Randal Lyons, A.P., M.Om., L.Ac.
July 17th, 1994 is a dividing line in my life: it’s my sober date. By that point, I had been studying Chinese Medical and martial arts for 6 years, had just gotten my first license in Oriental Bodywork and was in the second year of a four-year master’s program at Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine. I was looking forward to a new future and one that was driven by the question, “How does holistic medicine get and keep people sober?”
That was a complete U-turn for me. I was a relocated New Yorker in Hollywood, California, where I lived hand-to-mouth in the world of big hair, loud guitar, and rock ’n roll. This provided the perfect setting for me to perform the last half of my 17 years of “personal field research” in the arena of addictions. It also gave me invaluable “hands-on experience” that I couldn’t imagine getting any other way.
The last two decades on this sober side of that dividing line have been spent searching for direct answers to that original question. And because no one has been able to do that for me, I’ve been forced to find it on my own by exploring what I love. My search has given me the privilege of studying with some of the most revered leaders in the fields of Traditional Oriental Medicine, shamanism, martial arts, cranio-sacral therapy, movement therapy, psychology, mythology, poetry, and writing. From this, I have synthesized a clear, concise model of holistic treatment for addiction that I call Alchemist Recovery.
Traditional Oriental Medicine for Addictions: The 3 Principles of Alchemist Recovery (2 PDA points)
Traditional Oriental Medicine has much to offer in the treatment of addiction. I know this for two reasons. First, because I myself have used it to stay clean and sober for the last 25 years, and second, because I’ve successfully treated thousands of people from all walks of life, with all forms of addiction and in all kinds of settings. It works. Over the course of my journey, I found there was something missing: clear models that bridge our ancient medicine to this modern dilemma. This course does exactly that. It introduces ways for you to treat your clients, collaborate with other medical and mental health professionals and bring tools immediately into practice.