Case Study: Ice Addiction



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.


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.


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.


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: Water

Drug Repair & Recovery: Water






So abundant, so unusual, so essential


Water is an oddity, an exception to the rules.  Every one of these exceptions is woven into the fabric of

Human Life.


In its very ordinariness, water is extra ordinary, it is everywhere.


Water covers ¾ of Earth surface.  This abundance of water was present when the Earth was born.  Life was conceived in this planets primeval oceans.


Some simple organisms can exist without air, but none can grow without water.


Moving, changing, flowing, this is what life is all about


When your emotions flow throughout your body, you feel a sense of joy and you move toward physical health


Water serves as the transporter of energy throughout your body


Water has the ability to copy information, and then transport it


Unique and paradoxical




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).


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.


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”
AUTHOR:                          JOST SAUER
RRP:                                    $27.95
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

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


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.



Drugs & Diet: Repair & Recovery Recipe

Drug Repair & Recovery: Lunch/Dinner Recipe

Lamb Red Curry
(Serving 4 – 6)
–       3 tablespoons of red curry paste (Paenang)
–       1 sliced onion
–       3 cloves of crushed garlic
–       2 cups of broccoli
–       1 cup of sliced carrots
–       1 cup of cauliflower
–       2 cups of chopped Silver beet or spinach
–       2 cups of cubed pumpkin
–       1 kg of diced lamb
–       4 cups of chicken stock
–       200 mls of coconut cream
–       Rice
–       Salt and pepper to taste
Step 1: Put lamb onto a slow simmer in the chicken stock for 1 hour, add the cubed pumpkin and sliced carrots.
Step 2: Fry the onion, garlic and curry paste for 3 to 5 minutes, until the onions go soft and add to the simmering stock.
Step 3: Add the vegetables and coconut cream to the stock and simmer for a further 40 minutes over a low flame
Step 4: Serve over a bed of rice.
Again, could it be simpler?

Drugs & Diet: Lunch or Dinner Recipie

Drug Repair & Recovery: Lunch/Dinner Recipe

Food and your diet will play a CRUCIAL ROLE in your personal rehabilitation. So pay attention.  You will need whole food  You must eat whole food.  Do no freak out butter is good for you.  I am including a delicious recipe that FULLY OBEYS the rules of effective, post-drug repair and recovery.  Discipline (= ready to learn) will be required.  Are you ready to learn? Yes? Good.  Start with this one

Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks with Sweet Potato Mash and Green Beans
(Serves 4 -6)
–       6 lambs shanks
–       6 cups of beef stock
–       2 cups of red wine
–       2 tablespoons of sherry
–       4 Bay leaves
–       1 large red onion
–       1 large brown onion
–       4 French shallots
–       Sweet Potatoes
–       4 large gloves of garlic
–       Fresh rosemary
–       Fresh butter
–       Cracked black pepper
–       Green Beans
Step 1: Brown the lambs over a high heat and place into slow cooker
Step 2: Slice the onions and shallots into wedges
Step 3: Add all other ingredients except sweet potato and green beans and cook for at least four hours on high or until the meat falls of the bone
Step 4: Boil the sweet potato and mash with milk and butter
Step 5: Steam the green beans and serve with shanks over mash potato pour over juices and enjoy
Honestly, good it be simpler?

Drugs & Diet: Oats as Power Food, One Mans Testimony

Drug Repair & Recovery: Oats As Power Food, One Mans Testimony

Cornerstone of the chi cycle approach to rapid repair & recovery is a nourishing breakfast, closely following early morning chi focused practice. The preparation and/or cooking and consumption of oats can be harmonious and delicious. Lurking within this deceptively simple cereal grain is a power food waiting to be unleashed on a daily basis.The wild ancestor of Avena sativa, once called the oat weed, it remained amongst humans wherever possible, leading to its eventual domestication. Much like anything that hangs around us for too long.  Oats are grown throughout the temperate zones and are very suitable for human consumption.

Harness the power

The following twisted testimony is one mans encounter with the humble OAT.
As always, re-printed without regard to copyright, permission of any sort, or indeed the writers dignity.
 Rolled oats are good for constipation… but who wants constipation?  But seriously, I have muesli with raw-wheatgerm every morning and it goes through you like a run away train.  I’m too scared to leave the house until I’ve been to the toilet coz one morning I left the house before going to the loo and ended up having breakfast twice, once in the kitchen and once in the car seat, if you know what I mean.  I ended up having to turn my wipers on, I didn’t really need to turn my wipers on but, somehow, it made me feel better.
I recently visited an old mate of mine who’s just built one of those fancy new age houses. He’s put in all the latest European-appliances like a dishwasher that looks like a TV and a TV that looks like a laundry cabinet.  I called out from his loo the other day that I couldn’t find the flush-setting, and he yelled back, “That’s the kitchen.” So I switched it to, ‘Slow-Roast’, and told him it was my shout for dinner.
The End
Pure gold, rolled.  Vic Plume is the author of the above story.
You can visit his treasure trove giggle fest at the following address: