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Living Beyond: WHEN IS AN ADDICT MOST LIKELY TO RELAPSE

The risk of relapse is at its highest when an addict lacks support, accountability, and an ongoing relationship with a mental health professional. While the relationship with the mental professional may be for a limited time; the therapeutic process for a number of addicts should be an ongoing relationship. The risk of recidivism is increased when healthy supports are lacking....

IF YOU LOVE ME: A MOTHER’S JOURNEY THROUGH HER DAUGHTER’S OPIOID ADDICTION

When enough really crappy things occur in your life, and you somehow survive them, people start to tell you that you should write a book. You think they are joking but then, after a while, you’re not so sure. More than once, I looked around at the things that were happening and thought, “No one would believe this; I...

COMBINING IBOGAINE AND AFTERCARE TO OVERCOME ADDICTION

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There is extraordinary news for people struggling to rid themselves of an addiction. It’s a naturally occurring plant medicine called Ibogaine that is a detox agent. Ibogaine offers an unusual experience for the person seeking recovery and is unlike any other addiction treatment. First, Ibogaine helps overcome the physical withdrawal symptoms with a relatively painless detox process. Second, Ibogaine induces a “waking...

Jimi Hendrix: Ill-Fated Emissary

The psychedelic trinity of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison embodied the volatility, excitement, and substance abuse of the 1960’s. Demonstrating an unprecedented musical ability, these overachievers rose to the head of the class, sharing in the notion of Andy Warhol’s “15-minutes of fame.” Unfortunately, none accepted the responsibility of celebrity, but embraced instead the madness of self-destruction. Tragically,...

A Gut Feeling on The Future of Addiction Treatment

What I find concerning in most modern addiction treatment programs is the lack of integration of new scientifically proven effective modalities with self-help programs. Let me be clear in saying self-help programs are essential to addiction treatment. However, there have been major advancements and breakthroughs in understanding addiction that have produced evidenced-based and scientifically proven effective modalities that can...

Midlife: The Forgotten Frontier

MIDLIFE: THE FORGOTTEN FRONTIER
The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits. ~Theodore Roosevelt The iconic academy award winning film American Beauty expertly mines the humor and hijinks, sadness and regret many people experience when...

Pets In Recovery

PETS IN RECOVERY
People have heartrending stories when they reminisce with their collection of, “Susie Q was the best dog…” or “I adored my cat Sammy…” We all remember that fi rst neighborhood kitten that we petted or the big, puppy dog eyes begging us to love them from the ‘For Sale’ crate in the parking lot. Pets were first kept by human...

Why Self-Esteem Matters and How to Build Yours

Self-esteem is the belief that you are good enough and worthy of enjoying happiness, success, healthy relationships and a good life. From a psychological lens self-esteem is about how we evaluate ourselves. Confidence, self-respect and personal satisfaction are signs of healthy self-esteem. These qualities are not coming from a narcissistic place but rather represent an accurate representation of the...

Reduce Relapse- Feed the Brain First!

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It’s our brain’s job to help us cope with stress gracefully. To do that, it needs to be fed optimally. An addicted brain is a starving brain! Starving brains cause us to feel depressed, suicidal, anxious, irritable, tired, hopeless and craving! Starving brains won’t let us go to sleep, and wake us up too early. Starving brains have trouble...

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM NEW OPIOID DRUG POLICY (PART 3 OF 3)

This is the third installment of this article. The previous articles can be found at www.thesoberworld.com In Part 1 of this article, I examined the first two prongs of the administration’s proposed three prong approach to ending the opioid epidemic. I showed how building a wall on our Southern border would do little to slow the import of illicit drugs....