Randy Lyons, 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 six years, had just gotten my first license in Oriental Bodywork and was in the second year of a four-year Masters’ program at Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine. I was looking forward to a new future—one driven by the question: “How does holistic medicine get and keep people sober?”
That was a complete u-turn from what had driven my previous incarnation. I was a relocated New Yorker in Hollywood, California, where I lived hand-to-mouth in the world of big hair, loud guitar rock n' roll. This provided the perfect setting for me to perform the last half of my 17-years worth 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.
I’ve spent the last two decades on the sober side of that dividing line, seeking direct answers to my original question about holistic addiction treatment. Because no one was able to answer it 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, cranio-sacral therapy, martial arts, shamanism, movement therapy, psychology, mythology, poetry and writing. From this, I have synthesized a clear, concise model of holistic treatment for addiction: Alchemist Recovery.
I’ve carried out this work by:
- Treating tens of thousands of people from all walks of life and in all stages of addiction
- Serving on staff at hospitals, medical centers and addiction treatment centers
- Maintaining a successful private practice
- Writing four books and various articles in national publications
- Teaching my original material to thousands of people across North America and beyond
I greatly look forward to seeing what’s next along this path as I travel it with my wife, partner and love of my lifetimes, Dr. Dana Leigh Lyons. I also look forward to leaving notes of knowledge from the experiences along the way, answering “What exactly does daddy do?” for my son Tyler.
Whichever side of that dividing line of sobriety I have found myself on, I have lived by and found solace in the promise offered by this declaration:
Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before.
– Joseph Campbell
Five more things about me…
- I long to revisit the tiny village in Northern Italy where my great-grandparents, “biznonni”, are from: the beautiful Valle de Mosso….and eat locally sourced asparagus risotto and drink their inimitable hot chocolate.
- While I love playing in the freedom of an elegant Tai Chi or Wu Shu form, there’s nothing like the sound and feel of a gloved hand and a bare shin making perfect contact with a heavy leather bag.
- My favorite writers and most beloved teachers are Martin Prechtel, Michael Harner, Hunter S. Thompson, Terrence McKenna, Robert Bly, David Whyte and Wang Yu.
- As a long-time member of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, I continuously explore my curiosity and respect for indigenous peoples’ ritual and culture every January in Sonoma, California, with members of my dear three-year Training Family.
- I never stop being amazed at the ways my son is growing into a fine, young man…and how he continues to lift more and more weight than me at the gym.