About This Site
The purpose of this site is to help you better understand the nature of addiction and what to do about it as a problem. Knowledge is power, and the more you invest in reading the pages and blog on this site the better prepared you will be to know what is necessary to achieve long-term success. The U.S. treatment system sees less than 10 percent of those who struggle with addiction. Those lucky enough to be among the 10 percent very often have multiple treatment episodes with disappointing results. We can and we must do better. Science has progressed our understanding of this problem to a point where we know enough to successfully help those who struggle. All who have a stake in this problem – and it is a lot of folks – deserve to know what to do.
Manage. Resolve. Create. These three words capture the essence of what is necessary to solve the problem of addiction. It is a chronic, relapsing medical problem that requires a management approach just like any other chronic condition. The key is learning what needs to be managed and how to do it. In addition, it is necessary to identify and intervene on the factors that drive addictive behavior. Very often these issues include unresolved mental health issues such as trauma, and developmental deficits and constrictions that impede the ability to connect with others. We are social animals and if we are unable to be in healthy relationships with other humans, we will continue in relationships with objects and suffer. Solving these underlying problems is not easy, but we know how to do it and it is less painful than continuing to lead a life of isolation and disconnect. Finally, solving the problem of addiction requires that we become creators. We must access our creativity and find meaning in life. Few of us are ever taught the process of creating, but when we align our lives with our natural talents what evolves becomes more important than addiction.
Manage, Resolve, Create – or MRC for short, is a framework that is explored in depth on this site. It provides a template in which many interventions from science and practice link with our understanding of addiction.