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 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.