discover a fossilized Sorting Hat, out of the Harry Potter books. The hat reanimates, and moves in with us. A baby crawls inside, and then...
Our cat does. She emerges looking like a human teen, and talking excitedly of getting drunk at every adult in her life.
But she's not puking drunk like them, so she must be OK! Just as I think I am--no more working to death! I just work to mere exhaustion...
SPEWING WINE: by Wayan; 1992/8/17, a disgusting dreamtale.
My family moves into a damp basement. My dad just sneers at the leaks. "I'll show you REAL leaking..."
THE STAIRWELL TEST: by Wayan; 1980/9/7, a pedophilic defenestration dream.
An underage girl comes on to me, and then asks me to... throw her down a stairwell?!
STEP THIRTEEN: by Wayan; 1997/7/8, a rebellious dreamtale.
Two realities pester me (like big spoiled babies) to care for their mythic figures. At last I go on shamanic strike...
THE 1200-STEP PROGRAM: by Wayan; 1987/12/17, an illustrated dreamtale.
I'm climbing a tower, as my dad, Apollo, drunk, throws bottles at me from the top, breaking bones...
UNCONTROLLED TIME TRAVEL: by Jo; 2007/7/13, a time-slipping dream.
Iím a drug-addicted amateur dramatist. A fat balding businessman and I bring humanity back from extinction, but...
VULTURE PEOPLE: by Jack Kerouac, 1962, a gross-out nightmare--and a warning?
The vulture people are fucking in the city dump. I end up their guest, given putrid food in their cold stinking house of rancid grease. I'll become a vulture too...
WHITE-KNUCKLE FAIRNESS: by Wayan; 1999/3/23, a dream of not being me.
I'm a saurian forced to duel with a volatile friend. Wanting to fight fair, I don't just file down my spurs...
ZERO SUM: by Wayan; 1996/5/29, a game-theory dream.
I'm lecturing to a crowd: "Love's a win-win game, and abuse, lose-lose. But blame is zero-sum..."

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