drug addiction

Addiction leads you to insanity

How is it that people who suffer from addiction, just won’t stop. They won’t listen to reason. They simply refuse to be restored to sanity in addiction. They get beaten up in the boxing ring day after day in life. The insanity is that they go back for more each and every morning! Many people with addictions can identify with the above quote. They abuse drugs or alcohol hoping to recreate an earlier high, make themselves feel normal, or solve other problems.…

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Meditation and mindfulness in addiction recovery

Meditation and Mindfulness in addiction recovery

THE ART OF “SITTING” Meditation and mindfulness in addiction recovery, or “sitting,” needn’t be complex or esoteric. It is an essential part of recovery from depression, addiction and dis-ease. It is, as the name implies, merely sitting with a few simple guidelines. We would speak of “our 11 o’clock ‘sit’” or that our “meditation sit’ might consist of two twenty minute sits with a walking meditation in the middle. This will develop over time. At any rate, making plans to meditate is…

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stages of addiction

Stages of Addiction

Understanding the stages of addiction Although the stages of addiction are different for everyone, it is good to have a general idea of how addiction progresses. Stage One usually is about experimentation. Some people experiment, and their use stops there. For others, this can be the first step in a lifelong struggle with substance abuse. Stage two is where we commonly see regular use. You may begin to notice regular patterns of drinking, using or drug abuse. You may notice an…

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krokodil addiction

Krokodil Addiction

  WHAT IS KROKODIL ADDICTION? Desomorphine, known by the street name Krokodil, is an opioid derivative of codeine. Like heroin and other opioids, it has a sedative and analgesic effect, is highly addictive, and potentially harmful. Of note, Krokodil is presumed to contain desomorphine, but due to illicit, home based, manufacturing, it may contain other unknown ingredients, or in fact, no desomorphine at all. Krokodil addiction, thus can be deadly. Homemade versions of the drug start with codeine, and can be…

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stinking thinking

Clean thinking in addiction

Now is the Time for Clean Thinking Clean thinking is a sign of recovery.  Stinking thinking signals relapse. Clean thinking is a sure sign that people are self-aware.  They readily admit that their perceptions and behaviour have been shaded and muddled by their addictive disease.  They are not afraid or ashamed to admit their faults and weaknesses because they know they possess the potential to transform their faults into the positive opposites that can enhance their recovery. Clean thinking folk…

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paradox and addiction

Pills and Paradox

Pills and Paradox: The truth about pain and Pleasure Have a “pleasant‚ peaceful‚ safe and spiritually uplifting Easter weekend”‚ but also “show compassion and renew‚ strengthen and support the underprivileged in our communities”. That was President Jacob Zuma’s good wish greeting to the people of South Africa on Thursday‚ ahead of the holiday weekend. However pleasant and peaceful as we know can mean different things to different people! Sometimes people find the opposite when searching for these two welcome masqueraders. A…

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Grandiosity in drug addiction

The Grandiosity Barrier in drug addiction recovery “Two people have been living in you all of your life. One is the ego, garrulous, demanding, hysterical, calculating; the other is the hidden spiritual being, whose still voice of wisdom you have only rarely heard or attended to.” WHAT IS GRANDIOSITY? Grandiosity drug addiction recovery is a false sense of superiority, an inflated sense of self-worth and importance. Grandiosity must be deflated before we can put our self-esteem into a perspective that acknowledges…

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Shame in your recovery

Shame in your recovery. Feeling ashamed of yourself has to be depressing. This is what we deal with as a core issue in most cases of addiction recovery at Pathways Plett Centre. A critical problem with several previous theories is that the origin of the depression is not clear, i.e. where exactly does the helplessness, the negative views, the irrational ideas, the faulty thinking, the self-criticism, the low self-esteem, etc., come from? The shame theory cannot be faulted in this way;…

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drug addiction change

how to change your life right now

how to change your life in 30 days To start off how about we keep it simple. If change sounds hard or impossible in some areas, how about this? “The next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, so why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next 30 days?” This video will show you how to change your life in 30 days. But, is lasting…

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desiderata and addiction

desiderata – by max ehrmann

Desiderata and Addiction It’s always such a beautiful reminder when you read old poetry or literature and realize that those before us experienced the same kind of woes or struggles, questioning the same things we do. When it comes to healing from any kind of addiction, you need a whole lot of positivity to pull you through some of the bad times. The Desiderata and addiction treatment are in fact a good start, especially with a keeping it simple mindset!…

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