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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...
CAUTION: DRUG ADDICTION. SORT OF.
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...
CAUTION: NOT ABOUT PIE
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...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE
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....
CAUTION: EMBARRASSING DRUG LIST
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...
CAUTION: FIRST POEM AUTISTIC, SECOND PISSY
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...
CAUTION: CHILD SLAVERY
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?!
CAUTION: DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME!
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...
CAUTION: DENIAL ABOUT ALCOHOLISM
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...
CAUTION: TORTURE (brief), ADVOCACY OF WAR, HUMAN EXTINCTION (offstage)
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...
CAUTION: UGH!
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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