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Uplifing Daily Meditation.

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To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Be The Change You Need.
Believe in yourself and have the confidence to move forward.

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February 27, 2009 at 7:01 am

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Addicted to Porn?

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It may seem rude or offensive but the fact is that most Internet pornography is perfectly legal. Some countries have standards and restrictions on sexual materials. This includes print media, as well as television and online content.

Before the Internet, our day to day routines were certainly different. Our daily interaction with the internet may expose us to pornography more than ever before. The casual nature that pornography is portrayed online, along with the convenience of Internet pornography may lead to excessive or compulsive viewing of pornography online.    

Teens, particularly adolescent males, have always been driven by natural curiosity to seek out pornography. This hasn’t changed. What’s different is the easy access the Internet gives kids to deviant or violent sexual content, which may have an influence on their developing attitudes towards sexuality and relationships.

The online porn industry uses many strategies to promote use of their sites, including:

  • Pop-ups
  • Hijacking
  • Stealth sites

Help is available to those seeking freedom from their Pornography Addiction. Cybersex users who haven’t lost control of their Internet involvement can benefit from counseling which will help them set limits on their computer use and restore balance to their lives.

Written by Daniel

February 27, 2009 at 7:00 am

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Continuing your Journey toward Self Awareness

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The better you understand yourself, the better you are able to accept or change who you are. Being in the dark about yourself means that you will continue to get caught up in your own internal struggles and allowed outside forces to mold and shape you.

Surrounding yourself with positive things to do and people to be around is important to becoming Self- Aware. Pick positive people to open up to when trying to improve self awareness and you will begin to find it easier to cope with life after Recovery. Learn about choosing safe people to open up to in this video continuation.

Self-awareness is the concept that one exists as an individual, separate from other people, with private thoughts and individual rights. It may also include the understanding that other people are similarly self-aware.

Self-awareness is a self-conscious state in which attention focuses on oneself. It makes people more sensitive to their own attitudes and dispositions.

Written by Daniel

February 26, 2009 at 7:00 am

A Guide to Recovery Programs

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I’m not proud of where I have been, but I am very proud of where I am and where my life is going. If opening myself up to my past and helping others learn from it can save them from the nightmares and the horror stories addiction used to cloud my life, then it’s an exercise well worth doing in my opinion.

One of the things I was most nervous about when I started trying to get clean was deciding  which rehab would be right for me. I had a lot of wrong ideas back then but now having done it I’m hoping I can help you find a place that’s worth your time and will give you the attention you deserve.

Here is the 12 things you should think about when deciding on an alcohol or substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation program according to the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment:

1. Does the program accept your insurance? You can’t put a price on sobriety but you can make sure that the center you choose is affordable and willing to work with you.

2. Is the program run by licensed and/or trained professionals?Your care is only going to be as good as the people who are assisting you with it.

3. Is the facility clean, organized and well-run? If the people at the rehab can’t take care of the rehab, there’s a good chance you can find someplace else that will do a better job taking care of you. Look around with open eyes and find a place of peace.

4. Does the program handle all of your needs: (medical: including infectious diseases; psychological; social; vocational; legal; etc.)? Addiction is a complicated disease and untangling the web you are stuck it requires many solutions, not just one.

5. Does the treatment program also address sexual orientation and physical disabilities. As well as providing age, gender and culturally appropriate treatment services? Your identify is unique and the center needs to be able to provide the care YOU need.

6. Is long-term aftercare and guidance encouraged, provided and maintained? Getting sober is only the first step in getting better. You’ll want a rehab facility that stays with you for the long haul.

7. Is there ongoing assessment of an individual’s treatment plan to ensure it meets changing needs? As you move through each phase of your treatment you’ll notice your needs change and your treatment needs to keep pace with that.

8. Does the program employ strategies to engage and keep individuals in longer-term treatment, increasing the likelihood of success? You didn’t become an addict in one day and you aren’t going to become healthy in one day either.

9. Does the program offer counseling (individual and group) and other behavioral therapies to enhance the individual’s ability to function in the family/community? Staying sober in rehab isn’t easy, but it’s a lot easier than staying sober after you get back home. Make sure your program is ready to help with that transition.

10. Does the program offer medication as part of the treatment regimen, if appropriate? Some patients benefit from a wide range of addiction inhibitors including antibuse or methadone. Be sure your rehab center is fully equipped.

11. Is there ongoing monitoring of possible relapse to help guide patients back to abstinence? If you learn nothing else from me… always remember this, you can’t be your own sponsor just like you can’t be your own shadow!

12. Are services or referrals offered to family members to ensure they understand addiction and the recovery process to help them support the recovering individual? Addiction is a disease. It doesn’t only affect the addict, it affects everyone you know and interact with. Make sure the treatment includes your loved ones, they need help healing too!

Written by Daniel

February 25, 2009 at 7:00 am

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Exposing The Truth: Cocaine

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Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant that directly affects the brain. Cocaine is not a new drug. It is actually one of the oldest known drugs to date. The pure chemical, cocaine hydrochloride, has been an abused substance for more than 100 years, and coca leaves, the source of cocaine, have been ingested for thousands of years.

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Today, cocaine is a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, meaning that it has high potential for abuse, but can be administered by a doctor for legitimate medical uses, such as local anesthesia for some eye, ear, and throat surgeries.

Some commonly used street names for Cocaine are: Blow, nose candy, snowball, tornado, wicky and stick.

If snorted, the effects will peak within 30 minutes with its duration of effect lasting 1-3 hours. If swallowed with alcohol, effects peak in 30 minutes and last about 3 hours. If used intravenously or inhaled/smoked, the effects peak in seconds to 2 minutes but last only 15-30 minutes. The breakdown products of the drug will be excreted and can be detected in the urine for 24-72 hours. For chronic users, it can be detected for up to 2 weeks.

Cocaine is presently the most abused major stimulant in America. It has recently become the drug most frequently involved in emergency department visits. Cocaine abuse has a long history and is deeply rooted into the drug culture in the U.S. It is an intense euphoric drug with strong addictive potential. With the increase in purity, and its easy availability on the street, cocaine continues to trouble both the law enforcement and health care systems in the United States of America.

Written by Daniel

February 24, 2009 at 7:00 am

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Celebs Addicted to the Knife: Mickey Rourke

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Actor Mickey Rourke, whose career has been on a downward spiral for quite sometime now, has found himself back to acting in movies and he was richly rewarded for playing “The Wrestler” and was up for an Oscar Nomination yesterday evening and also took home a Golden Globe earlier this year for his lead role in “The Wrestler” as well.

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It seems that Mickey Rourke’s personal life has consistently haunted his career. Director Alan Parker has said “working with Mickey is a nightmare. He is very dangerous on the set because you never know what he is going to do”.

Rourke has undergone several plastic surgery procedures and has even admitted to going to the “wrong guy” for the job. The difference in the up-close photos are more than obvious.

Mickey Rourke began boxing professional in 1991 after he felt his acting career was over. The short-lived boxing career resulted in several injuries including a collapsed cheek bone and a broken nose.

Rourke states: “Most of it was to mend the mess of my face because of the boxing, but I went to the wrong guy to put my face back together. I had to have cartilage taken from my ear to rebuild my nose and a couple of operations to scrape out the cartilage because the scar tissue wasn’t healing properly. That was one of the most painful operations.”

Written by Daniel

February 23, 2009 at 7:00 am

Stories of Hope: Gary’s Story

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In the height of my addiction, I felt like I was just an empty shell.  My life made no difference.  I lived day to day just to feed the beast that had consumed my life.  I was a body that did drugs, that’s it.  I had no feelings and I had no faith.  I believe it was this lack of faith that let the devil creep into my life and take it’s hold.  

God wasn’t in my life at that time but heroin was.  At first I was a high functioning addict.  I was able to keep a job, have a car and a place to live.  I could “control” my addiction.  I was using to keep from having to deal with my feelings, my disappointments and my sadness.  As I started using more, one by one I began losing what little I had in my life.  I lost the job, sold the car to buy drugs and eventually got evicted from my apartment.  The devil had his death grip on me completely and I went along for the ride.

I was living life on the streets.  I was filthy, I was scavenging meals out of dumpsters and begging to scam together just enough money for that next fix.  One night as I sat shivering on the corner, a van pulled up to me and a woman got out with a peanut butter sandwich and a blanket.  She sat down and asked if I wanted a bit to eat. 

As I sat with her, I began telling her about my life right up until that point.  It was cathartic and I believe one of God’s angels was sitting next to me that night, comforting me in her wings.  This lady took me to a clinic where I was able to shower and get a fresh set of clothes.  

It was at this time that I began to learn the true meaning of faith and accept a higher power into my life.  I’m not sure my recovery would have started had I not filled the hole in my life with faith.  It’s not easy to battle the devil, but if you have the Lord in your life, he will show you the way.

Written by Daniel

February 17, 2009 at 7:00 am

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