My drug addiction

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21 Apr 2012 14:43 #57070 by golgatha
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I to am an addict. however, I've been in recovery for 14 years. If you are like me you can not quit on your own and my suggestion to you is go find your nearest Narcotics Anonymous Hall and get to work. They will teach you all you can possibly imagine about living a sober life. Through their suggestions you can overcome your problem. I can't speak for you and tell you you're an addict that's for you to decide. I just know from my experience I couldn't do it alone and having a good support system through the NA community and the positive influence of your friends here it is very possible. Detaching yourself from those people that use and the places where you like to use is a good step but getting to some meetings with people like you works wonders. That combined with the principles taught here you have a good chance of success. Good luck. And if you ever want to talk just shoot me a message.

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21 Apr 2012 15:03 #57072 by Alethea Thompson
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Not that you have to take my advice, but because you said it: Don't knock the power of mind over matter, it's in that sort of thinking that negates the actual gift. ;)

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21 Apr 2012 15:09 #57073 by golgatha
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If it is what he thinks it is it's the mind that's the problem.

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21 Apr 2012 20:25 #57137 by Ben
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I don't really have any advice on the matter as I have little experience to draw on, but I want you to know that I'm holding you in my thoughts.

Stay strong and please remember that we're here for you if you need us :)

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21 Apr 2012 20:29 #57139 by Kawda Dopor
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Thank you V-tog and everyone else once again.

While I'm going through this struggle I been concentrating heavily on my studies and this website. It is helping so much in terms of keeping my mind off the opiates.

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25 Apr 2012 09:54 #57723 by Scion
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I once had a friend who was dangerously addicted to cigarettes, and it was killing him. I was living in Denver, Colorado at the time and I had allowed him to live with me. We had many conversations about his addictions, and one method I was able to intuit to him was that every time he smoked a cigarette he would mentally affirm, aloud and in his mind, that he was choosing to smoke the cigarette. Not because he needed to, not because he had to, but because he was choosing to.

My theory was that if you gain control over the choice, then you are no longer addicted, because you take back the choice to do something, then you are automatically granted the power not to do it. (Psychologically, anyways, physical addiction is a different case.)

You see, addiction lies in our basic selves. The part of our being from which the more animalistic tendencies rise. I like to think of communicating things to this part of yourself like communicating with a young child. It doesn't understand higher reasoning, just like a child doesn't fathom that it shouldn't eat candy because of bad things that will happen at some point in the future. So you have to firmly, yet lovingly guide them in the right direction over time.

I don't know if you've already stopped cold turkey or if you're still trying to wean them out of your life, but even you still take them intermittently then I would recommend what I described.

If, however, you have stopped taking them altogether and are struggling not to relapse, I would add that affirmation to your efforts of meditation and thinking. Mentally assure all the levels of your core being that you chose to take opiates. Not because you NEED them, not because you HAD to, but because you CHOSE to. Then mentally affirm that you are now choosing sobriety.

Two more points. (I know this is getting rather lengthy, I apologize, brevity has never been my strong suit)

The first, is to look up the mystical principle of auto-suggestion, specifically before bed. This is the best time to create "self-laws". I recently read a book called "Practical Mysticism" that goes into this, and you can use this tool as a power aid to modify behavior and instill pattens that you wish embrace in your life.

The second, is that there exists the principle that the human mind cannot focus on the opposite of an idea. So if your focus to "Stop taking Opiates" Then you're still bombarding your being with thoughts of Opiates as being a goal. I would highly recommend setting your intention and focus on Sobriety. Clean, healthy, affirming sobriety. Your basic self, as mentioned earlier, responds to more intrinsic incentives, like fun and enjoyment. So imagine yourself in a lifestyle where you have a balance mood all time. A lifestyle where you can begin to hone your ability to tap into the Force. (Sobriety is best suited for psychic development.) Whatever excites you and entices you, include into your imaging of your ideal life, associate in your mind that you can achieve these things with sobriety.

To put it differently, give your basic self something to move towards and be excited about, and it will magnanimously enhance the progress you can make moving away from opiates.

In regards to the physical addiction, that is more immediate and difficult. I don't have experience with withdrawal symptoms from physical dependency so I cannot advise you on that, but I hope my perspective helps.

Lastly, do not be afraid to ask for active meditation and prayer concerning this. We are your community, and we want to see you heal from this. I've no doubt that your family and friends feel the same way. Arrange a time weekly when people pray for your in unison. (i.e. for 30 minutes every Monday at 10pm have all your friends and family and us here pray or meditate that you have the strength and grace to achieve complete sobriety)

Combined intention is a very powerful tool, it lowered crime rates in the city of New York, I know that it can help you conquer this demon.

May the Force be with you friend.

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28 Apr 2012 05:53 #58116 by Planet of Chaos
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Some would say find a naturopathic doctor that specializes in boosting normal hormone cycles. Quitting without a good plan to get healthy can be done, but making the decision to actively seek a more healthy lifestyle will give the drive you need. I know a lot of people are tired of me saying this, but juicing rocks!

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28 Apr 2012 11:26 - 28 Apr 2012 11:27 #58131 by Reliah
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The OP hasn't been here for a few days. I'm not sure why, but one never expects the best when they know someone is hurting.
Perhaps we could send some thoughts, prayers, and/or energy his way?

May the Force be with us all.
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30 Apr 2012 02:08 #58341 by Jerriko
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I had similar experiences with my own mother, I can sympathize. I wish there was something I could do for you, some way to take on or suppress your desire. But the only thing I can truly offer you is an ear and the knowledge that you are in the mind of not only myself, but many of your fellow Jedi. Stay strong, the force shall guide and strengthen you, and we shall be here to aid you in any way we can. I know you can do it, I believe in you.

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12 Jun 2012 11:44 #63469 by MJ Hannigan
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This is a old topic so I should start by saying I hope you are well and that your strength is still strong.

I once dealt with drug addition and no after a decade of walking away from that life and dealing with it I can say yes it sucks but it is worth it. Like you I suffered enough effects on my body such as my heart is fairly jacked and if I live past 45 I will be thankful for every year I have over that.

What worked for me is the love and light of great friends and a strong mindset. Reiki was also a huge help for me and I would be more then happy to send it out to you. I heard that programs such as NA and AA server a purpose for such things but honestly I did not go that route and can not speak from personal experance in regards to such programs.

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