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Józanságmunka és felépülés függő társadalmakban
The Road to Recovery for Addicted Persons and Societies

Author(s): Zsolt Nagy
Subject(s): Health and medicine and law
Published by: Korunk Baráti Társaság
Keywords: addiction; 12 step programs; recovery; postmodernism; consumer society; psychiatry; addictology

Summary/Abstract: In this essay I focus on the striking parallels between addicted persons and societies. The escapist consumers of the affluent societies often seek asylum and find relief in substances, behaviours, and gadgets which can help to “suspend reality” for a while. 12 step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous are somehow outcast fellowships that follow a spiritual path to resolve life problems of addicted persons. Recovery after “hitting bottom” will follow similar patterns in case of individuals and societies, along with the reinvention of such values as humility, tradition, and personal sacrifice.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 11
  • Page Range: 11-19
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Hungarian