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5 Steps to Beat Your Addiction

Addiction is a diseases in which the afflicted organ may choose to heal itself.

This guide is for the mind which recognize that continued use is self destructive.

Step 1. Free your mind.

Toss your stash. As soon as you take that sip, drag or snort and guilt sets in for going down that path again, throw the rest of your stash away. As soon as the first negative event occurs, sacrifice your supply. Don’t worry, you’ll be under the influence and won’t feel a thing.

Step 2. Heal your mind.

Step 3. Guard your mind.

Step 4. Use your mind.

Step 5. Lend your mind.

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Alcohol Recovery vs Opioid Recovery, a Measures of Self Esteem

A recent article in the Journal of Addiction Medicine highlighted that people in recovery from Opioids have lower self esteem scores than those in Alcohol recovery.

What?

Why?

My first instinct was to explain that most people in recovery from opioids have simply received a Buprenorphine product to replace their need for opioids.

Alcoholics on the other hand have made a choice to stop drinking.

Look at the two arguments again. The Alcoholic who chose to stop drinking, did so by having an entire mental shift to choose not to drink, despite alcohol being readily available in most homes, every gas station, grocery store and corner liquor store.

The opioid addict did not make a mental shift, instead made a physiological shift. Their body are still getting a partial agonist opioid. Their mind did not have to make a radical change to prevent further use.

My collegue explained his reason for this.

“The Alcoholic has made many more publicly seen foolish decisions that they can now put behind them. They no longer act like a drunk. They act like a upstanding citizen. They reveal their confidence that was previously masked by their alcohol abuse. Alcohol use and overuse is much more socially acceptable. Opioid users tend to be vilified and judged more than others.”

What do you think?

Start Your Business

Some addicts are incredibly hard workers. To hustle enough money to pay for an opioid addiction that cost upwards of $80 to $150 per day takes incredible effort. Now imagine taking away the addiction and applying that same drive to building a business or working for someone. Incredible results to follow.

Many of my patients in recovery struggle to find a job. The reasons are endless.

  • Covered in Tattoos
    • History of a Felony
      • What do you mean you’re in recovery?
        • Poor work history

Maybe, just maybe there is a better option.

Do you have any skills? Do you know some plumbing, masonry, electrical or even construction? Can you clean, walk someone’s dog, mow a lawn or provide any basic service?

These skills are worthless if you can’t trade them for money right? So how do you market yourself? Very easy…

Step 1: Create your Business on Google, it’s called “Google My Business”. This is used to register your business so that people can look you up on google and google maps. For example, say you can do some plumbing. Name your company, say “Friendly Plumber”, register the name, address and phone no with Google my Business. They will mail you a card with a code to confirm the address. Go back into your profile, complete the registration and done. Now someone in your area looking for a plumber can find you. They can call you and set up an appointment.

Step 2: You may need a website. Have no computer skills? No problem. I had no skills and was able to build this website on WordPress.com. The most basic website, which I would recommend to start off with will cost you $4 per month. To register your domain (which is the name of your website) is a low yearly fee of around $15. Again, choose something that people will be drawn to. Something like FriendlyNeighborhoodPlumbing.com

Step 3: Increase your sales by using Google AddWords. This is the real magic of google. You can choose to pay a small fee to advertise your business based on keyword searches. Say someone searches for your zipcode or town and plumber. You can put these as your keywords and your add will show up above any other business in town (unless of course they are also doing this). Again, this service cost money but remember, if it brings you more income it may be a good trade off.

Step 4: Provide the BEST, MOST RELIABLE, FRIENDLY, CONVENIENT service you possibly can. Word of mouth is one of the most powerful forms of marketing. Provide enough value to people and they will return your service with a multiple reward. The customer is always right (at least make them believe they are).

Do need supplies or tools for cheap? Try Estate Sales. You can find incredible deals for tools and other supplies here.

Good luck and stay strong.

Online AA and NA meetings

Historically good things emerge from bad events…

War led to the development of the internet.

The 19th Amendment was signed giving women the right to vote because most of the men were off fighting in World War I.

Dwayne Johnson didn’t make it into the NFL and eventually became “The Rock” and starred in many great films.

…The Corona Virus pandemic led to AA and NA meetings going online.

Hopefully more people may attend meetings or be willing to engage in these which have historically helped countless people stay sober.

Click here for Narcotics Anonymous Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous didn’t make it this easy, so do this:

  1. Google your “City” and “AA”
  2. Find the Home Page to your City’s AA Meetings
  3. Look for Online Meetings or Zoom meetings link

See example below:

In my opinion it is still better to go to a meeting in person if you can or during times like this to meet with your sponsor or talk with them as often as you can.

Most addicts relapse because of this one reason: They stopped working on their recovery

It takes daily work to become an alcoholic, daily drinking, the same is true for recovery, daily working on abstinence.

Full List of Online Meetings

Treatment for Alcoholism

Please see your doctor for any medical treatment, this page is simply for your information.

First off, click here if you are wondering if your alcohol use is a problem.

If you do, see below…

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Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Disclaimer: this is very basic information, please see your doctor before starting any of these medicines and see the links below for further information.

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AA sober?

Near Beer is considered a relapse for an alcoholic

Kratom the same for the opioid addict

Adderall for the meth addict

Nic vape for the smoker

Hemp for the pothead

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Is your Loved One an Addict?

Written about the child who is an addict but the advice here also applies to the Spouse, Brother, Sister, Mother or Father who needs help.

  • Their addiction is NOT your fault
  • It is their choice to keep using or to stop
  • Do not enable their addiction
  • Only enable their recovery
  • Do not force them, it will backfire

Only the addict can truly help themselves but here are a few things you can do:

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Should drugs be legal?

If addiction is a disease and addicts caught with possession go to jail, does that mean we imprison them because of their disease? Can we do better? Most argue for decriminalization but some even argue for legalization. Let’s look more closely.

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The Meaning of Life

Better yet, what is the meaning of YOUR life?

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Why I quit Cannabis?

It almost ruined my life.

Wait, before you think, oh it’s just Cannabis, it’s not that harmful, it’s not that addictive, read this.

I treat addiction for a living and what I have learned is that addiction is universal, no matter the substance.

Cannabis almost ruined my life, derailed my dreams and destroyed my family. Under the influence I risked immense physical harm.

Today I’m sober, it’s a daily struggle, but life has gotten exponentially better since I quit, here is why…

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