A Conversation With Carl Erik Fisher About His Book the Urge: Our History of Addiction

A Conversation With Carl Erik Fisher About His Book the Urge: Our History of Addiction

I spoke with Carl Erik Fisher over Zoom about his book The Urge: Our History of Addiction. Fisher is an addiction physician and bioethicist. He is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University’s Division of Law, Ethics, and Psychiatry, and maintains a private psychiatry practice focused on addiction. Fisher’s writing has appeared in…

Building Empathy for People in Different Stages of Recovery

Recovery allows the space to cultivate empathy. During active addiction, your brain changes so that you may seek out the substance above other things in life. When alcohol or drugs are no longer your main priority, it often follows that you’re less self-centered. You are better able to understand other people’s experiences. Still, sometimes we…