Life On The Rocks: Finding Meaning In Addiction And Recovery by Peg O'connorLife On The Rocks: Finding Meaning In Addiction And Recovery by Peg O'connor

Life On The Rocks: Finding Meaning In Addiction And Recovery

byPeg O'connor

Paperback | January 26, 2016

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Addiction and recovery are, at their core, about the meaning of life.Life on the Rocksis the first book to address addiction and recovery from a Western philosophical perspective, offering a powerful set of tools sharpened over millennia. It introduces some of the core concepts and vexing questions of philosophy to help addicts and those affected by their addiction examine and perhaps transform the meaning they make of their lives.Without assuming any familiarity with philosophy, Dr. O'Connor illuminates issues all addicts and their loved ones face: self-identity, moral responsibility, self-knowledge and self-deception, free will and determinism, fatalism, the nature of God, and their relations to others.Life on the Rocksis an indispensable guide to the deeply philosophical concerns at the heart of every addict's struggle.Peg O'Connor, PhD, is professor of philosophy and gender, women, and sexuality studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. She is the author of the popular Psychology Today blog 'Philosophy Stirred, Not Shaken' and contributor to the Pro Talk series at
is Professor of Philosophy and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota. She is the author of the popular Psychology Today blog 'Philosophy Stirred, Not Shaken' and contributor to the Pro Talk series at In her writing, which has appeared in theNew York Times and theHuffington Post, she us...
Title:Life On The Rocks: Finding Meaning In Addiction And RecoveryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.99 × 7.5 × 0.55 inPublished:January 26, 2016Publisher:Central Recovery Press, LLCLanguage:English

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'O'Connor is a gifted writer who has a most unique take on addiction and recovery. She makes Life on the Rocks accessible and fascinating, using practical insights-not only from the wisdom of philosophers but also from personal experience-to put a new spin on old cliches about what it takes to live a rich, meaningful, and joyful life beyond addiction.' - Anne M. Fletcher, Author ofInside Rehab andSober for Good'A wonderful, personal, lyrical book, reflecting on O'Connor's own alcoholism and what it has taught her about honesty, integrity, escapism, self-deception, trauma, and the meaning of life. O'Connor accomplishes the feat of revealing the particulars of her own fascinating life [while creating] a conversation with Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein and others. The book is a down to earth, non-dogmatic meditation on addiction, recovery, and the daunting project of living a good life without numbing one's mind.' - Owen Flanagan, James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy at Duke University'Peg O'Connor brings her training in philosophy-and her passion for it-to bear on the nature of addiction and, more importantly, recovery from it. Both addicts and philosophers will learn much from her book, as will those who are neither. Her creative use of Nietzsche's notion of the 'Will to Power,' which she distinguishes from 'willpower,' points the way to a life not just lived, but lived well, which she, like Socrates, regards as the universal human goal.' - Francis Seeburger, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Denver and Author ofAddiction and Responsibility'Part philosophical exploration of addiction and recovery, part personal sharing, and part search for suffering's deeper meaning, Life on the Rocks is a timely contribution to addiction studies. By emphasizing that addiction not only leads to suffering but is also caused by it, O'Connor reveals just how transformative recovery from addiction truly is.' - Dr. Nicholas Plants,Professor of Philosophy at Prince George's Community College and Co-editor ofSobering Wisdom: Philosophical Explorations of Twelve-Step Spirituality'While science, psychology, and sociology have dominated discussion of recovery, philosophy has been largely silent. Now it finally has its say, as O'Connor takes us back to the ancient Greek roots of philosophy as care for the soul. She not only illuminates the recovery process but also shows that philosophy is more than an academic subject-it is a way of life. Life in recovery is a quest for meaning, and philosophy is the ideal guide for the quest.' - William Irwin, PhD, Herve A. LeBlanc Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy at King's College Wilkes-Barre, PA'Addiction treatment and academic philosophy are not glamorous fields, but O'Connor puts them together effectively, generating new and fascinating therapeutic tools which address basic questions, such as 'Why live?' O'Connor demonstrates through personal experience and philosophical reasoning how what she teaches in the classroom can help the addict build a positive lifestyle in which psychoactive substances are no longer attractive.' - John E. Burns, PhD, Founder of Vila Serena Treatment Centers, Brazil'Through a series of short reflections that draw upon the work of our great philosophers, Life on the Rocks offers helpful, illuminating insights into the experience of addiction and recovery. Peg O'Connor explores the moral import of addiction without ever 'moralizing.' She keeps her thinking close to life and far away from pretension, using accessible language to convey truths that our rationalizations keep hidden from us. She's a philosopher with whom Socrates would have enjoyed conversing.' - Jerome A. Miller,Co-editor of Sobering Wisdom: Philosophical Explorations of Twelve-Step Spirituality