Who Am I Without Alcohol?

Who Am I Without Alcohol?

Yesterday afternoon I screened Arthur, a young man who will be coming in for an alcohol detox this morning. He is very successful, surrounded by supportive family and friends, and — aside from the fifth of liquor he drinks every day, starting with a few snorts each...
Drugs Have Made My Life Bearable

Drugs Have Made My Life Bearable

“Tripping Over Joy” What is the difference Between your experience of Existence And that of a saint? The saint knows That the spiritual path Is a sublime chess game with God And that the Beloved Has just made such a Fantastic Move That the saint is now continually...
PART 4: Make Not Drinking Easy

PART 4: Make Not Drinking Easy

While it is widely accepted that substance use disorders and behavioral addictions are complex psychosocial/spiritual conditions and not just bad habits, I believe that incorporating insights from the highly studied topic of habit change can be a boon for anyone...
PART 3:  Cravings and Forming Habits

PART 3: Cravings and Forming Habits

James Clear, author of Atomic Habits defines the Habit Loop as consisting of four components: the cue or trigger, the craving, the response and the reward. By breaking each component down he offers strategies for those who are attempting to create a new habit or...
PART 2: Choose Healthy Habits

PART 2: Choose Healthy Habits

All habits are behaviors that have been repeated enough times to become automatic. James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, breaks habits into simple feedback loops composed of four steps: cue, craving, response, and reward. His four laws of behavior change are rules we...