Addiction and Suffering – Gabor Maté

Gabor Mate

Dr. Gabor Maté specializes in the study and treatment of addiction and trauma. He is well known for his firmly held belief in the connection between mind and body health. Dr. Maté’s bestselling books include the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction. Rather than offering … Continue reading

Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention

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Editor’s Note: As you are probably aware, we are working on putting together The Practical Book: Tools We Find Helpful in Recovery. Many people find that meditation is one of those tools. In fact, three people have chosen that as their topic for the book. Today we are sharing an … Continue reading

Survivors of Addiction

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This is a review of the book Survivors of Addiction: Narratives of Recovery by Mary Addenbrooke. It was originally published in The Journal of Analytical Psychology, Volume 57, Issue 3, 2012. __________ This is an important book, crafted with great care, which builds much needed bridges between psychoanalysts, addiction counsellors … Continue reading

Jung and the Labyrinth of Addiction

Carl Jung

Editor’s Note: Carl Jung had more experience with dealing with and treating addiction, and more of an impact on the origins of Alcoholics Anonymous, than is usually acknowledged and for which he is given credit. In a second letter to Jung, dated March 20, 1961, Bill Wilson wrote: “(Your) views had an immense … Continue reading

Chasing The Scream

Chasing the Scream

Originally published in the Huffington Post on January 20, 2015, as The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think. By Johann Hari It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned – and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we … Continue reading

The Atheist Embedded

Adam Chapter 2

This is the second chapter of the book: Common Sense Recovery: An Atheist’s Guide to Alcoholics Anonymous by Adam N. We will post subsequent chapters on AA Agnostica on the middle Wednesday of each month.  The flower photos are all by Adam as well. A second edition of Common Sense … Continue reading

Recovery: Climbing out of Plato’s Cave

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By Peg O’Connor Originally published on January 8, 2012, in The Stone, a section of the New York Times. Reposted with Permission. Philosophy is one of the oldest areas of inquiry. Out of control behavior fueled by alcohol and other drugs is one of the world’s oldest problems. What could these … Continue reading

Slaying The Dragon

Slaying The Dragon

Reviewed by bob k Those among us having a fondness for history are accustomed to being transported to the past, and Mr. White does this deliciously in the second edition of Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America, beginning with a sojourn to Colonial America to meet Dr. … Continue reading

FAVOR Canada

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By AnnMarie McCullough On July 24th 2012, 29-year-old filmmaker Greg Williams,  a person in long term recovery since the age of 17, created a page on “Kickstarter,” a website that facilitates fundraising through online donations. The page contained a video less than 9 minutes long. Though short, this video carried … Continue reading

Culture and Addiction

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By Allen Berger, Ph.D. In this article I want to discuss how our culture sets us up for becoming an addict. Before I do it’s important to realize we are all in a trance. We are hypnotized by our culture. This is not necessarily a bad thing, it just is … Continue reading