Addiction Treatment & Alchemy Corse by
Addiction Treatment & Alchemy Corse by
Treatment of addiction disorder is long lasting, complex, hard for a patient as well as for a therapist. The aim of the treatment is reconstruction of patient's lifestyle, values, family, social and professional life as well as treatment of somatic and psychical state. Therapist needs to define and achieve this ambitious goal together with a patient, to accept responsibility for long lasting therapeutic process with possible failure.
It is quite reasonable to wonder why would any psychotherapist with access to modern education and technology bother with alchemy. My intension in this course is to make this topic clearer, describe basic alchemical knowledge as very useful in addiction therapy and demonstrate practical techniques I come to by confronting modern psychiatric practice and alchemy.
Social or group pathology as the part of collective psyche has big role in developing addiction disorders. Understanding and basic knowledge of dealing with social pathology is needed for successful addiction treatment. Alchemical symbolism reflects the structure and content of objective psyche. It is so vast that it contains parts of collective unconscious that are neglected or suppressed in contemporary social life. Thus, by exploring the symbols of alchemical processes and operations the therapist will be in a position to spot areas important for treatment that are not easy to detect by using contemporary therapeutic paradigm. In other words, it helps in making the distance from the spirit of the time and in adding necessary but neglected content in the therapy of particular patient. Exploring alchemy gradually lead to more balanced position, broader and deeper persona life philosophy as well as creativity, flexibility and human approach in therapy.
Addiction disorder treatment is longer lasting and more intense if compared with treatment of most other mental disorders. If discussed from the point of view of Jungian psychology successful treatment is will induce intense individuation process resulting in significant personal and environmental transformation.
During preparing this course I used material from my personal psychiatric practice, recorded in last six years. My idea was not to translate language of psychiatry into language of alchemy or vice versa. I intended to find and describe alchemy concepts and ideas that have significant value in contemporary psychiatric or psychotherapeutic practice as well as to present techniques I come to inspired by alchemy I found useful in practice.
Nikola Jovanovic, Psychiatrist
Operative definition of alchemy in psychiatry/psychotherapy.
Basics of addictions, addiction treatment protocol, treatment aims
Personality of an addict (Mercury)
Opus magnum, features, phases, operations
Patient recruitment, affection, trust, lower Conjunctio
Building alchemical vessel in addiction treatment
Prima matheria, techniques
Team work – Soror mystica
Including family and friends in therapy
Nigredo in addictions
Working with form, meter and time, Saturn
Therapists Shadow and Nigredo
Alchemy of everyday life
Alchemy of everyday life methods in addiction treatment
Dealing with prima materia
Extracting Logos, Saturn Mercury operation, simple technique
Coagulatio in addiction treatment
Binding spirit method
Projection as alchemical operation in addiction treatment, dealing with plans and social network building
Resistance in addiction treatment, types of resistance, responsibility in treatment
Dealing with crisis
Separatio in treatment, confrontation
Method of one point (Iron, Fire)
Method of number 2 (Evil and Good)
Elements, circulatio. How to facilitate circulatio? Role of Mercury, Air and Water. Shocking patient
Transformative fire, psychosomatics, Sun
Relief, Solutio, the role of Jupiter and Venus (Copper), Moon.
Chaos resistance, Operations of Air
Failure in therapy, death, suicide, violence, lack of resources
Ending therapy, Green, Solutio.