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

Testimonials

Roget Lockard offers important and fresh insights into the nature of human craving and addiction. His understanding of the individual, community and environmental impacts of addictive thinking and behavior are a penetrating and compelling message for all of us at this unique and precipitous moment in human history — as are his particular insights into the physical and existential forces that both give rise to our addictions initially, and help to perpetuate them on a daily basis. His is a clarion call for each of us to understand, face and become free of our attachments to destructive desires, and to extend this understanding and freedom to all levels of human society.

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Vice-Abbot of the Zen Center of NYC in Brooklyn, New York.


To say Roget Lockard is on the cutting edge of our thinking about addiction sounds cliche, but it's true. What's more, it doesn't do justice to either him or his work. He is simply operating on another plane than anyone else in the field. Roget brings a twenty-first century mindset to a problem that has been with us since the beginning of time and which our twentieth century solutions have made worse, rather than better. With the planet undergoing an explosion of technology that rivals the industrial revolution and the corresponding increase in global conflict, there has never been a more urgent need for thinking like his. He is a gifted healer and therapist who has a profound understanding of both the clinical and the political aspects of the phenomenon we call addiction and the pain it causes our families and communities and offers us a path to recovery that builds a much needed bridge between the scientific and the spiritual. I pray we have the wisdom to follow it.

Jonathan Diamond, Ph.D., author of Narrative Means to Sober Ends: Treating Addiction and Its Aftermath (Guilford Press, 2000) and Fatherless Sons: Healing The Legacy Of Loss (John Wiley & Sons, August 2006) is a consultant, writer, adjunct faculty at Smith College School For Social Work, and practicing psychotherapist specializing in trauma, addictions and loss.


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. The model of addiction he has developed over the years has power to illuminate the dark corners of the multi-dimensional phenomenon of addiction, and to help all of us who suffer from addiction find our way, both individually and collectively, into the light of healing.

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.


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. Whether focusing on the conundrums that emerge in our personal lives, or the struggles and conflicts in our suffering world, his thinking is informed by insights not commonly accessed by other analysts. I have no doubt that visitors to his website will feel welcomed, recognize themselves in the narratives and commentaries offered there, and gain clarity and illumination regarding this notoriously confounding subject.

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


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. End of Story

Roget Lockard’s... 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