Category Archives: Rehabilitation

Surprising cause for addiction


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How many of you have ever judged an addict? ‘Does he have NO self control?’ That is the question often ask. Unfortunately the problem goes far deeper than you may think. Yes, people have a choice, take a snort of coke, sip on that vodka….but SOMETHING in that person’s life is wrong, and we are just to oblivious to actually take note.

As I teach my children NEVER JUDGE ANOTHER PERSON, you don’t know their history, you don’t know the baggage that drags them down.

This is a rather old article, but I find it still relevant. Johann Hari researched addiction and the results of his findings were quite surprising. He discusses the reasons behind drug addiction, and that is something worth taking note of. So read his article here and you will realise the true reasons behind individuals getting caught in this drug trap is actually far more complex than we thought.

Here follows an excerpt from his article in Huffington Post:

“It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned — and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction by our teachers and by our governments. This story is so deeply ingrained in our minds that we take it for granted. It seems obvious. It seems manifestly true. Until I set off three and a half years ago on a 30,000-mile journey for my new book, Chasing The Scream: The First And Last Days of the War on Drugs, to figure out what is really driving the drug war, I believed it too. But what I learned on the road is that almost everything we have been told about addiction is wrong — and there is a very different story waiting for us, if only we are ready to hear it.

If we truly absorb this new story, we will have to change a lot more than the drug war. We will have to change ourselves.” [Hari:2015]

You really need to give his article a read and, perhaps try to find his book:  Chasing The Scream: The First And Last Days of the War on DrugsYou can find it on Amazon, click here.

There is hope for those who are lost in world ruled by drug demons, so read the article and DO NOT JUDGE, SUPPORT THEM, NEVER give up on them and don’t EVER ABANDON THEM as a lost cause!!!!


HARI, JOHANN.  2015. The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think. [Web:]  [Date of Access:] August 2, 2017.




Choose the #MeaningOfEvents, Even Traumatic Ones #EatingDisorders


Published June 5, 2015 by Karen Koenig

We’ve all had “bad” things happen to us and some of you have had “terrible” things or many “terrible” things befall you—neglect, rape, bullying, sexual/verbal/physical abuse, poverty, accidents, and other events which were out of your control. Does that mean you must experience pain and suffering due to these events? You likely believe that pain and suffering are inevitable by-products of such happenings and cannot be separated from the distress you (or anyone) will experience in their aftermath.

If so, you’re wrong. Fact is, the meaning we make of trauma and “bad” things happening to us is the sole determinant of how much, if any, pain and suffering we experience.

Continue reading here.

9 Signs Of A High-Functioning Alcoholic

Via @MindBodyGreen

By Dr David A. Gruener

9 Signs Of A High-Functioning Alcoholic

‘While alcoholism is a devastating disease that can destroy lives, some people who struggle with it manage to hold down stressful jobs and big responsibilities. From the outside, these so-called high-functioning alcoholics seem to have it all together. They can drive nice cars, live in great neighborhoods, and make a significant income.…..’ Read more here.

Signs that can help in identifying these ticking time bombs:

  1. They drink instead of eating.
  2. They can wake up without a hangover, even after several drinks.
  3. Not drinking makes them irritable, nervous, or uncomfortable.
  4. Their behavior patterns change significantly while under the influence of booze.
  5. They can’t have just two drinks. 6. Periods of memory loss or “blacking out” are common.
  6. Attempts to discuss drinking behavior are met with aggression and denial.
  7. They always have a good explanation for why they drink.
  8. They hide their alcohol.

 Read full article on MindBodyGreen here.

9 Signs Of A High-Functioning Alcoholic


One Weird Trick For Increasing Your Willpower

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Via One Weird Trick For Increasing Your Willpower | Psychology Today.

When it comes to willpower, it matters how you describe your challenge.

The whole world has a weight problem, new report says

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Via The whole world has a weight problem, new report says.


A new study provides the most comprehensive look at global trends in people who are either overweight or obese over recent decades. Results from 188 countries tracked from 1980 to 2013 are published Thursday in the Lancet medical journal. Among highlights:

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington
Frank Pompa, USA TODAY

The whole world has a weight problem, new report says

By sheer numbers, the USA handily leads the world in obesity, with 87 million of the world’s 671 million obese people — 13% of the total for a country with 5% of the population, a new report says.

But we are hardly alone in our battle with bulges: Obesity is a growing problem worldwide and, by proportion, is even worse in some other countries, says the study to be published Thursday in the medical journal Lancet. Rates are rising among men, women and children, in rich countries and in poor countries, the report says.

“It’s going up everywhere,” says study co-author Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington-Seattle.

The new 188-country study is the most comprehensive look at obesity worldwide over the past several decades, and it paints a discouraging picture, Murray says: “The most concerning thing is that there’s not a single country that has seen a decline in obesity in the past thirty years. … We hoped there would be some examples of success that you could latch onto. But there’s a complete lack of success stories in bringing down obesity.”

Obesity is more common in developed countries than in poorer nations, but it is rising in both, the report says. Throughout the world – including in the USA – obesity co-exists with pockets of hunger, Murray says.

Among the details:

•The number of overweight or obese individuals worldwide increased from 857 million in 1980 to 2.1 billion in 2013. That’s nearly 30% of the world’s population, up from about 20%.

•About one-third of adults in the USA are overweight (with a body mass index of 25 or above), and another third are obese (with a body mass index of 30 or above), as has been reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

•Obesity rates are even higher in some countries, exceeding 50% among men in Tonga and among women in Kuwait, Kiribati, Micronesia, Libya, Qatar, Samoa and Tonga. “Those are extraordinary levels,” Murray says.

•About 22% of girls and 24% of boys in developed countries are overweight or obese. So are 13% of boys and girls in developing countries.

•In the USA and other developed countries, increases in obesity have slowed; in developing countries, rates are accelerating.

The new study does not examine causes but lists possibilities, including increased calorie intake, changes in diet composition, decreased physical activity and even changes in the mix of bacteria that live in human guts in the modern world.

The report notes that population-wide weight gains and income gains generally go hand in hand around the world.

That seems to support a theory, advanced by another recent study, that a major cause of obesity is that food has become cheap relative to income.

“It’s not just cheaper in terms of money. It’s also more accessible and more available all the time in the form of prepackaged junky food that is not necessarily conducive to health,” says Roland Sturm, a senior economist at RAND and co-author of that study, published last week in CA: Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

“It’s a good thing that hunger has decreased,” Sturm says, “but now we have to deal with another health issue.”

This month, the World Health Organization launched a commission to study rising obesity among children worldwide and suggest solutions. A report is due in early 2015.

What Are You So Afraid Of? | Psychology Today

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Via What Are You So Afraid Of? | Psychology Today.

More than half of us have an unreasonable fear. We’re still learning why.