Carl Jung on Faith and Addiction

Optional reading: I Am an Addict, Applying Faith to Addiction, Void Avoidance

We’ve applied our concept of faith to addiction. But I’m not important. Carl Jung founded analytical psychology. He did all kinds of important work in psychology, philosophy, and other fields. He also worked with Freud to establish the field of psychoanalysis. Straight from Wikipedia:

Jung recommended spirituality as a cure for alcoholism, and he is considered to have had an indirect role in establishing Alcoholics Anonymous. Jung once treated an American patient (Rowland Hazard III), suffering from chronic alcoholism. After working with the patient for some time and achieving no significant progress, Jung told the man that his alcoholic condition was near to hopeless, save only the possibility of a spiritual experience. Jung noted that, occasionally, such experiences had been known to reform alcoholics when all other options had failed.

His work was later used to form the basis of Alcoholics Anonymous. He knew what he was talking about. And he said that religion was sometimes the only cure.


Void Avoidance

How do you fill the emptiness in your life? How do you mend the hurt?

Turning to alcohol is not an uncommon solution to many problems. In my brief stay at a local mental health facility (anxiety), I saw many patients who had turned to drugs or alcohol in their down times in their lives, being prescribed drugs.

Essentially, the thought is, how can we make this person function most like a normal human being, except without doing that thing that got them in here. The science says that there is a chemical in-balance in your brain. Once we find the right combination of chemicals, we can hotwire you into a normal life. Whatever that is.

Except, we know that the model is broken. People have holes in their hearts for a reason, and giving them another pill is just another way of masking that hurt. I’m not saying they are not chemically unbalanced. What I’m saying is that if you teach them to live with whatever prescription you give them, you’re keeping them from overcoming what plagues them. You trap them in their hurt without feeling hurt. It could be the most despicable curse of all.

And remember: Don’t Trust Your Psychiatrist.

Handling Hangovers

Hangovers are still largely a mystery to science. Let’s use personal relativity and see if we can figure them out. 

You know the symptoms:

  • accelerated heartbeat
  • anxiety
  • bloodshot eyes
  • body and muscle aches
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • halitosis (bad breath)
  • headache
  • hypersalivation
  • flatulence
  • lethargy, tiredness, fatigue, listlessness
  • nausea
  • photophobia (sensitivity to light)
  • problems focusing or concentrating
  • sensitivity to loud sounds
  • depression (dysphoria)
  • irritability
  • moodiness
  • stomachache
  • thirst
  • trembling or shakiness, erratic motor functions
  • vomiting

Why would you have to pee more on a night out?

Obviously because you’ve been drinking. But that’s not the only reason. If the mind is stressed, and brain entropy is increased, time dilates, and you’d obviously need to urinate more.

How could alcohol effect sleep quality?

By creating brain entropy, it increases the amount of time that the drinker needs to sleep. So if they sleep their normal amount of time, they could feel tired.

Why do diabetics have worse hangovers?

In looking at my first post about diabetes, they have more starting brain entropy.  Because of this, they get hungry more often and have high blood pressure. Their bodies are far from equilibrium anyways, so adding alcohol to the picture is just going to make things worse.

Your body is completely capable of eliminating the alcohol from your system. It takes longer than it used to because your body is not as efficient as it used to be.

Is a food hangover different than a regular hangover? Maybe. Maybe not.

If you’re like me, you feel bad in the morning when you gorge right before bedtime. It literally feels just like a hangover to me.

It’s just like a bunch of the different topics we’ve covered. The purpose of non-REM sleep is to settle out your brain entropy, essentially. The more you eat or drink right before bed, the higher your brain entropy, and the longer it will take for your brain to “zero” out. Of course, longer in this since is in relative time. So let’s just say that you’ll probably need more sleep than you’re used to, and if you don’t get it, you’ll feel like crap.

As you know, it takes time for your body to process and digest the food and drinks in your system. What you may not be aware of, is that you control the time that it takes. Since we’ve proven that you control your own aging, metabolism, and even sunburn due to your perception of time, we can also say that you control your hangover recovery.

When your metabolism was faster when you were twenty, you probably didn’t even know what a hangover was. The speed of your metabolism paired with how much alcohol is in your system is what determines if and how long you’ll hurt.

Why don’t some people get hangovers?

Their body and mind is closer to it’s ground state, and removes alcohol from its system faster than yours or mind. If this is the case, they’d also likely need less sleep than you.

The other option is a little more depressing. It’s that they don’t actually feel any different than you do, but it’s just how they feel most days. So the alcohol doesn’t raise the stress in their lives. Their base entropy is similar to yours when or after you’ve been drinking. You call it a hangover. They call it a Tuesday.

Your body is fully capable of recovering from alcohol consumption.

The older you are, the longer it takes to recover. [Related, you are also more likely to have diabetes or high blood pressure.]

The more that you consume, the longer it takes you to recover. This is obvious. Whatever is left in your body at the end of the night, needs to be processed by the next day.

Where does blood sugar come into play?

Low blood sugar is one of the main causes of fatigue and weakness from your hangover.

Your blood sugar is typically very low the morning after your big night out. You know why. You stress your body and slow down time, you use more energy doing the same things. And chances are great you’re not eating a whole lot when you’re getting rowdy.

How do we speed up recovery?

First, raise your blood sugar. Drinking that Gatorade is a great place to start.

Then, slow down brain activity. What does that? Reading a book. Sleeping. Meditating. A light workout.  Water is not going to hurt, but it’s not going to solve all of your problems either. Tylenol may mask some of the symptoms, but if you have a headache because your blood sugar is 16, you’d rather deal with that headache until you can figure out what’s going on. 

So alcohol is just another factor that raises brain entropy. How fast your body processes it is up to you. 



Eye Twitches

I’m sure you’ve seen one of your friend or coworkers struggle with a twitchy eye. I’m sure you’ve struggled with one at least once or twice before. Actually, if you’re reading this, chances are great that you have some refraction errors, some I’m guessing you’ve had more than just a little eye twitching over the years.

Here are some reasons that we say that your eyes twitch:

Wow. Those all seem like negative things. They all seem like things that we’ve either discussed before or will in the future. All of these things effect your vision and your brain. Whatever is causing your your eye twitch, stop it. It’s not good for your brain.

Consider this for a moment. When were you your happiest? Have you ever seen a kid stressed out, smoking, or with alcohol or caffeine problems? Of course not. If you’re like me, you had a happy childhood. You were pretty carefree and never had to deal with much stress, fatigue, medication and definitely not glasses. So what changed? What would you have to change to find your true self, the past you that was perfect?

If all of these items affect your vision and your brain, how deep does our cycle go. If my sleep and caffeine intake and Zoloft affect my vision, but my vision gradually gets worse, and my SSRIs lose their effect over time, what is happening? This is what they call in the medical profession as aging, but really you’re stuck in a cycle of misery. There is a way out: the entry point is the eyes.