Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Addiction Psychotherapy As Soul Tending

Addiction Psychotherapy As Soul Tending

One of the things about being human is that we all have the opportunity to learn new things every day. I have been learning about where some of our words come from and want to share with you one thing that has made me see what we do in a new light.

I have often thought about what those of us who treat addictions are really doing That is, what is our task? What do we as 'behavioral health providers have to offer? I have decided that I like the idea of us being psychotherapists. Why?

Psychotherapy comes from two Greek words. Psyche means the soul, that part which animates us, the higher part of us that makes us essentially human, our spiritual selves. Therapy comes from the word therapeia which means caring, tending, or serving. So in one sense we psychotherapists are "soul tenders" We assist healing by helping redirect the attention to one's own soul or spirit.

We are to tend to the soul as one tends a garden, nurturing the soul as one nurtures a young plant so that it will grow healthy and strong. But to do that requires me to attend to my own garden on a daily basis.

Thought for the day "If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. Harmed is the person who continues in his self deception and ignorance".

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