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

Beginning With Fire

The Story of Addiction, Human Nature, and Evolution

Chapter Sketches

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Prologue— Problems & Mysteries


Chapter One — Enchantments

Chapter Two — Wiring

Chapter Three — From Anorexia to Zealotry

Chapter Four — The Cells of a Self

Chapter Five — America’s Fireworks


Chapter Six — Goodbye Sky

Chapter Seven — Indispensable Catastrophe

Chapter Eight — The Disenchantment of America


Chapter Nine — Stark, Raving Sober

Chapter Ten — Guidelines & Allies

Chapter Eleven — Sobriety - A Love Affair


Chapter Twelve — Which Evolution?

Chapter Thirteen — Sobering Gaia

Chapter Fourteen — Beacons

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