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Working With Others

"Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. This is our twelfth suggestion: Carry this message to other alcoholics! You can help when no one else can. You can secure their confidence when others fail. Remember they are very ill.
     Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends, this is an experience you must not miss." - Alcoholics Anonymous, p.89

     If there is one thing in this program that will lift you up and set you straight without fail, it is indeed working intensively with other alcoholics or addicts, and by working intensively, I mean procuring an untreated addict and taking them through the Twelve Steps as they are laid out in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. As the book states above, this is something you do not wa…

Beyond Addiction or Beyond Bullshit?

I must admit that the subtitle, 'How Science and Kindness Help People Change' to Beyond Addiction is quite clever, despite the fact that it reeks of PhD arrogance. This is such well-doctored propaganda that it actually hurts my head, and there should be little doubt that this statement has nothing to do with reality and more to do with, who knows, self-promotion, career-promotion, industry-promotion, status quo-promotion (under the guise, of course, of being new and novel, which is amusing to say the least). But before you click off, you wanna hear some propaganda?

From Beyond Addiction, pp.5-6: "Substance problems are complex and multi-determined (totally false), often determined by underlying psychiatric disorders (false) such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or attention deficit disorders (false) that require specialized attention over and beyond just treating the substance problem (lie). In other words, good treatment often includes psychiatric care (fals…

Think Right, Act Right

My recovery is built on the foundation of the truth of cause and effect. I've tried, though admittedly without much eloquence, to illuminate this truth in previous posts likeKarmaor Sartre. I should have just sifted through the endless self-help books on my shelf until I found James Allen, author of, As A Man Thinketh. Needless to say, I have a revised version entitled, As You Think, which I strongly recommend. To drive home the fact that cause & effect is a universal law and crosses all realms of life whether physical, mental or spiritual, we must quote Allen extensively.

From 'Thought & Character': "What we are was designed and built by our own thoughts in our minds. If we nurture ignorant or evil thoughts, pain will soon follow. If our thoughts are healthy and beneficial, joy will follow us as surely as our shadows follow us on a sunny day."
     Naturally, an addict's mind is so demented that while Allen suggests that right thought begets righ…

"Miracle Drug" is an Oxymoron

Sorry, but the term "miracle drug" is an oxymoron when it comes to treating drug addiction. Drugs, including methadone, suboxone, ibogaine, LSD and other such garbage, are incompatible with miracles, and thus 'miracle' shouldn't be in the same sentence as 'drug', as miracles only occur in the absence of drugs. I hate to burst your bubble, but based on the nature of miracles, that is just the truth as we know it. But don't worry because this is great news!

Why, Charlie? How could that possibly be great news?! 

     Because if we are forced to look at ourselves scathingly, become accountable, put our spiritual growth above all else, and give everything that we have within us towards changing, maturing, serving, recovering and becoming other-centered, then we are FAR better people than the sober addict who remains lost in self-absorption and depression, unable to stop thinking about himself and his feelings for but a moment. Sober addicts are still d…

Ibogaine

First of all, and this may be somewhat irrelevant, but regarding other types of drugs as a solution to drug addiction, more drugs don't fix a drug problem just like more debt doesn't fix a debt problem, obviously. Mood-altering drugs, regardless of class, are the antithesis of the spiritual life. Why is common sense is so lost on us when it comes to addiction and recovery? To make an insane drug addict sane again requires quite the opposite of dissociating from reality.

      Analysis:

     It really matters nothing what effect Ibogaine or any other drug may have on your neurochemistry because no drug in history has ever been able to magically restore a man to sanity and lift his obsession to use drugs. Neither has science ever been able to restore a man's body, enabling him to use normally. Furthermore, psychedelics don't make you a better person. They cannot restore a person morally and spiritually. Only hard work and consistent right action can do that. And I su…

Sorry Folks, We Aren't Sad Little Children

Sure me might be sad, but we're also pretty selfish... oh, and by the way, everybody's sad. Nothing too novel about that. 

     All stereotypes are stereotypes because there is some truth to them, otherwise stereotypes wouldn't exist. Do you think it's a stereotype that addicts are selfish? Sure. And isn't that stereotype true? Obviously. So the fact that we attach a stigma to addiction means there is probably a good reason to attach it, like perhaps the fact that it's wrong? We attach a stigma to things that in our hearts, minds and guts just don't feel right. There is nothing normal about a drug addict wasting away after living selfishly and causing pain to so many. Addiction is twisted, so of course there is a stigma attached to it. There should be!!! And there are a million good reasons to do so.

     I am a full blown drug addict. I wasted 15 years drinking and using and let me tell you that the last thing I want in this world is to be let off the hoo…

Privileged Addict Quotes 2

This is part two of, Privileged Addict Quotes.

"Doctors too often engage in status quo treatment, prescribing pills and therapy, but what could be more contrary to a solution for drug addicts than more drugs and more talking?"

"If calling someone when you want to drink can prevent you from drinking then celebrate because you're not an alcoholic! Alcoholics, on the other hand, have lost the power of choice."

"Like a fool, when I see my own flaws in others, I loathe it in them and excuse it in myself."

"If happiness lies in the ability to enjoy less, than being an addict is the precise opposite of such a condition."

"It's okay to suffer. It's not gonna kill you. It's called Life on Earth."

"The secret to getting better is so simple it hurts: Repeated action."

"Whether direct or indirect, service is a recipe for inner peace and outer abundance whereas selfishness is a recipe for outer failure and inner chaos."

Abundance

I don't know if this is purely an addict reality, as I have nothing to measure it against, but I can't deny that the avenue to abundance lies in selfless action. In fact, worldly success seems directly proportional to my degree of self-preoccupation. The greatest abundance in my life has materialized when I'm focused on service and attempting to be unselfish or useful to others. For some reason, there is no direct avenue to worldly gain for me. There is only a by-product of gain from doing the right thing.

     Perhaps this is because acting unselfishly runs so contrary to my previous character, and even to my current character to a lesser extent. But regardless of the mechanism, the more I focus on spiritual growth and helping others, the more abundance comes my way and vice versa. Whether direct or indirect, service is a recipe for inner peace and outer abundance whereas selfishness is a recipe for outer failure and inner chaos.

     Why?

     I suppose because addi…

Double Standard

     "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he." - Proverbs 29:18

"The way to crush the bourgeoisie [middle class] is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation." - Vladimir Lenin

     To note, I've been accurately accused of being somewhat cynical, so I warn you this post is a bit depressing, but I promise to cheer things up around here with slow haste.

     One reason it is so difficult and rare for addicts in America to get better is that we are a culture in decline. What was once pure fantasy is fast becoming a sort of real-life Orwellian nightmare. All empires peak and become deluded by their own power. Like ancient Rome, our hegemonic ambitions and obsessions have led us to engage in unprecedented currency debasement, deficit spending and debt accumulation, as we now borrow all of our so-called prosperity - bailouts, wars, stimulus, entitlements, social programs and government profligacy - ou…

Another Slogan That Contradicts Its Own Program

"If you're gonna drink, call your sponsor..." - or something like that.

     Guess what?

     If calling somebody when you want to drink can prevent you from drinking, then celebrate because you're not an alcoholic! It is great news and you should be thrilled! Alcoholics, on the other hand, have lost the power of choice. I'm not trying to be a dick but that is how AA itself defines an alcoholic. It is the fundamental principle of AA. It is the first step of alcoholics anonymous - that we are powerless.

     Alcoholics are either totally insane and have no power of choice, or they are recovered, meaning they have the power of choice back, they have willpower. There is no in between. You're either completely okay or not at all. I suspect only recovered people who've been touched and had a psychic change will know what I mean by this. And believe me, I wish with all my heart for everybody who suffers to do the work and have this experience in order to save t…

Don't Blame Your Genes!

After having exhausted quite a few topics, I have to procure ideas where I can, like other blogs and articles, specifically blogs and articles that don't understand the nature of addiction. Just read some post about a doctor who essentially absconds the addict from any responsibility because "Nobody chooses their genes."And then you have another guy convinced that no child wants to be a drug addict. Um, yeah they do. Wanting to use is what made us addicts. We love to use. In fact, that's all we want to do.

     But let's focus on the doctor (one of many, I suspect) who asserts that the act of becoming a drug addict has NOTHING to do with bad choices or even so much as a crack in one's moral compass. DNA can and is to be blamed for EVERYTHING an addict does, from the very first drink, all the way down to a lifetime of broken hearts, abuse, deception, manipulation, pathological selfishness and spiritual destitution.

    Oh man, you poor parents. I can't…

The One Requirement to Recover

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      It's really simple: You have to want God more than drugs.

     Obviously it's hard to want anything other than more dope when we roll into or out of detox, wallowing in depression and angst. That's why there are few options for the hopeless drunks and addicts out there other than to give every last ounce of spirit and courage we have within us to the Twelve Steps as they are laid out in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, thus inducing a psychic change that will shower us with immediate and profound relief.

     When you feel this kind of relief and freedom within, it is then that you will want God more than drugs. And so long as this is the case, you will remain recovered and free from any desire to drink or use. Thoughts to drink or use will have no power over you. Thoughts to self-destruct and to sabotage everything will have no power over you. You will be able to sit down with no distractions whatsoever and feel completely okay. Your mind no long…

Psychiatrist Defined.

Someone close to me recently went to her shrink's office to get a prescription refill. Her shrink wasn't in so another shrink in the office sat her down, made her feel comfortable enough to open up, and then had her committed under chapter 123, section 12a of Massachusetts state law. The shrink knew nothing about the patient or her history, didn't consult anybody (such as her doctor), didn't bother to look at her chart, and seemingly acted with no actual knowledge of anything. So let's have a little fun and define psychiatrist, since we have all but sunk back into the totalitarian kleptocracy we freed ourselves from 238 years ago.


Psychiatrist /səˈkīətrist,sī-/ (noun):

1. Someone who engages in delusions of grandeur, including but not limited to self-importance, self-brilliance, and self-worship, in order to abuse power believed to be real.

2. Someone who is damaged to the point that it becomes necessary to make projection of their own character defects a full…

Watered-Down AA Fails...

...Because of slogans like the one I had to suffer the other night at a meeting. By the way, I never go to meetings, but I've been going to a local Big Book group to support some friends of mine in their effort. At any rate, the slogan was:

 "Just bring the body." 

     Wow. You gotta be kidding me.

     How sad it is that AA has been reduced to this.Just bring the body, but don't worry about actually doing anything, at all, ever. What a shell of its former self, as the new, easier, softer, slogan AA weakens and dilutes the original program almost into oblivion.

    If all you do is bring the body, I can promise you with near certainty that you will fail, and you will never get to experience the spiritual solution, which requires quite a bit more than bringing your body somewhere and doing absolutely nothing.

     AA is a prescription of lifelong, non-stop, rigorous spiritual action. AA is a program that turns your entire life upside down, leveling and knocking y…

Human Power

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External power (the opposite of internal or spiritual power) is simultaneously the most desired yet worst thing for human beings. The men and women with the most power in the world also have the sickest souls and must commit the gravest of sins to maintain their power, which they will only willingly cede over their dead bodies. Power is the heroin of the psychopath. Heroin is for cowards, but power is for confident, narcissistic psychopaths who worship only themselves and refuse to bow before anything, especially God.

     Physical, worldly power is the most intoxicating and seductive of drugs. The more power, the more possessed one becomes with self-worship, which is, by the way, the doctrine of satanism. So it would be fair to characterize those with the most power - the morons who run the country, the potus, the fed's member banks, the IMF, BIS, CFR, etc. as perhaps the most dangerous souls on earth. They are the greatest threat to mankind that exists, along with the ideo…