I did not say that. I was going on about something else, go back and reread it if you wish. I was not criticizing the exercises or outcomes, but the attitude of "if you do this, you will gain something", which is in my eyes the materialist frame of reference par excellence. I wish for any person struggling with addiction that they have access to the resources they need to improve their situation. It is a palpable, real miracle each time someone overcomes addiction. I do think however that self-improvement and spirituality or religion or whatever you want to call it, are two fundamentally separate endeavors, and that we all lose something when we mix them up or equate them.