Updates:  09/26/2017 ADDICTIONS Toward a Healthier View of Drugs, Alcohol, Cigarettes and Other Addictions Addictions - Overview     Bull’s Eye of Addiction Addictions Overview  Organic/health: avoid unnecessary chemical alteration of the body as much as possible.  Have clear heads, minds and emotions.  Eat healthy.  Treat the body like a living car needing good tender loving care (TLC) to keep it running without lots of broken parts and repair bills along the way. Find a high on life, not chemicals; get involved in meaningful activities which inspire you and will hold you until the end of your life. Strong Emphasis on Early and Ongoing Drug-Free Education While Reducing Authoritarian Anti-Drug (War On Drugs) Policing Consider supporting the legalization of marijuana, but encouraging excellent drug and alcohol education. Also consider confirming each person’s free will and choice to do or not do drugs up until such point it becomes harmful to self or others, but again, supporting drug-free education from an early age onward as the preferred approach.  Understand that at current potency levels, most drugs are immediately harmful in way or another and that there might never be an actual a threshold point beyond which it becomes dangerous - the harm to the brain’s neurological system and body was likely always there.  Legalized marijuana helps get it off the uncontrollable black market, breaks up a subversive social undercurrent and also saves money in law enforcement and legal arenas.  Understand the cons of legalized marijuana: modern pot has high potency levels which increase the chance for addiction compared to marijuana grown in earlier decades; it can and often does act as a first drug on the way to even more addictive and dangerous substances; and high taxation in states with legalized marijuana might encourage more underground sales to maintain profit margin for drug sellers.  Education needs to start young and be ongoing through life.  Understand that families and culture, friends and other social networks set people up for drug usage.  Addictions are not anything to mess around with.  Many people are not given enough early age warning about the dangers of drug usage.  Please consider the possibility that drug education should start as early as a child can talk and understand - like late in the third year or early fourth - as hard as it is for many to believe this.  Starting that early can make a difference for a lifetime.  It can come hand in hand with teaching a child how to read.  Warn children about a variety of things, like how drugs can come from strangers pretending to befriend them, can be found lying on the ground in candy, and how other children might not know better (because their parents don’t teach them) and that the child has to be completely firm about staying away from these problems.  Have police officers use time that would have been an after-the-fact drug control approach to one that is a preventive, before- the-fact one by having them dedicate part of their daily routines each week in drug educational endeavors.  They can go to schools, colleges, and other places supporting live-enhancing endeavors rather than being strictly crime-responsive “cops.”  This would be a type of extended social work helping to build the backbone of a more stable society through a consistent presence of community involvement and education.  Police officers can make excellent role models much needed by young people, both male and female.  Combating illegal drug usage is hard work, takes a lot of time and money, and drains manpower and resources which could be used more wisely in preventive measures. Excessive Controls on Drugs Might be Encouraging Rebellion  The focus needs to be on shifting the way people think about drugs from the inside out A society should not try to control the use of drugs as long as the usage does not interfere with the safety and well-being of other people.  It is probably a good idea to support the legalization of marijuana as is found in Colorado and Washington, but to have good education defining the realities of any and all chemical substance use which changes the natural disposition of the body. It is wise to support a healthy organic lifestyle and body and feels the way to counter drug abuse is through solid education from an early age onward.  It is a good idea to teach children to stay clear of any substance or activity which could hurt them, cause life-draining addictions, and which could cause them to hurt other people.  It is recommended that people do those things in their lives which support as much emotional, mental and physical health as possible, even though many of us probably fall short of these high standards in some way or another.  Most drugs have some kind of side-effect and it is suggested that people get a high on life and meaningfully find ways to engage in soul purpose rather than try to bask in artificially induced highs or emotional numbness.  Most responsible shamans, for example, encourage people to find altered states without using drugs - but many people know there are ample variances of this, as in Native American religious uses of peyote and other mind altering plants, considered  sacred or integral parts of ceremonies and vision seeking.  As in all things, each individual has to find their own direction in these matters.  Remote viewing professionals who use scientific-professional protocols in psychic work find that the best remote viewers don’t do pot because the chemicals in it causes the brain to not perform psychically related work as well.  Again, life can be lived with great joy without drugs, but each individual has to find their own path on this topic.  If people want to smoke pot and are not being destructive to self or others, and are sustaining happy and productive lives, that is their business.  Many people in the creative arts and in the more liberal intellectual arenas do pot. Drugs on the road, during medical procedures, in the legal, military or police arenas, and in any situation requiring high levels of concentration in a life-threatening situation should be strictly prohibited.  If people are on drugs or alcohol on the road, they should be legally addressed.  Alcohol Alcohol is a type of poison.  The position taken here that if alcohol is consumed at all, it should be in light quantities during occasional social activities.  This goes against the grain of a significant portion of the American culture.  Football culture.  Military culture. Cowboy culture.  College culture.  You name it.  There is not much to say positively about alcohol.  Period. Cigarettes Cigarettes: nasty, smelly, dangerous, cancer-ridden poison.  Greening Ways strongly supports non-smoking regulations in any area in the country, but adds the feeling that people should not be allowed to smoke anywhere near a hotel, motel or grocery store entrance, for example - not just ten feet away, as is the case in some areas.  Enforcement of the rules should be carried out with meticulous care.  There should be  good organization on the part of managers and staff in companies with likely public violations (like motels and hotels).   Cigarette smoke in the lungs is a visibly vile black coating which clearly shows in any photograph just how affected a person is.  Second hand smoke is an offensive, non-acceptable pollutant in our air.  Smoking around small children should be seen as the type of abuse which it truly is, and it should not be permitted.  Parents should know better, but many can be found smoking around their kids in cars and other enclosed areas.  Smoke-free education should be a regular part of any good parental training program.   There is not much to say positively about cigarettes, either.  Consider new ideas and therapy on cigarette addiction, such as this Mayo Clinic developed program: Become an ex smoker - uWjBRChu9ie05m5ipgBEiQAuHIuKxbUhRRtFLJdKDqIhAumQCBW33VrhOfR_MyLLwhY41YaAmCN8P8HAQ Education and Therapy in a Garden of Health : Walk In Beauty Imagine both education and therapy of any form of addiction held in aesthetically pleasing environments with lots of plant life and nature - such as in a garden setting.  Part of the therapy can be planting an organic garden, working with flowers. learning about natural pollinators like bees, learning how to build adobe walls, and taking food stuffs from the gardens to the local shelters and food banks.  Try to stay away from formal offices, rooms and buildings with harsh or stale lighting during therapy and education.  Understand that positive reinforcement through self-esteem building activities, healthy supportive social environments and real world skills-building applicable to both personal and professional life all work together to build a strong person from the inside out.  Kind words and a positive attitude designed to encourage self-love and sincere caring for others can do more than all the punitive approaches in the world to keep people off drugs. bullseyeaddiction_addictions_humanissues_thegoldenrivernet_updates_02/09/2017_ 06/01/2016 BULL’S EYE OF ADDICTION What is the center of the need for more, more, more?  What is the main reason behind craving? Here are a few resources on addiction: Resources - Addictions Addiction is at the core of many of our lives today.  Whereas alcohol overuse has always been a problem in the history of mankind - we read of its existence throughout time - drug overuse as a society-wide concern is a relatively modern issue.  People still make the mistake of labeling all people on drugs and alcohol as weak, lazy or corrupt.  Impatience and intolerance become barriers to support. If you personally have experienced or are experiencing addiction, consider slowing down to a gentle pace to ask yourself some questions of a feeling nature.  Try to feel it out and become present with it.  Pull back all judgments and fears and just sit still and feel it.  If you can get to the center or bull’s eye of  what it feels like to want another drink or drug, what does that feel like?  Where is it in your body?  What set of feelings and behaviors go along with that ?  Is it an itchy feeling?  Is it a tug?  Does a sense of sadness, hopelessness, low self esteem, fear or panic precede the feeling of a need or desire to take that substance into your body?  Is it an ongoing lurking feeling, or does it come and go, this need to take in that substance?  Are there times you feel satiated and tell yourself you will never take another drink or drugs again?  When you are in that state of “no more” what does that feel like?  Is the feeling of wanting more worse in the morning when you wake up, in the middle of the day or at night?  What exactly are the line of thoughts - the string of notions - that come together as you draw up the energy to take another drink or drug?  Who are you in the middle of that craving? If you could use this set of feelings and understandings to help someone else with a drug or alcohol problem, how would you do that?  How could you translate your experience with addiction to others with addiction?  One of the ways of pulling out permanently from addiction is to identify what caused it and then to turn around and help others pull out, too.  There are a series of bottoming outs that many people seem to have to go through before  a final “enough is enough” at which point the person makes a lifelong commitment to stay off.  How does the use of drugs and alcohol erode a person’s self-esteem and cause others around that person to not believe in him or her, and to send out all kinds of signals that the person is inadequate? Suggested here is that those core feelings are at the bottom of the issue of drug and alcohol addiction and that the biochemical issues of addiction are secondary.  The biochemical problems do take hold and create a stimulus for “more, more, more” without question, but there is a root psychological issue going on along with that pushing it into operation and keeping it alive.  When we can find where that root is in ourselves, we might be taking our first steps out into the sunshine and away from the cloudy depths of despair.  
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