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The cycle of relapse

Anyone who has struggled with a drug addiction or alcoholism knows the amount of destruction their behavior has caused themselves and others. They are also aware of the quantity of work and effort put into their recovery of such substance abuse. There exist dozens of approaches in drug treatment, some are invasive and others are more behavioral. Many professionals in the field consider it a disease others have a less medical approach and view addiction as a means to cope with unwanted personal conditions and situations. In all cases once the person has overcome their need for mind altering substances to cope with life there is still work ahead.

There are as many reason for doing drugs or drinking alcohol as there are people addicted. Each person will have their own individual reason for using drugs. Once this reason has been located and properly dealt with it should not be a problem in the future unless it is the wrong reason or it was not handle and dealt with to the person’s satisfaction. Most drug addiction treatment programs will have some form of aftercare follow-up, this helps as a support to ensure the person is doing what is needed to live a drug free productive lifestyle. But living life on a daily basis requires a bit of knowledge about life in order to make it over the bumps and through the curves.

One of the first conditions to know with certainty regarding sobriety is that when you complete your treatment it is vital to realize YOU are the only one that changed. You did the addiction treatment program, not your wife, kids, boyfriend, boss or mom and dad, YOU. It is you who has changed; normally the other people in your life may still be running in the past and still see you as a “potential addict”. They will be wary of your actions, still uncertain about many trust issues, watching your every move, etc. This in itself can be quite annoying. You must stay true to your goals set with your counselors and be considerate about people who care about you.

Staying sober is not just saying to oneself “I am no longer going to use”. It requires you following a set social program that was established to help you, the program graduate, achieve your goals. Sometimes there will be certain environmental circumstances that can “trigger” or stimulate past memory of drug use these memories must be simply ignored. When one goes into agreement with these stimulated memories they tend to increase in power over the person. In many cases this can bring about a drug relapse.

Other things that can cause addiction relapse are emotional upsets, without proper means to deal with various emotions such as pain, grief, anger a persons may resort to old solutions such as drugs or alcohol. Any unwanted emotion can be a stimulator for a drug relapse, the thing about emotion is to recognize that it is just that, an emotion and one can change and control emotions, usually by recognizing that it is simply an emotion.

The more you know about life and living and accept what life will send your way and step back and deal with each situation as it occurs and keep positive and focused on a true survival goal, the more you can avoid relapses. Addiction is simply deciding to use or deciding not to use and deal with what life has put in front of you. If you don’t know what to do, than contact your counselor or a close friend for advice. In other words do something about it, don’t just figure and figure and figure about it.

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New Year’s Resolution

New Year’s Resolution Tips


New Year’s resolutions have been around for quite some time.

Well it’s that time of the year once again where hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people across the country decide “enough is enough of the past and now for the future”. New Year’s resolutions have been around for quite some time. This tradition actually dates back to the times of the Babylonians, some 4000 years ago. But the idea that the calendar is ending one period and beginning another that stimulates people to also put their lives into a new direction, or at the very least attempt to do so.

These traditions are passed on from generation to generation and with worldwide communication at our finger tips the ideas of yesteryear are pushed forward. So what is it with this concept of “New Year’s resolutions”? Most people set up or make decisions to change something about themselves that they have observed; that has not been very successful or that did not contribute to their survival. The hope that the change will occur now that a new calendar has occurred is like putting your future in the hands of a mystical god. Though there are those that use this as a decisive moment in their lives and through sheer will power achieve their change, most do not succeed, why?

Well the decisions that do work are normally things that can be controlled by one’s own abilities without external forces. Whereas those things that one has little or no control over and is ruining the person’s life such as Alcohol abuse, drug abuse and even excessive eating and sex addictions, etc. etc. These subjects require quite a bit more than a simple decision to stop, ask any drug addicted person to “just decide to stop”. The reason is that the person has some compelling impulse to dramatize the same action over and over, beyond their control; they can’t stop unless some external source intervenes and assists. Most addiction is caused by some underlying uncontrolled source from the person’s past. Normally this can be found in the area of upbringing, education or influential associations.

For anyone who wishes to overcome some unwanted trait in their life this New Year’s, here are a few tips to help out: A. Change your routines, actions or normal activities, basically shift things around, take a different road home, shift your life actions around with different actions, B. get rid of all items that remind you of the unwanted habit, if its porn videos get rid of them, if its candy than give it away and replace it with nuts, etc. get all bottles of alcohol out from your area, shooters included, etc. C. assess on yourself what is it that you like about that unwanted habit, just write out a long list of all the reason you continued to do it, then make a list of why you don’t want it, why it bothers you and your life, study these two list carefully; being honest with yourself helps a lot also, D. face the fact that you will need some assistance to really overcome this unwanted condition, call on a professional in the field best adapted to deal with such unwanted conditions.

If you’re trying to quit alcohol or drugs seek a good addiction treatment program that is suited to your needs. If the unwanted condition is about weight than join a program that will assist you with a weight loss program and proper nutritional diet. DO whatever it takes and may the New Year bring you success and a new outlook on the future. The key point is that YOU are the only one that can make the change, it all begins with YOU. Do it and you will enjoy yourself from here on out. HAPPY NEW YEAR !


Opinion on Addiction


Most of us are quite aware when someone close or not so close is using some form of illicit drug or misusing a prescription medication. You can actually see in the person various indicators, physical and psychological that tell us, “Hum…, something is not right here with Joe”. A large percentage of society can probably look not too far away and locate some person who is using some illicit drug, abusing alcohol or a prescription medication.

Alcohol and other drugs will deplete your body's nutrients

Alcohol and other drugs will deplete your body’s nutrients

The odd thing is that this same larger percentage is also the ones that feel nothing can be done about it. Well that is exactly what the Health care system would like you to believe; that addiction is a chemical imbalance and there is no “cure” and the best treatment is to counter balance this with more chemicals or learn to live with it. Well I disagree, having been in the field of addiction both as a counselor / administrator and a private consultant, I can say with certainty that addiction is not a chemical imbalance, but it does cause this. Take a generally healthy person, eats well, exercises and overall does things in a proper and moderate manner, now have this person drink a couple of glasses of wine at a dinner. It will be observed that there is a gradual numbing sensation that appears, a slight tingle, maybe some skin flush, etc. This is alcohol on a micro level traveling through a healthy body affecting every part.

The human body developed over time by the use of proteins, mineral, vitamins and various other natural elements into a functional organism fit for earth activities. When you give this organism some non-productive substance like alcohol, well you get things like was done to the Native American Indian and before them all sorts of mishaps throughout history. In our present technological age where chemicals are a constant daily affair as seen in any product picked out of the grocery store, just read the ingredients. Most of the words cannot be pronounce by even educated men and women. So what happens when a healthy body, organism, is presented with something like “crack cocaine” or “MDMA” (MethyleneDioxy-MethAmphetamine)? This is easily understood with a comparative example using a virus; take the common cold. One morning you’re not quite on your game, bad rest, or late night something that makes you a bit tire, you require the body to get out of bed and get dressed and go to work, on your way you get sneezed on. A minute particle of virus, unseen by the human eye is inhaled and is now multiplying in your body. The body recognizes that its under attack and fights back with its immune system which gets its ammunition from the various vitamins, proteins, minerals, etc. by the end of the day you’re depleted of ammunition and “feeling under the weather”, your arrive home and crash.

Well you can stay in bed and have chicken soup; you can take a Nyquil, etc. but the truth of the matter is the bacteria that entered the body is a foreign substance and requires additional protein, vitamins, minerals, etc to fight it off properly. Drugs and alcohol are foreign substances and the body acts the same way “ah! Poison, quick must eliminate” is the body’s response. The person with addiction loses more natural immune material with one hit of cocaine, a joint of pot or other poison then it can replenish, thus the degrading appearance of people with addiction.

The real solution is to supply the body with the proper nutrition needed to counter the effects of the poison taken. This is the step known as detox, unfortunately very few professionals use this method; why? There is more money to be made with substitute sale of replacement drugs then to actually make someone healthy again. And that is ONE opinion on drug and alcohol addiction. I hope this gives someone with the means to make a change, something to think about. Millions are spent each year on solutions that only cost more millions, why not handle it once and for all and give addicts a chance at a real life full of productive activity.



Youth Addiction Treatment Centers

Youth Addiction Treatment Centers

Exposure to Substance Abuse

Addiction and youths

Permitting teenagers to gain some self-worth

As addiction goes across Canada we normally see it with adults but in the majority of cases the addiction to drugs or alcohol began many years before. Whether the addiction is to street drugs, prescription drugs or alcohol the person began at some point in their life and in many cases; before their legal age. Growing up in our present society is quite a challenge for kids. A child is surrounded by various instances of substance use, principle of these is TV advertisement, if you watch television do this simple exercise; count how many commercials are about alcohol such as beer & wine, pain medication like Tylenol, Advil or Anti-depressant medication. You will also notice in each case those promoting the substance are “smiling and living very happy” or so it appears to market the product.

Then there is the drink that mom and dad take on occasion, social events, summer BBQ, etc. The pressure to fit in as a child reaching the age of twelve and thirteen is quite heavy. As the child begins to reach out and attempt to express his or her individuality in the world around them they will seek what is acceptable, and what gets approval, especially from one’s peers. Often there will be someone who will offer a thrill with a joint of pot or a pill to relax around girls, etc. In other instances the home environment is not going so well, mom and dad are arguing, or someone is very ill, etc. All manner of situations occur in life that can cause a child to seek comfort and belonging or at the very least try to find their place in the world.

Pot’s Appeal & Publicity

Pot is often seen to be cool; promotion of its legalization makes it even more tempting to try it. The euphoria that Marijuana creates is very desirable by a teenager seeking to fit in to some social group. It also is a means to cope with unwanted emotions and pains. But the initial “good feeling” soon has less effect and more of the substance is needed to achieve the same result, eventually the only reason to take the drug is to stay away from the side effects of stopping, which in many cases are quite unpleasant.

Youth Drug Treatment & Self-Worth

Across Canada there exist various youth programs to help overcome these withdrawal symptoms permitting the teenager to regain some self-worth and have a place in our current society. With government funded youth programs most counselors will not have the same experience as with a private care facility counselors. Nor will your child get the one on one attention and group belonging he or she needs to permit them dealing with those personal feelings and emotions. When a child is trying to express their self-determinism and express who they are, this is often met with some form of refusal by teachers, parents, peers and anyone else who is not acting on the child’s best interest. If a child is expressing himself with the use of illicit drugs or alcohol in order to be seen or heard; you canbank on the fact that stopping his or her expression has been going on for quite some time.

The facts are simple when a child begins to wander away from the careful watching eyes of mom and dad, this is the sign of wanting to see more of the world. This is not just a child but a person exploring new adventures outside of the balcony or the backyard. That day when your 9 or 10 year old son or daughter asks to stay overnight at a friend’s house is such an expression. The more a parent or others put up barriers and seek to stop the child’s expression of self the more they will receive in return some form of rebellion in order to be accepted and received in society. Drugs and alcohol are just one form of expression to say “look I am here, I do have a place in this world”. Ignore a child’s growth and self-worth and you condemn him or her to a life of squashed dreams and inabilities, squash it and you get a rebellious criminal.


Christmas 2014 – Moderation

Christmas festivities
Better done in moderation

Santa Claus

Have fun but be good for goodness’ sake!

With the holiday season upon us, many companies will be having their festive office Christmas party and with that comes alcohol and in many parts of the country drugs are also present. It is always a great thing to have all the staff and executives come together at one big fun event, smiles are shared and toasts are made; people exchange gifts and wishes.

When super is finished and acknowledgements are made, the music is pumped up and the drinks begin to flow. This is usually where many begin to lose control on the amount being consumed. Too many stories can be told about the embarrassing moments of the office Christmas party of yesteryear. When the booze begins to flow there will always be someone in the group that may be unknown to others or at best only suspected of drug use. You can usually see a couple of co-workers going to the washroom a bit too often or to an isolated corner of the hotel, maybe a few secretaries or office clerks sniffling oddly, this can be signs of cocaine abuse or similar illicit drugs.

As with any festive gathering it’s important to remind people to enjoy themselves but also to keep in mind to drink moderately. There is nothing wrong with a cheer at celebrations but it is another thing to have too many drinks. With alcohol, as with any mind altering substance, a person’s perceptions are compromised and their thinking is impaired, decision making is slowed and flawed.

Drink in Moderation

So why is society putting so much attention on cutting back the consumption of liquor or any other substance? It’s quite simple really, anyone with an alcohol problem can’t just have one or two drinks they must have more. Technically the alcohol is traveling through the blood stream and will enter the brain tissues and begin to cause bad relay from mind to body, past issues; memories, get stimulated and confused with present circumstances. This is the cause of thousands of accidents and deaths every year.

Just like drugs will alter the mind and the person’s ability to think clearly, alcohol is no different. So the message this holiday season is to keep in mind moderation, be moderate. This means to not go in excess, cut back on the indulgence, ask yourself if you really need to have the extra drink. More often than not, you don’t; so don’t. It’s really that simple. Have a safe and joyous holiday season.



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