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

Beginning With Fire

The Story of Addiction, Human Nature, and Evolution

Chapter Sketches

Section Two


Addiction is all about moving from fulfillment of longings to pain.

The double-entendre of the section heading, “dissolutions,” is very much intended. Over time the solutions to the problem of self provided by control begin to dissolve — to diminish in efficacy. Meanwhile, there is an accompanying deterioration of the integrity of the “self” that has embraced the control solution, leading to a state of being dissolute (“lacking in moral restraint; degenerate, degraded, dissipated;” etc.).

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As the global toll of our individual and societal addictions and addictive behaviors continues to mount, it becomes ever more crucial to explore new ways of thinking about addiction. Drawing on decades of personal and professional experience with addiction and sobriety, Roget Lockard makes a unique and distinctive contribution to that end...

Frank Seeburger, Ph.D., Prof. of Philosophy, Univ. of Denver. Author of Emotional Literacy. New York: Crossroad, 1998; Addiction and Responsibility: An Inquiry into the Addictive Mind. New York: Crossroad, 1993; The Stream of Thought. New York: Philosophical Library, 1984.