Thanks for creating this group.. addiction is one of my specialties..
having been there, and done that "in spades" .. I sometimes find the views of "outsiders" (or "normies" in the 12 step vernacular) to be odd .. sometimes quite rigid & moralistic. Certainly it is understandable that people who've never been addicted ... cannot know what it is like.. but if a homeopath / healer wishes to help a suffering individual, s/he needs a bit of compassion and a bit of insight to go with the knowledge of homeopathy.
There do seem to be plenty of homeopaths who dabbled in entheogenic research .. I've had some lively remeniscenses with some well known homeopaths about LSD.
Finding what it is that makes one person able to use entheogens in their "prescribed manner" (haha) as ways to open the mind to alternative states of awareness .. and to NOT then "abuse" such herb/drugs/substances -has got to be one crux of the matter of addiction.
Another would be the "social drinker" or person who semi-regularly enjoys a single glass of wine or beer ... having "been there" in addiction, it seems pretty clear to me that MOST people who use alcohol are addicts.
If you have a few drinks a few times a week, week after week, and when you do have those drinks people notice some personality change .. you are a probably what we call a "functional alcoholic."
Pothead? Please. Nothing can make me fall on the floor laughing faster than someone who smokes pot daily telling me it is not addictive. Remember: I've been there; done that !
On the other hand, it is pretty damned funny to hear all the stupid propaganda from the "reefer madness" (now "cult") film of 1936 .. from otherwise intelligent and educated homeopaths.
My path into active addiction began at about age 14; I was abstinent from about age 21 - 26, after entering into some spiritual studies (there was no big intent for abstinence, it just happened) .. and then from 26 - 37 it got worse & worse; at the end, very hard-core alcoholism combined with crack cocaine use eventually brought me near to 3rd stage alcoholism and (the most recent of several) near death experience (alcohol poisoning) .. during which I had a sort of shabby epiphany where I became willing (expressing this verbally to my personal pantheon of gods) "to do anything it takes to never have to feel like this again." Wonder of wonders -- I have not been tempted by alcohol or drugs since that moment, nearly 20yrs ago.
My wealth of experience with almost any drug you'd care to name has blessed me with a very, very wide range of cognitive experience! I have a fairly good EXPERIENTIAL idea what schizophrenia is; what psychoses are; what it feels like to be under compulsion; many of the more interestingly bizarre mental states of our pharmacoepiea.
I've been trying to figure out how to hang out my shingle as homeopathic addiction & mental health specialist. All those pesky AMA types & their endless turf war! I'm working on a possible "in" with the San Francisco dept. of public health.. kind of a long term plan.
I'm more than happy to help anyone with addiction related stuff. I'll see referred people in the S.F. bay area on "gift economy" as part of Karma Clinic... (no fee, but encouragement to make a gift so that the next person will be able to receive service.)
-and will be happy to assist by email or phone, or here with any cases (I've found that many people are happy to give permission to have case details minus personally identifying info .. posted for collaboration.)