The rock of addiction and projection

It is sad to see so many people with a heavy weight around their neck. They can’t live, let alone breathe in peace. They are lost, tired and often at the brink of defeat. When they come into a drug rehab center for treatment it often takes more time than you could imagine for that person to start to see the world in a new light. Because that is what happens at drug rehab centers, people start to see the world differently, and that is the miracle right there! Nothing else particularly special happens, says Mark L Lockwood, addiction psychology  professional. “People eventually stop projecting their anger and hate at the world, at their families, foes and friends. They start to realize that everything they are at that very real moment is their very own creation. They have been hurt, rejected and abandoned in the past – sometimes it is hard for them to see that those times are past, it is as if they are still stuck in the nightmare…when they wake up, it is like a beautiful miracle!

the rock of addiction

Drop the rock of addiction into the ocean

You may be familiar with some version of the Drop the Rock parable used by drug rehab centers around the world in addiction treatment. It’s about the Twelve Step group members of narcotics anonymous, who set sail on the ship Recovery across the Sea of Life for the Island of Serenity. As the parable is usually told, soon after the boat pulls away from the dock, the passengers realize some of their friends are not yet on board.
Sure enough, their friend Mary comes running down the street and onto the dock. The people on the boat cheer her on. “Dive in and swim, Mary!” they shout. “You can do it!” Mary dives into the water and swims for the boat as fast and hard as she can. But as she gets close to the boat, she slows and struggles to stay afloat. Everyone on board can see why: a heavy rock is hanging from a snarl of strings around Mary’s neck. “Drop the rock!” they all shout. “Let go!
Drop the rock!”

Treading water, Mary looks down at the rock of addiction, pain and relapse…everything she despises of her past. She realizes it contains her fear, resentments, self-pity, anger, intolerance and other character defects. She also realizes that if she doesn’t let go of them, she will drown. She tears off the strings, holds the rock away from her body, and lets it go. Freed of the heavy and useless weight, Mary easily swims the rest of the way to the boat. She climbs aboard with her addiction recovery friends, dripping and deeply relieved.

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