Hello people. This is not a post but a request. I just got the go-ahead from my agent to begin work on a new book. Here’s the plan –
Three or four intimate biographies, of people who have had serious struggles with drugs and/or alcohol, who have become addicted, by one definition or another, and who have tried and perhaps succeeded in recovering — even if it didn’t last for good. These life stories will be the backbone of the book. I plan to connect each story to one of the major outlooks, or camps, that try to understand how addiction works: the disease camp, the “choice” camp, and the “self-medication” model, all which have some power to describe addiction, but none of which explains it completely successfully — in my view. I will use science (neuroscience and psychological science, maybe genetics, maybe treatment and prevention science) to take a deeper look at what’s going on in each of these addiction journeys, and I’ll pull it all together with an approach and an explanation that I think works the best.
I need volunteers! I have already talked to a few of you in some detail about your life stories, but I need to talk to others. Would you consider letting me write the story of your life? Of course, you don’t have to tell me everything. I don’t want to “reveal” what you don’t want to be revealed. But I do need detail. I need to know what it’s been like, what it has felt like, where you have been, where you are now, and where you think you’re going. Most of all, I need to know the facts and the feelings as only you can describe them.
Most if not all interviewing would be done via Skype or phone — at my expense of course.
I do NOT have to use your name. That’s a choice you can make, but it is not at all necessary or even very useful for the book I’m planning. Pseudonyms will be fine. And, I hope it goes without saying, I would never reveal your name, or any details attached to your name, to anyone, in any circumstances, without your express (and written) permission. I’m still a clinical psychologist (one of my hats) and I’m still bound by professional ethics. Not to mention personal ethics.
Please consider this request, and if you’d like to talk with me about it, drop me a line. It’s best to use the “contact” form that is embedded in this website. Just click on the Contact tab at the top of this page.
Thanks for any replies, suggestions, or questions,