, which is why recovery
and rehab is difficult, but not impossible.
You need a good plan
need good guidance
, and you need to
be prepared for the changes that you need to make. Anticipate
obstacles and vulnerabilities
There are much better rewards
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Drugs don't make life more amazing, drugs only make you
that life is more
amazing. Which is worse then living in a fantasy
, because with drugs you have the physical and mental damage that
you have to wait for your body to repair. Fantasying is better because
there is very little effects on your physical and mental health, so you
can be day dreaming in moment and then in the next moment return to
very quickly. But less dangerous is
still dangerous. Living in a fantasy world, or living in a cloud of
created by drug use, is dangerous and not productive. You will not
progress or gain potential, you will slowly decay from a life that was
never fully awake, almost like never existing. Please wake up! You have a
life to live. So don't let your life slip away. Your life is extremely
valuable. You true potential is waiting for you.
Habits have 3
Cue, Routine, and a Reward.
that when people focus on changing a single behavior at a time
likelihood that they'll retain their new habit for a year or more is
around 80 percent. And those who try to change two or more behaviors at
once? Success rates drop as low as 20 percent. This data only shows
how difficult changing your habits are, but it also shows that it's not
impossible. Success rates will drastically improve because we now have a
lot more knowledge and experience then we had just 5 years ago. And as
mental health practitioners gain more experience , training and knowledge,
success rates will be closer to 100%. The people who failed to succeed in
making better choices, did
the system failed. Brain Hacking
I just want to feel good
, so what are my
options? Am I using other options that can also make myself feel better? Am I
always trying to learn about new options? How can I modify my options? How
do I change my routine? How can I force my self to stop and think and
just before the choice is made. How do you really feel? Can you
explain it? What other options do you have that would help improve your
well being? When you cross the street you look both ways. When you come to
a four way intersection
on the road, you have 4 choices, left,
right, straight or go back. Drugs is one of those choices, and that road
you have been down before. You should know the other roads too and know your
other choices. Everyone comes to that same
intersection several times a day
. And hardly anyone truly
understands the choices
they have. You can change the road you're on, but
you need to know where the other roads will lead you. You don't want to
waste time and increase your
by going down the wrong roads. Everyone needs to learn their way
around. You need to Know where certain roads will lead you.
=Learn Something New.
=Stay on tract with current Goals.
=Need a Change.
=Start over, how did you get here? You have to practice
being aware of these intersections because we face them every single day.
When you reach the peak of your high or the top of a mountain, open your
eyes, look around, enjoy the view and enjoy the experience. You know how
you got here and you know that you have to climb down. This is only one
mountain, so why do you keep climbing this same mountain it if you don't
have a purpose
? I don't want to discourage
you from climbing, I just don't see any benefit in wasting time and
have many mountains to climb in our lives, we should never limit our
abilities. We have more then just time
is repeated regularly and tends to occur
is a form of where learning in which an organism decreases or ceases to
respond to a stimulus
presentations. Essentially, the organism learns to stop responding to a
stimulus which is no longer biologically relevant.
medical condition characterized by compulsive engagement in what is
to be rewarding
stimuli, despite adverse
What is Addiction
refers to a particular set of
that make an individual predisposed to developing
addictions. This hypothesis states that there are common elements among
people with varying addictions that relates to personality traits. People
who are substance dependent are characterized by: a physical or
psychological dependency that negatively affects their quality of life.
They are frequently connected with substance abuse; however, people with
addictive personalities are also highly at risk of becoming addicted to
, food, pornography
, exercise, work, and
Scientists have been better able to understand addictive personalities as
researchers delve further into understanding the chemistry of addiction.
investigates the relationship between
are an irrational motive for
performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will. An
unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or
is a multifactorial construct
that involves a tendency to
act on a whim
, displaying behavior characterized by little or no
forethought, reflection, or consideration of the
Impulsive actions are typically "poorly conceived, prematurely expressed,
, or inappropriate to the
situation that often result in undesirable consequences," which imperil
long-term goals and strategies for success.
Impulse Control Disorder
is a class of psychiatric
disorders characterized by impulsivity – failure to resist a temptation,
urge or impulse that may harm oneself or others. Many psychiatric
disorders feature impulsivity, including substance-related disorders,
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, antisocial personality disorder,
borderline personality disorder, conduct disorder and mood disorders.
or impulse control, is a cognitive process that permits an
individual to inhibit their impulses and natural, habitual, or dominant
behavioral responses to stimuli (a.k.a. prepotent responses) in order to
select a more appropriate behavior that is consistent with completing
their goals. For example, successfully suppressing the natural behavioral
response to eat cake when one is craving it while dieting requires the use
of inhibitory control.Inhibitory control is an executive function and
self-control is an important aspect of inhibitory control. The prefrontal
cortex, caudate nucleus, and subthalamic nucleus are known to be involved
in inhibitory control cognition.Inhibitory control is impaired in both
addiction and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In healthy adults
and ADHD individuals, inhibitory control improves over the short term with
low (therapeutic) doses of methylphenidate or amphetamine. Inhibitory
control may also be improved over the long-term via consistent aerobic
is a mental disorder where people feel
the need to check things repeatedly, perform certain routines repeatedly
(called "rituals"), or have certain thoughts repeatedly. People are unable
to control either the thoughts or the activities for more than a short
period of time. Common activities include hand washing, counting of
things, and checking to see if a door is locked. Some may have difficulty
throwing things out. These activities occur to such a degree that the
person's daily life is negatively affected. Often they take up more than
an hour a day. Most adults realize that the behaviors do not make sense.
The condition is associated with tics and
is a psychological phenomenon in which a person repeats a
circumstances over and over again. This includes reenacting the event or
putting oneself in situations where the event is likely to happen again.
This "re-living" can also take the form of dreams in which memories and
feelings of what happened are repeated, and even
resulted in errors
which were destructive, due
to the active relationship between cosmic determinism and human freedom,
and the belief that it is virtuous to maintain a will that is in accord
with nature. (called
, which represents the choice involved in giving or
withholding assent to impressions).
act of a person repeating an undesirable
after they had either
experienced negative consequences of that behavior, or had been trained to
extinguish that behavior. It is also used to refer to the percentage of
who are rearrested for a similar offense.
is a form of addiction that involves a compulsion to engage
in a rewarding non-drug-related behavior
– sometimes called a
– despite any negative consequences to the person's physical,
mental, social or financial well-being.
is a protein that,
in humans, is encoded by the FOSB gene. Regulators of cell proliferation,
differentiation, and transformation role in the development and
maintenance of pathological behavior and
involved in both behavioral addictions (associated
with natural rewards
and drug addictions, where it is genetically modified, split off and
shortened. This modification under the stimulus of the drug results in the
being more stable and therefore
remaining longer in this part of the brain than in its original form --
even as much as several weeks after withdrawal of the drug. This means
that a craving for this stimulus persists. This addictive craving is
stored in a sort of "memory" function and, surprisingly,
can still be detected after death
is a mental disorder characterized by the
repeated urge to pick at one's own skin
often to the extent that damage is caused. Research has suggested that the
urge to pick is similar to a body-focused repetitive behavior but others
have argued that for some the condition is more akin to a substance abuse
disorder. The two main strategies for treating this condition are
pharmacological and behavioral intervention.
is a form of dependence that involves
emotional–motivational withdrawal symptoms (e.g., a state of unease or
dissatisfaction, a reduced capacity to experience pleasure, or anxiety)
upon cessation of drug use or engagement in certain behaviors
Psychological dependence develops through consistent and
frequent exposure to a stimulus
AutonomousAutonomic Nervous System
Sympathetic Nervous System
is an artificial habit, a preparation, a
state of readiness, or a tendency to act in a specified way that may be
learned. A belief that is held in the mind but not currently being
considered, and in the latter case, to a belief that is currently being
considered by the mind.
is a defense by excuse,
in this case some sort of insanity
in which the defendant argues that they should not be held criminally
liable for their actions that broke the law, because they could not
control those actions, even if they knew them to be
is a practice, behaviour, or habit
generally considered immoral
, rude, taboo, depraved,
or degrading in the associated society. In more minor usage, vice can
refer to a fault, a negative character trait, a defect, an infirmity, or a
bad or unhealthy habit (such as an addiction to smoking). Vices are
usually associated with a transgression in a person's character or
temperament rather than their morality. Synonyms for vice include fault,
sin, depravity, iniquity, wickedness, and
is a psychological urge to administer a
discontinued medication or recreational drug. Cravings may be triggered by
seeing objects or experiencing moments that are associated with the drug
or usage of it, and this phenomenon, termed post acute withdrawal
syndrome, may linger the rest of the life for some drugs. For the alcohol
withdrawal syndrome, the condition gradually improves over a period of
months or in severe cases years.Jonesing
is to have a strong need, desire, or craving for something.
belief or behavior involving uncritical zeal or with an
. "redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim". The
fanatic displays very strict standards and little tolerance for contrary
ideas or opinions.
is the inability to refrain from the
urge for stealing items and is usually done for reasons other than
personal use or financial gain.
is the group of symptoms that occur upon the abrupt discontinuation or
decrease in intake of medications or recreational drugs. In order to
experience the symptoms of withdrawal, one must have first developed a
physical or mental dependence. This happens after consuming one or more
substances for a certain period of time, which is both dose dependent and
varies based upon the drug consumed. For some, withdrawal is going to
hurt, like pulling out a bad tooth, you go through the temporary pain in
order to avoid the long term agonizing pain. In order to stop getting more
cavities you need to stop eating the sweets and sugary snacks. In this
case, stop doing the thing that is killing you.
describes a set of persistent
impairments that occur after withdrawal from alcohol, opiates,
benzodiazepines, antidepressants and other substances.
Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome
is a set of symptoms that can occur
following a reduction in alcohol use after a period of excessive use.
typically include anxiety, shakiness, sweating, vomiting, fast
heart rate, and a mild fever. More severe symptoms may include seizures,
seeing or hearing things that others do not, and delirium tremens (DTs).
Symptoms typically begin around six hours following the last drink, are
worst at 24 to 72 hours, and improve by seven days.
is to gradually reduce and decrease
intake so that it makes it easier to eventually stop doing something or to
stop liking something. Wean off and then stop liking it. If you think that
you still like something, then remind yourself that you only like the
gives, and that you don't like the side effects or the damage that it
does. So you need a replacement for that good feeling, a feeling without
harmful side effects
is a range of public health policies
designed to reduce the harmful consequences associated with various human
behaviors, both legal and illegal. Harm reduction policies are used to
manage behaviors such as recreational drug use and sexual activity in
numerous settings that range from services through to geographical
regions. Critics of harm reduction typically believe that tolerating risky
or illegal behaviour
sends a message to the community that such behaviours
are acceptable and that some of the actions proposed by proponents of harm
reduction do not reduce harm over the long term.
is unable to fully control oneself
in certain situations, having or showing a lack of mental firmness;
Uncertain how to act or proceed; vacillating, exhibiting a lack of
judgment or faith. Undereducated. Vulnerable.
or second nature,
is the inherent
inclination of a living
organism towards a particular complex behavior. The simplest example of an
instinctive behavior is a fixed action pattern (FAP), in which a very
short to medium length sequence of actions, without variation, are carried
out in response to a clearly defined stimulus. (Reflexive).
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A randomized trial to reduce high-calorie food appeal
through implicit priming.
Gross Yourself Out
is arousing intense distaste or
disgust. Subliminal Stimuli
is a form of psychological treatment in which the patient is exposed to a
simultaneously being subjected to some form of discomfort. This
conditioning is intended to cause the patient to associate the stimulus
with unpleasant sensations with the intention of quelling the targeted
(sometimes compulsive) behavior. Aversion therapies can take many forms,
for example: placing unpleasant-tasting substances on the fingernails to
discourage nail-chewing; pairing the use of an emetic with the experience
of alcohol; or pairing behavior with electric shocks of mild to higher
effect in which exposure to one
perceptual pattern) influences the response to another stimulus. The
priming paradigm provides excellent control over the effects of individual
stimuli on cognitive processing and associated behavior because the same
target stimuli can be presented with different primes. Thus differences in
performance as a function of differences in priming stimuli must be
attributed to the effect of the prime on the processing of the target
means the intrinsic
attractiveness (positive valence) or aversiveness (negative valence) of an
event, object, or situation. Emotions popularly referred to as "negative",
such as anger and fear, have "negative valence". Joy has "positive
valence". Positively valenced emotions are evoked by positively valenced
events, objects, or situations. The term is also used about the hedonic
tone of feelings, affect, certain behaviors (for example, approach and
avoidance), goal attainment or nonattainment, and conformity with or
violation of norms. Ambivalence can be viewed as conflict between positive
and negative valence-carriers.
has a significant role in the
cognitive processing of aversion, motivation, reward (i.e., incentive
salience, pleasure, and positive reinforcement), and reinforcement
learning; hence, it has a significant role in addiction. It plays a lesser
role in processing fear (a form of aversion), impulsivity, and the placebo
effect. It is involved in the encoding of new motor programs as well.
means to invest own conscious
effort, to solve personal and interpersonal problems, in order to try to
master, minimize or tolerate stress
is "the vital, originally
for mothering, love,
affection, shelter, protection, security, food, and warmth." (Segen, 1992)
A dependency need is thought to be characterized by two components: (1) It
is a real need of an organism, something that must be present in order for
the organism to be able to thrive, (2) It is something that an individual
cannot provide for him or herself. It is well known that infants have many
dependency needs; some of these needs are obvious, others have only come
to the attention of researchers as the result of epidemiological studies.
The more obvious needs of infants include: adequate feeding, adequate
watering, adequate cleaning, adequate shelter, and more specifically,
keeping the infant's body temperature within the narrow range of normalcy.
(self manage)Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Wanting versus Liking
is a sense of
longing or hoping for a person, object, or outcome. The same sense is
expressed by emotions
"craving". When a person desires something or someone, their sense of
longing is excited by the enjoyment or the thought of the item or person,
and they want to take actions to obtain their goal.
is to prefer or wish to do something.
Find enjoyable or agreeable. Be fond of. Feel about or towards; consider,
evaluate, or regard. Love
Explanation of the
is compulsive, out-of-control use, despite negative
consequences. An adaptive state
that develops from repeated
administration or use, and which results in withdrawal upon cessation or
stopping of drug
"Addiction is a compulsive
behavior despite the person knowing about the negative consequences.
Addiction to a substance is not necessary for a person to function
normally, they only believe that because of their lack of knowledge."
are a type of dysfunctional helping relationship where
one person supports or enables another person's drug addiction,
alcoholism, gambling addiction, poor mental health, immaturity,
irresponsibility, or under-achievement. Among the core characteristics of
codependency, the most common theme is an excessive reliance on other
people for approval and a sense of identity.
negative sense, is when third parties take responsibility or blame, or
make accommodations for a person's harmful conduct (often with the best of
intentions, or from fear or insecurity which inhibits action). The
practical effect is that the person himself or herself does not have to do
so, and is shielded from awareness of the harm it may do, and the need or
pressure to change. Enabling in this sense is a major environmental cause
Dependent Personality Disorder
is a personality disorder that is
characterized by a pervasive psychological dependence on other people.
This personality disorder is a long-term condition in which people depend
on others to meet their emotional and physical needs, with only a minority
achieving normal levels of independence.
is behavior where a person
endures repeatedly painful or otherwise aversive stimuli in which it is
unable to escape or avoid. After such experience, the organism often fails
to learn or accept "escape" or "avoidance" in new situations where such
behavior would likely be effective. In other words, the organism learned
that it is helpless in situations where there is a presence of aversive
stimuli and has accepted that it has lost control, and thus gives up
trying. Such an organism is said to have acquired learned helplessness.
Learned helplessness theory is the view that clinical depression and
related mental illnesses may result from such real or perceived absence of
control over the outcome of a situation.
whereby the mind substitutes either a new aim or a new object for goals
felt in their original form to be dangerous or unacceptable.
is a mature type of defense mechanism
where socially unacceptable impulses or idealizations are unconsciously
into socially acceptable actions or
behavior, possibly resulting in a long-term conversion of the initial
occurs when an animal
experiences high motivation for two or more
resulting displacement activity is usually unrelated to the competing
motivations. Like when a human may scratch his or her head when they do
not know which of two options to choose.
is a defense mechanism leading to the
temporary or long-term reversion of the ego to an earlier stage of
development rather than handling unacceptable impulses in a more adult
in which people underestimate the
drives on their own attitudes, preferences, and behaviors. Visceral
factors are an array of influences which include hunger, thirst, sexual
arousal, drug cravings for the drugs one is addicted to, physical pain,
and strong emotions. These drives have a disproportionate effect on
decision making and behavior: the mind, when affected (i.e., in a hot
state), tends to ignore all other goals in an effort to placate these
influences. These states can lead a person to feel "out of control" and
is the process by which individuals
explain the causes of behavior and events. Attribution theory is the study
of models to explain those processes. Interpreting someone's behavior as
being caused by the situation that the individual is in.
that refers to the
people evaluate or try to find reasons for their own and others'
behaviors. People constantly make attributions regarding the cause of
their own and others' behaviors; however, attributions do not always
accurately mirror reality. Rather than operating as objective perceivers,
people are prone to perceptual errors that lead to biased interpretations
of their social world.
is a strategy whereby one covers up,
consciously or unconsciously, weaknesses, frustrations, desires, or
feelings of inadequacy or incompetence in one life area through the
gratification or (drive towards) excellence in another area. Compensation
can cover up either real or imagined deficiencies and personal or physical
inferiority. Positive compensations may help one to overcome one's
difficulties. On the other hand, negative compensations do not, which
results in a reinforced feeling of inferiority. There are two kinds of
negative compensation: Overcompensation, characterized by a superiority
goal, leads to striving for power, dominance, self-esteem, and
self-devaluation. Undercompensation, which includes a demand for help,
leads to a lack of courage and a fear for life.
It's hard to be in control when you don't know what being in
control is or know the things that are controlling you
. If you don't know how to
be in control, or if you don't know who's
in charge, or if you don't know why things are done the way they are, then
you need to learn? It's
something that you could eventually teach yourself, but this is not a
magic trick, it's a process that has many
particular courses of actions
that are intended to achieve a result. And you will need to update what
you know and learn new knowledge. It's not that complicated,
you can learn
because you have a memory,
but you have to commit to learning, and you will have to be
to learn. If you don't, you may
be a slave to your own ignorance. Mostly a self induced ignorance because
you failed to see the importance of learning. But schools don't teach
these facts, or is the public have access to these facts. Why?
from the top
Remember that you're not broken, you're just learning how to make better
choices, and learning to know yourself
Look at your recovery as an adventure that will change your life. Like
climbing a huge mountain, it's painful, it's a struggle, but
. And just like life, the moment at the top is only a tiny
percentage of the whole journey. The climb up, the climb down and the time
between peaks is where you will find meaning. And this isn't
where you're following one persons experience, this is you
benefiting from millions of people who shared their knowledge
, and now
it's time for you to share yours.
Live, Learn, Love and Prosper
. Let a deep breath be a reminder of
your power, your control
, your values, your
, your dreams,
. Remember the important things,
make a list
greatest number of relapses occur during the first 90 days of
being in recovery. Learning
is your greatest strength. Label
, learn to recognize them, learn to anticipate
them. Define them. Understand them. You have the power to
control and remove
these triggers, but only if you learn to recognize them and
only exist when you allow them to
exist. Learning how these triggers and temptations work is the
first step in controlling them, instead of them controlling you.
When you recognize a trigger say this... "I have seen you before and I know who you are
now, you're bad news, and you will no longer have that power or control
over me. Though I might forget sometimes and
let my guard down
I will eventually remember and not to let you control me. I am the captain of
my ship, so
walk the plank
Our bodies and minds are preprogrammed
. But these natural processes have vulnerabilities.
Don't ever think for a moment that addiction is only about
drugs. Addiction is behaviors
, thoughts and actions that are
very difficult to control and be
of. And it's not just the
addictions themselves, it's all the thinking and all the
different influences that supports addictions, which allows
addictions to continue without the awareness
of the damage that
it's doing. Like eating bad unhealthy food, or watching
for long periods of time, or doing work just for the
without considering the consequences of the work, which
may be destroying and poisoning the environment and other
people, including yourself.
Addiction is more of an education problem then it is a therapy
or rehab problem. And since
most schools have no idea about what a high
quality education is supposed to be
, then that means that any
therapy or rehab program will not be as effective as they can
be, thus too many people relapse.
is going back to bad behavior.
A failure to maintain a higher state. Deteriorate in health.
is a recurrence of a past (typically medical) condition.
is the act of a person repeating an
undesirable behavior after they had either experienced negative
consequences of that behavior, or had been trained to extinguish that
behavior. It is also used to refer to the percentage of former prisoners
who are rearrested for a similar offense.
Pink Cloud Syndrome
and the dangers of
having to much
. Pink cloud syndrome refers to a type of
extreme persistent happiness that does not reflect the
of your situation. It could be described as a type of delusional
happiness, and it may look to others as if you are caught up in
And even if a person quits the drug, this does not mean that the
destructive force of bad addictions will not play havoc in other
areas of your life. So it's not just a drug problem. This is an
education problem, which is failing to educate, which is the one
thing that it's paid to do.
So don't boast about how long you have been clean, boast about
all the positive impacts that you are now having on life, and
that you can now
that you are giving more to life then you are
taking from life.
Adaptation is a Blessing and a Curse
If our minds and bodies could not
environments, then the human species could not survive. But if
your mind and body adapts to something that is harmful, then
that harmful element could eventually kill you. It's like the
to drink water when thirsty, if you didn't drink
water you would eventually die, but if you drank unsafe water,
that would also kill you. The bodies instinct to eat when
hungry, if you did not eat you would starve to death, but if you
ate too much unhealthy food, then that too would eventually kill
As a person continues to abuse drugs, the brain adapts to the
overwhelming surges in dopamine
by producing less dopamine or by
reducing the number of dopamine receptors in the reward circuit.
The result is a lessening of dopamine’s impact on the
, which reduces the abuser’s ability to enjoy not only
the drugs but also other events in life that previously brought
pleasure. This decrease compels the addicted person to keep
abusing drugs in an attempt to bring the dopamine function back
to normal, but now larger amounts of the drug are required to
achieve the same dopamine high—an effect known as tolerance.
Long-term abuse causes changes in other brain chemical systems
and circuits as well.
is a neurotransmitter that
influences the reward circuit and the ability to learn. When the
optimal concentration of glutamate is altered by drug abuse, the
brain attempts to compensate, which can impair cognitive
function. Brain imaging studies of drug-addicted individuals
show changes in areas of the brain that are critical to
judgment, decision making, learning and memory, and behavior
control. Together, these changes can drive an abuser to seek out
and take drugs compulsively despite adverse, even devastating
consequences—that is the nature of addiction.
This is why Drug addiction is considered to be a disease, or why
is considered to be a disease. It's not a
disease, it's more of a
that over time
transforms into disorder.
is a condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of
physical or mental unfitness is the consequence of an impairment
that may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, developmental,
or some combination of these that result in restrictions on an
individual's ability to participate in what is considered
"normal" in their everyday society. A disability may be present
from birth, or occur during a person's lifetime. Any loss or
abnormality of physiological, psychological, or anatomical
structure or function, whether permanent or temporary.
Identifying impairments that contribute to disability, a
functional problem for a patient, is a key factor for a health
professional to determine appropriate treatment.
is a physical condition in
which there is a disturbance of normal functioning.
is a group of psychiatric conditions
originating in childhood that involve serious impairment in
A symptom of reduced quality or strength. The condition of being
unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental
(also known as the Dovzhenko method) is a
catch-all term for various Russian alternative therapeutic methods used to treat addictions, in which the therapist
attempts to scare patients into abstinence from a substance they
are addicted to by convincing them that they will be harmed or
killed if they use it again. This did not work well with
cigarettes or any other forms of addiction. You do need to
inform people of the dangers, but you need to
educate people more
cause and effect
of behavior change assesses an
individual's readiness to act on a new healthier behavior, and
provides strategies, or processes of change to guide the
individual through the stages of change to Action and
Maintenance. It is composed of the following constructs: stages
of change, processes of change, self-efficacy, decisional
balance and temptations. The transtheoretical model is also known by the
abbreviation "TTM" and by the term "stages of change." A popular
book, Changing for Good, and articles in the news media have discussed the model. It is "arguably
the dominant model of health behaviour change, having received
unprecedented research attention, yet it has simultaneously
A Personal Story and Learning Experience with using Drugs over
It's unfortunate for me to say that I have
a lot of experience with drugs. When I was younger I
experimented with all types of drugs. Some of those experiences
were pleasant, some of those experiences were not so pleasant,
with some of those experiences nearly killing me. I'm certainly
not proud of it. I just didn't know any better, just like any
fool. Call it peer pressure, call it being social, call it being
stupid, call it having fun, call it trying to relax, or or just
call it trying to
, whatever the reason, you will
eventually realize that the reasons you thought were justified were
not logical. I made
because I did not know enough about
my choices or the real impacts of those choices. I know I made
risky decisions, which was not all that bad because
is what humans do, we are born with it. If humans didn't take
risks we could not survive.
But because we can learn, we can
choose when to take risks more carefully. Our increased
knowledge gives us the ability to measure our
cause and effects
so we can make better decisions. But because humans have
vulnerabilities and weaknesses, we are prone to make mistakes.
But luckily the more we learn about ourselves and our world, the
less mistakes we make.
How Addiction Hijacks the Brain
When you don't even know who are just yet, it's kind of
dangerous to use drugs to explore your mind. Exploring uncharted
territory is dangerous. You need common sense, you need a good
guide, and you need a good map. Because you don't want to get
lost out there, because you may never find your way back, and
even if you do make your way back, you might not be the same
person or like the changes that you have gone through. And since
you are not clearly defined yet, and your personality hasn't
fully formed just yet, then understanding those changes, or just
being aware of those changes, is nearly impossible. So you will
not know if the changes are good or bad. If you liked an
experience but you can't explain it, then you better learn to
explain it, because that understanding and knowledge is the key.
The drug just enhances the experience, drugs do not create
experiences, drugs just make you aware of experiences that are
already there. This is not
. And the more you understand that, the more you
will be able to learn from it, and eventually learn enough to
enhance your experiences without using drugs, or at the least,
without abusing drugs. It's your mind, use it or lose it. You
don't want to be out of control, having control is much more
I know I wasted a lot of time, I know I have done damage
to myself and I know that I have hurt other people, all
because of drugs and the poor decisions that I made. I
,, but I regret more not learning from
those mistakes the way I should have.
I'm also afraid to have children because of the chance that
may have effected my
, or from the
that I was exposed to from the
worked for, and also from the exposure to
in our environment. You really have no idea how ignorant you are until you
get the information and knowledge that finally reveals
But even then, if you don't take the
steps to repair your vulnerabilities, you will stay
vulnerable. And once you learn that you are an addict, or
learn that you have an addictive personality, you will
always be vulnerable unless you learn about the
techniques and the skills that will keep your addictions
from controlling your actions. This process of
is not easy, but it can be done. Support
groups and Mentoring
can also be beneficial but you need the right
information and knowledge at the right time and in the
right environment. Learning is a process that the human
brain is very capable of doing. Don't get discouraged or
get frustrated by a slow progress, just keep learning.
You will eventually experience the power and control
that comes from a well educated brain. An
that only comes from increased information and knowledge.
has more dangers then it does advantages.
needs caution and control.
"Knowledge is the Greatest Drug in the
you taken your Knowledge Dose Today?"
The greatest drug in the world is knowledge, and I have
collected some of the highest quality knowledge that the world
to offer. I don't mind being a
dealer of knowledge, or a "Knowledge Dealer", because this drug
has more benefits then any other drug in the world. Increased
awareness seems to be the only downside, which means that you
not only see the good, but you also see the bad. Except now you
are driven by knowledge to correct the bad, while embracing the
to Love, the Love of Knowledge
(youtube, with different
words of course)
is the main reason why we have to make knowledge available to
everyone, otherwise people will not even know that knowledge exists, or will they know the potential that knowledge gives
you.When wanting to feel alive
is actually killing you
I want to feel alive, I want to feel
like I'm living, but why is that even a problem? We can't be reliant on
external things to make us feel good when it's the internal things that we
use to experience the world that are the most important. We have become
masters of of a lot of things in our environment, but we are still not
masters of our internal world
. But we are
"The only good addiction is the
addiction to knowledge, but even that needs balance."
"It’s not finding the right medication, it's finding the right
"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind."
"Addiction is like being a puppet on
a string, where the addiction is the
Addictions are a weird thing. We allow things that we like to
hurt us and shorten our lives. All because we want more then
what is needed. Our senses were not meant to control us, they
were meant to give us control. The word "consumer
will no doubt become a bad word in the near future. When we
learn about what we don't need, we create more room for what we
do need, so our lives become richer and fuller.
(more harm then good)Unsustainable
can have more in our lives when we learn what more is."
It was more then just wanting to feel
good. I knew I had better alternatives and better choices that
were more sustainable.
But that's the power of addiction, it has the power to override
your common sense and your self-control. So even though you're
knowledgeable and somewhat aware, an addiction can still have
the power to override your knowledge. And it's more then just an
error or a glitch in the system. It's almost like a computer
virus that overrides your operating system, now who's
controlling who? But, the addiction is actually not all that
bad, because it makes you aware that you have a problem with
addictions, and also that you have a vulnerabilities. If you're
vulnerable to one addiction your probably vulnerable to more. So
now you have to ask yourself, how many more addictions do I
have? And how many am I aware of? Not all addictions are
noticeable, and not all addictions are related to chemical
substances. So it's time to take notice and actually pay
attention to our behaviors, and to our actions.
It's a good idea to write down and record how you spend your
time, from morning till night, for at least 7 days in a row. You
will most likely have to perform some preventive maintenance in
order to gain some kind of control so that you can start making
adjustments. Paying more attention to yourself will take some
time to get used to. But it's necessary if you want control.
Why do some People Live to
People just Love to
? Reckless behavior?
Why is it sometimes so hard to socialize without
drinking alcohol? Social Anxiety
Why do some social settings like
encourage drug use?
Why do I associate certain moments or feelings with
wanting to get high? Bad memory or bad info?
Why do I associate certain friends with getting high?
Bad influence or just an excuse? If I didn't have
would I still be an addict?
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
? - When
something is not nearby, it is forgotten about.
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Of all the good memories I have and of all the good
times that I had, drugs and partying were not on the
list, though at the time I thought they were. Could I
have had fun without drugs? Of course I did. Did drugs
help me? At that time I thought they did.
But I had
nothing else to rely on or nothing else to compare it
to. There was this void of knowledge, and it was not my
There is only so much a person can be aware of,
especially when you are not given a complete education,
which till this day still does not exist, but
I'm working on it
You don't have to abuse drugs in order to
enjoy them, we have
a lot to learn
"If those good times that you experienced
doing drugs don't produce any new information or knowledge then
the experience was basically the same thing as spinning around
in circles. You know that thing you use to do as a kid, except
that it was a lot safer then doing drugs. If you're not going
anywhere then where are you going?" You can't get there from
here, so where is here?
"Learning to run your life is a lot easier then just trying to run away from your life."
"To use something as a Crutch" (gruccia/stampella) which means
to use that thing as a way to avoid dealing with problems directly or in
the correct way. For example: A person might use drugs or alcohol as a
crutch to try to forget about his problems, appear to have a more
interesting personality, or avoid the effort of finding more healthy
activities. An unemployed person receiving financial help from friends or
family might use that support as a crutch, avoiding looking for a job as
long as they are getting money from others. So a crutch may appear to be
holding you up, but in reality, it's slowly tearing you down.
is when defensive measures are diminished, compromised or lacking and you
are susceptibility to injury or attack. It's the inability (of a system or
a unit) to withstand the effects of a hostile environment. A window of
vulnerability (WoV) is a time frame where someone is exposed to danger.
It's easy for me to say don't go down that road, your
just wasting time and causing more harm then good. The
only thing you will learn by going down that road is
that you should have never gone down that road. But how
would you even know that you were on that road?
is indication of some medical fact or characteristic that
may be detected by a patient or anyone, especially a physician, before or
during a physical examination of a patient.
is showing something not normal or feeling like something is not normal. A
departure from normal function or feeling which is noticed by a patient,
reflecting the presence of an unusual state, or of a disease. A symptom is
, observed by
the patient, and sometimes cannot be measured directly, whereas a sign is
is a set of medical signs and symptoms that are
correlated with each other.
One of my fears about using drugs; I was afraid that my
would never return to
normal after coming down from a drug.
I worried that my
awareness would never be the same. Sometimes it would
take days for me to feel like myself again, and myself
was not even defined yet. But that was still not enough
to stop the drug use. I witnessed peoples personalities
change because of drugs.
I witnessed their lives being drastically altered, but
even then, that was not enough to stop my own
Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder
Changes in Personality
convenience or opportunity control your decisions. Just
take a moment to think before you act. You have to base you
decisions on facts, so you must be aware of the facts, and also
be aware of what normal is. I'm aware, but I'm usually thinking
about things, so I'm not aware of everything, I'm more in
automatic mode, so what is automatic mode? Impulse control?
Basically ignoring facts and reality. Not focused on things that
are relevant or important, I'm just moving and thinking without
full awareness, meaning or purpose. There is no
but I'm working on it, it's sometimes hard to implement.
Why is drug use seem so pleasant and fun
most of the time? Drugs are a
help us realize our natural abilities to create
on our own with out using drugs. Drugs are not the
reason for addictions, it's our lack of knowledge that cause
addictions. Drugs are just a reminder, and not a controller. A
transition from being the follower to being
. A transition, not a life style. Drug's are not the
reason for fun, drugs are only a realization for our potential
for fun, we are the creators of fun.
Something's become a problem when you can't
live or function normally without it. So first you have to
define what normal is? Then you have to learn how to maintain
this normal state without being dependent on outside substances
or help. You must be aware, aware of normal. What if you have no
idea what normal is? What if you have no idea how to maintain
this normalcy? Then Let's learn. This is the time to
manually activate your love for exploring and learning
"Certain Drugs have
the ability to cause
and make personalities change. Sometimes the changes
are temporary and other times the changes last for years, why?"
This is all related to a persons
knowledge and wisdom. It's not from the lack of
experience, because experience can be misinterpreted.
Some people see the experience like this, because the
drug doesn't kill you, well at least not yet, or at
least not you, you keep doing the drug because you feel
safe. Or maybe you just don't care about the damage?
Either way you are misinformed.
Things you need to be aware of
when taking drugs
, to name just a few...
is an effect, whether therapeutic or
adverse, that is secondary to the one intended; although the term is
predominantly employed to describe adverse effects, it can also apply to
beneficial, but unintended,
the use of a drug. Dosage
is an undesired harmful effect
resulting from a medication or other
is an effect of medical
treatment, usually a drug, opposite to the effect which would normally be
expected. An example of a paradoxical reaction is pain caused by a pain
is an injury caused by taking a
medication. ADRs may occur following a single dose or prolonged
administration of a drug or result from the combination of two or more
drugs. The meaning of this expression differs from the meaning of "side
effect", as this last expression might also imply that the effects can be
is a situation in which a substance
(usually another drug) affects the activity of a drug when both are
administered together. This action can be synergistic (when the drug's
effect is increased) or antagonistic (when the drug's effect is decreased)
or a new effect can be produced that neither produces on its own.
Typically, interactions between drugs come to mind (drug-drug
interaction). However, interactions may also exist between drugs and foods
(drug-food interactions), as well as drugs and medicinal plants or herbs
is a pharmacological concept
describing subjects' reduced reaction to a drug following its repeated
use. Increasing its dosage may re-amplify the drug's effects, however this
may accelerate tolerance, further reducing the drug's effects. Drug
tolerance is a contributing factor of drug addiction.
is a lower threshold to the normal
pharmacologic action of a drug. It is not to be confused with drug
allergy. Drug intolerance is uncommon and idiopathic, thus extremely
difficult to predict except in persons with a prior history or a family
history of intolerance to that specific drug. Some drug
are known to
result from genetic variants of drug metabolism.
is the metabolic breakdown of drugs by
living organisms, usually through specialized enzymatic systems.
is the reduction in effectiveness of
a drug such as an antimicrobial, anthelmintic or an antineoplastic in
curing a disease or condition. When the drug is not intended to kill or
inhibit a pathogen, then the term is equivalent to dosage failure or drug
tolerance. More commonly, the term is used in the context of resistance
that pathogens have "acquired", that is, resistance has evolved.
Antimicrobial resistance and antineoplastic resistance challenge clinical
care and drive research. When an organism is resistant to more than one
drug, it is said to be multidrug-resistant. Even the immune system of an
organism is in essence a drug delivery system, albeit endogenous, and
faces the same arms race problems as external drug delivery.
refers to any effect on a person, resulting from any activity of one or
more persons acting as healthcare professionals or promoting products or
services as beneficial to health, that does not support a goal of the
the study of abnormalities of physiological development. It is often
thought of as the study of human congenital abnormalities, but it is
broader than that, taking into account other non-birth developmental
stages, including puberty; and other non-human life forms, including
plants. The related term developmental toxicity includes all
manifestations of abnormal development that are caused by environmental
insult. These may include growth retardation, delayed mental development
or other congenital disorders without any structural malformations.
Frontal Lobe Injury
is when an individual’s abilities to make good choices
and recognize consequences are often impaired. Memory impairment is
another common effect associated with frontal lobe injuries, but this
effect is less documented and may or may not be the result of flawed
testing. Damage to the frontal lobe
cause increased irritability, which may include a change in mood and an
inability to regulate behavior. Particularly, an injury of the frontal
lobe could lead to deficits in executive function, such as anticipation,
goal selection, planning, initiation, sequencing, monitoring (detecting
errors), and self-correction (initiating novel responses).
Take the Edge Off
: Taking the edge off
means that you won't know when you're close to the edge. So you don't feel
the abuse and damage that you are doing to yourself. The edge is to let
when you have gone to far. We have
for a reason.
an interdisciplinary science related to psychopharmacology (how
drugs affect the mind) and fundamental neuroscience, is the study of the
neural mechanisms that drugs act upon to influence behavior. It entails
research of mechanisms of neuropathology, pharmacodynamics (drug action),
psychiatric illness, and states of consciousness. These studies are
instigated at the detailed level involving neurotransmission/receptor
activity, bio-chemical processes, and neural circuitry.
Neural correlates of the LSD experience revealed by multimodal
Increased Global Functional Connectivity Correlates with
LSD-Induced Ego Dissolution
Neurons associated with
serotonin, ramped up. Sensory cortices, which process sensations
like sight and touch, became far
more connected than usual to the frontal parietal network. The
stronger that communication, the stronger the experience of the
dissolution [of self], happening is a confusion of information.
The sensation is neurologically similar to
. Our brains normally generate a regular rhythm
of electrical activity called the
Brain's ability to suppress irrelevant activity,
hallucinogens, altered state of reality that comes with
psychedelics might enhance psychotherapy.
has turned into an addiction. And when
you are addicted you can no longer be fully aware of
yourself or fully aware of the world. In a sense you
stop learning. And learning is the only hope that you
have of freeing yourself from this prison that you
built, a prison that most people are not even aware of.
What's the difference between
What's the difference between a
To say that you are an
is an incomplete sentence. To be more correct a person
should say, "I am vulnerable to
because of my
lack of knowledge and information about the inner
workings of my brain and the external factors in my
environment that cause me to make bad decisions. I am
more then just someone in
, I'm in the process of
who I am and learning about my abilities as well as my
vulnerabilities. I am more then just
, I am a human on a journey of great
are just some of the thousands of steps I
will take in my life, and each step I take I will
You need to Know your
you need to
distinguish between who you are when you've been drug
free for a while, and who you are on
drugs. When you can truly define yourself, this is where
healing and learning begins."
So..Who are You ? " " I Am ? "
Knowing the difference between the
Chemical dependence is not the only factor of drug addiction. There may
be other underlying problems that need to be resolved.
Addictions will control you, so you either
learn how to control your addictions, or you will continue to
suffer the consequences from not having full control over your
life. Addictions will not solve your problems, you have to learn
how to solve your problems.
And there's a lot of help and resources, it's worth it to take
some time and effort to solve your problems, the benefits are
There's a difference between knowing there has to be a change,
and actually taking the necessary steps in order to make the
change happen. You need to Build the
. You need to list the processes that are required
for having a good awareness and having more control.
When trying to stop, some people like moving
their drug of choice to a new location, or they even try hiding
it, out of sight out of mind. Though this might not work all the
time, sometimes you do succeed. So you need to keep making
adjustments. Eventually you will overcome your addiction, if
not, at least you will have more control because you are at
What was I just thinking a couple of
seconds ago? What controls our thought patterns and
? Is it just certain
? Is it our
? Is it our
? Is it our
Is it our ability to stay
? Is it our lack of
? Is it
There's experimenting and then there's
addiction. You want to experiment because you want to
find out for yourself.
But if people have already done
and found nothing, then what's the point?
Drugs are not the answer. Drugs often create more
questions then providing us with answers. But
what other methods
do we have for making us
aware, besides knowledge? Certain drugs do have benefits, but it will take
more then just drugs to learn what we need to learn. Yes
the drug can make you realize something that was already
there, but why couldn't you see it before? A drug may
open a door, but you still have to walk through the
door. A drug may provide you with a key, but you still
have to use the key.
Drugs will never replace learning
. There is a lot to
, so you must
take the time
to process. You have to keep
, you have to keep
, and you have to
. Learning how much can you live without is
just as important as learning how much are you willing
to live with.
The Doors of Perception
is a philosophical
essay, released as a book, by Aldous Huxley. First
published in 1954, it details his experiences when
A New York Banker R. Gordon Wasson goes to Mexico's
to participate in the age-old rituals of
Indians who chew strange growths that produce visions.
The Psilocybin Solution
- Simon G. Powell.
is the scientific study of the
effects drugs have on mood, sensation, thinking, and
behavior. It is distinguished from
neuropsychopharmacology, which emphasizes the
correlation between drug-induced changes in the
functioning of cells in the
in consciousness and behavior.
an interdisciplinary science
related to psychopharmacology (how drugs affect the
mind) and fundamental neuroscience, is the study of the
neural mechanisms that drugs act upon to influence
behavior. It entails research of mechanisms of
neuropathology, pharmacodynamics (drug action),
psychiatric illness, and states of consciousness. These
studies are instigated at the detailed level involving
neurotransmission/receptor activity, bio-chemical
processes, and neural circuitry. Neuropsychopharmacology
supersedes psychopharmacology in the areas of "how" and
"why", and additionally addresses other issues of brain
function. Accordingly, the clinical aspect of the field
includes psychiatric (psychoactive) as well as
neurologic (non-psychoactive) pharmacology-based
treatments. Developments in neuropsychopharmacology may
directly impact the studies of anxiety disorders,
affective disorders, psychotic disorders, degenerative
disorders, eating behavior, and sleep behavior.
refers to therapeutic
practices involving the use of psychedelic drugs,
particularly serotonergic psychedelics such as LSD,
psilocybin, DMT, MDMA, mescaline, and 2C-B, primarily to
assist psychotherapy. As an alternative to synonyms such
as "hallucinogen", "entheogen", "psychotomimetic" and
other functionally constructed names, the use of the
term psychedelic ("mind-manifesting") emphasizes that
those who use these drugs as part of a therapeutic
practice believe these drugs can facilitate beneficial
exploration of the psyche.
are mushrooms that contain the
psychedelic compounds psilocybin and psilocin. Common
colloquial terms include magic mushrooms and shrooms.
They are used mainly as an entheogen and recreational
drug whose effects can include euphoria, altered
thinking processes, closed and open-eye visuals,
synesthesia, an altered sense of time and spiritual
experiences. Biological genera containing psilocybin
mushrooms include Copelandia, Galerina, Gymnopilus,
Inocybe, Mycena, Panaeolus, Pholiotina, Pluteus, and
Psilocybe. Over 100 species are classified in the genus
Psilocybe. Psilocybin mushrooms may have been used since
prehistoric times. They are possibly depicted in Stone
Age rock art in Europe and Africa, and have a history of
use in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. Many cultures have
used these mushrooms in their religious rites and
is a small, spineless cactus with psychoactive
, which is a naturally occurring
psychedelic alkaloid of the phenethylamine class, known
for its hallucinogenic effects comparable to those of
LSD and psilocybin.
is an entheogenic brew made out of Banisteriopsis caapi
vine and the Psychotria viridis leaf. The brew is used
as a traditional spiritual medicine in ceremonies among
the Indigenous peoples of Amazonia.
Stepping Into The Fire (full ayahuasca documentary)
- San Pedro cactus or Huachuma
meaning "generating the divine within", is
any psychoactive substance that induces a spiritual
experience and is aimed at spiritual development. This
terminology is often chosen to contrast with
recreational use of the same drugs.
Acute Psychological Effects
of 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA,
“Ecstasy”) are Attenuated by the Serotonin Uptake Inhibitor Citalopram.
is an α-amino acid that is used in the
biosynthesis of proteins. It contains an α-amino group,
an α-carboxylic acid group, and a side chain indole,
classifying it as a non-polar, aromatic amino acid. It
is essential in humans, meaning the body cannot
synthesize it and thus it must be obtained from the
diet. Tryptophan is also a precursor to the
neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin.
Most Addictions are created
and formed when we are young , through
95 percent of the people who were
addicted in Vietnam did not become re-addicted when they
returned to the United States.
Our physical environments can influence our behavior.
When is it time to say goodbye to one of your favorite
drugs, when is enough enough?
Time to move on and keep moving,
is no good for you any way, whether
you're standing still in the mind or in the physical
Aimee Mann - Wise up it's not going to stop
disavowing the facts does not remove the facts from reality. It
only allows an addict to use a sad excuse to continue with its
" campaign was so ignorant and incomplete. So
what is the most important ' NO ' in your life? If
you don't explain ' Why ' to kids, then you end up saying
If you're young and thinking about taking
drugs, or you have been offered drugs, the main reason
to say "No Thank You" is that your brain is not fully
developed yet, so it's extremely dangerous to experiment
with something that you don't need
, especially when a
drug could have adverse effects on your Mental ability.
There are other safer ways to have fun without taking
risks. Learning is fun, or at least it should be.
Learning about the Human Brain
is the safest
drug that I have ever done, marijuana still has its
dangers. With so many types of marijuana, which one is
right for me? I can't do it everyday, so how much is
actually safe? Zero or a little? I noticed that when I
stopped smoking weed for a week or more every once in a
while it helped put things in perspective. Call it
, fasting, change, rebooting or just
reevaluation. Which ever way you want to look at it,
it's necessary. And not just with drugs but also with
food, hobbies or other activities. And it wasn't that
difficult considering I only took a couple of drags a
day, and usually it was at the end of the day when work
was over. Another thing I noticed was that when I took
it reduced the craving for marijuana.
That's one of the reasons why I like
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
because they offer
for consuming the same drug. Some
then just smoking weed. So I wonder if
other drugs like cocaine had healthier alternative
methods for consuming, it might help someone
themselves off from their addiction, like
to take a way the
Ibogaine Addiction Interrupter
is a naturally occurring psychoactive
substance found in plants in the Apocynaceae family such
as Tabernanthe iboga, Voacanga africana and
Tabernaemontana undulata. It is a psychedelic with
is medicine or treatment which works by
changing processes within the body, rather than by
evacuating something etc.
You can change your Perspective
without Drugs. You can see the
world differently and you can feel totally different, just by
reading a book
watching a movie
listening to music
, talking to someone, starting a
Cook a Delicious and Healthy Meal
and so on and so on. The
only drug you need is knowledge, knowledge that provides you
with the necessary skills to change your perspective.
People don't realize just how
important having a good
your awareness, it changes your thinking, it uses different
areas of the brain to process information, it recalls different
memories and remembers them differently. Even your dreams
change. And each drug has it owns unique effect on different
areas of the brain. But all of it is not bad. Drugs can help
if used correctly. But when drugs are abused
then all the possible benefits are negated, and you become too
sedated and delusional, which is a missed opportunity to improve
your life. This is why sometimes Drugs can help people with
mental problems. But only if it's done right and under the right
guidance. If not, then drugs become extremely dangerous to the
user. It's like having children playing with fire, it seems
harmless at first, but having very little experience means that
you are prone to mistakes, with some mistakes being fatal. So do
these new parameters have any benefits? What are the dangers?
You really need to study these changes, but you need to have
enough knowledge and information in order to understand these
changes and be able to ask the right questions. We need to
design a questionnaire and design brain games, and have an overall
check of the human senses and how they are effected. We have
learned so much, but we still have so much more to learn. This is
another reason why drug education is so extremely important. And
it's not just knowing the drug, but understanding all the
different reactions that people have to drugs. Besides, drugs
are just a few of the thousands of elements that are in our
that need our full attention. So it wouldn't be just
drug education, it would be more about human reactions to their
environment. Drugs in small amounts to treat
"It's not so much an
addiction problem but more of a memory problem. We forget what
we have learned and we forget to apply our knowledge and focus
Weed changes your
. It's like
you're using a whole new set of
with. It's like you're running a
activates receptors in the brain that are normally not
active. It effects the memory, you recall different
memories and understand those memories differently. It
temporally effects the file system
that you use to
remember things, so things that you usually find it easy
to remember, are some how not so easy to remember.
downside of drug use is that there is no
system restore or a quick
reset button or undo button, which would be cool because
then you could analyze the differences in your thinking
behavior a little easier. But for now the only reset
button is to stop the drug for 24hrs and get 8 hours of
sleep. But even after that, do I even know what reset is?
I usually wake up to random thoughts. You need a
or reality check.
Some secret question
or password hint that lets me know that I'm still me.
What would be my keywords? What would be my short
message service? What would be
the perfect tweet
is any characteristic that can help in defining or
classifying a particular system (meaning an event, project,
object, situation, etc.). That is, a parameter is an element of
a system that is useful, or critical, when identifying the
system, or when evaluating its performance, status, condition,
moment I leave my bed, or right after my first bathroom
break, I like to do my
. I start with
relaxing my entire face. Then relax the rest of my body.
I pay attention to my breathing. Then slowly begin to
stretch. recalling yesterdays events and thinking about
today's responsibilities. Make a habit of looking at
your "To Do List" before you take a break.
"One of the keys to change behavior
is to change people's goals and intentions. Like eating the ice
cream with your non-dominant hand. What this does is disrupt the
learned body sequence that's driving the behavior, which allows
your conscious mind to come back online and reassert control."
We are all
in one form or another.
Either you don't have enough
information and knowledge or you're not correctly
understanding the information and knowledge that you
have, in most cases it's both.
I would never say that you should never do drugs. I
would only ask why? Is it a need? Is it a want? What are
you searching for? What are you running from? What ever
the reason is, if you lack the information and knowledge
to make a rational decision then you should hold off
from your experiment until you have learned everything
there is to know. The information and knowledge is
there, so It all depends on how and when you find it and
if you understand it correctly.
"Sometimes people just don't know
what questions to ask, internally or externally. And if
you don't know what questions to ask you will most
likely never get the answers you need."
"Even being addicted to learning could
Like when you learn things in the wrong sequence, you could
easily jump to conclusions and make mistakes. We need to learn
the correct sequence, it will save a lot of time."
There are other forms of addiction that are just as
dangerous, so it's not just about drugs
This is more then just a drug problem. The drug just
makes you aware that there is a problem.
The problem is you. You are experiencing processing
errors and you believe that you can correct your
problems with drugs.
You can't. Well maybe temporarily,
or maybe you will make things worse. You may find some
answers when doing drugs, but when you compare drugs to
other ways of finding answers you are probably better
off without drugs. Do you think that drugs are the only
way to ask a question? If you don't know the question
you're asking how will you know when the answer appears?
It's like you keep asking the same question over and
over again and hoping for an answer to appear. Remember
that one of the characteristic traits of Insanity is
doing the same thing over and over again and expecting
different results. But don't feel bad, we are all
idiots. The good thing though, is that we don't have to
Please don't gamble with your life
If people spent their gambling money on projects that help
advance and improve their world, then eventually
everyone would win and everyone would be a winner.
Gamble with your head and not with your heart, wishful
thinking is illogical when
playing the odds
is an urge to gamble continuously
despite harmful negative
or a desire to stop. Problem gambling is often defined by
whether harm is experienced by the gambler or others, rather
than by the gambler's behavior. Severe problem gambling may be
diagnosed as clinical pathological gambling if the gambler meets
certain criteria. Pathological gambling is a common disorder
that is associated with both social and family costs.
Americans in 2013 lost $119 billion
, with an additional $70 billion—or $300 for
every adult in the country—spent on lottery tickets. State-run
lottery games had sales of $73.9 billion in 2015, according to
the North American Association of State and Provincial
John Oliver: The Lottery
Life is sometimes a Gamble
is when one person's gains result in
losses for the other participants.
Information and Knowledge is the Cure....We all need an
to protect ourselves from
"Ninety percent of our problems are a direct result from either
our lack of
knowledge or from our misunderstanding of information
There's nothing wrong with
people, it's just that people don't have enough of
the right information and knowledge in order for them to
have a full understanding of themselves or have a full
understanding of the world around them. And the sad
thing is, people don't even know that they are missing
key information and knowledge. So people will never have
the same awareness and they will always understand and
see things differently. And this will never change
unless we improve education to the point were we have an
intelligent consensus on what key information and
knowledge needs to be learned and when it should be
Drugs can change your
by changing the
A human can change awareness without drugs by changing
the brains chemistry with exercise, diet, thinking or
So how much control
does a person have over
their brains chemistry?
"If the drug makes you smarter
then eventually you
should become smart enough not to need the drug at all"
"Why do some people take a drug rather then learn how
not to need a drug?"
Finding the Necessary Vocabulary. Changing your
is a type of behavior that is used
to adjust to another type of behavior or situation. This
is often characterized as a kind of behavior that allows
an individual to change a nonconstructive or disruptive
behavior to something more constructive.
Whether you call your
addiction a disease or a disorder doesn't matter,
because it's still a behavior problem. And learning how
works, and learning how your behavior controls you,
takes a lot of work. You have to learn how to analyze,
examine and assess all the different elements that
causes your behavior to be activated. You have to learn
what things in your past created this behavior, and what
things in your present thinking that helps reinforce
this behavior. Behaviors are learned, so new behaviors
can be learned and
old behaviors can be modified
means you can adapt to a reality that is more accurate,
a reality that is more productive, a reality that is
more stable. and a reality that is a lot more happier.
But learning to correctly analyze yourself and all the
information and knowledge that you are processing every
day is not easy, but it's not impossible. First you have
to understand all the different ways that you learn and
choose the best learning method that works best for you
Then you have to have access to the right information
and knowledge that you need, because everyone is a
little different, you might need certain information
that pertains to you and your personal experiences. And
once you start this process, everyday will bring more
control and more understanding of yourself and the world
around you. You will also discover all the potential
that you have and all the different possibilities that
this potential will give you. And when you get to that
point you will never be bored again or be vulnerable to
illogical thinking. It may take a year or two or more,
but it's totally worth it because the benefits will be
endless. Don't waste time regretting the mistakes that
you made or regret the time that you lost, just be
thankful that you finally learned from those
experiences, and that you now have the world at your
fingertips and you have a future that you can see and
you have the power to create a positive influence.
Change Bad Habits
is when an individual
consciously attempts to stop thinking about a particular
is a cycle of negative thoughts,
feelings, sensations and behaviors. You have to learn
how to avoid these downward spirals and negative spin.
Adults can Still Learn
is the range of actions and
by individuals, organisms, systems, or artificial
entities in conjunction with themselves or their
environment, which includes the other systems or
organisms around as well as the (inanimate) physical
environment. It's the manner of acting or controlling
yourself and the way a person behaves toward other
people. The action or reaction of something (as a
machine or substance) under specified circumstances. The
way in which an animal or person acts in response to a
particular situation or stimulus.
occurs when an animal experiences high motivation for
two or more conflicting behaviours: the resulting
displacement activity is usually unrelated to the
competing motivations. A human may scratch his or her
head when they do not know which of two options to
choose. Displacement activities may also occur when
animals are prevented from performing a single for which
they are highly motivated. Displacement activities often
involve actions which bring comfort to the animal such
as scratching, preening, drinking or feeding.
refers to the tendency for beliefs
or sets of beliefs to endure once formed. In particular,
cognitive inertia describes the human inclination to
rely on familiar assumptions and exhibit a reluctance
and/or inability to revise those assumptions, even when
the evidence supporting them no longer exists or when
other evidence would question their accuracy.
"If you sense your craving is about
to be triggered, take a short, brisk walk. A 15-minute
walk reduces the urge,
reduce cue- or stress-related cravings."
"One of the best things about
having something better to think about, is that it
leaves no time to think about nonsensical things that
are not worth thinking about...so when a stupid thought
or worry enters your mind, just remind yourself that you
have better things to think about...sorry, but I can't
take your call right now."
kind of like a
running on a computer. And a
computer program is a set of instructions that tells the
computer what to do, but you have to push a button in
order to activate the program. Now let's say that you
had know idea that you were pushing the button that
activated a program that made you do certain things, and
you do these things every time you unknowingly pushed
that button, whether it's several times a day, or once a
week. Your behavior is a program. It's time to
to program a computer
, but this computer is your brain.
You need to learn how to replace bad habits with good
habits, because we all know
the power of repetition
. So if you're going to have any kind of
habits at all, it better be good habits, habits that
actually benefit you. This way your life will
continually improve instead of continually degrade. If
you're going to be addicted to something it should be an
addiction that benefits you. But even then,
you still need balance
, you still need
, and you still need to know when and how to
modify your actions. So behavior is a set of
instructions, and these instructions are formed by the
experiences that you had in your life, and they are also
formed by the information and knowledge that you have
learned in your life, and over time these elements
create a particular behavior. So you need to define
these instructions that are in your brain so that you
can modify them in a way that benefits you, and also at
the same time benefits everyone and everything around
you. Labeling things with words helps our brain process
that information easier and more accurately. When you
discover a particular part of a behavior that you can
describe with a word, or words, then when you experience
that behavior again you have a better understanding of
it. Words are powerful tools, words are more then just
symbols, numbers and letters. The reason why we can
speak before we can read is because our brain is built
for language, and this gift of communication is our
greatest strength. A computer program is a time saver because it
repeats many different actions without you having to do
each action separately and manually every time you want
to perform a certain function. A behavior is also a time
saver because you don't have to think about all the
different details of why this behavior is important, so
your brain is free to process other information. The
only time you need to know all the details of a program,
or a behavior, is when you need to modify it, or change
is manipulating a value through its
Awareness of Thoughts
is the selective artificial removal
of memories or associations from the mind.
Human Operating System
10,000 Hour Rule
is very useful. We can do things
without having to think about them, so we can focus on
other things that are more important. Like being able to
walk and talk at the same time, or listening to someone
and writing something down at the same time, or driving
your car but thinking about something else, which could
be dangerous, because the subconscious mind also has
vulnerabilities and a weaknesses. If the subconscious
mind is doing something that is harming you, then the
subconscious mind becomes a curse instead of a blessing.
So you need to be aware of your
and control the on and off switch.
You shouldn't be running in the automatic mode all the
time, because you may become vulnerable to a
We Do things without Thinking
We must challenge our reality from time to time each
day, because we adapt to our environment so well, that
at times we become blind to the changes. Changes that
could kill us. Like a magic trick, we are easily fooled.
But it's not
to the magician. So we have to learn to be
like magicians. So that we are aware of our
vulnerabilities, and our blind spots. And like a
magician, you have to practice your tricks every day so
that you become proficient and effective. Everyone is
in varying degrees. We are not as
as we think we are. You have to measure
the effectiveness of your consciousness. These are my
thoughts, these are my actions, and this is how I
benefit from these actions and thoughts. We have to
focus on things that we normally don't think about.
Beyond being self-conscience, we have to be aware of
what we're thinking about. You have to be aware of what
you're doing. We have to exercise our consciousness. We
have to see how many times in a day that we can be aware
of what we're thinking about and what we're doing. What
were you thinking about? What were you doing? Did you
like what you were thinking about? Did you like what you
were doing? Why did you not like about it? And what did
you like about it? We are out of sync with ourselves and
each other. Consciousness is another human ability that
we are not using to our advantage.
Learn to control the
instead of having it
I have trouble controlling my
demons, or for better words, my bad habits. It seems the
biggest influence, or
, is people, but
of course that's just a copout and a poor excuse. It's
all me, even the influences are created by me. So
there's no justifying it. I have to continue to defeat
each demon one by one. And as I do, I feel a new energy.
Eliminating vices from your life is an exhilarating
experience. You free yourself from confinement of an
addiction that was doing you more harm then good. To
free yourself, is to be yourself. And when you become
you are in control
, and you learn to use
these controls, and
have a firm understanding of its knowledge, this control
produces a new strength. You begin to see more
possibilities. Being in control of your impulses, your
thoughts, your moods, your environment, your situation,
is liberating. Freedom of choice is powerful. But it's
something that you have to learn, practice and maintain.
It's a skill that everyone should learn. If everyone had
the skill of will power, that would fix a lot of
problems in the world. Life can be so weird sometimes.
There's an entire spectrum of human behaviors that
controls our every move, every action we take is almost
predetermined. We have become more like robots and
machines. We have lost touch with our intelligence, our
human spirit, our souls. So it feels great to be
in-touch again. We have a lot of catching up to do.
has been broadly defined as
attempts to avoid thoughts, feelings, memories, physical
sensations, and other internal experiences—even when
doing so creates harm in the long-run. The process of EA
is thought to be maintained through negative
reinforcement—that is, short-term relief of discomfort
is achieved through avoidance, thereby increasing the
likelihood that the behavior will persist. Importantly,
the current conceptualization of EA suggests that it is
not negative thoughts, emotions, and sensations that are
problematic, but how one responds to them that can cause
difficulties. In particular, a habitual and persistent
unwillingness to experience uncomfortable thoughts and
feelings (and the associated avoidance and inhibition of
these experiences) is thought to be linked to a wide
range of problems.
is an aspect of emotion
regulation. It is a concept “based on individuals’
emotion knowledge, which includes knowledge about the
causes of emotion, about their bodily sensations and
expressive behavior, and about the possible means of
modifying them” (Niedenthal, 2006, 157). In other words,
expressive suppression signifies the act of masking
facial giveaways in order to hide a current emotional
state. In fact, simply suppressing the facial
expressions that accompany certain emotions can affect
“the individual’s experience of emotion” (Niedenthal,
2006, 165). According to a study done by Kopel &
Arkowitz (1974), repressing the facial expressions
associated with pain actually decreased the experience
of pain in participants. However, Niedenthal (2006)
states that “there is little evidence that the
suppression of spontaneous emotional expression leads to
decrease in emotional experience and physiological
arousal apart from the manipulation of the pain
is best when thoughts are
replace with logical thoughts that produce positive
"Who looks outside, Dreams, Who looks insides, Awakens."
"Life is a series of adjustments;
You can make adjustments along the way, but if you don't
start moving forward you will never get any where."
(Kimora Lee Simmons)
"We are the sum of our memories and
our experiences. It's time that we examine what we remember
and how those memories and experiences effect the way we
see ourselves, and the world."
"In order to change you have to
learn how to change, you have to be prepared for change,
and be ready for change. You have to understand your
choices, you have to exercise these new choices to help
strengthen this new improved behavior so that you do not
slip and fall and forget why these new changes are
important. Change is a process, not an event. I'm going
to change, I'm going to make better choices."
"When schools and education finally
do improve, addictions will be a thing of the past."
"Just remember, you're not Broken"
"When you make the choice not to
indulge your desire, decide and then take a deep breath,
this combines the body and mind in memory, and also
reconfirms your control over your body."
for everything, for everything is
Cause and Effect
Find the cause, define the effect, and then counteract.
A high-functioning addict is not only related to drugs.
Everyone is a high-functioning addict of some sort. We
have High-Functioning corrupt politicians
High-Functioning murderers, High-Functioning criminals,
High-Functioning rapists, High-Functioning a**holes,
High-Functioning junk food eaters, High-Functioning
racists, High-Functioning abusers, High-Functioning
propagandists or news casters
High-Functioning priests, High-Functioning pedophiles, High-Functioning
TV addicts, High-Functioning money addicts,
High-Functioning power addicts, High-Functioning
attention seekers, High-Functioning egomaniacs,
High-Functioning corporate polluters, High-Functioning
bankers or thief's, High-Functioning sports enhancing
drug cheaters, we can go on like this forever. Everyone
has problems, maybe not as extreme as yours, but they
could easily be more damaging
then yours. A high-functioning addict has the same
characteristics of all the
, people who live a double life, people
who live a life in contradiction
. They are the masters
, and the masters of
, able to keep
their problem hidden from family members, friends, the
public, and even themselves. They are able to stay in
relationships, maintain friendships, hold down good
jobs, maintain a successful appearance, they can act
intelligent and charismatic, they can maintain a high
standard of living, they can even be very productive. Is
this a Chronic Brain Disease
? No, and yes.
The disease is
, or lack of knowledge and information.
Ignorance is the most damaging disease on the planet.
People believe they are
believe they are living a good life, which turned out to
be a good lie. But we are just realizing the power and
the benefits of knowledge and information. We are also
just realizing how incredibly inadequate are schools
are, even though some
people have pointed out this
problem decades ago
. But we haven't learned this because
we don't teach this, and we also have an incredibly
corrupt media outlets
who refuse to accurately inform
the public and make people more conscious and more aware
and more knowledgeable. So when we improve education,
and improve the flow of valuable knowledge and
information, then everyone will be high-functioning
intelligent humans, with only small insignificant
abnormalities, ones that we are aware of, ones that we
are learning to understand and control. All because we
started learning the right things more completely, more effectively and
more efficiently. What a concept.
"You are what you know, and
don't know enough
, then you will never be
Songs that Glamorize our Drug Abuse Problems
Of course there are plenty
songs about drugs, and movies, and books, and magazines and so
on. So the problem is here.
We don't have a drug problem, we have an education
problem. Singing about our problems does not educate us
enough about our problems. Even
songs about learning
will not teach us enough. We
need to improve education in many areas.
Songs about Drugs
Drug use in Songs
Songs with Hidden Drug References
Sia - Chandelier
Tove lo - Habits
are two good songs that send the
wrong message. I relate to them only in memory of a
behavior that I let go of. How do we glamorize drug use
without influencing people to believe that drug use is
the answer, which it's not, because drug use is a
question and not the answer. These songs would be just
as good if they were about ignorant ways of dealing with
your problems, and gave the alternatives and better
choices on how to deal with your problems, like how to
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - S.O.B.
(Lyrics) "Son of a bitch, Give me a drink"
Oasis - Champagne
How many special people change? How many lives are living
strange? Where were you while we were getting high?