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Jung was actually consulted by Bill W and Dr. Bob back in the day when these two gentlemen were busy co-founding AA. Jung spoke of the importance of a ‘spiritual’ solution for alcoholism and the precedent set by the Oxford Group at that time. Today I would liken the journey of the alcoholic/addict to Joseph Campbell’s interpretation of mythology in The Power of Myth. Campbell, who was heavily influenced by Jung speaks of ‘the hero’s adventure.’ There are two types of these; one involves a ‘death and resurrection.’ During this part of the hero’s journey he/she wanders off into the… Read more »

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I don’t believe Jung had any theories about causes of such addictions. He would have approached these matters as problems that he had a solution for, regardless of the cause, and that would have been in fomenting a change in the person’s attitude toward life in general, and by reference to the mythological basis for understanding our urges, goals, and means of coping with anxieties.

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Good question. My Jung’s a bit rusty but I would venture he would focus on the spiritual aspects of being.