Deep Fix is a community for people who feel that something is awry in a world so undeniably beautiful. This newsletter is about finding depth where shallowness reigns. It’s about intellect, heart, and soul. Fundamentally, I’m interested in how we can mend the fractured reality of modern existence to create less suffering. I’m equally dedicated, I hope, to celebrating the unerring perfection woven into the fabric of our universe.

Most of my essays explore culture, philosophy, psychedelic science, mysticism, and social healing. Some weeks, I share tales of overcoming a near-fatal addiction or my other gonzo misadventures. But I’m particularly interested in the fact that there’s no such thing as a one-person story. All human endeavors exist both in the personal and the collective.

For the blessedly uninitiated, fix refers to a dope hit. All forms of modern addiction—from drugs to screens—are central to my work. The meaning of fix also functions literally: bandaid solutions do not balm wounds of the soul.

Who writes this?

I’m Alexander Forst Olshonsky, but everyone calls me “Olo,” a nickname that has stuck with me since my disk jockey days as “DJ oLo.”

My writing has been featured in publications like Tablet, Newsweek, Psychology Today, RealClear Politics, and The Australian. I’m also a practitioner of somatic psychotherapy and the co-founder of Natura Care, a non-profit addiction program harnessing psychedelics. You can learn more about me on my website.

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Alex Olshonsky 

Creator of Deep Fix, co-founder of Natura Care, somatic coach, and recovery advocate