The Nature of Addiction by Roget Lockard, M.Ed.

Beginning With Fire

The Story of Addiction, Human Nature, and Evolution

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Chapter Nine — Stark, Raving Sober

In the beginning, the resolution of addiction, the path of sobriety, is by no means a settling into a state of balanced reasonableness, but rather a coming out of pain, darkness and confusion, into — pain, darkness and confusion! Sobriety is coming to terms with what is often called by AA members “Life on life’s terms.” This awakening into sobriety — into wholeness — is by turns harsh and tender, exalting and deflating, integrating and annihilating, illuminating and confounding. Sometimes it is all of these things at once. Hence, “stark, raving sober.” In the earliest stages of sobriety our focus tends to be on the first two of the five levels of trust. These are, in simple language, “I am,” and “I can choose.

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In the earliest stages of sobriety our focus tends to be on the first two of the five levels of trust. These are, in simple language, “I am,” and “I can choose.