Alcohol addiction – Heed the signs

Alcoholism is a deadly disease. It so main stream media acceptable these days that many don’t even realize the lives lost daily due to this deadly disease.

It not only destroys the abuser, but in some instances the entire family unit.

It is a disorder of physical and psychological dependence on alcohol daily or binging on a regular basis.

It can be a gradual progression, and the individual is not heeding the warning signs. When the threshold is passed, unfortunately, there is no going back.
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How Much Alcohol is too Much?

How Much Alcohol is too Much?

How Much Alcohol is too Much? – Source www.cdc.gov

This is a question that almost everyone from college students to lawyers (and everyone in between) ask themselves at some point.  It is a very difficult question to answer, and honestly the answer will be different for each person and each situation.

A 100 pound girl can handle much less than a 250 pound grown man.  How much is okay at a bar with your friends is very different from what might be okay at your conservative grandmother’s 65 birthday party (maybe none is best).

Different cultures also have varying views on alcohol.  Europe tends to have a slightly gentler view of alcohol consumption than the United States.  The easiest approach to answering this question for you and your life style is by examining how your life is affected by it.
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Addiction: Friends and Family

Worried about family or friends?

Worried about family or friends?

Addiction is different for everyone, so there is no easy way to tell if someone you care for is struggling with drug use.

Just because a loved one is struggling with substance abuse does not mean the need to go to rehab, either.

Simply talking to your loved one may help.  There are both physical and emotional signs of addiction, so simply paying attention may cue you to your loved one’s need for help.
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Replacing Addictions – Can or Should you Cure them


The word “addict” creates a picture of someone who has completely lost self-respect, who is ready and willing to commit a crime to feed the craving that has gone out of control. But that’s not always the case. There are many kinds of addictions, sub-divided in different categories with different variations. Many industries even seem to foster addictions. It seems as though people in the culinary industry have a higher addiction rate (particularly to alcohol). This could be because of the long hours that culinary professionals put in and the fact they are around drugs and alcohol all the time at work.

It also seems that addiction is prevalent in people who don’t think they have much hope. One of my friends went to culinary school and didn’t realize how much culinary school cost, so she owes a lot of money an feels like the situation is hopeless. She didn’t take into account the salaries she would be able to earn after graduating, and now she feels stuck.

People manage to get themselves into different kinds of addiction for a number of reasons. A common path is that addiction begins as a method of dealing with a psychological issue. Compare it to a painkiller for a broken limb. Unlike that of a broken limb, however, the main source of pain never goes away and you’re left with an abnormal dependency that will help you cope with life and feel normal.

As indicated, facing an addiction means finding what the addiction is hiding. It could range from a painful upbringing, to disconnected relationships, to dealing with problematic people. Regardless of what triggers it, if it can’t be found, the unconscious mind won’t easily give up its coping method without putting a real fight. No one would easily give up on painkillers unless the pain itself is completely gone.

Dealing with It

Once the cause of addiction is found and dealt with, another problem will surface. Once the unconscious mind finds a certain outlet that can minimize pain, it’ll remember that outlet and will make use of it again in the future. It’s essential to reason with the unconscious mind that the next time a problem rolls around, it’s a good idea to work through it through reasonable means rather than taking it head on.

There’s no need to be scared of people suffering from an addiction. In fact, they’re just ordinary people with psychological issues they’re having a tough time dealing with. With a bit of time and help from professionals, they can learn ways to cope with their addiction

Addictions usually doesn’t take years to get rid of, occasionally it’s physical need that can be eradicated in a matter of weeks. The psychological aspect takes a bit longer. If you want to get over you addiction in a short time frame, you can take part in a certified residential clinic or institution where you get proper extensive psychological assistance. When picking a clinic or institution, make sure that complete psychological help is given, not something where you could just “dry out” then leave.

Avoid Unhealthy Relationships: A Step Away from Drug Addiction

Heartbreaks might make one fall for drugs. Thus, it pays a lot to have a loving partner and be in a healthy relationship.

There are a lot of reasons why people, especially teenagers, fall for drugs. One of them is being broken hearted. It might sound funny, but teenagers are so frail and having their hearts broken is like the end of the world for them. This leads them to do all sorts of crazy things and that includes drug addiction. Teenagers who have been in love for the first time in their life might not know what to do once they are broken hearted since they have never felt that way before. It is normal for human beings to react differently when they experience something for the first time in their life. The sad truth is that it is applicable also even to those who have been into many relationships before. A heart break is a heart break and it will always be painful.

To avoid experiencing this, it helps a lot to just avoid unhealthy relationships to begin with. It is easy to know when the relationship is something that is complicated or will be complicated. Determine the type of personality your potential partner has. Make sure that you are compatible in many things. Otherwise, it will be a disaster. You should at least share some interests and hobbies. You must at least have the same views in certain aspects. You don’t have to be 100% matched, but at least you share something in common.

On the verge of a breakup

When you are in a relationship that is no longer healthy or is in the verge of falling apart, it is best to just let go. The efforts you do to save the relationship is actually what makes it difficult for you. When you think that the relationship is not going anywhere and you are just two different people who will never agree on anything, there is no point of working things out. When you leave the relationship earlier, you at least give yourself some time to think and cope up.

Try numerology

This is something that not so many people believe in, but there is no harm in trying. This is a science for some, but a form of superpower for others. This helps you find your perfect match. This might seem crazy, but you can at least find someone whom you share an interest with through this technique. As mentioned earlier, it pays a lot to be with someone who is compatible with you. By then, you have increased chances of longer lasting relationship and things won’t fall apart.

If you want to know more about numerology compatibility, go to numerologysource.com. On the other hand, if you are curious about numerology meanings, click here. You may or may not believe in what was interpreted, but the point is that you do your best to find someone whom you will click with. By then, it will be easier for you to start a healthy relationship and you won’t end up with problems later on. The best part in a loving relationship is that even if it is over, you won’t think of turning to drugs.

Running Away from Temptation

Hey folks, I just wanted to share the story of someone I met recently at an AA meeting. I went to give a talk, talk a little about my own experiences and just meet and chat to the people there. I always find it such an inspirational and humbling experience to visit different AA and NA meetings around the country. Such a range of people – some there receiving a chip for 1 week, some for 1 month clean. The young man in question whose story I wish to share was there receiving his 5 year chip. A local kid and a real inspiration to those just beginning their own journey of recovery, he talked to me about the one thing that made a difference in his latest (and longest) dry run.

I’ll not delve too much into his background, the story of how he got in a mess with drugs, and how he ended up hitting rock bottom. It’s a familiar story, one that I’ve heard many times before, and unfortunately will hear many times again. Instead I want to focus on what made the difference for this young man. Not to say it would make the difference for the next young man (or woman), but it did for this guy.

As ever, the first day clean was propelled by a mix of shame, regret and sheer force of will. That’s what often lights the fuse on sobriety and gets you through those first few hours. But it can never last. None of those drives ever last when the pull of a hit comes calling on you again. It’s only the brave few that can hold tight on willpower alone. So about 30 hours in, our young man find himself walking the streets, panicking that his feet are taking him toward a corner where he knows he can score, but his heart trying to find any other distraction. That’s when he walked past the open door to a community gym.

As soon as he saw that open door, he practically ran in, unsure of what he was even going to say or do there. Five minutes later he stepped on an elliptical machine, and started running, and running, and running. To hear him tell the story, it’s clear that he wasn’t just taking a spin on some fitness equipment, but rather he was really running, running away from temptation, running away from his past, running to the life he wanted for himself. He ran for as long as he could (which wasn’t too long – those things give a tough workout), and collapsed to the floor, with jelly legs and out of breath, but with some endorphins pumping through his system, feeling good in a natural way he could barely remember feeling before. He put in a few more sessions that same evening, then came back the next evening, and the one after that.

Soon enough, he found that this was a positive distraction that made him feel good, and made him feel physically better. Life as a user doesn’t leave you in the best physical shape, so this new routine was really ticking all the boxes for what he needed to do. In time he bought himself a cheap elliptical machine for the home, and, to cut a long story short, here he was getting his 5 year sober chip. Looking back, he owes it all to that first evening and that first run.

Amazing how one moment can be a turning point for your whole life.

Til next time.

How to Use Scent Associations to Prevent a Relapse


Using Aromatherapy and Scent Associations to Support Addiction Recovery

Healing from drug abuse and addiction is a huge challenge.

One big hurdle is that most of the people trying to support you are unlikely to truly understand what you’re going through.

They might think they do if they’ve heard many stories about addicts and recovery. They probably think that they have a good understanding of it. But the reality is if they haven’t gone through addiction and recovery and haven’t personally experienced the trials and tribulations then they have a subpar understanding of addiction at best.

Nothing can totally prepare you for recovery. You have to experience the strung out highs and dark lows of addiction to truly appreciate the climb back out from the shadows of dependence.

Even incredibly strong people trying to quit will find that they to can easily succumb to the patterns of abuse and fall back into their ways. Addiction is insidious and deceptive like this. It takes a deep understanding of the problem, your mind and a strong set of mental tools to break up destructive patterns.

Out of all of the tools available to help addicts change their ways, one has been gaining popularity…

Rubber Band Wrist Snap Technique

This is a technique for stopping addictive thoughts. It works by having the addict wear a rubber band on their wrist. Every time that an addictive thought pattern comes in (a temptation to use, a feeling of hopelessness, desire to give up) the individual snaps the rubber band on their wrist and says a phrase to themselves meant to disrupt the negative thought patterns – like “No!” or “Stop. Don’t go down that thought path”

Research has shown that adding the physical snapping of the rubber band does more to support thought redirection than simply trying to redirect a thought with a new one.

This is in part because the physical sensations add more stimuli and make the the redirection take on a more significant pivot point. It provides an effective added trigger to help them remember to do it.

Next, Relaxation Techniques are Applied After A Successful Redirection

After successfully stopping the negative thought patterns in their tracks and redirecting to new, more productive thoughts the individual is prompted to follow up with some relaxation techniques to help them maintain a calm and collected state after their slip up in thinking.

The recommended relaxation techniques will vary from person to person. Meditation, yoga, deep breathing and positive affirmations are most commonly utilized.

Of the are other ways to support relaxation, one has stood out recently in some circles – scent therapy.

Scent Therapy for Calming, Positive Associations

Alternative therapies like aromatherapy have become more popular in recent years. This therapy has been showing increased popularity in drug recovery especially.

Here is how aromatherapy can support the rubber band technique by using smell:

After a person in recovery has successfully labeled a negative thought pattern, snapped their rubber band and redirected their mind to positive thought patterning they will follow up with relaxation.

They will then take take deep inhalations of calming essential oils like lavender, bergamot, chamomile or sandalwood (to name a few).

These deep inhalations will both add a new sense experience that they can associate with their positive thought patterns as well as promote a sense of calm by inducing long, deep breaths. The essential oils themselves have relaxing qualities, too.

To further bolster the effectiveness of the essential oils the individual is encouraged to take deep inhalations from their essential oil bottle throughout the day, whenever they are experiencing positive emotions. This further solidifies the beneficial associations.

How To Recover From An Addiction

Beating an addiction can be one of the most difficult experiences of a person’s life. It can be an absolute nightmare, and even if you can make it past the dreaded detoxification stage, the recovery process can be an uphill battle, as the threat of relapse is always present. Whether your vice was drugs, alcohol, or something else, here are some tips to help you recover from an addiction.

One way we have found to beat addictions is to give the former addict something to focus on that they can control and that they will enjoy. We have had a lot of successes with starting them on outdoor activities. We have found that while addicted, they didnt spend much time outdoors so they appreciate everything quite a bit, and it makes them realize what they missed in life. We have also found that many enjoy extreme sports when trying to beat an addiction. Sports like B.A.S.E. Jumping, Bungee Jumping, River Rafter and airsoft. We have also had a lot of luck with paintball, as people seem to really enjoy using the paintball guns and gear that we set them up with before sending them outside. If you’re looking for some other great ideas, check this site and see what they suggest.

Your top priority while recovering from an addiction is avoiding high-risk situations. A common acronym that can help you understand high-risk situations is HALT, which stands for hungry, angry, lonely, and tired. Feeling any of these may leave you craving your addictive substance and put you at threat of a relapse. You’re most likely to feel these at the end of the day, as you’ll be most prone to a relapse between the time you finish work and the time you go to bed. Thus, you have to make sure you’re eating enough and maintaining a healthy diet, make sure you’re relaxed and not agitated, make sure you have people around you, and make sure you have sound sleep habits to prevent you from being unusually tired. Avoiding these types of instances is the best way to prevent a relapse.

Of course, high-risk situations are not purely about how you feel; they are also about where you are and who is around you. Part of recovering from addiction is making changes in your life, and this often means avoiding the places and the people that were around you when you were going through your addiction. Familiarity will breed old habits, and so finding yourself in the same situations you were in when you had a problem is high-risk behavior. If it helps, try making a list of the people and places you feel will put you in high-risk situations, so you know what to avoid during your recovery.

Another huge part of the recovery process is communication. It’s important to be in constant communication with the people around you to ensure that you have a support system that can help you through your addiction, as well as you make sure you avoid isolation, which can be a high-risk situation that can lead to relapse. Of course, part of that communication is making sure you’re honest with the people around you. So many people who get sucked into a harmful addiction end up lying to themselves and the people around them along the way. Being honest with those around you is essential, even if it means telling others that you’re tempted to relapse, because that’s the only way they can get you the help you need.

Finally, the best thing you can do during your recovery from addiction is keeping everything in perspective. This means recognizing that you have to make your recovery a priority in your life, and that you have to take things one day at a time. Don’t try to get ahead of yourself and think about things in the distant future; just think about things that you need to do in the present to aid in your recovery. Most importantly, don’t ever give up on yourself, and always believe that you’re going to beat your addiction; it’s that kind of attitude that can help get you through the tough times during your recovery.

Are Diet Pills Addictive?

Diet pills are some of the most commonly used pharmacological agents in the world. They are easy to obtain and an extremely wide variety of them are available on the market. While they are being regulated or monitored by government agencies, access to them remains relatively easy. There’s nothing wrong with them as long as they are approved for sale for the purpose they intend to serve, and as long as they are not abusively used.

Unfortunately, just like many other drugs, diet pills can become addictive. They may contain substances that induce addiction and a host of other side effects. It’s important to be aware of these consequences to choose the right pills to take and to properly manage their use. It’s also important to emphasize that diet pills are drugs so getting addicted to them means becoming a drug addict.

Different Types of Addiction

Addiction with diet pills is not just about getting drawn into the drug because of a biological compulsion. The addiction could also be of a psychological nature. In some cases, a diet pill user feels like the pill has to be regularly taken as symptoms emerge whenever the user skips on these pills. However, psychological addiction appears to be more common. This addiction makes the user want to continue taking the pills or abusing the dosage thinking that the results can be hastened or maintained if the user takes more.

Signs of Diet Pill Addiction

There are many kinds of diet pills available, from hcg pills or hcg tablets to Orlistat, and they are known to be effective. However, using more than one of them at a time is to be avoided. The use of multiple pills that supposedly deliver the same results can be a sign of addiction. Another sign is the continued use of the pills even when the weight loss has already been achieved. There are also instances when the person becomes excessively dependent on the pill that he or she refuses to do other things that could address the weight problem. For instance, a person may overeat and refuse to be physically active, thinking that the diet pills will take care of the weight gain.

Preventing Addiction

The addiction to diet pills is nonetheless preventable. One of the most important things that should be remembered is to make sure that the pills being used are approved by the FDA or the equivalent food and drugs regulations agency in other countries. Also, it’s important to ascertain that the pills are used according to how they are meant to be used. Many pills are formulated to be used over a specified period of time so they should only be used over a certain period of time. If the results appear insignificant or if the pills don’t work, its use should be discontinued.

There’s nothing wrong in trying new products when the old pill used fails to work. You can buy hcg injections online, for example, or order hcg shots from a reliable source if you think oral solutions are not giving you the results you need. However, you need to know when to stop. Consult a weight loss expert for a more sound advice on what ought to be done for your specific situation.

My Friend the Internet Addict

John Paul is my good friend. He is recently married with an 8-month-old little girl. He and his wife are both teachers and are happily married. They dated for four years before getting married. They have the picture perfect marriage, but things weren’t always this way.

Before John Paul and Courtney met, he had a problem. It wasn’t a small problem. It was a big problem. He spent over 50 hours per week on the internet. He was obsessed with surfing the internet. I watched him go through this terrible time in his life. It lasted almost a year. It took me almost all of that time to convince him he had a major problem. Before his slide into internet addiction , he was a normal guy. He worked at a company called Broadconnect Telecommunications. They are a Broadconnect VOIP SIP trunking provider. He was a manager at that company for over ten years. He was an excellent employee and was on his way to becoming the VP of operations. All of that changed in the summer of 2008.

The Slide Into Internet Addiction

It was his birthday, and his mom bought him a brand new Apple computer. He was old-fashioned and had never used a computer very much, except for work. He rarely got on the internet for anything. When she got him this computer, it totally changed him almost overnight. He would spend 10 hours on it every afternoon when he got home from work. He would work for 8-10 hours per day, and then spend another ten on it and then only had 4 hours of sleep. Guess what happened then? He was forced to hit the caffeine. It lasted for about three months, and he finally crashed.

Termination

The problems started creeping up at work. His fellow employees began noticing him coming in late to work. Then he started sleeping on the job. Then he was found hiding in the bathroom stall surfing on his Apple computer. Eventually, his boss got word of this behavior and told him he had to either get his addiction under control or he would have to quit. For a month, he tried stopping cold turkey. All that did was create a stronger desire, and he had 24-hour sessions of constant surfing. In October of 2008, his boss had all he could take, and John Paul was fired from his $1,000,000 per year job.

Courtney

After a year of surfing all he could, we finally made a break in September of 2009. That’s when he met Courtney. He told me that he would quit anything for her, and he was right. Yeah, he still has weak moments where he will want to surf the internet for hours and hours at a time. He was able to manage his time doing productive things. He got the chance to get a real job and worked on things on how to get back to a normal life. Although the addiction was not that easy to fight, he was able to control it. As time goes by, he was able to handle and control the addiction. He allowed himself to have a productive schedule every day to put things on track for him. Today, he is confident to say that he won his battle with his addiction, especially now with Courtney by his side. They have certain restrictions in using his laptop. It was not easy for John Paul to fight over his addiction. However, he did it and it is not impossible for every one else to win their battle over addiction.

Indoor Bike Trainers: A Tool For Addiction Recovery

Most of us know that addiction is stigmatized.  When you or a loved one is an addict, there is no end to the constant barrage of judgment and disapproval.  That’s why we love to hear both stories of triumph and tribulation from our users, so that hopefully some part of their story rings true to you in a completely non-judgmental matter.

Additionally, many of you are probably already up to date on the multitude of benefits of exercise on recovering addicts.  It increases endorphins, helps with self-esteem, fills up times of boredom and helps you learn positive goal setting.  Today, we’re going to share the story of Isabelle and Marty, who utilized an indoor bike trainer to help in addiction recovery.

Marty, a recovering alcoholic, moved in with his sister Isabelle a fortnight following his 30th birthday.  He had been sober for 6 months, with 3 months in rehab and 3 months in a halfway house under his belt.  Since Marty was unemployed and still newly sober, he began to confide in his therapist that he was getting quite bored.  He didn’t want his boredom to trigger him to use anymore.  His therapist gave him the courage to tell his sister who in turn decided to be his new workout partner.  She says that she had been struggling with her weight since graduating college and was looking to get healthier.  Together, Marty and Isabelle made a pact to get in shape together and to make a positive impact on both of their lives.

Both Isabelle and Marty lived quite sedentary lifestyles.  Neither had enough money for a personal trainer and were unsure whether their motivation would wane if they joined a gym.  After lots of research, Isabelle decided to splurge and buy two indoor bike trainers from bikecompanion.com for herself and her brother.  She figured that since winter was approaching in a few short months, they should be able to access exercise equipment without leaving her home and they would be able to make small changes at first; such as riding for an hour while watching television.  They both biked together as children, and for a short time had enjoyed riding quality spin bikes at the gym, so why not have the option to bike both outdoors and indoors?

Six months later, Marty is still sober and down 15 pounds while his sister is down another 20.  Marty says that exercise has helped his recovery in a way that nothing else ever had before.  He stated that at first him and his sister picked a new television show to watch and were only allowed to watch that television show if they were on their indoor bike trainer, pedaling to it.  Once they got invested in the show, they got invested in exercising on the indoor bike.  Eventually, he was biking on his bike trainer daily and setting weight loss goals instead of counting the days he was sober.

Marty also states that Isabelle was a huge push for him to stay sober, as she also made a lifestyle change alongside him.  Marty states that she is just as invested in exercising and it has helped her self-esteem as well.

We published Marty’s story because he said that he hopes to inspire people to start exercising regularly.  He said he never would have thought it would have helped, but it truly does.  He also pointed out that for those who have limited motivation, buying your own indoor bike trainer might help change your mind.

Helping A Loved One Overcome Addiction

It is never easy to find out that a loved one, especially a family member, is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Determining what to do next after finding out is always a dilemma. When is the right time to intervene? How must said intervention be done? Who should be involved in the process? There are so many questions that need to be answered before you can start to act, always taking into consideration the well-being of the person with the substance abuse problem. With the varied personalities of people with such problem as well as the different kinds and levels of addiction involved, there really is no one formula for attacking this issue. It is always best to ask the assistance and opinion of a professional in dealing with it. Nevertheless, there are some general guidelines on how to help a loved one overcome addiction.

When you have a suspicion that someone you love is addicted to something, do not be too rash in reacting. You need to make sure that your suspicion is correct. Otherwise, you might end up creating a divide in your family when there shouldn’t be any in the first place. Take a deep breath and drink some water. Speaking of water, in case you are looking for a bawell platinum ionizer machine review, check this site. You may also visit http://www.waterionizerreviews.net for ionizer reviews. It is always good to drink water that has undergone a very reliable purification process

Going back, after you have calmed down, set out to observe that person’s behavior. Afterwards, relay your observation to your other family members so you could determine who among you should speak with the person with the addiction problem. It is also advisable that you ask for the opinion of a professional, providing him the details as to the addicting substance involved, how long has it been used, how much is being used every time, the effects of said use to the person and other similar information. This is necessary to determine how urgently should you react and/or if intervention would still work.

There are some who say that it is better to wait for that person to ask for help, which usually happens when they hit rock bottom. This, however, is a myth. It is not essential that you wait for that to happen before you can start helping that individual out. In fact, research shows that it is better that the problem be addressed as early as possible since the treatment involved would likely be less disruptive and intense and could cause less anxiety to anyone involved and in the know. Doing it the other way around is a risky strategy for it might be too late. Your family might end up facing more problems such as medical emergencies, arrests, embarrassment, job loss and even death.

Dealing with substance addiction is indeed a hard task, especially when someone close to you is the one with such problem. Still, addressing it is a necessity. As long as that person is in denial that he has an addiction, the problem might continue to progress and it might be too late to help him in the end.

5 Tips to Kicking The Marijuana Habit

Marijuana, it is something that almost everyone tries in their lifetime. To some, it stops there, but to others, it becomes an addiction. They become dependent on it. They can’t sleep without it. They can’t socialize without it. In many cases it often leads to harder drugs such as pain killers and Benzodiazepines like Xanax. Once a person starts down that decline, the quality of their life dissipates, and in the worst cases, they become a fatal victim to the illness.

So, how do we avoid falling into such a trap? Well, the first step should be to quit smoking weed.

1. People often turn to smoking weed in order to kill boredom. However, doesn’t that seem a little ridiculous? The world is full of knowledge waiting for you to soak it up. Next time you find yourself craving a dance with Mary Jane, open a book instead. Don’t waste your intellect. The mind is like a muscle, if you don’t use it, you lose it.

2. Going with the line of boredom again, there are several things that can be done to occupy your time better than that false high. Ask yourself, “what are my hobbies?”, then move forward from there. Everyone has a hobby that they love, but it often gets put on the back burner when drugs enter into the picture. Don’t waste your talents. You could be the next Mark Twain or Pablo Picasso, but you’ll never know if you don’t push yourself beyond your comfort zone.

3. Find new friends. Yes, it is probably going to be one of the hardest tips on the list. However, even pulling yourself away from your smoking buddies for a couple of months can help you to kick the habit and make it easier to say “no”, when it is offered to you.

4. Talk to someone that you respect about your Pot addictions. Talking to friends and relatives about your problems can be a great way to get the weight off of your shoulders and start to move forward with your life. When you have someone that you love and care for expecting you to make changes, then you will be more likely to put forth an honest effort.

5. Sit down with a pen and paper and make a list of pros and cons. What are the pro’s to firing up that Doobie? What are the cons? If you’re honest and take the list seriously, you will probably find that there are more cons to smoking weed then there are pros.

One of the most common reasons that people give for their marijuana habit is that it relaxes them. Doesn’t that seem a bit silly? There are a number of ways to relax without turning to drugs. Run a hot bath and allow yourself to soak for a while. Go fishing or just get a massage.

As always the first step to quitting is admitting you do have a problem and then committing to making the changes.

The most important thing to keep in mind is not to replace one bad habit with another. For instance, if you stop smoking weed don’t replace that bag of green with a pint of vodka. We hope that this list will help you along your journey to quit smoking weed.

If you think that you may need extra help, find a professional .

How Dogs Can Help In Addiction Therapy

Did you know that you can use trained dogs for treating almost any condition including serious heart problems, cancer, and the like? In fact, you could use the help of trained animals to even treat drug addiction. Now, you must be wondering how that is possible. This form of therapy can actually strengthen the bonds between the therapists and their patients by strengthening the therapeutic alliance.

A world full of light where once there was darkness

In the USA alone, there are hundreds and thousands of humane society chapters, local shelters, rehabilitation ranches, and other not for profit organizations that provide comfort, care, and support for homeless dogs, puppies and other animals that have been abused. The one thing that all these organizations have in common is the need for someone to come and help them despite the fact that those helpers may have troubles or problems of their own.

Even if it may be a good idea for the recovering addicts to work with these animals, it would be too much for them to bear to hear about the conditions in which these animals were. However, the new milieu in which these animals are being cared for is an environment full of hope and light. The suffering that these animals have undergone in the past only makes them thankful to the people, who have taken them in, at the moment. Animal shelters are places of renewal and redemption for these animals. They are places, where these grand creations of Source are celebrated.

Those that sing praises of dog-assisted therapy for drug addiction also frequently point out what the benefits are of spending time with these creations of non-human companions. A reduction in depression and anxiety, higher self-esteem, lower blood pressure levels, lower heart problems, lower stress levels, and reduction in the severity of painful physical symptoms are just some of the benefits of working with animals for treating drug addiction. Moreover, since these animals give unconditional acceptance and love, they can get additional benefits while working with them than when trying to treat the condition by themselves. These animals have the power to heal a person with whom they share this beautiful and glorious planet.

There is something quite satisfying about helping those animals that are in need of our help. Even those working with animal shelters can feel empowered, uplifted and happy about helping those animals in need and that have had bad histories.

Besides, acts of selflessness and kindness would by their very nature put us in contact with our best side. This can also help the drug addicts, who have always put their own needs before the needs of others by making them get in touch with their other (more caring) side. Besides, addicts have always manipulated and used people in order to get relief from their addiction and other than their needs to detoxify their bodies they would also need to detoxify their minds. Dog assisted drug addiction therapy can help even the most jaded and broken-hearted get in touch with their sensitive side and this is one of the 12 steps toward the recovery from drug addiction.

Getting Back on the Right Track Through Healing Resource

There are many reasons why people succumb to addiction, whether to substance abuse, alcohol, pornography, gambling, sex and even not so notorious like shopping, gossiping and surfing the net. But instead of viewing them as hopeless and unfit to live in today’s society, these individuals must be given empathy and compassion because these addictions are manifestations of the things they seek and lack in their life.

Addiction can go unnoticed, and unfortunately, untreated as well. In fact, it is a complex problem and illness that is usually characterized by intense craving for something (drugs, alcohol and many more). At its early stages, addiction is a voluntary act, but with time, the capability of the person of choosing not to engage in it is greatly compromised. It gets easier to keep repeating the addictive activity.

For these individuals to get back on track and live the best for their lives, they can opt to go to rehabilitation. There are many rehabilitation centers in the country and they offer various treatment methods to combat addiction. The best rehabilitation uses individual treatments unique to the person. There is not a single treatment that is suitable for every person or all types of addiction. Treatments can include medication (using FDA approved medicated drugs), counseling, detoxification, behavioral therapy or a combination of these. Nevertheless, it is important for the family of the patient to know the possible treatment methods in order for them to have an idea how it will push through and what can be the outcome.

For those looking for meaningful information and resources about treating addiction, there are plenty to be found online.  Whether it is drug addiction or alcoholism, these problems must be addressed and the addicts should be given a chance to remove the term “addict” in their lives. Getting professional advice to handle the problem, knowing the possible treatment to use, and helping the patient get back on their usual routines – these make the rehabilitation and treatment worthwhile.

Sometimes, simple things like shopping for rice cookers or redesigning a kitche can help a person start going through the semblance of ordinary living again. Rehab centers are focused on helping the patients to recover from this big setback in their lives. Even if they have started in this path, it is never too late to make a U-turn, go back to the start and live the life the peaceful and loving life that the person deserves. So don’t be afraid to start small. Start cooking again if this what you enjoy, rebuild a kitchen with trusty appliances (visit specialist website, like homecentric.org for guidance) and find joy in the simple things again.

Rehab centers were created for this very reason – to help individuals with addiction  to make a fruitful recovery and have a new life with greater purpose and meaning. Remember that these patients are humans too and they deserve to be given respect, compassion and love. Success in the treatment of the addiction is attainable with the help what Healing Resource offers and is provided for free.

How Movies and TV Series Influence Drug Abuse

There are negative effects in watching movies especially for teens, but there are also good movies to help them become better people.

There are a lot of studies suggesting that movies have negative impact on the youth, especially in movies where drug abuse is glorified. These movies portray substance abuse as something that is usually done by teenagers. There are also some movies where those who abuse drugs in school or anywhere in the community can just get away with the crime. They are even portrayed as the protagonist in the movie. They do drugs, but they also do other good deeds and so their acts are justified eventually.

All these stories lead gullible teens to believe that it is perfectly fine to go for substance abuse. They think that they will have a good life eventually even if they take drugs just like the main actor in the movie. There are even some TV sitcoms where these stories are being laughed at. Those who are high in drugs are considered funny and are treated by everyone with respect. These confusions will just make teens go for drugs even more. This is sad, but studies have proven that in one way or the other, movies and TV series that are glorifying drug abuse have tons of negative effects.

It is not always the same

Though it is true that these movies have negative effects, we can’t generalize all movies. There are movies that are more educational in nature. They present facts about substance abuse and how it negatively affects anyone. There are also some movies that are presented in such a way where the effects of drug abuse are depicted in a subtle way in order to teach a lesson. Thus, there are movies that are more appropriate for the youth. In fact, movies that don’t talk about drugs in general are better. This will not tempt the youth in any way to try those harmful substances, as they know nothing about them.

Movies for those on rehab

There are also good movies for those undergoing a rehabilitation treatment. They might have been in that situation because of the negative effects of movies, but they can also get out with the help of movies. There are movies that are family-oriented or have a very touching story. This is what they need to watch. In fact, even horror movies are fine as long as it makes them think. It allows them to be more imaginative and divert their attention to other exciting things in life. Horror movies also show accidents or horrible stories involving people who have tried drug abuse. This will scare them even more and it is a good thing. Most of all, with the help of these movies, they have something to spend their time on. They don’t have to think about doing drugs anymore. Sometimes, even if they are in rehab, they can still think of drugs especially if they have nothing else to do. To begin with, they can start reading the horrifying story of Robert the Doll at playwithdeath.com.