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The Spiritual Paradox of Addiction
The Call for the Transcendent
Author Ashok Bedi, MD, Author Rev. Joseph H. Pereira
ISBN: 9780892541928
Book (Paperback)
5 x 7 1/2
232 pages
March 1, 2020


Addicts and alcoholics are often highly spiritualized individuals who lack the faith apparatus to make a healthy connection with their spiritual drive. As such, they turn to negative behavior patterns to fulfill that hunger: alcohol, drugs, food, sex, gambling, pornography, social media, and dysfunctional relationships. This book offers a series of insights and methods whereby faith may be restored and positively channeled into life-sustaining behaviors. It is addressed to addicts, their families and friends, as well as interested laypeople, government policymakers, and treatment professionals. The authors include instruction in yoga and breathing exercises, meditation, and mindfulness, as well as case studies and medical guidance for detoxification.

Dr. Ashok Bedi is a Jungian psychoanalyst and a board-certified psychiatrist. He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of Great Britain, a Diplomat in Psychological Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of England, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and practices psychiatry at the Aurora Psychiatric Hospital and the Aurora Health Care Networks. His website is
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Rev. Joseph Pereira is the founder and managing director of the Kripa Foundation in Mumbai, India, which is devoted to the care, support, and treatment of those affected by chemical dependency and HIV and AIDS. He holds a masterís in psychology and philosophy, is certified in divinity and counseling, and is a trainer in the Iyengar school of yoga. Visit him online at
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