Tom Rohrer, PhD, Life and Performance Coach, and Psychotherapist (MFC 20325) has been in private practice in Walnut Creek, California, since 1979, and has spent his career embracing his personal curiosity and learning how people become happier, healthier and more abundant. He has personally and professionally experienced how the person, him or herself is the main obstacle.
On a personal note, I am a Viet Nam Veteran, with 31 years clean and sober. I have grown from many hundreds of hours of individual and group therapy. I attempt to walk my talk. I am married and live in Lafayette, CA.
The main focus of my professional career has been addiction treatment, specifically alcohol and drug addiction treatment. I have also worked with a range of addictions, such as food, gambling, sex, and smoking.
All addictions may look different on the surface, but they involve a similar brain addiction. The brain neurotransmitter Dopamine gets spiked when an abusing or addicted person is “triggered” to use, gets stressed, or uses. This is true whether the addiction is to alcohol, drugs, gambling, or acting out sexually. It’s likely that future research will show other addictions also have this Dopamine connection. After a few months of recovery from any addiction, the journey of recovery is pretty much the same for all addictions.
The evidence of my thorough understanding of the process of recovering from addictions is my comprehensive book, Thriving Beyond Addiction: A Complete User-Friendly Guide.