You MUST ReFill Your ‘Glass’

Once your addiction is over, it leaves behind a large vacancy in your soul that must be filled.  Will you choose to fill that space with fear, anxiety, anger, weakness, or something else that will perpetuate darkness?  At VRM, people bring us …….  CLICK HERE, to my other blog, for the rest of this article.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 12:2

There IS Hope for a Final End to Addiction

Today, on National Addiction News, I would like to spread hope.  It’s the hope found in Jesus Christ for a final end to addiction.  Being accountable to God is the only answer. Accountability is found in His plan of Salvation.  How you can be saved is found HERE.  With all of my heart, I invite you to read how to get saved at this link.  There are many who will preach and teach that all you have to do is say a simple prayer.  That ‘simple prayer’ is only the beginning of your road to Heaven and addiction healing.  Being saved is a daily commitment to follow the Lord, His teachings, His commandments, and His way of living.  There is no bargaining or switching one thing for another.  It’s set in stone.  It’s not found in buildings or televangelism. It’s found in your heart, by your choice.  Think about your first day of college or high school… it was just your first day. You didn’t graduate on day #1, did you?  You needed to attend classes, learn, test out and earn your degree or your diploma.  With God, you don’t have to earn Salvation – that’s a free gift; however, you do have to earn your arrival in Heaven, by your faithfulness to Jesus and His Word – The Bible.

Does following Jesus mean that your addiction will forever end?

That’s a question that is a definite, YES; however, it is determined by HOW you follow Him.  Are you still doing the things you used to do, or are you doing life the way He tells us to live it. Are you letting go and letting God have His way with you?  Are you reading His Word daily (and more)?  Are you permitting His Word to become everything within you?  Are you joyfully handing Jesus your eyes, your mind, your words, your thoughts, your body, your mind, your day, your selfish desires, your pride, your tenacious will, your lifestyle, your stubbornness, your favorite things, your TV shows, your home, your marriage, your children, your work, your home, your car, your will, and your future?  Unless you’re doing these things, I have to say that addiction freedom will probably never be yours to have.

It’s too hard to follow the Bible and do the things Jesus says we need to do.

I have never heard that from anyone who truly loves the Lord; however, from those who just refuse to give it up to God, I have heard that all too often.  They are people who will probably never come to Him with all of their hearts and souls.  Jesus Himself says, in Matthew 7:14, narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.  So, I don’t kid myself in thinking that everyone that hears this message will have some kind of epiphany and receive Jesus, this very moment.  I know better.  It will only be a few.  For those few, addiction freedom is available for the asking. I also know that for those few, Jesus died.Yeshua

Praise Him in the peace of your heart and Praise Him in the storms of your life!  Just Praise Him!

What’s Wrong with Most Recovery Programs?

I will make this answer as brief as I can… highlighting what I see is wrong.

Recovery, as the word implies, indicates that you will, at some point, recover; however, in addiction recovery, it takes on an entire new meaning when the ‘Steppers’ get involved. Recovery, in the broken ‘Step’ system that exists today, is defined by:

  • Forcing people to admit that they are ‘addicts’, even though you’re not using drugs or alcohol.  (This is an unthinkable thing to coerce people to declare, as it gives the mind permission to use again and again. It also degrades the psyche.)
  • Declaring, after much brainwashing, that you have an incurable disease that needs to be controlled by clawing through every second of every minute of every day.  (This is a outright LIE from the pit of Hell and very demeaning.)
  • Telling people to name anyone and anything as their ‘god’.  (There is only ONE True God of all Heaven and Earth and He’s declared in the Bible.  His Name is Jesus.)
  • Forcing ‘anonymity’.  This has proven to be very dangerous, because there are criminals who sneak into the 12 Steps groups and prey on vulnerable people who feel that they are sick and will never get better. This has caused many crimes to be committed against group members.  (We all have a name that we should be proud of.  We also need to know who is sitting next to us, so in case there is an issue, they can be reported to authorities.)
  • Having to have a ‘sponsor’ who is no better than anyone else and has no last name. (Seriously?  Who wants to be accountable to some nameless bozo who knows nothing more than you do, and probably isn’t capable of any leadership capacity.)
  • The ‘group CULT’ mentality causes MAJOR problems of jealousy, envy, bullying, despair, and causes the quiet ones to rarely get anything out of the meeting.  There are usually one or two anonymous groupies who run the whole show with their own agenda. (Groups, with the intent on creating any kind of therapeutic environment, is hopeless. People are individuals and as unique as each snowflake is, and need to be helped in a one-on-one private setting, for any progress to happen. Very few will ever discuss their private thoughts and concerns in a group, for fear of ridicule or shame.)
  • You’re forced to make ‘amends’, in a pattern of ‘steps’ or you’re just not a good groupie.  (The only accountability you have is to God, who will tell you – by His Holy Spirit – exactly what to do,  when & where to do it, and to whom.)

So, what’s the fix to this?

Although this sounds like an advertisement, it isn’t.  We know what kind of recovery program we have and that it works.  It’s God’s!  So, we declare it joyfully and boldly.  We eliminate the disease theory (just a theory created by the two dysfunctional founders of the 12 Steps), and we eliminate the broken ‘steps’… then we bring in Jesus’ power of healing,  individualized recovery support and Biblical teachings.  We make it fun, motivational, inspirational, and it’s all wrapped up with HOPE.   You an go to Victory Retreat Montana and read about our virtual recovery program, or you can check out and follow our brand new ministry’s recovery blog at VictoryRetreatMontana.Wordpress.com.

Remember:  There’s only one ‘step’ to being totally healed from addiction.  Step up to the Lord Jesus Christ who died so that you can live a healthy, addiction free life!

God doesn’t care about who you used to be.  He just cares about who you are now!

Addiction Has an END!

cash cowJust 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 you can make. You don’t need to hit rock bottom to choose. You need Jesus Christ, along with the right Manual to freedom – the Bible.  Follow Him, in ALL ways.  If you receive Jesus and you walk in His ways, then you will be free for life!  BUT – you need to walk the walk 100% of the time, not only 99%.  Yes, you’ll make mistakes; however, a true believer knows when those mistakes happen and ask for immediate forgiveness.  It’s like falling when you’re walking; you get right up and start walking again.

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REHAB FRAUD: PSYCHIATRY’S DRUG SCAM

What hope is there?

Wouldn’t a universal, proven cure for drug addiction be a good thing? And is it possible?

First, let’s clearly define what is meant by “cure.” For the individual a cure means complete and permanent absence of any overwhelming physical or mental desire, need or compulsion to take drugs. For the society it means the rehabilitation of the addict as a consistently honest, ethical, productive and successful member. In the 1970s, this first question would have seemed rather strange, if not absurd.

“Of course that would be a good thing!” and “Are you kidding?” would have been
common responses.

Today, however, the responses are considerably different. A drug addict might answer, “Look, don’t talk to me about cures. I’ve tried every program there is and failed. None of them work.” Or, “You can’t cure heredity; my father was an alcoholic.” A layperson might say, “They’ve already cured it; methadone, isn’t it?” Or, “They’ve found it’s an incurable brain disease; you know, like diabetes, it can’t be cured.” Or even, “Science found it can’t be helped; it’s something to do with a chemical imbalance in the brain.”

Very noticeable would be the absence of the word, even the idea, of cure, whether amongst addicts, families of addicts, government officials, media or anywhere else.

In its place are words like disease, illness, chronic, management, maintenance, reduction and relapse. Addicts in rehab are taught to refer to themselves as “recovering,” never “cured.” Stated in different ways, the implicit consensus that has been created is that drug addiction is incurable and something an addict will have to learn to live with—or die with.

Is all hope lost?

Before considering that question, it is very important to understand one thing about drug rehabilitation today. Our hope of a cure for drug addiction was not lost; it was buried by an avalanche of false information and false solutions.

First of all, consider psychiatrists’ long-term propagation of dangerous drugs as “harmless”:

  • In the 1960s, psychiatrists made LSD not only acceptable, but an “adventure” to tens of ­thousands of college students, promoting the false concept of improving life through “recreational,” mind-altering drugs.
  • In 1967, US psychiatrists met to discuss the role of drugs in the year 2000. Influential New York psychiatrist Nathan Kline, who served on ­committees for the US National Institute of Mental Health and the World Health Organization stated, “In principle, I don’t see that drugs are any more abnormal than reading, music, art, yoga, or twenty other things—if you take a broad point of view.”
  • In 1973, University of California psychiatrist, Louis J. West, wrote, “Indeed a debate may soon be raging among some clinical scientists on the question of whether clinging to the drug-free state of mind is not an antiquated position for anyone—physician or patient—to hold.”
  • In the 1980s, Californian psychiatric drug ­specialist, Ronald K. Siegel, made the outrageous assertion that being drugged is a basic human “need,” a “fourth drive” of the same nature as sex, hunger and thirst.
  • In 1980, a study in the Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry claimed that, “taken no more than two or three times per week, cocaine creates no serious problems.”
  • According to the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s office in Connecticut, the false belief that cocaine was not addictive contributed to the dramatic rise in its use in the 1980s.
  • In 2003, Charles Grob, director of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of California Harbor Medical Center believed that Ecstasy ­(hallucinogenic street drug) was potentially “good medicine” for treating alcoholism and drug abuse.

Today, drug regulatory agencies all over the world approve clinical trials for the use of hallucinogenic drugs to handle anything from anxiety to alcoholism, despite the drugs being known to cause psychosis.

The failure of the war against drugs is largely due to the failure to stop one of the most dangerous drug pushers of all time: the psychiatrist. The sad irony is that he has also established himself in positions enabling him to control the drug rehab field, even though he can show no results for the billions awarded by governments and legislatures. Governments, groups, families, and individuals that continue to accept his false information and drug rehabilitation techniques, do so at their own peril. The odds overwhelmingly predict that they will fail in every respect.

Drug addiction is not a disease. Real solutions do exist.

Clearing away psychiatry’s false information about drugs and addiction is not only a fundamental part of restoring hope, it is the first step towards achieving real drug rehabilitation.

Sincerely,

Jan Eastgate
President
Citizens Commission
on Human Rights International

The source for the above article can be found by clicking here.


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A Question for People Who Are Currently Owned By Addiction

I have a question for you today…  one that you need to search your heart and soul for.  I’m asking those of you who enslaved by prescription drug addiction, illegal drug addiction, alcohol addiction, sex addiction, porn addiction, shopping addiction, food addiction, and others.  What’s the inescapable purple elephant in the room for you right now?

Once you ID the purple elephant, ask yourself – one by one – these questions, and answer them.

  • How did it get here? 
  • Who brought it into my life? 
  • Why is it hanging around and following me all the time? 
  • What could I do to get rid of it? 
  • What obstacles am I  facing that are preventing me from chasing it  off  the highest cliff so that it never returns? 
  • Now, imagine for a few moments that it’s gone; how are you feeling? 
  • What is it like to feel this new way? 
  • What steps can you take so that another one doesn’t take it’s place?

Yes, healing is possible!


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More on Kratom

2new-kratom-capsulesLegislation on an alternative substance that some say could help mitigate the effects of opioid withdrawals is divided along state lines.

Kratom, a tropical tree from Southeast Asia with leaves that produce stimulant and sedative effects, has been used in the Fort Smith region to both treat chronic pain and mitigate the effects of opioid painkiller withdrawals. Though it is sold legally through alternative medicine stores throughout Oklahoma, it is listed as a banned substance in Arkansas.

People in the United States have started to use kratom as a remedy for drug dependence, anxiety and pain. Proponents argue it is safer than prescription opioids like Vicodin and OxyContin, according to the Associated Press.

The Drug Enforcement Agency has listed kratom as a “Drug of Concern.” In February, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said claiming kratom is harmless is “shortsighted and dangerous” and that it’s “an opioid that’s associated with novel risks because of the variability in how it’s being formulated, sold and used recreationally.”

The Jack Henningfield, vice president of Research, Health Policy and Abuse Liability at Pinney Associates, an organization that assesses the medical value of substances, said there is “insufficient evidence” for the DEA to restrict kratom.

In Oklahoma, a similar debate is being held.

“Right now, I just don’t think everyone is on board with banning it,” said Kayla Madera, an employee at the kratom store Earthly Mist in Roland. “They’re just butting heads right now.”

Kratom was banned in February 2016 in Arkansas and is listed as a Schedule I controlled substance in the state. It is also banned from Tennessee, Alabama, Indiana, Wisconsin and Vermont.

Paul Smith, director of the 12th and 21st District Drug Task Force in Sebastian and Crawford counties, said the legislation that banned kratom likely came about after the substance was tested in the Arkansas state crime lab. He said other substances have been banned in similar fashion in Arkansas.

“They start receiving submissions, and they come back for a particular substance,” Smith said. “They’ll kind of keep track of it and see if it’s a problem, and they’ll also do their own research around the United States and see what their other colleagues at other state crime labs.”

Smith, who supports the substance ban, said other countries that have extended experience with kratom consider it to be dangerous. He called such protocols “a good guide for us to go by here in Arkansas.”

West of the Arkansas border, kratom is dispensed without fear of seizure, the Times Record reported. Though legislation has been brought against kratom in Oklahoma, no law has officially passed that would ban or schedule the substance in the state.

Because of its legality, kratom is sold through shops designed purely for its sale and smoke shops across the state. A handful of them are under the brand name Earthly Mist, which has locations in Tulsa and Oklahoma City along with its Roland location.

Earthly Mist in Roland receives 7-10 customers a day, including people who have been prescribed methadone, Madera said. She said she does not ID people at the store, as it is not under any licensed medical practice.

“They’ll come in, and they’ll be tired and groggy and all that, and there will be a lot of pain,” Madera said. “They’ll come back a week or two later and say how great they’ve been feeling.”

Smith said law enforcement officials have conducted one kratom seizure in Sebastian County and a handful of seizures of the drug in Crawford County since the substance was banned in 2016.

Though the kratom seized in Sebastian County was found in a plastic bag, it was found in Crawford County with labeling from Earthly Mist, Smith said.

“They’re basically coming from Roland,” Smith said of the drug seizures.

Though seized like other recreational drugs, Smith has not seen kratom used in Arkansas for recreational purposes. He said people are attracted to the drug to overcome symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea that come from heavy opioid withdrawals.

“It can be used to kind of satiate or stop that kind of withdrawal that comes when they don’t have any kind of opioid pills to consume,” Smith said.

What’s the Deal With Kratom?

Personal testimonies submitted to Earthly Mist line up with Smith’s statements. Some even go as far as to say the substance gives the user energy and helps with pain.

“I had been prescribed oxycodone and morphine for five years due to chronic illness,” one testimony reads. “One of my friends introduced me to kratom when I was complaining about some of the side effects that were making my life miserable. Within one month, I was able to quit taking those drugs because of the effectiveness of kratom.”

“Kratom has changed my life,” another reads. “I have PTSD, bipolar and fibromyalgia. I am also a recovering addict. Since starting to take kratom, I have been able to stop taking all prescription medications.”

While he has spoken against opioid over-prescribing and its effects in Sebastian County, Smith also spoke against the use of kratom in an opioid withdrawal situation.

Smith said anyone going through an opioid withdrawal – especially a severe one – needs to seek medical attention for his or her symptoms.

“It’s a medical problem that needs to be addressed in a medical setting, not someone who’s trying to do it themselves,” Smith said of opioid withdrawals.

Smith said “all treatment facilities” in Sebastian and Crawford counties have a protocol to ensure the person going through an opioid withdrawal is medically safe while he or she is going through an opioid overdose.

“We try to steer people away from these types of remedies into treatment or medically supervised withdrawal protocols,” Smith said.

Though he has discussed how opioids are over-prescribed in the past, Smith said the difference between prescription opioids and kratom is that prescription opioids are prescribed as the patient needs them. He also said prescription opioids, if prescribed correctly, are given with the patient’s medical reactions in mind.

“(Kratom) causes different reactions, psychologically and physiologically to the individual that’s taking them,” Smith said.

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