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

Beginning With Fire

The Story of Addiction, Human Nature, and Evolution

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Section One

Solutions

My blood is alive with many voices telling me I am made of longing.
Rainer Marie Rilke

People often speak of addiction as being a form of self-medication. This is almost always true in the late stages, and is sometimes true in the early stages of addiction. But this view is too limited; it underestimates the richness, the allure, the sense of something very precious and magical happening, which is the hallmark of the initial entry into the realm of addictive solutions. As a speaker at an AA meeting once noted, “The best idea I ever had in my life was to get sober. The second-best idea I ever had was to get drunk.” In this section we gain an intimate familiarity with the onset of addiction; its enticements, its intricacy, and its underlying simplicity.

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Roget Lockard’s thinking about the complex topic of addiction is both revolutionary and unique. His work abounds with a wonderful mix of down-to-earth knowledge of addiction, and at the same time, a transcendent perspective on the breadth and depth of humankind’s capacity for addictive behavior. Lockard applies his exciting new thinking about the nature of addiction to all levels of planetary survival. I feel invigorated by his ideas — always!

Dusty Miller, therapist with more than thirty years in the addictions field, and author of Addiction and Trauma Recovery; Women Who Hurt Themselves: Your Surviving Spirit; Stop Running From Love; and numerous journal articles.