Grof, a San Francisco Bay Area transpersonal psychologist, argues that addiction is a manifestation of profound spiritual yearning--the ``thirst for wholeness'' which Jung defined as a fundamental dilemma of being human. To escape the pain of this craving and fill the emptiness it implies, Grof suggests, many people adopt addictive behaviors, which only further parch the soul. The thirst can be quelled, she advises, only by moving through the emptiness to spiritual understanding. Drawing from 12-step programs, from Jungian and humanistic psychology and her own experiences as a recovering alcoholic, Grof offers a thoughtful, compassionate self-help guide. (Aug.)
Grof shares her own experience with alcohol addiction, 12-step programs for recovery, transpersonal psychology, and Buddhist thought. She discusses the contemporary quest for wholeness, which she believes supports addiction, existential alienation, and further isolation through abuse, and she proposes healthy ways to satisfy spiritual longing. Ever realistic, she stresses that ``the world is not an easy place to be'' and counsels accepting one's own humanity and the fact that ``to be human is to be attached.'' Also hopeful and optimistic, she affirms ``the divine experience of being human.'' Recommended for self-help collections in libraries.