I study the nuts and bolts of cognitive neuroscience as it relates to choice, bias, compulsion and regulation of behavior. This is normally done from an angle of trust in the bio-psycho-social way of understanding and affecting brain function. Meaning a trust in medications (and/or by extension: a trust in taking drugs). I feel deeply skeptical about the benefits of drugs and medications as compared to changes to your thinking, your “lifestyle” and other changes that could be considered software. Nothing remotely unusual about that. But when I find people that share that scepticism, they usually don’t share my love for the nuts and bolts of the human equipment. I know countless exceptions to this, but they are mostly the researchers and authors that I take inspiration from. I whish that more people would share this love. Or at least feel as optimistic about a path forward that does not include making crude changes to your wonderful brain by introducing strange chemicals into your body.
I have personal experience with drugs and drug addiction, but that now lies in the deep past. I guess my personal experience somehow guides my views on drugs and drug addiction, but this does not happen in a way that is clear to myself. It might influence my choice of starting point, choice of theories to base my work on. From there I try to be fair and objective in my dealings with different views and theories. But there is always that: You tend to pick your starting point out of personal experience.
My goals are to make a strong case for an active, direct and specific rehabilitation process and to make the elements of that process easy accessible to all involved. I have found that for me writing, streaming and delivering modules online is the most effective way to do that. I hope that many people will make use of the stuff that I make available here. There is plenty of garbage floating around in the general discussion of drugs and addiction. RA is my small contribution towards a saner and less disastrous way of dealing with addiction.