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CONNECTION

My post-pandemic need for connection has inspired me to gently re-shape my life as a teacher and healer of post-traumatic stress disorders caused by adverse childhood experiences. Call it Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for the advanced practitioner of the Twelve Steps. This is something that only a madman like me can accomplish. When my check arrives…

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Self-mastery is self-motivated

Self-mastery is self-induced. BOOK REVIEW: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, M.D.:  Beginning at page 400, Dr. Mate writes that “Until a person is willing to take on the task of self-mastery, no one else will induce him to do so. “There are no techniques that will motivate…

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inner causes

Is redemption complete abstinence from all drugs? BOOK REVIEW: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, M.D.:  At page 313, Dr. Mate opines that he comes from the assumption that: “redemption can be something other than an addict’s complete abstinence from addictive chemicals, a goal that’s not always realistic.”…

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DESTRUCTION OF TRADITIONAL CULTURE CONTRIBUTES TO DRUG ADDICTION

Drug addictions are related to natural reward process BOOK REVIEW: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, M.D.:  Dr. Mate conducted a personal interview with the seminal researcher Dr. Jaak Panksepp, who is quoted at length: “Drug addictions wouldn’t occur unless they were related to natural reward process of…

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I AM A HUNGRY GHOST

The ultimate freedom is freedom from pursuits. BOOK REVIEW: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, M.D.:  According to Dr. Mate, “The ultimate freedom is freedom from pursuits. Freedom from being so needy that our whole life is spent trying to appease our desire or fill in the emptiness.…

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A Hungry Ghost is Never Satisfied

Drug Addicts, Behavior Addicts, Bloggers BOOK REVIEW: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, M.D.  Drug addicts have a limited stock of substances to choose from. A limited repertoire. Drug addicts have fewer escape routes than those available to behavioral addicts. How is the choice made? Why am I…

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Your Brain Releases Dopamine from Hugs or Drugs

Dope is the solution to dopamine deprived childhoods If we receive proper maternal nurturing as infants, our brains develop normal dopamine receptors. When we are unconditionally loved & engage in eye contact and intimacy with our caretakers, we get high from our own endorphins. (Internal morphine). We learn to experience social engagement and personal intimacy…

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EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES BREED EXTREMIST BRAINS

Adverse Childhood Experiences Will Create Adversarial Children. BOOK REVIEW NUMBER TWO: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, M.D.  Adverse Childhood Experiences greatly increase the risk of the early initiation into drinking beer and smoking marijuana. Our caretakers create our adult stress regulation apparatus “A child’s capacity to handle…