Since the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the health care industry has seen a vast shift in trends and how the healthcare industry operates. The industry itself was already growing and changing before ACA. The move to electronic health records systems has been vital in order to ensure ... Views: 19
When shame becomes toxic, it can ruin our lives. Everyone experiences shame at one time another. It’s an emotion with physical symptoms like any other that comes and goes, but when it's severe, it can be extremely painful. Strong feelings of shame stimulate the sympathetic nervous system, ... Views: 56
Some time ago, a film director friend showed me a video anonymously sent to him. It was of the execution of a murderer who had been found guilty and sentenced to the electric chair. Those images have left a strong impact on me ever since, not so much because of their grotesque and morbid nature ... Views: 74
Nearly four decades ago I acquired a book entitled The Cosmic Doctrine by Dion fortune. It has been my bible of cosmology and numerology since. I have acknowledged it in my books and writing for decades, including an article where I reflect upon the state of numerology in our time (An old ... Views: 91
When a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, it is important to know that there are significant gender differences in drug and alcohol recovery.
Women and men develop dependency to alcohol and different types of drugs for different reasons. These gender differences are pertinent to ... Views: 66
Oregon's present state of health has been checked as poor in recent days. The Oregon Health Authority: Addictions and Mental Health Division has come under fire. It was concluded that Oregon has an abysmal track record for people completing their addiction treatment programs, and was only ... Views: 42
It’s been suggested that you can improve the quality of your life by cultivating compassion. Compassion has been described as 1) a feeling of deep sympathy for another person, 2) to suffer together, or 3) concern for the misfortune of others.
Not only is compassion praised as a desired human ... Views: 68
In the U.S. more than 4 million people struggle with crystal meth abuse or addiction and as many as 12 million reports to have tried it at least once. With nearly 500 tons of the drug produced each year, the drug is readily available, but at what cost?
Although there had been a short decline ... Views: 80
Withdrawal is never easy, but it a necessary step on the road to recovery. Once you are sober, you must create new relationships, change your lifestyle and take on new healthy habits to stay sober. Meditation is one thing that you should make a part of your daily routine that can help you manage ... Views: 65
Putting yourself behind the wheels, especially after getting drunk or on drugs can be fatal as you are putting yourself in line for death. There are various researches and studies which have pointed out that people who are under the effect of alcohol and drugs are five times more likely to cause ... Views: 98
While some people are able to drink alcohol or even take drugs without their whole life being taken over, there are others who are not able to exercise the same level of self-control. If they were to drink or to even take drugs, they would soon find that their life has been taken over.
One ... Views: 153
It is probably fair to say that the issue of sex and sexual relationships does not feature very heavily in the pecking order of emotional issues and emotional drives that tend to fuel an individual's alcoholism or addiction.
It is however a hugely important issue that often plays a crucial ... Views: 113
If you have been struggling with opiate dependency and are ready to stop, you may be tempted to try to detox on your own at home. Home detox from opiate abuse is a frequently discussed topic on just about every forum and while it is possible to find just about every home remedy imaginable, it is ... Views: 81
Congratulations on your decision to make a change and get help for your drug and/or alcohol addiction! You have struggled with substance abuse for a long time and you are ready to enter detox and to begin a life in recovery.
It is time to push the negative thoughts and fear out of your mind ... Views: 76
Healing the Pain Body
1. How Our Pain, Fear and Defensiveness Surfaces
The “Law Of Attraction”
As pointed out by Michael Losier and Esther Hicks, both teachers of, “The Law Of Attraction,” we attract what we vibrate at the level of our emotional bodies, not necessarily what we think or ... Views: 142
Alcohol Living with an addict can be a living hell. Unpredictable and dangerous, yet sometimes exciting and romantic. Never knowing when we’ll be blamed or accused. Not being able to dependably plan social events. As the addict becomes more irresponsible, we pick up the slack and do more, often ... Views: 144
Wonder whether you’re in love or in lust? Whether your obsession about someone is a sign of love or addiction? Whether you’re staying in a troubled relationship because you’re addicted or in love? It’s complicated, and lust and love and addiction don’t always exclude one another. Endless ... Views: 196
Just because a drug is legal does not mean that you cannot abuse it or develop a dependency to it. Take a look at the millions of people dependent on prescription drugs and alcohol – which both are legal - and you, will understand. The legalization of marijuana does not change the fact that ... Views: 119
Heroin abuse and dependency affects more than 9 million people. There is no disputing that the consequences of heroin use can be devastating. Trying to quit can be difficult, but it is not impossible. Although you may wonder is it safe to detox from heroin use at home; it is important to know ... Views: 101
More than 90 percent of persons in recovery will relapse at least once in their lifetime and at least 72 percent will have multiple relapses. Substance abuse counselors report that the relapse did not begin with the return to substance use, but with circumstances that led up to returning to ... Views: 122
Most people think an alcoholic is someone who cannot keep a job, has financial and legal problems, is dysfunctional in relationships and may even be homeless. Stereotypes really do affect how we perceive people. However, for the high-functioning alcohol none of those ideas ... Views: 114
"We are our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves.” – Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker
I’ve walked away from many relationships, both platonic and romantic, over the past two years. Those people may never understand my decisions, but I ... Views: 197
SMART* Recovery and 12-Step Programs
In the world of addiction treatment there are several choices one has in the way of utilizing and attending a community based support group. Should one look more closely at what is offered to those with an eating disorder the choices are somewhat more ... Views: 220
I have seen them.
Men, who sit in my office and tell me they are addicts to internet pornography.
They describe symptoms that have long been regarded as markers of addiction.
Dependence — They start feeling poorly, maybe even depressed, if they don’t get their regular quota of ... Views: 146
I have had a lot of trouble with the idea of criminalization of drug addiction for a very long time.
I am only one of a lot of folks who say “addiction is a real disease.” People feel every bit as sick as people with other diseases, sometimes more.
The patients are certainly able to die ... Views: 183
Keywords: A warm, refreshing orange aroma that fairly sparkles with brightness. Petitgrain is a top note often used in perfumery. Almost all cologne waters contain some petitgrain oil.
Steam distilled from the leaves of the bitter orange tree Petitgrain oil has a lovely fresh and revitalizing ... Views: 346
Neil Findlay says he is just, “An ordinary person out there doing some stuff.” But he is so much more than that. Both Neil and his wife have dedicated some of their working years and now their “retirement” to helping children around the world. They are both an inspiration for what we can all ... Views: 305
A frequently overlooked phenomenon within the recovering community, aka 12-step oriented fellowships, is a true understanding of the difference between compliance and acceptance with respect to one’s addiction[s]. As most professionals and addicts themselves have come to understand, addiction is ... Views: 466
Recently there has been much publicity about the dangers of texting, talking on the phone, posting, and taking selfies when you are driving. On April 24, 2014 a young woman in North Carolina posted on twitter how happy she was while listening to the Happy Song on the radio. A minute later there ... Views: 314
The billboard in Indiana announced, “Every 25 minutes someone dies from prescription drug overdose.” As shocking as that may sound… according to the Partnership for a Drug Free World, prescription drug abuse claims a life every 19 minutes. What’s more, the CDC states that 100 people die every ... Views: 309
“Being honest may not get you a lot of friends and it will get you the right ones.”
We all have been there! Maybe you had a friend or you know someone now who is in a big DRAMA! The situation keeps getting worse and you can’t believe the stories… affairs, lying, addictions, bills not paid, ... Views: 331
It is impossible to miss the fact that Opiate addiction is a crisis of epic proportion in our society today! Statistics show that millions struggle with abuse and addiction and according to the National Institute for Drug Abuse, more than 15,000 die each year from opiate overdose.
Realizing ... Views: 333
It is known as Diesel, Red Rock, Smack, Horse, Black Tar, White Junk, Salt and Brown Sugar, but by any other name, it is still heroin. According to the National Institute for Drug Abuse, nearly 3.8 million people in the U.S. struggle with heroin addiction.
Life and Health of an Addict
Life ... Views: 295
There is a dangerous drug phenomenon sweeping across the globe related to synthetic drug addiction. Synthetic marijuana, Molly and the drug known as Gravel (the main ingredients of which are Klonopin and bath salts) are among the leaders.
How dangerous are these Drugs?
With two states ... Views: 318
Making the decision to quit drugs and alcohol and get sober was not easy, but the chances of a successful recovery will be increased when you start living a healthy lifestyle which includes not only eating healthy but exercising regularly as well.
Something for Everyone!
Exercise is ... Views: 327
A common misconception by people is that if a drug is available by prescription from a doctor and is legal, then it must not be harmful. However, when prescription drugs are abused – meaning when they are taken in excessive amounts and when there is no longer a medical reason to take them – they ... Views: 310
Good for you! After years of substance abuse and dependency you have decided that the time to get sober is long overdue and you are ready to get help. With support and encouragement from your loved ones – you can do it – and to help you get started, here are a few tips on how to have a ... Views: 311
The National Institute of Drug Abuse reports that 15 percent, that is one in six individuals in the U.S. has used cocaine. Research further shows that more people seek recovery assistance for cocaine use than any other drug.
Cocaine users between the ages of 18 and 25 also reported using other ... Views: 303
Do you have an addiction you simply can’t seem to get rid of? Try these techniques to help you boost success:
Improve your mental and physical health
It takes mental stamina and physical health to prevent relapsing. Trying to fight off an addiction is very draining mentally and physically. ... Views: 391
Heroin addiction affects the lives of more than 9.2 million people across the globe, an estimated half million live in the United States. CDC resources show that there are 150,000 new users each year and nearly 20 percent of people in treatment report the drug as the reason. Sadly approximately ... Views: 283
Breaking the bonds of addiction is not an easy task. For many individuals struggling with drug and alcohol abuse, completing a medical detox and rehab treatment program is not enough to help them abstain and continue their sobriety. Recovery support groups can provide the encouragement needed to ... Views: 314
Prescription sleep agents, such as Ambien, have been known to cause some pretty peculiar behavior without the individual remembering any of the events once they are fully awake. Sleepwalking, driving in the middle of the night and even raiding the refrigerator are just a few of the behaviors ... Views: 321
For the millions of individuals struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, making the decision to go to detox is both difficult and scary. Whether it is your first time entering detox or a second chance at getting clean and sober, understanding the process can help to ease your mind throughout ... Views: 333
Did you know that alcohol advertising during televised sporting events occur at a rate of two ads per minute? Billions of dollars, in the U.S. are dumped each year into alcohol ads, much like in the U.K. where £800 million is spent on them as opposed to the mere £200 million spent on traditional ... Views: 294
Believe it or not, there are simple methods that have been shown to rewire the brain out of destructive habit loops or addictions. But many do not know these methods exist.
The current model of addiction treatment uses repeated episodes of detox in expensive facilities for brief ... Views: 485
Co-dependency in relationships with substance abuse are not healthy relationships, rather they are relationships that are filled with emotional stress and drama stemming from alcohol and/or drug abuse. In almost every case, co-dependent relationships involve a manipulator and an enabler.
Both ... Views: 296
The best time to introduce strategies for drug and alcohol prevention is during the teenage and high school years. During adolescence, most teens begin to look for acceptance and peer pressure plays an important role in their life as they explore ways for validation and to help them through the ... Views: 317
Active duty military service can be extremely stressful. Families may be separated for long periods of time; members are sent into active war zones at times and are deployed for many months at a time which may increase anxiety. With that in mind is it not unusual for them to turn to alcohol and ... Views: 295
Overcoming an alcohol addiction can be painful. It may seem that no one understands and that you are alone in your struggle. However, when you are ready to make a commitment to stop drinking and to get sober and healthy; there is support available to help you recover from your alcohol ... Views: 297
Unfortunately, alcohol and drug abuse does not discriminate. Whether you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, heterosexual, a religious individual or otherwise, substance abuse and addiction affects everyone.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the LGBT Community
The Substance Abuse and Mental ... Views: 294