Addiction: Does the drug choose the user or does the user choose the drug?


Ross A. Laird is an interdisciplinary scholar and creative artist. He is a best-selling author, psychotherapist, university professor, addictions and trauma specialist, consultant in the psychology of leadership, poet, and craftsman in wood and stone. One of his books, Grain of Truth: The Ancient Lessons of Craft, was shortlisted for the 2001 Governor General’s Award (the highest literary award in Canada) and the BC Book Prize. Grain of Truth was voted one of the 100 most important books of 2001 by the Globe and Mail. In the present interview, Dr. Laird discusses factors that may predispose individuals towards their “drug of choice” and how this knowledge is relevant in the decisions about treatment applications.

Interview with Dr. Laird

To download .mp3 file right click and choose “save as”  or “save target as”

  • Racheljallk

    Not sure when interview was but it was awesome. 

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Rachel.  The interview was done a quite a while back.  Dr. Laird is just finishing up a book and you can find more information about him at 

  • Bruce_sherry

    from an early age and long before drug or food addiction, i have had a strong confusion with an inner knowing-spiritual instinct. my body has always communicated to my mind as to positive and negative actions i.e. inducement of exercise, drugs, food etc… that i have inflicted upon myself, that is not the problem. the problem is taking the positive action into affect. knowing what is right and works for me is clear – executing what is right and works for me (which should and is self explanatory) for some reason is the hard part.

    • Anonymous

      I hear you Bruce. That’s what others experience so groups are such a powerful component of recovery for many.

Previous post:

Next post: