NOTE: The following is an excerpt from No Change No Gain by U’tana A’qua No gi’
©2005-2007 Deborah Adler. All rights reserved.
was written to address issues faced by recovered alcoholics, drug addicts, food addicts, smokers and all who know they face addiction to a substance, a
person, a behavior pattern or thought process.
In the throes of the dis-ease known as addiction, there is no choice. There is a giving over to the drug
or behavior of choice, (be that alcohol, narcotic, food, or behavior pattern), until the addiction takes control. There are
those who would argue that this, in itself, is a choice, and initially it is. It is the choice to live in chaos and disorder,
which is not our natural state. But it is generally recognized that at some point, the addiction takes over and breaking
its stronghold (because denial is addiction’s key survival component) usually requires additional help outside oneself.
To break free, we must first say
This requires a “surrender” of individual
ego and intellect to a greater natural order – the universal order of harmony, of synchronicity. That’s a lot of flowery language for an experience that is characteristically a physical, emotional
and psychological hell. Withdrawal is not pretty. Some would rather die than experience withdrawal. Some do. Nevertheless,
harmony is the ultimate goal. Some call it Serenity.
To embrace this possibility sets us on the road
to what my Elder refers to as “The Beauty Way.”