Are your teens or young adults home for holiday break? With the stress of school or campus life behind them for a few weeks, this can be a great time for you to talk to them about substance misuse. Drug use, overdose deaths, etc., are serious and scary topics. But using scare tactics during your discussion aren’t likely to be effective. So, where do you start? A … Continue reading Talk to your teens about drugs – especially over the holidays!
Every day we make choices that affect our health. People take drugs for a lot of different reasons, like to deal with life’s challenges, to escape from reality, to relieve pain, or to try to fit in—just to name a few. Some people can be aware of the negative effects of drugs on their health and in their life and still struggle to stop using … Continue reading Why do people take drugs when they know they’re bad?
New research shows that over the past 50 years street cannabis across the world has become substantially stronger carrying an increased risk of harm. The team behind the study from the Addiction and Mental Health Group at the University of Bath, synthesised data from over 80,000 cannabis samples tested in the past 50 years from street samples collected in the USA, UK, Netherlands, France, Denmark, Italy and New Zealand. … Continue reading Largest Study on how Cannabis has Changed Over Time Finds Increased Strength Putting Consumers at Greater Risk of Harm
In life, we would think that when something doesn’t work and people continue to die in ever increasing numbers, they would stop, drop and think about why. Do they? NO! Why? It’s because greed has taken over. The days of listening to Dr Phil’s opinions about addiction are OVER! So, below are a few questions. Why is Substance Abuse called ‘Abuse’? It’s simply a (lethal) … Continue reading The Addiction Community Has It All Upside Down, Inside Out, & Backwards. What They Are Doing Isn’t Working!
I wanted to present to you an older article that, although it comes from a ‘wordly’ view, it is one of the best definitions of addiction that I have found. It was originally published in Psychology Today. So, enjoy! We’re all capable of being addicts. Here’s the lowdown on our fight against addiction. Millions of Americans are apparently “hooked,” not only on heroin, morphine, amphetamines, tranquilizers, … Continue reading Addiction: A Whole New View
I want to preface this article by LOUDLY stating that addiction is NOT a disease! It is a is a side effect of despair and brokenness. Don’t believe the lie developed to rake in the big money with bad treatment. More than 20 million people in the United States have a substance use disorder. Now, COVID-19 has left many locked down, laid off, and flooded … Continue reading COVID-19 and the opioid crisis: When a pandemic and an epidemic collide
Communication with a loved one or friend who is in an active addiction is very challenging, to say the least; however, there IS a way to get through to him or her. Whether you are a parent, a child, a friend, a household member, or co-worker of a person actively using, you may want to read this and do it. Addiction is NOT a … Continue reading How to Communicate with an Addicted Loved One or a Loved One in Recovery. This Makes ALL the Difference!
By HORVATH, PH.D., ABPP, KAUSHIK MISRA, PH.D., AMY K. EPNER, PH.D., AND GALEN MORGAN COOPER, PH.D. There’s no question. Addiction wreaks havoc on the brain. Addiction causes significant chemical, structural, and molecular changes that quite literally hijack the brain. However, treatment can reverse or counteract these effects. Moreover, as the recovery process proceeds, the brain continues to heal. It is true that many changes occur in … Continue reading The Good News: The Brain Also Helps To Reverse Addiction
Bart Strickler drank his first beer at 9, smoked his first joint at 10. By the time he was in middle school he’d already done acid, cocaine, LSD, Quaaludes and anything else he could get his hands on. “I shouldn’t be here,” he says numbly. He takes a deep breath as the past flutters across his face. “I shouldn’t be here.” The 52-year-old Strickler sits … Continue reading Mexico’s killer meth is sweeping through America — and ruining lives even more than before!
“I thought marijuana was no big deal. … I felt I could stand out if I did crazy things.” That was before Kevin West put a bullet through his head — stoned on pot. Kevin went from house to house with his friends, toking at each stop. Then someone suggested they play a game of Russian roulette. Kevin agreed. He didn’t realize that putting a gun to … Continue reading The Vicious Truth About Drug Addiction and Alcoholism
Addiction is not a disease Tim Holden, MMed (Psych), Psychiatrist and assistant professor Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. The statement, in a CMAJ editorial, 1 that addiction is a disease is not supported by the evidence and reads more like a political policy statement than a reasoned intellectual argument. There has been a steady erosion of individual responsibility and loss of any … Continue reading Wake Up! Addiction Being Classified As A Disease (unproven theory), Has Taken Us To The Highest level Of Addiction & Accidental Overdose In All Of History! It’s NOT NOT NOT a Disease!
The Addiction Disease Theory Created the Addiction Epidemic What if the current thinking on addiction is all wrong? What if addiction treatment and the currently accepted ideas about addiction are actually making the problem worse? Think about it for a moment. There are more treatment programs today than at any point in history, with new ones opening every day in this country. There is more … Continue reading Epidemic or Not – Addiction Treatment Hurts People and It’s Wrong!
When you lose a child, your life changes forever. There will always be an emptiness, a missing piece at the family gatherings – the empty chair at the table. This time of year is full of so many emotions. I always loved the holidays and the time spent with family. But since my son’s passing, my initial thoughts are, It’s another holiday that he won’t be … Continue reading The Empty Chair at Our Holiday Table
In the garden, Jesus wept tears of blood. He wasn’t happy about going to the cross and asked our Father to stop it ‘if He could’ but also told Him, “Thy will be done”. I don’t want to assign the weak human condition of depression to my God; however, in God’s realm, it probably somehow parallels the depression that you may feel. After all, Jesus … Continue reading 100% GUARANTEE OF ADDICTION FREEDOM!!!
It goes beyond sadness when I meet or learn of someone who is in an addiction. It’s far worse when another one needlessly died of an overdose. I immediately jump into grief. I sorrow for the misunderstood life that once was or the living, breathing life, that will soon be cut off before his or her time… the family and loved ones who will probably … Continue reading I Know What Your Tomorrow Looks Like; I’ve Been There.
There IS a place for recovery where hope exists for a lifetime of addiction freedom. You can recover from home and you can include God in all of it. It is only in our faith in the One True Living God that destroys addiction. Continue reading Addiction: A (fake) Disease or a Symptom of Despair & Hopelessness? YOU decide!
Catastrophizing is basically believing something is far, far worse than it actually is. Some do it specifically for the attention, while others experience this because they truly perceive things from a very negative perspective. It can generally can take two different forms: making a catastrophe out of a current situation imagining making a catastrophe out of a future situation. People tend to catastrophize and dramatize, … Continue reading Simple 3 Ingredient Recipe to END Addiction & Bring Recovery to a Close!
The commons thread, as far as thoughts, in ALL people who are in addiction or have depression, include the following. Not everyone asks or thinks the same statements; however, most of these are included in the minds of a substance user or a depressed person. A depressed or anxious person is the next one to become addicted. Why am I even here; my life is … Continue reading The Questions & Inner Dialogue that People Use that Drives them into DANGEROUS Opioids, Antidepressants, Benzos, Hypnotics (Sleeping Pills), Stimulants and Weed (for recreational purposes)
Our heartfelt gratitude today goes to our fearless President Donald Trump who is definitely making America great again! My hope is that Doctors receive the death penalty just as the street dealers soon will; they know better! Why don’t these doctors go straight to selling opioids on the street and bypass the lengthy medical school gig and expense? National Addiction News (FYI… suboxone won’t fix … Continue reading Jeff Sessions Orders The Arrest of Top Big Pharma Executives (Many, many doctors arrested)
I don’t care if you like me, love me, or hate me. I care that you see Jesus in me and that you run to Him and love Him. I don’t care if you follow me or not follow me on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linked-In, or any other social media site. I care that you see Jesus Christ, and His Power and Love, through … Continue reading I Just Don’t Care
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Addiction is NOT a disease — and we’re treating addicts incorrectly We all know addiction is a disease(no way). It has been so classified by all the authoritative sources. The American Medical Association labeled alcoholism an “illness” back in 1967. The Centers for Disease Control, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and Alcoholics Anonymous urge us to think of alcohol and drug addiction … Continue reading Life’s a Book; You Can Write the Next Chapter Yourself.
In the field and ministry we’re in – addiction – we are constantly reading about addiction being theorized as a disease… a disorder… a choice… a deeply rooted inherited family problem… or a number of other theories. None of those theories have been or can be proven; they are just guesses. Well, I’m here to tell you that addiction is in the Bible and tells … Continue reading Why Do We Need To Theorize About Addiction Causes When We Already Know?!
Just as addiction has a beginning, it also has an end. It’s not a disease. It doesn’t have relapses. Don’t subscribe to the lies of the medical, psychiatric and addiction rehab communities; they want to perpetuate the lie in order to keep bringing in those big bucks. Don’t be their cash cow. Your addiction can end in death or in life. It’s a choice only … Continue reading Addiction Has an END!
Do current addiction recovery strategies used in the revolving door rehab system cause addiction to continue rather than to heal? I believe it to be so. What’s the point if ‘they’ tell you you’re going to relapse? Anyway, it’s all based on a theory that addiction is a disease. We know now that it isn’t a disease; however, the system doesn’t want to let go … Continue reading Recovery
The brain is an organ that can be conditioned (programmed). When you tell the brain that addiction is a disease, it will program the person to continue in that addiction and have relapses. Addiction being a ‘disease’ is nothing more than a theory that has never been able to be proven, so why subscribe to a theory? When you condition the brain to the FACT … Continue reading Addiction is NOT a Disease!
The path to healing is best paved with tough love, kindness and respect. The first and easiest way to cause someone in addiction to put up a wall between you and himself or herself is to call them an addict. The word ‘addict’ is dirty, low, degrading and classifies that person as something other than a human being. No one should ever be defined by … Continue reading Should You Call Someone A Drug Addict or Alcoholic? Seriously!
If addiction is a disease, then why are doctors infecting patients with it? (Isn’t that called ‘prescribing’ an addiction?) Continue reading Men & Women in White Coats are Prescribing Addiction
“I truly believe no treatment will work on a person with an addiction if the patient hasn’t fully given themselves over to the fact that they have a disease that does not heal itself.” Margaret F.’s words capture a core belief of the traditional type of treatment program she attended, one common in 12-step-based facilities. Leading professional organizations – including the American Medical Association, American … Continue reading