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In Place of the Self

How Drugs Work

January 2007
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  • Publisher
    Hawthorn Press
  • Published
    1st January 2007
  • ISBN 9781903458266
  • Language English
  • Pages 304 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.5"

As drug use rises, the challenge of drug dependency also increases. Some people view the use of recreational drugs such as ecstasy or cannabis as a personal choice, like smoking or drinking alcohol. There are pressures for decriminalising drugs, offering better prevention, health support and education.

In Place of the Self sheds important light on addiction, so that both individuals and professionals can make more informed choices. Drawing on extensive research with drug users and his rehabilitation work as a psychologist, he offers remarkable insights into:

  • Why drugs, and the changed states they induce, are so attractive to users
  • The origin and history of drugs and society
  • The profound effects of drugs on human consciousness
  • Personal stories by users, and detailed descriptions of the physical, psychological and spiritual effects of each drug
  • How drugs can undermine personal identity, at a time when more and more people are open to spiritual experiences

“Opens a perspective on another way of thinking. It provides an insight below the surface into the reasons for using drugs.”

Kees Goos, Drugs and Tobacco European Coordinator, WHO

“The fascinating information, valuable source material and vivid first-hand experiences help gain useful insight into ‘social’ drugs—of interest to any homeopath.”

Julian Carlyon, author of Understanding Homeopathy, Homeopathic Understanding, in The Homeopath

Ron Dunselman

Dr Ron Dunselman helped pioneer ARTA, a leading Dutch therapeutic community that helps people overcome drug dependency using a holistic anthroposophic approach. His book In Place of the Self was written in dialogue with former addicts, therapists and doctors.