I am an OD (optometrist). Ten years ago I became addicted to pain pills after an injury. My recovery process was (and needed to be) life changing -- going through a divorce, bankruptcy, temporary loss of optometry license due to opiate use, etc.; but the most significant change was my acceptance and adaptation of many of the spiritual principles Heather speaks of in How to Feel Better When Things Get Worse. I am much more peaceful now knowing I'm not responsible for fixing the world!
I experienced "How to Feel Better…" while with a friend the other night. I felt that Heather put the precepts in such a way I would use it in my work. I am an addictions counselor and work with opiate (mainly heroin) addicts. I used the approach today ("it is okay to use heroin...") and the person just broke down knowing that he could be loved. It was powerful!
Dr. Rick Robison
Salt Lake City, Utah