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Addictions are nasty Habits and uncontrollable Behaviors, which is why recovery and rehab is difficult, but not impossible. You need a good plan, you 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 rewardsmore...>

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Causes, Treatment & Prevention Of Drug Abuse Training Video (youtube, 26:37).

Naltrexone is a medication that stops the activity of opioids. It is primarily used in the management of alcohol dependence and opioid dependence.

Blocking a specific part of the brain's immune system did in fact substantially decrease the motivation of mice to drink alcohol in the evening. TLR4 (wiki)

Inadequate Medical School Training is one of the main factors that fuel patients addictions to opioids (pdf).

How Serious of a Problem is Staff Turnover in Substance Abuse Treatment?? A Longitudinal Study of Actual Turnover.

Counseling for Alcohol Problems (CAP), a lay counsellor-delivered brief psychological treatment for harmful drinking in men, in primary care in India: a randomized controlled trial.

20 Parenting Techniques that Can Help Discourage Addiction

Drugs don't make life more amazing, drugs only make you believe that life is more amazing. Which is worse then living in a fantasy world, 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 Reality very quickly. But less dangerous is still dangerous. Living in a fantasy world, or living in a cloud of illusions 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


Habits have 3 components: Cue, Routine, and a Reward.

Studies show that when people focus on changing a single behavior at a time, the 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 not fail, the system failed. Brain Hacking - Hormones

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 to be aware 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 risk by going down the wrong roads. Everyone needs to learn their way around. You need to Know where certain roads will lead you. Right=Learn Something New. Straight=Stay on tract with current Goals. Left=Need a Change. Go Back=Start over, how did you get here? You have to practice being aware of these intersections because we face them every single day. Visualize.

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 or a goal? I don't want to discourage you from climbing, I just don't see any benefit in wasting time and potential. We have many mountains to climb in our lives, we should never limit our abilities. We have more then just time.

Habit is a Routine of Behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously. Subconscious Mind.

Habituation is a form of where learning in which an organism decreases or ceases to respond to a stimulus after repeated presentations. Essentially, the organism learns to stop responding to a stimulus which is no longer biologically relevant.

Addiction is a medical condition characterized by compulsive engagement in what is believed to be rewarding stimuli, despite adverse consequences. What is Addiction?

Addict a person who is addicted to a particular substance, action or drug. Someone who is physiologically dependent on a substance; abrupt deprivation of the substance produces withdrawal symptoms. To cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, especially a narcotic drug). Someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction.

Addictive Personality refers to a particular set of personality traits 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 gambling, food, pornography, exercise, work, and codependency. Scientists have been better able to understand addictive personalities as researchers delve further into understanding the chemistry of addiction.

Ego - Defense Mechanism

Psychophysics investigates the relationship between physical stimuli and the sensations and perceptions they produce.

Obsessions are an irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will. An unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone.

Impulsivity 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 consequences. Impulsive actions are typically "poorly conceived, prematurely expressed, unduly risky, 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.

Inhibitory Control 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 exercise.

Symptoms

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 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 anxiety.

Repetition Compulsion is a psychological phenomenon in which a person repeats a traumatic event or its 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 hallucination.

Stoicism are emotions resulted in errors of judgment 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 prohairesis, which represents the choice involved in giving or withholding assent to impressions).

Recidivism 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.

Food Addiction (gateway drug)
Over Eating
Flavor
Phelps-Nourse Test 
Pleasure - Gratification
Obsessive Love

Behavioral Addiction is a form of addiction that involves a compulsion to engage in a rewarding non-drug-related behavior – sometimes called a natural reward – despite any negative consequences to the person's physical, mental, social or financial well-being.

FOSB 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 neural plasticity 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 protein 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.

Excoriation Disorder 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.

Psychological Dependence 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.

Autonomous
Autonomic Nervous System
Sympathetic Nervous System
Limbic System

Disposition 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.

Irresistible Impulse 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 wrong.

Negligent - Denial

Vice is a practice, behaviour, or habit generally considered immoral, sinful, criminal, 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 corruption.

Craving 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.
Crutch

Unhealthy Attachments

Fanaticism is a belief or behavior involving uncritical zeal or with an obsessive enthusiasm. "redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim". The fanatic displays very strict standards and little tolerance for contrary ideas or opinions.

Kleptomania is the inability to refrain from the urge for stealing items and is usually done for reasons other than personal use or financial gain.

Withdrawal 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.

Post-acute-Withdrawal Syndrome 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. Symptoms 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.

Sobriety is the condition of not having any measurable levels or effects from alcohol. Sobriety is also considered to be the natural state of a human being given at a birth. A person in a state of sobriety is considered sober. In a treatment setting, sobriety is the achieved goal of independence from consuming alcohol. As such, sustained abstinence is a prerequisite for sobriety. Early in abstinence, residual effects of alcohol consumption can preclude sobriety. These effects are labeled "PAWS," or "post acute withdrawal syndrome." Someone who abstains, but has a latent desire to resume use, is not considered truly sober. An abstainer may be subconsciously motivated to resume alcohol consumption, but for a variety of reasons, abstains (e.g. a medical or legal concern precluding use). Sobriety has more specific meanings within specific contexts, such as the culture of many substance use recovery programs, law enforcement, and some schools of psychology. In some cases, sobriety implies achieving "life balance.

Harm Reduction 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. Harm Reduction.

Self-Harm also known as self-injury, is defined as the intentional, direct injuring of body tissue, internally or externally.

Intervention (behaviors)

Weak Mindedness 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.

Assessment Flaws

Instinct 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).

Controls
Gratification Delay
Self-Control
Will Power
Hypnosis
Decision Making
Human Operating System

Gross Yourself Out

Harnessing the Power of Disgust: A randomized trial to reduce high-calorie food appeal through implicit priming.

Sensory-Specific Satiety is a sensory hedonic phenomenon that refers to the declining satisfaction generated by the consumption of a certain type of food, and the consequent renewal in appetite resulting from the exposure to a new flavor or food.

Repulsive is arousing intense distaste or disgust.

Aversion Therapy is a form of psychological treatment in which the patient is exposed to a stimulus while 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 intensities.

Priming (psychology) is an implicit memory effect in which exposure to one stimulus (i.e., 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 stimulus.

Valence (psychology) 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.

Gross Yourself Out (book)

Wean 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 feeling something 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 or damage. Weaning is the process of gradually introducing a mammal infant to what will be its adult diet and withdrawing the supply of its mother's milk. The process takes place only in mammals, as only mammals produce milk. The infant is considered to be fully weaned once it is no longer fed any breast milk (or bottled substitute).

Coding Therapy (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 beyond cause and effect.

Recovery Approach to mental disorder or substance dependence emphasizes and supports a person's potential for recovery. Recovery is generally seen in this approach as a personal journey rather than a set outcome, and one that may involve developing hope, a secure base and sense of self, supportive relationships, empowerment, social inclusion, coping skills, and meaning.

Transtheoretical Model 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 attracted criticism.

Hypnosis - Hypnosis to Control Addictions.

Subliminal Stimuli - Subconscious

Food Chemistry (flavoring - taste)

Value - Morals
Anxiety - Awareness

Nucleus Accumbens 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.

Brain Knowledge - Dopamine

Coping (psychology) means to invest own conscious effort, to solve personal and interpersonal problems, in order to try to master, minimize or tolerate stress and conflict.

Breathing
Humanistic Psychology
Intervention

Dependency Need is "the vital, originally infantile needs 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. Independent (self manage)

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Needs versus Wants or Likes.
Wanting versus Liking

Desire is a sense of longing or hoping for a person, object, or outcome. The same sense is expressed by emotions such as "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. Sex Addiction

Like is to prefer or wish to do something. Find enjoyable or agreeable. Be fond of. Feel about or towards; consider, evaluate, or regard. Love

Reasons or Excuses? Explanation of the cause, justification.

Gratification

Substance Dependence 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 use. Drug Addiction

"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."

Codependency 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. Co-Dependents Anonymous.

Enabling in a 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 of addiction. Cocaine (wiki)

Conformity - Patience and Tolerance without Acceptance

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.

Learned Helplessness 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.

Displacement is an unconscious defense mechanism whereby the mind substitutes either a new aim or a new object for goals felt in their original form to be dangerous or unacceptable.

Sublimation is a mature type of defense mechanism where socially unacceptable impulses or idealizations are unconsciously transformed into socially acceptable actions or behavior, possibly resulting in a long-term conversion of the initial impulse.

Displacement Activity occurs when an animal experiences high motivation for two or more conflicting behaviours: the 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.

Defense Mechanism

Regression 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 way.

Empathy Gap is a Cognitive Bias in which people underestimate the influences of visceral 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 act impulsively.

Attribution 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.

Attribution Bias is a Cognitive Bias that refers to the systematic errors made when 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.

Compensation (psychology) 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 inspired 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?


Continued from the top....

Remember that you're not broken, you're just learning how to make better choices, and learning to know yourself better.

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 it's well worth it. 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 Tommy 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

Breathe. Let a deep breath be a reminder of your power, your control, your values, your goals, your dreams, your priorities. Remember the important things, make a list. The greatest number of relapses occur during the first 90 days of being in recovery. Learning is your greatest strength. Label your triggers, 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 control their influences. Temptations 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 you scallywag."

Our bodies and minds are preprogrammed for survival. 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 aware 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 mindless TV programs for long periods of time, or doing work just for the money 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.

Relapse is going back to bad behavior. A failure to maintain a higher state. Deteriorate in health. Relapse is a recurrence of a past (typically medical) condition.

Recidivism 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 confidence. Pink cloud syndrome refers to a type of extreme persistent happiness that does not reflect the reality 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 fantasy.

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 accurately calculate 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 adapt to new 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 bodies instinct 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 you.

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 reward circuit, 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. Glutamate 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.
Drug Abuse.gov

This is why Drug addiction is considered to be a disease, or why mental illness is considered to be a disease. It's not a disease, it's more of a learned disability that over time transforms into disorder.

Disability 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.

Disorder is a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning.

Developmental Disorder is a group of psychiatric conditions originating in childhood that involve serious impairment in different areas.

Impairment A symptom of reduced quality or strength. The condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness.


A Personal Story and Learning Experience with using Drugs over many years


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 feel good, whatever the reason, you will eventually realize that the reasons you thought were justified were not logical. I made mistakes 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 taking risks 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 more accurately 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. 

Interpersonal intelligence
Know Thyself
Intelligence

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 Total Recall. 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 enjoyable.

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 regret the mistakes,, 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 Psychoactive Drugs may have effected my genes, or from the chemicals that I was exposed to from the corporations that I worked for, and also from the exposure to toxins in our environment. You really have no idea how ignorant you are until you get the information and knowledge that finally reveals your ignorance. 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 Self-Control 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 Awareness that only comes from increased information and knowledge. Self-Medication has more dangers then it does advantages. Experimenting needs caution and control.

"Knowledge is the Greatest Drug in the World..Have you taken your Knowledge Dose Today?"

Consume Knowledge
Ideas

The greatest drug in the world is knowledge, and I have collected some of the highest quality knowledge that the world has 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 good. 

Power Control Freedom
Addicted to Love, the Love of Knowledge (youtube, with different words of course)

This 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 getting closer.

"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 information."

"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind." (Rudyard Kipling)

"Addiction is like being a puppet on a string, where the addiction is the Puppet Master."

Control
Change

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.

Over Eating (more harm then good)
Unsustainable

"We 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 Party while other People just Love to Party? Social identity?  Reckless behavior? Why is it sometimes so hard to socialize without drinking alcohol? Social Anxiety? Why do some social settings like Bars encourage drug use? Drug Dealer? 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 Drug Connections would I still be an addict? Out of Sight, Out of Mind? - When something is not nearby, it is forgotten about.

What to Do If Your Adult Friend or Loved One Has a Problem with Drugs?
Signs of Addiction and Drug Use
Recognizing an Addiction Problem
Working to reduce substance abuse among adolescents by supporting families and engaging with teens

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 vault. 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 itYou 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.

Vulnerability 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?

Medical Sign 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.

Symptoms 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 subjective, observed by the patient, and sometimes cannot be measured directly, whereas a sign is objectively observable by others.

Syndrome 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 personality 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 experimenting, why?

Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder

Don't let 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 routine, 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 teaching tool to help us realize our natural abilities to create Euphoria 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 the leader. 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 behavioral changes 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. Displacement

Things you need to be aware of when taking drugs, to name just a few...

Side Effects 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, consequences of the use of a drug.

Dosage (how much?)

Adverse Effects is an undesired harmful effect resulting from a medication or other negligence such as pollution.

Paradoxical Reaction 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 relief medication.

Adverse Reactions 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 beneficial.

Interactions 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 (drug-plant interactions).

Drug Tolerance 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.

Drug Intolerance 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 intolerances are known to result from genetic variants of drug metabolism.

Drug Sensitivity (pharmaceuticals)

Drug Metabolism is the metabolic breakdown of drugs by living organisms, usually through specialized enzymatic systems.

Drug Resistance 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.

Iatrogenesis 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 person affected.

Teratogen is 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 can 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 you know when you have gone to far. We have senses for a reason.

Neuropsychopharmacology 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 neuroimaging
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 synesthesia. Our brains normally generate a regular rhythm of electrical activity called the alpha rhythm. The Brain's ability to suppress irrelevant activity, hallucinogens, altered state of reality that comes with psychedelics might enhance psychotherapy.

So the Experimenting 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 Psychosomatic and Coping?  What's the difference between a Remedy and a Cure?
 
To say that you are an Addict is an incomplete sentence. To be more correct a person should say, "I am vulnerable to Addiction 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 Recovery, I'm in the process of Discovery. Discovering who I am and learning about my abilities as well as my vulnerabilities. I am more then just Sober, I am a human on a journey of great importance. The 12 Steps are just some of the thousands of steps I will take in my life, and each step I take I will learn."

You need to Know your true self, 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 Placebo and the Sedative, which is the reduction of irritability or agitation by administration of sedative drugs, generally to facilitate a medical procedure or diagnostic procedure.

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 enormous.

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 Framework. You need to list the processes that are required for having a good awareness and having more control. Software Framework

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 least trying.

What was I just thinking a couple of seconds ago? What controls our thought patterns and Moods? Is it just certain Keywords? Is it our Environment? Is it our Chemistry? Is it our Memory? Is it our ability to stay Focused? Is it our lack of Goals? Is it Food?

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 the Research 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 and experience. There is a lot to process, so you must take the time to process. You have to keep advancing, you have to keep progressing, and you have to keep developing. 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 taking mescaline.

Terence McKenna

A New York Banker R. Gordon Wasson goes to Mexico's mountains to participate in the age-old rituals of Indians who chew strange growths that produce visions.

The Psilocybin Solution - Simon G. Powell.

Psychopharmacology 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 nervous system and changes in consciousness and behavior.

Neuropsychopharmacology 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.

Psychedelic Therapy 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.

Psychoactive Drug is a chemical substance that changes brain function and results in alterations in perception, mood, consciousness or behavior. These substances may be used medically; recreationally; to purposefully improve performance or alter one's consciousness; as entheogens; for ritual, spiritual, or shamanic purposes; or for research. Some categories of psychoactive drugs, which have therapeutic value, are prescribed by physicians and other healthcare practitioners. Examples include anesthetics, analgesics, anticonvulsant and antiparkinsonian drugs as well as medications used to treat neuropsychiatric disorders, such as antidepressants, anxiolytics, antipsychotics, and stimulant medications. Some psychoactive substances may be used in the detoxification and rehabilitation programs for persons dependent on or addicted to other psychoactive drugs. Psychoactive substances often bring about subjective (although these may be objectively observed) changes in consciousness and mood that the user may find rewarding and pleasant (e.g., euphoria or a sense of relaxation) or advantageous (e.g. increased alertness) and are thus reinforcing. Substances which are both rewarding and positively reinforcing have the potential to induce a state of addiction – compulsive drug use despite negative consequences. In addition, sustained use of some substances may produce physical or psychological dependence or both, associated with somatic or psychological-emotional withdrawal states respectively. Drug rehabilitation attempts to reduce addiction, through a combination of psychotherapy, support groups, and other psychoactive substances. Conversely, certain psychoactive drugs may be so unpleasant that the person will never use the substance again. This is especially true of certain deliriants (e.g. Jimson weed), powerful dissociatives (e.g. Salvia divinorum), and classic psychedelics (e.g. LSD, psilocybin), in the form of a "bad trip". Psychoactive drug misuse, dependence and addiction have resulted in legal measures and moral debate. Governmental controls on manufacture, supply and prescription attempt to reduce problematic medical drug use. Ethical concerns have also been raised about over-use of these drugs clinically, and about their marketing by manufacturers. Popular campaigns to allow certain recreational drug use (e.g. cannabis) are also ongoing.

Hallucinogen is a psychoactive agent which can cause hallucinations, perceptual anomalies, and other substantial subjective changes in thoughts, emotion, and consciousness. The common types of hallucinogens are psychedelics, dissociatives and deliriants. Although hallucinations are a common symptom of amphetamine psychosis, amphetamines are not considered hallucinogens, as they are not a primary effect of the drugs themselves. While hallucinations can occur when abusing stimulants, the nature of stimulant psychosis is not unlike delirium. In proportion to other effects, changes in thought, perception, and mood should predominate; intellectual or memory impairment should be minimal; stupor, narcosis, or excessive stimulation should not be an integral effect; autonomic nervous system side effects should be minimal; and addictive craving should be absent.

Psilocybin Mushroom 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 ceremonies.

Peyote is a small, spineless cactus with psychoactive alkaloids, particularly mescaline, which is a naturally occurring psychedelic alkaloid of the phenethylamine class, known for its hallucinogenic effects comparable to those of LSD and psilocybin.

Ayahuasca 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.

Dimethyltryptamine is a tryptamine molecule which naturally occurs in many plants and animals. It can be consumed as a powerful psychedelic drug and has historically been prepared by various cultures for ritual and healing purposes. Rick Strassman labeled it "the spirit molecule". DMT has a relatively short duration of action, intense effects and rapid onset.

Graham Hancock - The War on Consciousness BANNED TED TALK - Jan 12, 2013 (18:45, youtube) 
Stepping Into The Fire (full ayahuasca documentary) (youtube)

Salvia Divinorum is a psychoactive plant which can induce visions and other spiritual experiences. Its native habitat is in cloud forest in the isolated Sierra Mazateca of Oaxaca, Mexico, where it grows in shady and moist locations. The plant grows to over a meter high, has hollow square stems, large leaves, and occasional white flowers with violet calyxes. Botanists have not determined whether Salvia divinorum is a cultigen or a hybrid; native plants reproduce vegetatively, rarely producing viable seed. Mazatec shamans have a long and continuous tradition of religious use of Salvia divinorum, using it to facilitate visionary states of consciousness during spiritual healing sessions. Most of the plant's local common names allude to the Mazatecs' post-Columbian belief that the plant is an incarnation of the Virgin Mary, with its ritual use also invoking that relationship. Its chief active psychoactive constituent is a structurally unique diterpenoid called salvinorin A, a potent κ-opioid and D2 receptor agonist. Salvia divinorum is generally understood to be of low toxicity (high LD50) and low addictive potential since it is a κ-opioid agonist and it has been indicated that κ-opioid agonist activation of the kappa opioid receptor as shown by salvia may, in fact, serve as a potent addiction treatment therapy.

Echinopsis Pachanoi - San Pedro cactus or Huachuma

Entheogen 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.

Smart  Drugs - Brain Food

Tryptophan 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.

Biopharmaceutical - Semisynthesized

Meditation - Spiritual Guides

Most Addictions are created and formed when we are young , through Food, TV and irresponsible Marketing.

Environment
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, Standing Still is no good for you any way, whether you're standing still in the mind or in the physical sense. 

Aimee Mann - Wise up it's not going to stop (youtube)

"Denying or disavowing the facts does not remove the facts from reality. It only allows an addict to use a sad excuse to continue with its illogical behavior."

Cognitive Dissonance

The "Just Say No" 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 nothing? 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

Though Marijuana 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 Detoxification, 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 Hemp Protein it reduced the craving for marijuana. That's one of the reasons why I like Medical Marijuana Dispensaries because they offer multiple Alternatives for consuming the same drug. Some alternatives being Healthier then just smoking weed. So I wonder if other drugs like cocaine had healthier alternative methods for consuming, it might help someone Wean themselves off from their addiction, like chewing Coca Leaves to take a way the Craving for Cocaine

Ibogaine Addiction Interrupter (youtube)
Ibogaine 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 dissociative properties.
iboga Plant

Alterative 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 meditating, reading a book, watching a movie, listening to music, exercising, talking to someone, starting a New Hobby, 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 awareness is...Drugs change 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 expand learning 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 environment 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 depression - Dosage

"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 when needed."

Weed changes your Perspective. It's like you're using a whole new set of Parameters to think with. It's like you're running a Different Program. It activates receptors in the brain that are normally not active. It effects the memory, you recall different memories and understand those memories differently. It also 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. The 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 Systems Check 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?

Parameter 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, etc..

The moment I leave my bed, or right after my first bathroom break, I like to do my Systems Check. 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 Poly-Users in one form or another.

Does Love Addiction really exist?

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 be pro
blematic. 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 be idiots.

Gambling

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.

Gambling Addiction is an urge to gamble continuously despite harmful negative consequences 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 gambling, 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 Lotteries.

John Oliver: The Lottery (hbo video)

"I don't want to win the lottery, I want life to win the lottery, so I buy lotto tickets for life and not me. And buying lotto tickets is only one of hundreds of things that I do for life. Because life needs more then just Hope, life also needs action."

Risk Assessment

Life is sometimes a Gamble

Game Theory is when one person's gains result in losses for the other participants.

Information and Knowledge is the Cure....We all need an Information Inoculation to protect ourselves from Misinformation.

"Ninety percent of our problems are a direct result from either our lack of Information and knowledge or from our misunderstanding of information and knowledge."

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 learned.

Drugs can change your Awareness by changing the Brains Chemistry. A human can change awareness without drugs by changing the brains chemistry with exercise, diet, thinking or meditation. 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?"

Alternatives (brain food)

Finding the Necessary Vocabulary. Changing your inner monologue.

Adaptive Behavior 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 that behavior 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. This 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 then 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 (wiki-how)

Thought Suppression is when an individual consciously attempts to stop thinking about a particular thought.

Depression Loop is a cycle of negative thoughts, feelings, sensations and behaviors. You have to learn how to avoid these downward spirals and negative spin. 

Practice
Neuro Plasticity
Adults can Still Learn
Therapy

Behavior is the range of actions and mannerisms made 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.

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy

Displacement Activity 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.

Unhealthy Attachments

Cognitive Inertia 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."

Behavior is kind of like a Computer Program 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 learn how 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 control, you still need balance, you still need awareness, 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 it.

Indirection is manipulating a value through its memory address.

Awareness of Thoughts

Memory Erasure is the selective artificial removal of memories or associations from the mind.

Memory Consolidation
False Memory

Brain Plasticity
Brain Maintenance
Human Operating System
10,000 Hour Rule

The Subconscious Mind 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 subconscious mind 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 self-inflicted Mind Control

Propaganda - Internal Propaganda

Impulsivity (habits)

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 Magic 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 OCD in varying degrees. We are not as conscious 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 Sub-Conscious mind, instead of having it control you:

I have trouble controlling my demons, or for better words, my bad habits. It seems the biggest influence, or trigger, 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 aware that 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.

Experiential Avoidance 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.

Expressive Suppression 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 expressions”.

Thought Suppression is best when thoughts are replace with logical thoughts that produce positive actions.

"Who looks outside, Dreams, Who looks insides, Awakens."  Carl Jung

"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."

Awareness

"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."  

Breathing Exercises

There's a Remedy for everything, for everything is Cause and Effect. Find the cause, define the effect, and then counteract. 


High Functioning

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 liars, 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 High-Functioning Dysfunctional's, people who live a double life, people who live a life in contradiction. They are the masters of disguise, and the masters of denial, 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 called ignorance, or lack of knowledge and information. Ignorance is the most damaging disease on the planet. People believe they are thinking rationally, People 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 if you don't know enough, then you will never be aware enough."


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 (wiki)
Drug use in Songs (wiki)
Song Facts
Drug Songs
Songs with Hidden Drug References

Sia - Chandelier and 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 learn. 

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - S.O.B. (Lyrics)  "Son of a bitch, Give me a drink"

Oasis - Champagne Supernova How many special people change? How many lives are living strange? Where were you while we were getting high?





The Thinker Man