Dr. Ernie Kurtz and I, during the last years of his life, spent considerable time exploring the varieties of addiction recovery experience, including variations in the stages and styles of addiction recovery. For me, this exploration of stages and styles began in 1974 when I heard John Wallace present a paper at the Alcohol and(……)

Addiction shrinks one’s world to a state of stark self-imprisonment.  As the person-drug relationship devours everything else of value, nothing remains that cannot and will not be sacrificed.  And as the drug then devours the self, what remains are only manipulative masks interchanged so quickly that any sense of “true self” remains as only a(……)

The text, Alcoholics Anonymous, declares:  “Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now.”  That three-part story style has been ever-present within spiritual/religious/secular addiction recovery mutual aid groups and recovery autobiographies for almost three centuries.  The middle element–the catalytic event or process propelling(……)