Recovery Rocks

Did you know that addiction is classified in the DSM-5? It’s a mental illness that lives in the brain stem: the same brain stem that serves a critical role in regulating certain involuntary actions of the body, including heartbeat and breathing. Addicts feel that they need their drug of choice (DOC) the same way they…

THE URGE

Our History of Addiction By Carl Erik Fisher Our culture, ever on the lookout for easy, unambiguous answers to the predicament of being flawed and often unhappy humans, is a sucker for all-encompassing, reductive paradigms like “addiction” and, more recently, “trauma.” What these tropes share is a medley of explanations, depending on whom you listen…

Freedom to Choose Life and Love

Spirituality and AddictionFreedom to Choose Life and Love (Blog) Wednesday, November 17, 2021 Fr. Richard Rohr, OFMAuthor and psychotherapist Gerald May (1940–2005) was a friend and early mentor of Father Richard. In this passage, May explores how addiction keeps us from living with the full love and freedom for which we were created: It seems…

A Tribute to Terence Gorski

A Tribute to Terence Gorski Bob Tyler April 1, 2021 As I was training on motivational interviewing the other day via Zoom, I referenced relapse prevention in the context of the maintenance stage of change and had to pause for a moment. I was overcome with emotion as I remembered that my most revered and…