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

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.