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New Study Shows Tylenol Ease Fear, Anxiety and Dread

New Study Shows Tylenol Ease Fear, Anxiety and Dread

  The results of a new study done at the University of British Columbia suggest there may be a commonly available drug that can be taken to reduce feelings of “existential angst.” The researchers discovered that a side-effect of the mild analgesic and fever reducer Tylenol is the easing of fear, anxiety and feelings of dread. The active ingredient in Tylenol is acetaminophen. The full findings of the study were published under the title “The Common Pain … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Research

Reconnecting With Old Passions

Reconnecting With Old Passions

  When I was younger, before my days of using, I was a passionate person. I was passionate about dancing, about singing, about figure skating. I was passionate about my friendships, and passionate about my family. That all changed when I lost myself to the world of heroin and addiction. The only thing I was passionate about was my drugs, my dealing, and my junkie friends. When I got sober, I felt lost –what did I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Life, Recovery, Substance Abuse

A Diet Too Healthy For Your Own Good – Orthorexia

A Diet Too Healthy For Your Own Good – Orthorexia

  In a society that is obsessed with weight and the new health food craze, it’s a small wonder that so many people are eating much healthier. However, some people are plagued with an obsession to be the healthiest and the purest, and to let foods become their identity. They suffer from a condition called orthorexia nervosa, an eating condition where people become fixated on the obsession to eat healthily, to the point where it becomes … Read entire article »

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The Importance of Honesty

The Importance of Honesty

Honesty is one of the indispensable principles in a successful program of sobriety. Even more than that, it is essential in order to live a happy and free life. It can be hard to be honest, especially about things that are uncomfortable or have unpleasant consequences. But by being honest, I have found that I get to be accountable and grow into a better person. Of course, it is important to be aware of what … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Life, Recovery

Addicted to ….

Addicted to ….

  Every sector of life and humanity needs another to monitor its activities, keep it as honest as possible, and—hopefully—reign in its more destructive tendencies.  While the scientists conducting research into deadly viruses and their threat to mankind no doubt wish to lessen the potential for outbreaks of, shall we say, “pandemicide,” the question I would ask is: To what extent are you willing to risk the well-being of yourself and society at large in order … Read entire article »

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An Addict’s Will to Change

An Addict’s Will to Change

  I had fifteen months clean before I relapsed on May 11, 2011.  My run lasted a little over a year.  I thought I would only use one time so I could escape from the immediate situation and the hell inside my head, but heroin doesn’t work that way – certainly not for me.  One night turned into a year and I still feel like I just woke up from some awful fever dream. The first few … Read entire article »

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My War With Bulimia

My War With Bulimia

  It’s time for a new place to live, to begin. It feels a bit like I must start over, again. How many beginnings are there in a lifetime? Just in the past year I’ve had to start anew in so many places in my life. A new understanding, a new rehab, a new structure, a new mentality, a new lifestyle, a new context, a new diet, a new community, a new city, new relationships, a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Eating disorders, Recovery

Character Defect – Illusory Divinity

  “I am God.  I am my own God.  I am God to others.  I do EVERYTHING with a God-like elegance and effervescence.  I never need any help – I only help others.  I predict the course of events before they unfold.  I have the answers to every question asked- the right answers.”  This was my internal dialogue for eons.  I adopted this way of thinking sometime around the 4th grade.  The most pathetic aspect surrounding this way of thinking: I never perceived myself as being arrogant.  I mistook it as an internal confidence I didn’t want others to know about.  If they knew about it, they would strive to attain it.  If they attained my secret, there would be nothing separating them from me.  I would then become an equal. … Read entire article »

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The Promise of Freedom from Addiction

The Promise of Freedom from Addiction

  At the end of an A.A. meeting we all sit, quietly listening to one of the most— in my eyes—profound sections of the Big Book, the Promises.  This touching piece of text assures us the freedom we can attain only if we look at ourselves, let God do what we could not do for ourselves, and work to live and stay sober. Most alcoholics and addicts, new in sobriety find themselves “doing the deal” for someone … Read entire article »

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Driven by 100 Forms of Fear

Driven by 100 Forms of Fear

  At night before I go into deep sober slumber my mind is in enveloped with fear and angst about the new day to come when I wake up.  Distress about what is in store for me tomorrow; what situations will subsequently trigger me to use; will my work for my job be satisfactory; will I be in a good mood?  So many frightening things run through my mind that I can’t seem to them shut … Read entire article »

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