Breaking the Chains of Addiction: How to Use Ancient Eastern Orthodox Spirituality to Free Our Minds and Bodies From All Addictions
by Victor Mihailoff
BREAKING THE CHAINS OF ADDICTION is a self-help book with information and quotes obtained from Eastern Orthodox Christian spiritual books. The author helps the addicted reader attain to that blessed ‘passionless state’ which the saints have acquired through the oldest spiritual methods in the Christian world dating back to the third century. That ‘passionless state’ is a higher step, which is beyond addictions to all manner of self-destructive behaviors.
The targeted readers of this book are people open to spiritual ideas who want to conquer addictions such as smoking, alcohol abuse and any drug/substance abuse or addictive behavior like gambling, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, some psychological behavioral problems and many bad habits. It is they who will gain most from BREAKING THE CHAINS OF ADDICTION because they will have available to them all of the spiritual weapons and methods described herein.
BREAKING THE CHAINS OF ADDICTION is among other things, instruction in the spiritual weapons and tactics used in defeating addictions and bad habits. It gives practical directions to guide the reader. There is ample material contained within for actually ‘breaking the chains of addiction.’
BREAKING THE CHAINS OF ADDICTION is the first modern book by a contemporary author to delve deeply into a spiritual Eastern Orthodox tradition that has been the ascetic basis for almost two thousand years of a rich monastic life. Now these secrets, revealed for the first time to today’s reader, are directed at the ‘passions of the flesh’ as manifested in addictive behavior.
BREAKING THE CHAINS OF ADDICTION will be used by pastors and social workers and anyone who has had a problem with any behavior they wish to stop or modify.
About The Author
Victor Mihailoff is a former addict. Today he is one of Australia’s foremost experts on the causes of addictive behavior and how to cure addictions. Victor Mihailoff lives as a monastic recluse. He divides his time between prayer and meditation and a psychological and spiritual ministry to addicts, former addicts and their families.
'This book will be of use to those who are susceptible to the destructive dependence upon habits of smoking, alcohol abuse, narcotics and gambling addictions. Written by an Orthodox person who defeated harmful dependencies through love for God and through strengthening his soul with faith and prayer; this book will show you a straight path to liberation from these destructive addictions.' Archbishop Hilarion of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand
This excellent little book came into my hands quite by God's Divine Providence. In simple, direct and clear language, it describes how any Christian afflicted by passionate addiction might free himself with God's help. This book is recommended reading for those who suffer from an addiction, as well as for those clergy and pastoral workers who want to help those who are addicted. Not only that, but this book is ideal for any Orthodox Christian who wants to live an aggressively Christian life. Rev. Father David Moser, MA, LPC (ret.) and rector of St. Seraphim Orthodox Church, Boise, ID