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

Beginning With Fire

The Story of Addiction, Human Nature, and Evolution

Chapter Sketches

Section One


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 is a unique and important voice in the public conversation, one that always urges us gently along paths of healing and compassionate consciousness. His graceful teachings and writings, born of decades-long exploration of the dynamics of addiction in individuals, families and societies, bring a singular wisdom and a practical perspective to the task of cultivating sober and healthy lives and relationships...

Jonathan Klate, Ph.D.; Author, researcher, and practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine for over thirty years