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My brokeness caused me to surrender and get clean, to sit in your house high tweeking and broken hurting. I have come out of that state and I am clean. Why I left 10+ years being clean to go right back and slam dope my big book studies showed me that my unresolved issues will find me and lead me back out. It did for 2 years now I am clean and sober going on 8 months and I am beginning to love life.... not use dope to hide and numb the pain . I am going on 8 months clean my sobriety is god giving me a chance to get it right. Its god doing for me what I could not do for myself

Baba Esta Aqui

"Little by little love will rain upon you as you allow the space for it. If inside you are preoccupied with anger, hate, and distrust, there is no room for love."

Indiana man fatally overdoses after taking anti-diarrhea pills to get high

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTTV) – A disturbing trend shows people will take pretty much anything to achieve a high. This comes after a 40-year-old man died after overdosing on anti-diarrhea medication.
“It is a derivative of a synthetic opioid,” said Bartholomew County Coroner Clayton Nolting.Taking a large dose of anti-diarrhea drugs like Imodium is just one of the ways Hoosiers are now trying to get high. Officials say abuse of the drug has led to overdose deaths across central Indiana.
“They are seeing more and more of the Imodium overdoses coming in,” said Nolting.

Spiritual Progress Is Born Out Of Self Awareness

"Spiritual progress is born out of self-awareness" Once we begin to pay attention to our inner most selves with love and an open mind we are able to learn and practice emotional intelligence, which will in turn allow us to grow in our spirituality.

Dennis Rodman Hits Rehab Milestone, Sober for 30 Days

Dennis Rodman's reached a new milestone -- 30 days of sobriety -- but he knows it's a journey ... and he still has a long way to go.
The Worm posted a message for his fans Saturday ... thanking them for the support during his recovery and acknowledging that a lot of people doubted him.
One guy who didn't, though, is his repDarren Prince... who says Dennis is "doing what he has to do to take care of himself and become a better healthier person and that’s just so bad ass for this bad boy with a great big heart!

Sanskrit proverb

Look to this day,
For it is life,
The very life of life.
In its brief course lies
All the realities and verities of existence,
The bliss of growth,
The splendor of action,
The glory of power -
For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today, well lived,
Makes yesterday a dream of happiness,
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day.
-- taken from the 24 Hours a Day book

Scientists hope to reverse alcoholic mush brain, prevent recovery relapse

We know that alcohol turns the brain to mush, as they say.
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute want to know just what’s in that “mush.” They also hope to find ways to make the brain fresh again with newly developed Pharma treatments.
The esteemed research organization announced Tuesday it has received a $10 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Addiction to further its work.
“There hasn’t been a new pharmacological treatment for alcohol dependence in decades,” Barbara Mason of Scripps La Jolla explained in a news release.

10 Defeating Attitudes in Early Sobriety and How To Combat Them

Getting sober is one of, if not the hardest thing that us addicts will ever have to do. The journey to long term recovery is a hard one, often bumpy and filled with difficult personal and emotional challenges. Here are some thoughts and belief systems that commonly come up for us amongst early sobriety to be aware of, watch out for, and discard when they creep in!
1. The Non Sober People Are More Fun
Addicts in general, myself included spend our time trying to do WHATEVER we can to “feel good” in the moment.

Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse Disorder

It is very common for those who struggle with substance abuse to also struggle with an additional mental illness or disorder. One of the more common dual diagnoses with Substance Abuse is Bipolar Disorder.  More than half of those seeking treatment for Bipolar Disorder are also in treatment for substance abuse.
It’s important to understand Bipolar Disorder, identify it and treat it affectively. Of course, life is full of ups and down and part of being human is experiencing a range of emotions.

Device Which Blocks Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms Approved by FDA

Posted on: inNews|Medical Device News     
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an electrical nerve stimulator designed to reduce the symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal. The NSS-2 Bridge medical device was developed by Indiana medical technology manufacturer Innovative Health Solutions, and was approved through the regulators de novo premarket review pathway.
The device is designed to be placed on the skin behind a patient’s ear where it emits electric signals designed to stimulate nerves in the skull.