I have to think about my addiction almost daily and remember why I want to quit. If I don’t consciously think about recovery, it would be easy to pick up a JUUL Again. Just like I did when I recovered from alcohol, I keep counting days. I badly want to be free of this addiction.
The feeling in your gut that you are going against your value system is known as cognitive dissonance. That feeling indicated that I knew I was doing something bad for me and not living in the best way I knew how.
For me, I started using a JUUL because of the physical pleasure it gave me. I consequently found some emotional benefits, including the fact that it relaxes me, gets me going in the morning, and gives me some relief when a problem is stressing me out.
At Suntra we work with many LGBT identified individuals. We come from a place of acceptance and understanding. We know what it was like to be young, defining who you are, and to grow older in the LGBT community. We understand that sexuality is not always clearly defined, and that addiction and drug use is not easily defined either.
AA has a guiding principle, that of anonymity. This principle allows anyone to pop into a meeting, check it out and remain anonymous. No one needs to know that you went, and no one needs to know about your journey.
It’s clear that long term use of ADHD medications can be harmful and addictive, especially when used by individuals who do not suffer from ADHD. However, it is a lot less clear how to solve the problem, especially since we inevitably come up against the interests of huge pharmaceutical corporations.
A common refrain said by anyone who is tired of watching someone sink down the hole of addiction. It’s a reasonable question, and one that perplexes anyone who is not addicted. A family member can watch as one’s health deteriorates, family and friends turn away, money is lost and legal problems arise. Why can’t someone just stop? We often help non-addicts understand addiction, and why the logical mind does not control the addicted mind. Think about the feeling of being hungry. Can you think yourself un-hungry? When you’re hungry and you try to think about it logically, the result is that you feel more hunger. The desire for drugs exists in the very same part of the brain that triggers the desire for food. Deep in our brain is the limbic system, or the “brain reward system”. When we are thirsty or hungry, water or food are a reward to the limbic system. Eating food and drinking water makes us feel good and so we do it again and again, ensuring survival. Drugs and alcohol hit the limbic system pretty hard. Drugs and alcohol can be quite enjoyable and the reward system kicks in. The same part of our brain… Read More »Why Can He Just Stop Drinking?
There is a misunderstanding around the 12 Steps that they’re only for people who want to stop drinking or using drugs. The reality is that 12-Step programs are not built around alcohol or substance abuse. Rather, 12-Step programs work by building a community around any particular condition.
Continuous sobriety and recovery are not the same thing. For many people and for 12 Step programs sobriety is the only definition of recovery. Sobriety might be a goal of recovery, but the transition from full blown addiction to sobriety, cold turkey, is very difficult. Recovery is the path to getting sober.
When a friend or loved one suffering from addiction to drugs or alcohol needs help, often the situation is everyone wants to help – but no one knows exactly how to help. Interventions work in two directions, a plan for safe recovery for the person suffering, and a plan to initiate and support that recovery for friends and family. Developing a plan of recovery is the most important part of a successful intervention and this process can take several days before an intervention takes place. There are many factors that must be considered when choosing a rehabilitation program, including what is covered by insurance and what facility or program is right for the particular individual. Successful interventions for people living on Long Island have some significant barriers to entering treatment programs. While Long Island is heavily populated, there are relatively few in-patient treatment centers. It is likely that the right facility that accepts insurance will not be on Long Island. Further complicating an intervention is the travel and work pattern of the individual. It is common that someone works in New York City – where there are a lot of recovery resources such as out-patient treatments and hospitals. There are… Read More »Alcohol and Drug Interventions on Long Island, New York – Hamptons and Fire Island