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EGO

Super-ego fears its own annihilation in bowing to higher power. BOOK REVIEW: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, M.D.:   When people refer to the ego, oftentimes they really mean the super-ego. Even Dr. Mate uses ego the same way Freud used super-ego. Dr. Mate writes that, “Resistance to…

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Liberation

HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS

The higher power concept need not be concerned with a deity. BOOK REVIEW: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, M.D.:  This post is a verbatim condensation of Chapter 34 – Addiction and the Spiritual Quest. Dr. Mate believes that “For many people, the higher power concept need not…

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Health

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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Liberation

THERE IS A SOLUTION

Pure grace allows some people to escape alcoholism BOOK REVIEW: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, M.D.:  At page 307, Dr. Mate says that: “It is useful to study and consider what combination of self-knowledge, strength, supportive environment, good fortune, and pure grace allows some people to escape…

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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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Liberation

HAVE YOU TAKEN YOUR RECOMMENDED DAILY DOSE OF VITAMIN G THIS MORNING?

Gratitude gives me a dopamine rush FROM PREVENTION.COM: “Studies have linked living a thankful life to fewer aches and pains, better sleep, and more. “Making gratitude a daily practice is like taking a vitamin,” says David DeSteno, PhD, a professor of psychology at Northeastern University in Boston and author of the book Emotional Success. He’s not being hyperbolic: He…

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Liberation

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…