All posts written by Laura MacKay

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A New Look at the Origins of Addiction

October 07, 2016 | Written by:

The parenting system teaches us control, not love

Where does addiction come from? The answer has deep implications for treatment. It’s Dr. Brown’s belief that it’s learned through the parenting system. That means it can be unlearned. Continue

Addiction Is the Symptom, Not the Problem

May 06, 2016 | Written by:

Dr. Brown addresses treatment professionals at The Fix

“While some treatment professionals dismiss the steps entirely, Dr. Brown instead has endeavored to make them better by shifting their focus from the individual symptoms of addiction … to what she suggests is the core emotional-spiritual deficit common to all forms of addiction.” Continue

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Interview: Dr. Brown on Voice America Talk Radio

October 19, 2015 | Written by:

Dr. Brown spells things out in a Voice of America interview

Dr. Brown and I were recently interviewed by Dr. Irene Conlan of Voice America’s Self Improvement Show. The hourlong interview is a nice overview of Dr. Brown’s ideas and step method. What is addiction and where does it come from? What’s wrong with the traditional 12 Steps? How are hers different? Continue

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Self-control Is the Only Control

October 12, 2015 | Written by:

All addictive behaviors are variations on the mother of them all: control

We are fundamentally powerless. But we don’t believe it. We try to control it all, fail, and then self-medicate the deepening sense of frustration, anger, and disappointment. And so this impulse to control is the undiagnosed addiction behind all the others. Solution? Another fundamental: what you can control is yourself.
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Pedaling Downhill, Accelerating in the Turns

September 10, 2015 | Written by:

This Brown Method “grad” can’t shed those layers of crap fast enough

The Brown Method gets you out from under a whole lot of garbage (i.e. addictive behavior) pretty darn fast. You might want to pace yourself. Or not. I personally have speed-demon tendencies, so . . . Helmet? Check. Roll bar? Check. Faith? Working on it.
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Great Thinkers: J. Krishnamurti on Parenting

September 03, 2015 | Written by:

How do you raise an addiction-free child?

Where does addiction come from? Answer that question, and you can tackle it at the root. Or better yet, prevent it. For Dr. Brown, the answer is the parenting system. Here’s what one of her influences on this, the spiritual thinker J. Krishnamurti, had to say about parenting. Continue

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The Opposite of Navel Gazing

August 27, 2015 | Written by:

As in looking up and really seeing for the first time

Dr. Brown’s step method could be mistaken for the kind of “navel gazing” that people like to accuse traditional talk therapy of, fairly or not. But it couldn’t be farther from that—and not only because there’s relatively little talk involved. It’s because, in the end, it’s about embracing all of humanity. Really. Continue

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Great Thinkers: J. Krishnamurti on Freedom

August 18, 2015 | Written by:

When Dr. Brown says “freedom,” this is the freedom she means

The Brown Method is about freedom. From addiction, of course, but think bigger. The foundation for that freedom is emotional, psychological, intellectual, and spiritual freedom: full personal sovereignty. In this, Dr. Brown was deeply influenced by Indian-born writer-thinker J. Krishnamurti. Continue

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Is The Brown Method Step Therapy for You? Very Likely

August 15, 2015 | Written by:

Some revealing questions to ask yourself

So many of the things that that compromise our lives and relationships are symptoms of emotional dependency and the resulting control issues. These issues run so deep, they are often unrecognized and unquestioned. So how does this stuff show up? Can the Brown Method make a difference in your life? Continue

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Love, with Strings

August 11, 2015 | Written by:

Have you ever had love any other way? Maybe not

“Unconditional love.” The phrase implies that there’s some other kind, a form of love that can be conditional. But there isn’t. Love is love. It’s a gift, no strings attached. Most of us haven’t learned how to give such a gift. Most of us have never received it. This has everything to do with addiction. Continue

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