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ADDICTION ALCHEMY FIELD GUIDE:
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You have been asking and we have been listening! So many of you are reaching out to learn about the recovery medicine wheel and how you can have these gatherings in your own communities. Now, with this guide you will be able to assemble your tribal community for healing, empowerment and adventure! The AA Field Guide will give you easy to follow steps to facilitate your own Addiction Alchemy Recovery Wheel gatherings.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS ADDICTION ALCHEMY?
Addiction Alchemy is an addiction recovery pathworking system that was founded upon Native American Medicine Wheel and Kabalistic teachings and technologies. Addiction Alchemy can help you decode and transform your life with once secret, ancient healing modalities and sacred ceremony. By tapping into the energy, power and mystery of the Medicine Wheel, Tree of Life, Meditation, Archetypes, Nature and the Elements, Animals, Energy Healing and much more you can uncover insight and information that was previously hidden and unknown to you in a relatively short period of time. Using the Medicine Wheel blueprint, Addiction Alchemy helps make personal growth work and healing engaging, intriguing, imaginative, adventuresome and even fun!

ADDICTION ALCHEMY IS FUN - YOU'RE KIDDING, RIGHT?
All joking aside, facing and dealing with painful issues is not usually fun, but personal growth work does not have to be filled with endless suffering. Often our fear of facing pain is what has brought us to the path of addiction. Yet the fear itself can be a greater source of suffering than the original pain! Pain and suffering can be one of our greatest teachers, but so can Love. Understanding this will help us to release fear and move through our life lessons and reach the understandings that expand our awareness so that we can step more fully into our own personal power and develop a greater ability to be moved by love, instead of suffering.

Addiction Alchemy uses the sacred path of the Medicine Wheel to remind you not to get stuck and to stay on track. It provides a blueprint to keep you moving through and processing your "stuff" so that you don't get bogged down in pain and misery.  Deciphering and discovering who you really are will fill you with mystery and awe as the synchronicities of life reveal all. Addiction Alchemy will help you unleash and harness the power of Universal Law as you make sense of your life and find out who you really are.

WHAT IS A SACRED CIRCLE CEREMONY, I HAVEN'T BEEN TO ONE?
If you have been to a wedding, baptism, funeral, bar mitzvah, birthday party, anniversary party, or a baby shower then you have been a part of a sacred ceremony. Whenever two or more people are gathered together to join forces and to share in the celebration of a milestone or a life event with purpose a sacred circle has been formed. Where sacred means worthy of respect or dedication and devoted exclusively to a single use, purpose or person and circle means a complete series forming a connected whole or a number of persons bound by a common tie and ceremony means any activity that is performed in an especially solemn, elaborate or formal way, this is surely so.

Ceremony and especially those in circle with focused intention can summon a great deal of energy for the use and edification of the participants. This is something that human beings have tapped into since time immemorial. Ancient peoples would perform rites of passage and mark the passing of time and events for many milestones that we no longer recognize. Addiction Alchemy ceremonies are a way to use the power of sacred circle ceremony to establish a deep and profound energetic connection for the focused intention of addiction recovery. See below for more info about some of the activities at the gatherings.

CAN ADDICTION ALCHEMY WORK WITH MY EXISTING TREATMENT PLAN?
Addiction Alchemy is designed to be part of a comprehensive addiction treatment and recovery plan and can be easily incorporated into and layered with existing care plans and/or 12 Step programs and other support programs. It has the potential to enrich any of your other practices. It can help make you a better 12 Stepper, a better counselee or patient and a better person! It is not intended to replace any other treatments or therapies. It is considered a social/community or self-help therapy.
Note: If you are an addiction recovery professional and would like to refer out this program, please contact us.

WHAT IF I AM NOT IN AN ADDICTION TREATMENT PLAN AND NEVER BEEN TO 12 STEPS AND DON'T NEED TO DO THOSE THINGS, CAN I STILL DO ADDICTION ALCHEMY?
The answer to that is a resounding YES! You do not need to be in formal treatment in order to participate in Addiction Alchemy. (That is not to say that you may not need treatments.) You don't even have to be 100% sure that you have an addiction. We all need healing and you never know what you may uncover. You do not need prior recovery or 12 Step experience to derive benefits and healing from Addiction Alchemy.

IS ADDICTION ALCHEMY AN ALTERNATIVE TO 12 STEPS?
Addiction Alchemy can be added to your existing menu of personal growth practices and addiction recovery therapies and it can be used in conjunction with 12 Step programs, or it can be used as an alternative to traditional 12 Steps. Addiction Alchemy does have correlations to 12 Steps, however, there are a few differences which may provide new keys to your healing and recovery.

It is your choice to do whatever resonates with you. If you feel stuck or confused as to where you are in your recovery process, if you are having a hard time working 12 Steps, if you are new to the concept of recovery or if you are further along in your recovery and ready to move forward and no longer identify with your frailties and want to bring more joy, passion and purpose into your life, Addiction Alchemy may offer a new pathway to your ultimate healing and the fulfillment of your human potential. See the 12 Point Compass.

HOW DOES ADDICTION ALCHEMY DIFFER FROM 12 STEPS?
The most notable difference is that Addiction Alchemy is conducted on the Medicine Wheel and so it is circular. We work within a 12 point compass. Aside from the energetic advantage of the sacred geometry of working within a circle, from a practical standpoint this can give you a clearer perspective on where you are in the recovery process. Everyone progresses differently. Some of us have more layers than others to work through. So, each time you make it through a direction and around the wheel it brings a significant and often concrete milestone and at the very minimum a sense of positive forward movement and achievement as each phase of the journey is honored and recognized in ceremony.

Once you make it through the North, which is the physical aspect, there will usually be some concrete manifestation of healing and change that will be visible to all. And if you choose to continue on and go around the wheel again, the perception of backward motion is removed as the momentum of traveling around the wheel informs you that you are simply moving forward and through another layer. As you continue around and around, layer by layer your baggage will peel away and you will ultimately come to the realization that this circle you've been traveling is actually a spiral. Metaphorically and energetically speaking you may experience the sensation of ascension as a lightness of being.

Some people report that traditional step work can become confusing and self-defeating, as the linear model of step climbing can open them to feel that their progress is lacking and that they are actually backtracking and all over the map if they aren't moving up the steps in an orderly fashion. Others are put off by "God talk" and refuse to partake. In no way does this invalidate the power of 12 Steps! If traditional 12 Steps works for you, please keep stepping. But, if you feel stuck in your step work, or if it simply does not appeal to you, perhaps Addiction Alchemy could offer you a new perspective and an energetic boost, whether you choose to 12 Step or not.

Addiction Alchemy could be considered the 13th Step, in that it can help you go beyond sobriety and into an even deeper level of consciousness and wellness. Sobriety is crucial to recovery, however, beyond sobriety and above supression and repression is absolute freedom of the soul.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY ADDICTION ALCHEMY EXPERIENCE?
Addiction Alchemy can help you to restore the function of your Will Center. In order to do this it is important to understand that your center, your inner flame, which is at your core and encompasses ALL of you is already complete. You are not flawed. Your connection to your core has simply been cut off or suppressed for one or more of all the various reasons that our thoughts, feelings and beliefs can distort our ability to connect with our power center and consequently robbing us of our ability to be truly free. Re-establishing that connection is our main goal.

Once that connection is restored your Will Center can be clean and clear to inform your life so that you can create a new reality or you will see your existing reality in a new light and you will regain your Free Will. Humans are incredibly self-healing beings. Our bodies are designed to seek balance. In fact, it is my personal theory that addiction comes from a misguided attempt to create balance, much like a moth mistakes the light source of the flame for it's true geomagnetic guide, the moon. Some people report a feeling of the addiction being "taken from them" as the Will Center is re-connected and balanced. If there is no void, there is nothing to fill. When you are operating from your core you are connected to all that is and your highest and finest good will take you out of sorrow and suffering and into grace and gratitude, wellness and wholeness. As your cup begins to overflow, your healing and empowerment will naturally serve all those around you, as well. As you heal, you will notice all those around you begin to heal, too.

This is why that once the addiction is uncovered and denial is fully released, the focus on the wheel is to use that knowledge to see what is preventing you from getting to your core, and to work toward the discontinuation of being over-identified with shame and flawed character labels, continuing to surrender and release all that does not serve to make room for what does.

WHAT DO YOU DO AT ADDICTION ALCHEMY?
Addiction Alchemy is conducted within a sacred circle in a private gathering. There are 5 gatherings in an Addiction Alchemy journey, which meets approximately every 2 months, with the entire trip around the wheel taking about 10 months. You will be traveling with the same people from beginning to end of the entire 10 month journey. This is your clan (although you may never consciously know more about each other than your first name). Each gathering honors the four cardinal directions on the Medicine Wheel compass (East, South, West, North) and culminates to a point of completion at the Center of the wheel. Within each direction we focus on the different aspect of yourself which is heralded by the direction and do exercises, rituals and practices which help you develop your own keys to connecting with the energies of that direction. Other components of the program are journaling, guided meditations, music, practical intuition, chakra attunement and sacred rituals and ceremonies, along with any spontaneous guidance which we remain open to. The rest of the journey is conducted in the "white space" outside the circle as you take the awareness of the energies with you and venture out into the School of Life.

IS ADDICTION ALCHEMY ANONYMOUS?
Your full name, nor the nature of your addiction need never be revealed. There is no getting up and stating your issues in front of the group, in fact there is very little talking at all. The atmosphere is one of mystery and reverence and is a deeply personal, moving experience. The group dynamic is more of an energetic exchange, than a verbal one.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE END OF THE JOURNEY?
In Addiction Alchemy, we each will reach a point of completion and fully know that we have had a victory in our recovery and our many small victories are honored and celebrated at each ceremony. As we work through our intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and physical aspects you begin to open these channels to our will center and the connection to our core can be restored so that we can feel more complete and move forward through our life from a place of wholeness and balance.

As we each document and reach a milestone at each aspect we begin to understand that we may need to go around the wheel more than once in order to get to our core (most of us do). And that is great, because we are actually on the wheel whether we consciously know it or not. The wheel is an archetype for life. When we are consciously on the wheel we invoke all the powers and support that are available to us in the universe through the power of intention and the law of attraction and it is very powerful! We begin to function less from a place of lack and more from a place of understanding that everything that we need is already present and available to us.
We soon come to understand that putting our problems, issues and our ideas and creations “on the wheel” gives us the power to solve and invent without limit.

HOW DO I INTEGRATE THE WHEEL INTO MY LIFE?
Some people never get off the wheel because they integrate it into their daily life. We can become so adept at traveling the wheel that we actually become the wheel and take this archetypal energy into our being. We may begin to experience the sensation that we are traveling in spirals and "wheels within the wheel". We can take months, even years to complete a journey on the wheel or we could theoretically travel the wheel in a split second. Each person's progress will hinge on the amount of energy that is put into it.

Building a wheel at home and creating an altar and a sacred space is another way to honor and stoke the energy of the Medicine Wheel. Of course, regularly communing with nature and honoring all of creation is also a powerful daily reminder of the magic of the wheel.

WHAT IS THE MEDICINE WHEEL?
The Medicine Wheel is a universal source of power and a primer for the condition of being human. It is the circle of knowledge that gives us the schematic for putting our lives back into balance, giving us the power of choice and direction. It is a comprehensive and dynamic formula which facilitates the flow and integration of all the aspects of the human condition: Intellectual/Thoughts, Spiritual/Beliefs, Emotional/Feelings, Physical/Body and Soul/Will.

What is so striking about the ancient Medicine Wheel is how it's matrix is compatible with and directly correlates to so many different organized philosophies, doctrines, modalities and even religions, both modern and old. The hero's journey and even the Serenity prayer fit on the wheel! It is no small coincidence that this 4000 year old (some say older) formula for life perfectly aligns energetically and philosophically with traditional 12 Steps! No doubt here that the creators of 12 Steps and Alcoholics Anonymous were tapping into some seriously ancient wisdom.

HAS THERE BEEN ANY RESEARCH DONE ON THIS?
To our knowledge there is none to little research that has been published. There has been some interesting research which is very closely related to the phenomenon of circle work called, Open Space Technology.  Harrison Owen has shared it in a book, called Open Space Technology: A User’s Guide. 

Although Harrison Owen is most closely associated with the approach, and its design and development, he openly proclaims that the creation of OST has been a collaborative project involving thousands of people on four continents over a period of eight years (as of 1993). Some were participants, some practitioners, and all were contributors.
In addition, many of the basic ideas of Open Space are borrowed from a small West African village, the Native American Tradition, and the Wisdom of the East. Open Space Technology is a world product.

The same can be said for Medicine Wheel and Tree of Life matrixes. Those of us who use these tools as a blueprint for our creations are not the master architects. Another entity that has garnered a huge amount of credibility is the Wellbriety Movement by White Bison, Inc. White Bison has created extensive programs and initiatives to bring sobriety and wellness to native peoples and integrates Medicine Wheel with 12 Steps, as well.

DOES THE MEDICINE WHEEL ONLY WORK FOR NATIVE AMERICAN AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES?
The Medicine Wheel is available to anyone regardless of race or heritage who wishes to study it and implement it into their lives. In fact, some of the strongest  proponents of the Medicine Wheel were guided by powerful visions to gather the courage to bring these esoteric and tightly held teachings out into the world. The time for NO MORE SECRETS is here. The same holds true for Kabala and mystery teachings. The doors to everything are being flung open. The world is ready now to receive these teachings and to use them for the greater good, for healing and enlightenment.

WHO CREATED ADDICTION ALCHEMY?
Addiction Alchemy is the passion of Renee Bledsoe. While she created the concept, marketing and compilation of this program, she acknowledges that the Medicine Wheel and Tree of Life models belong to us all and provide and continue to provide the backbone and inspiration for her work. Read more about how Addiction Alchemy was founded.

CONCLUSION
Learn how to apply this ancient technology to heal your life.
Beyond healing there is joy. Consider adding Addiction Alchemy to your Addiction Treatment and Recovery Plan now. Get on the Recovery Medicine Wheel: Let the adventure begin!

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