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11 Ways to Prevent a Drug Relapse

How to Prevent a Drug Relapse

Why people relapse

There are multiple causes for relapse. Common ones include stress, anxiety, anger, loneliness, boredom, purposelessness, the memories of great drug-highs triggered by people or places, and unrecognized triggers that can instantaneously over-rule the conscious mind and the intent to not do drugs. Read more

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Drugs, Death and Rebirth – a Post Drug Story

I had a client recently, a manager of a chain of hairdressing salons, who had been a heavy recreational speed user for a number of years.

He had gone eight weeks without drugs and was working hard and using positive thinking techniques to get him through.

Things had been manageable but then he hit a terrible day.

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Ecstasy Drugs Interpreted Using TCM

Ecstasy (MDMA) is an unusual drug.

Its chemical structure bears similarities to both the stimulant methamphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline.

Ecstasy is sometimes categorised as an entactogen — which means ‘touching within’ and, like all the other recreational drugs, it was developed for therapeutic use.

It is a drug that provides insight and empathy and it was used covertly as a psychotherapeutic drug for several decades. It was reputedly highly successful in marriage and relationship counselling.

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Magic Mushrooms

Magic mushroom is the term popularly used to describe the mushrooms that have an hallucinogenic effect when consumed. Sometimes people shorten the term to “shrooms”.

According to Western research the principal psychoactive component of these mushrooms is psilocybin and the effects include significant visual, auditory and perceptual alterations.

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LSD back in therapeutic use soon


The extraordinary impact of LSD on the brain has been revealed by the first modern scans of people taken while they were high on the drug.

The scans revealed that the trippers drew information from many parts of their brains, rather than just the usual visual cortex, but they also discovered what parts of the brain disconnect to create what they call ‘ego dissolution’, or what we call cosmic connectedness.

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Drugs and the Invisible Worlds

Natural therapies offer extremely effective solutions for drug recovery and repair, however, an important aspect of this work that is not often addressed is the influence of the ‘invisible worlds’ on both people who have taken recreational drugs and those who are in contact with them.

This is particularly relevant for therapists who use energetic or spiritual techniques which can open up their energy fields to ‘invasion’.

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Why Your Past Drug Experience Holds the Secret To Future Recovery

There was an article in the newspaper recently stating that ‘retro’ drugs such as LSD and magic mushrooms were back.

This is an interesting development because the psychedelic drugs are traditionally less popular than the stimulant / party drugs but they also have very different effects. The term ‘psychedelic’ is made up of psyche –  meaning ‘mind’ and delos – meaning ‘clear’, so psychedelic could be interpreted as ‘manifesting a clear mind’.

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The desire for intoxication is natural

The desire for intoxication is natural

In the book, Intoxication, by Roland Siegel, he claims that the pursuit of altered states through drugs is a natural part of our biology and it is as deep-rooted as our drive for food, sleep and sex. The desire for drugs, for intoxication, is our ’fourth drive’.

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