Drugs, Addiction and Initiation: The Modern Search for Ritual

Author(s) : Luigi Zoja

Drugs, Addiction and Initiation: The Modern Search for Ritual

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Luigi Zoja argues that the pervasive abuse of drugs in our society can in large part be ascribed to a resurgence of the collective need for initiation and initiatory structures: a longing for something sacred underlies our culture's manic drive toward excessive consumption. In a society without ritual, the drug addict seeks not so much the thrill of a high as the satisfaction of an inner need for a participation mystique in the dominant religion of our times: consumerism.

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Dr Luigi Zoja trained as an analyst at Zurich's C.G. Jung Institut, and now practices in Milan. He was president of the Italian Center for Analytical Psychology from 1984 to 1993, and in 1999 served as president of the International Association of Analytical Psychology (IAAP).

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