Case Study: Ice Addiction

34 yo MALE “X” 12 WEEK PROGRAM (TWICE)

  1. MOTIVATING REASONS FOR PRESENTATION

Mandated Client.  Drug Diversion Program.  X was presented for treatment by family members on the advices of legal representation, against his wishes, exhibiting denial of problematic substance using behaviours and a lack of appropriate understanding as to the seriousness of outstanding forensic matters relating to alleged violent behaviour.  X self reported chronic lack of restful sleep, some pre-existent back and neck pain, prolonged and excessive central nervous system stimulation via meth-amphetamine use, steadily escalating over the last 3 years.  X “energy” levels are self reported as very low (1/10), as his willingness to engage in treatment.

2. SUMMARY OF KEY ISSUES IDENTIFIED FROM INITIAL ASSESSMENT

Daily consumption of meth amphetamine reported over the past year.  Occasional or recreational usage reported for a wide variety of substances (Cocaine, LSD, MDMA, XTC) concurrently drinking with daily consumption noted and regular weekend binges with risk to high risk category behaviour reported.  X smokes 20 cigarettes daily.  X was employed full time on his families agri-business, dominated by manual labour.  Exposure to harmful chemicals reported (herbicides/pesticides). X has 2 young children and is estranged from his former wife.  Low modal affect noted (depression), his dietary intake is noted as reasonably poor (high levels of processed food consumed).  X has endured migraine style headaches, escalating in nature over the past year with poor circulation observed.

3. TREATMENT PLAN AND IMPLEMENTATION

Immediate treatment for the detoxification of long term substance use implemented.  Regular scheduled acupuncture (every second day),  Chinese Medicinal Herbs (prescribed for twice daily consumption) and Naturopathic remedies (taken daily) prescribed, along with complete rest ordered.  Bodywork in the form of remedial and deep tissue massage scheduled every other day.  X reluctance to engage and a lack of willingness to “look inward” are the biggest impediments to a “resolved” recovery.   At this stage a significant break to problematic substance using behaviour is therapeutically indicated.

4. POST-TREATMENT CLIENT FEEDBACK

It took X one return efforts to become the resolved man that he is today. X currently reports good overall health with restful sleeping patterns, good appetite, good digestion and no headaches.  Forensic matters are an issue of the past as is his problematic substance using behaviour.  Steps toward a better relationship with his ex-wife are underway, he is employed full time and remains abstinent to this day.  Slow and steady wins the race.

Drug Repair & Recovery: Exercise 0, “Life As It IS”

Drug Repair & Recovery: Exercise 0, “Life As It IS”

A very handy trick.  Admitting, realising or indeed simply becoming aware of how life is as it is, as it is, as it is.  If in doubt, make a quick list of how you currently “feel“, what you currently “have“, what you are currently “being” and what you are currently “doing“.  This simple exercise is surprisingly helpful and makes a handy first move into the direction of a preferred or balanced lifestyle.

Todays video presentation is by the author and tells it, as it is, ugly and all.  Enjoy (kind of).

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Drugs: How People Give Them Up

Drugs: How People Give Them Up

Taking up drugs is easy.  Giving up is the hard part.  While you are on drugs and having a good time, you don’t think about quitting.  That only happens when it all starts turning bad.  As a result, giving up drugs is usually a hit and miss affair with a lot of unnecessary suffering.  The only certainty in the drug world is that every drug user will have to give up one day.  Recreational drug use is not permanent and all drug users know this.  But because we don’t understand, we have no idea how to give them up.  The different methods of giving up are as follows:
o   Using personal willpower to quit
o   Using the love and support of others
o   Dramatic lifestyle change
o   Voluntary retirement
o   Using drugs to fight drugs
The idea of using licit drugs to treat illicit drugs has been around for a long time, but from the perspective of Complimentary Health Therapies, taking one type of addictive mood altering drug to counter the effect of another type of addictive mood altering drug is not a viable long-term solution.  It’s not even particularly sensible.
The Unasked Question
Recreational drugs are a huge business and for a good reason.  Drugs can make you feel so good it is almost incomprehensible, and everything after that seems dull and lifeless.  The rest of the truth is that we don’t need drugs to feel that good.  By far and away the biggest mistake that is made upon giving up is not replacing the drugs with any other way to feel good.  If you have been using drugs daily, letting go of drugs can mean letting go of the most important thing in your life.  Drugs structure your life and make it predictable.  Stages of drug use are follows:
o   Discovery phase, the best place to make the break
o   Medicinal phase, the transition from taking drugs to feel good to taking drugs so that you don’t feel bad is so gradual that most people don’t realise that it has happened, until it has.
What to Expect
Telling someone to stop drugs does not work.  Offering them another way to get what drugs provide is a better idea.  When the day of giving up arrives it is usually because of wanting to give up the bad feelings, not because of wanting to give up the good feelings.
For drug users there is the additional complication that post-drug pain is invisible, relatively uncharted and widely misunderstood, throw into the mix that non-drug users have no idea what ex-addicts are going through and you have a recipe for isolation, despair, pain and suffering.
However pain encourages us to change so it is an opportunity for personal growth, and our physical body is the means by which this is achieved.  The better prepared you are for life after drugs, the more chance you have of staying off drugs permanently.
When you are on drugs you accept and understand the lows.  This strategy needs to be applied to the lows after quitting drugs, because even if you rest, eat well, take supplements have regular therapeutic treatment and do all the right things, hard days will still happen.  When you give up drugs you will naturally face grief, sadness and loss.  On the positive side the post-drug high starts at the baseline of depression then inclines, falls, then inclines again.  Each peak is higher than the subsequent fall and if you draw a line connecting the peaks and lows you have an average that constantly ascends.  The truly great news is that this trend can keep going.
Working with Cravings
Hard drugs are such a powerful source of fuel that you burn so brightly that you feel as though all of your desires are met.  At the same time hard drugs empty your fuel tanks.  Cravings are massive physiological and emotional urges that are focused purely on what you are missing.  Whilst they can be hard to fight against, they can also be a potent force to harness.  There is no motivation more powerful than craving.  It makes you creative and makes you find a way to get drugs.  Addicts always achieve their goals and it is cravings that drive them to do this.  Hunger draws your attention to something important that is missing.  Cravings carry the message that your body, mind and indeed soul needs nourishment.
The following video presentation is entitled, “From drugs to spirituality” and  is from Jost Sauer, pioneer in the field of REAL drug repair and recovery.
Enjoy a:)

Drug Repair That Works

Drug Repair That Works

The article that follows is a book review I wrote for an Australian publication for Jost’s second book, “Drug repair that works”.  It is highly recommended.  Enjoy.

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Yes It Really Does

If Jost’s first book, “Higher & Higher” is the skeleton, then his second “Drug Repair That Works” is the fully formed body, complete with muscle, blood, breath and insightful sinuous texture.
The field of alcohol and other drugs openly acknowledges addiction to be a chronic relapsing condition, with little or no chance of recovery, making Jost’s contribution a major source of hope for the so-called hopeless.
Full of inspiration, clarity, acceptance, courage and vision, this “roadmap” of the drug taking soul, will feed your hunger for knowledge beyond the limits of the currently accepted.
If you are lost in the rough ocean of addiction, or know someone that is, or work with people that are, reading this book becomes essential.  Probably several times essential.
PS For those following the popular series “Where’s my Chi”, the goat has a name; Schroeder.
FOR:                                   “LIVING NOW”
BOOK NAME:                  DRUG REPAIR THAT WORKS
AUTHOR:                          JOST SAUER
PUBLISHED BY:             ALLEN & UNWIN
RRP:                                    $27.95
REVIEWED BY:               ANTHONY EATON
This book can be purchased via the following address.

Cannabis: How it Works

Cannabis: How it Works

Today’s topic is pot.

The video below is absolute gold, in the platinum sense and thoroughly explains HOW IT WORKS

The author of the feature presentation is Jost Sauer, you may find more of his excellent and relevant drug related stuff at the following address
http://www.jostsauer.com/

In further posts we will map out HOW to change your relationship with pot. If that is what you wish to do. First things first, understanding how a thing works helps you to understand how to change your relationship to it.

Better and better

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Drug Repair & Recovery; Exercise Three

Drug Repair & Recovery: Exercise Three

 

Declare Peace

The War is Over

If You Want It

Again, it appears to be simple, so for the time being, humour me.  Contemplate declaring your personal war on drugs over.  Declare peace.  By accepting yourself as you are, wherever you are, something truly transformational can occur.  By changing the way you think, space is created for change to happen.  Thus relax, declare peace and become available to your own personal change.  These deceptively simple exercises build a foundation for meaningful long lasting change to occur.  Just contemplate and allow.

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Drugs, Mind & the Power of Consciousness

Drugs, Mind & the Power of Consciousness

Beyond substance abusing behaviour, there is a surprising world awaiting.  It is a bit like waking up.  In this video presentation the very entertaining Jim Carey speaks of “waking up”.  I love it.  Beyond drugs you will just have to get used to the idea that you are what you are.  Let free will reign supreme, let social conditioning fall by the wayside, allow the “truer” you to emerge.  And it is possible that you know something about the “truer” you through substance using behaviour.

Enjoy

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Meth versus Alcohol: One Mans Testimony

Meth versus Alcohol: One Mans Testimony

There is no rule that says humour and drug repair and recovery don’t mix.  Personally I don’t remember detox to be particularly hilarious, but with hindsight I can see plenty of funny moments of the ridiculous.  Bearing in mind that laughter is a great medicine, indulge in as much as you can.

Futile As It Is

“The All New Ageing Youth Powder”

Meth amphetamine is a bad drug.  Young people have it and end up with brains the size of a 70-year-old’s brain, which I think is amazing.  I don’t think it’s amazing that drugs can shrink your brain to the size of a 70-year-old brain but I do find it amazing that a 70-year-old human brain is smaller than a 20-year-old brain.  Imagine if you had meth amphetamine when you were young and then lived to 90 years old!  You’re brain would be rattling around your head like a dried pea in a umpire’s whistle or like a dropped plectrum inside a guitar-body, and if the doctors wanted to check your brain size they’d either have to blow very hard into your nostrils or pick you up and shake you until your brain fell out of your hole.

I’m glad meth amphetamine wasn’t around when I was a young person because by now I’d be spending every morning wandering around the house looking for my brain, which would again be lying on my pillow but I wouldn’t have thought to look there because I would be out of my brain, and it out of me.  I’d also have to put flywire over the plughole before I did the dishes or had a shower, not that I shower in the sink but I sometimes do the dishes in the shower and, let’s face it, if I had a brain shrunken that bad from meth amphetamines I’d probably be happily doing a load of dishes in the washing machine, washing my clothes in the toilet and taking a dump while pegged onto the clothesline but only until the smoke alarm went off after my socks popped up from the toaster at which time I’d kick-back for a couple of hours and watch the microwave.

No, I don’t have to worry about the effects of meth amphetamines because it wasn’t around when I was a youngster and there’s no way I’m going to waste precious drinking time by smoking an insidious, brain-shrinking powder…that’s what cigarettes are for.  The good thing about the old drug called, alcohol, is that it’s legal and, if you drink enough of it, it will pickle and preserve your brain and then you can quietly sit and watch-it watch-you from inside a bell-jar on the windowsill of your ward.  The downside is I’ve drunk so much alcohol my liver has moved into a separate bedroom and my heart is taking rumba-lessons to get its timing right… but as long as it’s legal, it must be doing us good.  So, 3 cheers for alcohol and let’s all drink to that, but make sure you don’t drive… unless you’re well under 70 years young… or you’ve run out of cigarettes.

Cheers, vicplume.com

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http://www.vicplume.com/