Jacquelyn Small, LCSW and licensed non-denominational minister is another one of my teachers and role models. Her exemplary work is helping to close the (actually non-existent) gap between psychology and spirituality. About four years ago she did a workshop for us at St. Francis Hospital and it was an honor to be in her presence. Many years ago, I latched on to one of her postulates – that folks afflicted with the disease(s) of addiction being obviously high-spirited are therefore capable of achieving great heights spiritually. She believes this is true, especially because desperation, as a result of having been to the bottom, drives them forward, or rather onward and upward. So, when she says that inner hunger is divine – could she actually mean that addictions are divine? Some might say they are true blessings in disguise – what do you think? What has been your experience?
 A Woman’s Spirit, Carol Sheffield, p. June 25. HarperCollins Publishers, NY, 1994.