Hear from Recovering Patients: Reno

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Transcript

Reno speaking:

Well, it’s not, it’s not their fault, and to have a certain level of compassion.

There is a degree of self-imprisonment that goes on.

And as aggressive or introverted as they may seem to be, they’re locked inside of their head.

I really see... a fusion of ontological education combined with some of this stuff coming from the addictions field as the new model for recovery.

I think that it hasn’t really been tapped into yet, and it’s my experience from both of those forums or educations at the same time simultaneously the fusion of that for me was extraordinary.

And I think there’s something there that hasn’t been tapped into yet by the medical field. 

And, you know, I respect the medical field and all the work that’s been done concerning this issue.

But there’s a certain level of the empathy and compassion that goes on for somebody who’s been in active addiction who came through it... to be able to identify with an addict who’s struggling.

And, I know in my own experience it’s been hard for me to take advice or suggestions from people who weren’t really addicts… that had, you know, many degrees and things like that, and I agree that it’s valuable and that may not necessarily always be the case that you need to be an addict to help an addict… but I think that there’s a lot of value in the empathy that’s felt.