agrees that addiction may not be a disease

Or at least they agree that the point is worth considering. Their review of my book is quite positive. Laura Miller, a senior writer for Salon, got most of it right, and she didn’t shy away from the details. Way better than a kick in the head. A couple of relevant quotes: One of those […] (Read the rest.)

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Unavailing labels: my name is not “addict”

…by Matt Robert… When I was finally ready to stop, I began the ignominious journey of failing at rehab after rehab. My resolve to stay clean was firm, but I often struggled with aspects of treatment. One of the most baffling things to me was how people were told to refer to themselves in meetings. […] (Read the rest.)

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Relapse, prelapse, and mindfulness

…by Matt Robert… Wouldn’t it be nice if we never had to think about our addiction ever again? I posted about 10 months ago on the benefits of mindfulness in recovery. One of the points was that mindfulness informs all cognitive-behavioral approaches: it’s important to pay attention to what you’re telling yourself, and that takes […] (Read the rest.)

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A new look: merging approaches to addiction

Hello people. I’m writing this using a voice recognition app — and then editing the result. Which is pretty strange after all these years using my fingertips. I had a torn tendon in my shoulder repaired last week, and for the next 5 weeks I will have to keep my right arm in a sling. […] (Read the rest.)

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Alright then, addiction is like a Necker Cube

If you weren’t completely sold on the bicycle analogy. Try this one. The point is the same, and it’s not complicated: addiction is a mental habit, it grows, stabilizes, and gets difficult to reverse. But it’s not permanent. It can be reversed — with practice. Unfortunately, the good habits that replace it may not be […] (Read the rest.)

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