Moving from “I” to “We”

If you read my last blog post you’ll know I’m in some turmoil. It’s as if the rug has been pulled out from underneath my feet. My belief system around addiction is being challenged. Today I read something settling and reassuring. William L. White* is...

Challenging assumptions

Johann Hari’s book Chasing the Scream came highly recommended and I’m working my way through, skipping or skimming the overwhelmingly triggering parts (at least, when I can catch them in time). It’s an enormously thought provoking read. As...

Pavlov and staying sober

Early in my work with recovering people, we spent a lot of time figuring out what ‘triggered’ them to drink or use other drugs. It was important they know this, both to move towards quitting, and once abstinent, to stay that way. The Matrix...

Harm Reduction or Abstinence?

Back when I was training in the challenging arena of addiction in Los Angeles in the eighties, with pretty much every chemical known to man available if you knew where to go, and an abundance of cocaine, marijuana and alcohol on virtually every street corner, the...