The Power of Addiction and The Addiction of Power

TED TALK – By Gabor Mate.   Canadian physician Gabor Maté is a specialist in terminal illnesses, chemical dependency, and HIV positive patients. Dr. Maté is a renowned author of books and columnist known for his knowledge about attention deficit disorder, stress, chronic illness and parental relations. His theme at TEDxRio+20 was addiction — from […]

Steps Six & Seven

By Steve K. “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.” And… “Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.” These two Steps involve willingness, humility and practice. Step Six requires a natural willingness to be free of the character defects discovered in Steps Four and Five. The painful awareness of our […]

Can Anger Be An Addiction?

By Steve K. My reply to this question is that it can be for some of us in recovery.  Specifically, those of us who have experienced high levels of shaming (rejection, neglect and emotional or physical/sexual abuse) in the developmental years of childhood and adolescence. During my own upbringing, I experienced a lot of anger, […]

What Gets You Sober – God Or Your Neurons?

By Lisa Martinovic In battling addiction, neuroscience offers a complementary and alternative approach to twelve-step programs. Cutting-edge 21st century neuroscience and a certain Depression era, Christian-based self-help fellowship might make strange bedfellows, but they have one thing in common: when it comes to the treatment of addiction, both rely on the brain’s innate capacity for […]

The Gifts of Recovery

By William L White. Emeritus Sr. Research Consultant Chestnut Health Systems. In an earlier article entitled “Recovery as a Heroic Journey,” I summarized mythologist Joseph Campbell’s cross-cultural study of hero myths, and compared his depiction of the heroic journey to the processes of addiction and recovery. Campbell described how these myths typically unfolded in three […]