Dr. Carol Clark

Be In Light

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Dr. Carol Clark is a Board certified sex therapist and addictions counselor, president and senior instructor at the Sex Therapy Training Institute and is an adjunct professor at Carlos Albizu University in Miami, Florida.
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Dr. Carol L Clark

I encounter a lot of controversy over the concept of addiction as a disease, and while I believe that this had its purpose once upon a time, now I think it is time we moved on from this way of thinking.

Before Bill W. and Dr. Bob created Alcoholics Anonymous and before it was designated as a disease by the American Medical Association, alcoholism was perceived as a moral failing and alcoholics were seen as depraved bums, lying in their own vomit in the gutter. Drinking was part and parcel of society and being able to “drink everyone else under the table” was a laudable aspiration, a sign of virility and strength.  While this mentality persists in many arenas, alcoholism is still mostly acknowledged as a physiological condition that can afflict anyone, from the rich and powerful to the small and meek.

There’s a lot of talk about fast food and its effects on our physical health. Certainly, when we eat a lot of bread, animal fats, and drinks with either sugar or sugar substitutes, we are not nourishing our bodies. Sugars in any form and especially sugar replacements become quickly addictive, leading us to crave more and so we eat more sugar products.

But many fast food chains promote healthy foods like salads, lean meats, and whole grain breads.  Can these really be bad for us? What’s wrong with healthy fast food?

The workbook section of Addict America: The Lost Connection, suggests getting a hobby as a means to practice being “in the moment” and also to give you the satisfaction of creating something. This creation can be shared with others, leading to a solid Connection with all who view or hold it. It can also be shared spiritually, as when you are feeling the satisfaction of creation and completion and put that energy into the Universe. Hobbies need to be something created with your hands.

One of the ideas that has been developing since the birth of my book is about choices. It is easy to know that if we want to live in recovery and Connection, we need to make choices that put us on that path. How we frame those choices, however, can mean the difference between success and failure in the follow- through. Where successfully following through with a decision can build a pattern of feeling good and continuing on that path, the failure to do what one intends can leadto a slip and slide into shame and helplessness.

Writing and publishing a book has been like having a baby. There is the conception, the gestation, and the birthing process. And just like having a baby, it doesn’t end there. That new being has the basic software but now it needs to grow and develop and take on a life of its own. Already that is happening with my book, Addict America: The Lost Connection. It is barely out of the womb and already new ideas are emerging and the basic concepts are developing.