A Both/And Solution to the Addiction Epidemic

Thursday, March, 3rd, 2016

A Both/And Solution to the Addiction Epidemic

by Harriet Rossetto I have been in the addiction recovery “business”for thirty years (before it was a business), and have stood in the middle, watching the pendulum swing between extremes: no medication allowed in treatment programs; Alcoholics Anonymous-only; abstinence-based; moderation models; some psychotropics allowed; methadone/suboxone medication treatment. These kinds of either/or examples of thinking exemplify the insanity of doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results, the hallmark of addictive thinking.  Our culture is addicted to either/or solutions for both/and problems. Addiction is a disease of body, mind, and spirit; a failure to integrate these parts of the self, to alternate between them. It follows that recovery from addiction requires an integrative approach that addresses mind, brain, body, and soul. Recovery from addiction, from the fragmentation of the human condition, is the quest for wholeness – an integrated self. This is a process of transformation and self-examination that requires deeply investigating the ... … Read entire article »

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