\u2018Learn what you can. Try to get vulnerable.\u2019\r\nWe talk so readily about the science of addiction \u2013 dopamine receptors, the way our brains are wired. But do we think enough about matters of the heart \u2013 the direct connection between one human being and another? The need for belonging runs throughout this month\u2019s articles.\r\n\r\nRussell Brand (interview, page 10) divides opinion and his latest book will be no exception. Will his rewrite of the 12 steps make the philosophy more accessible, translating it for a modern age where just about everything is framed as addiction? Can you get past his uncompromising semantics to tune into his argument for \u2018looking at life a little less selfishly\u2019?\r\n\r\nBeck Gee-Cohen (page 14) urges us to tackle the stigma of gender stereotyping with an open heart and there is plenty in his advice to make us scrutinise outdated systems. Avoiding the issue is not good enough \u2013 \u2018learn what you can, try to get vulnerable \u2013 and be ok when you mess up. Learn to apologise,\u2019 he said during the interview, adding \u2018if this is too hard for you, maybe you shouldn\u2019t be in this field.\u2019\r\n\r\nMark Prest (page 6) has experienced the \u2018level of invisibility\u2019 in treatment. He left rehab feeling full of fear and with \u2018a sense of homelessness\u2019. Why is addiction framed as a criminality and not a health issue, he wants to know \u2013 a scenario that takes care even further away from the appropriate support systems and makes us even less inclined to overturn stereotypes. We have to create the safe space to make equality second nature.\r\n\r\nAnd in this issue we relaunch our residential treatment directory, which we hope will make the best treatment easier to find.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nClaire Brown, editor\r\n\r\nRead October's issue here as a pdf and here as a 'virtual' magazine.\r\n\r\nKeep in touch on Facebook and Twitter @DDNmagazine\r\nWe welcome your letters and feedback \u2013 click here to send your email.