(Tell me again, why are we doing this?)
"I'm no wheelbarrow!" You know, everyone says that and the louder they shout the more predictable they become and eventually the easier they are to 'set up'! You see, wheelbarrows are powerless and empty objects that are filled with 'whatever' and go wherever the 'pusher' wants it to go!
Our first world market driven, consumer culture sets us up with three primary values. These suck us into a place where we believe the following values are so important. Now we may not write them down and rehearse them, but they are powerfully reinforced in culture and if left unchecked, they end up 'bumping' other values aside, values like courage, honesty, compassion and service.
These new 'values' are...a) Is it fun? b) Is it comfortable? c) Will it make "ME"'happy'?
If a couple of these three 'biggies' aren't on the table, or at least looked at, then we tend to walk away! But what are we walking away from? And ultimately where are we gunna end up? "Who cares" may be the 'try hard' reply... well, YOU DO! Unless you're so dysfunctional and messed up of course!
ICE wasn’t Andy’s first drug – no that was alcohol. He started bingeing at only 14. After using cannabis and some heroin, and then stopping for a season, Andy commenced ICE use after the death of his mother – it motivated him to get out of bed…but sadly much more than that followed.
Andy candidly, but unemotionally shares his concerns about the poor use of drug policy and the utter madness of ‘ICE Smoking Rooms’. Check out the full interview here…
I am Lyla P,
Optimistic, courageous, influential, and understanding
Admirer of those who communicate effectively and express their views calmly
Who fears for one who doesn’t assess their circumstances properly and responds in a way that causes dangerous consequences
Who needs positive peer pressure, so I can clearly evaluate the right decisions to make that will maintain a stellar reputation
Who tries to avoid situations when my “friends” pressure me to make immature decisions and harm my body
Who wants to be a confident upstander for my friends when they’re in unsafe situations
Who hates those who anonymously bully innocent people through the internet and don’t get caught
Who knows that there are great humans in the world that will stand up for those who get bullied in the shadows everyday
Who hears the juvenile behavior from behind the middle school walls that are promoting underage drinking and other unhealthy habits
Who sees strong individuals fighting for change and helping those people rehabilitate
Who worries for vulnerable people who are preyed upon by negative pressure, and end up becoming addicted to tobacco, which harms themselves and others around them
Who wishes that one day the government will make a law to outlaw smoking
Who feels sorrow for all the innocent lives lost to D.U.Is each year
Who would like to see more preventative and proactive programs that will help recuperate from alcohol overdose for all people
Who pretends the opioid crisis is just magically going to end one day
Who will aid and give comfort to people struggling with addiction and help them regain careers and friends in society
Who hopes that my peers and I will continue to make the right decisions which will lead to more open doors and opportunities
Who finds happiness in achieving my goals and striving to accomplish more such as staying gritty on the soccer field and never giving up
Who cares for citizens and animals who don’t have a voice in this wide world of ours
Who strives to be an advocate for the voiceless, the environment, and even myself and my own views
Who enjoys confidently expressing my opinions to my fellow classmates and peers to try and inspire them to be the best they can be
Who gives advice to those fighting unseen battles on how to recover and find joy in life again
Who dreams of a world where there is peace, good fortune, health, and kindness
Who loves when humankind treats each other as equals and not just how they look on a spread sheet
Who pledges to be true to myself, my family, and the great community that we share and live in
Who will do my best to succeed in my adventure next year in middle school
That’s what DARE taught me
Lyla P (6th Grade)
The following studies are just two of many that continue to affirm one of the fundamentals of socialisation and behaviour – that is; your perception of reality is constructed socially, and that’s done through recency, frequency, proximity and intensity. What and who you are immersed in and with, will INFLUENCE the ‘lens’ through which you see.
What makes things worse still, is that if there is an absence of sound positive values that are not ‘anchored’ to a sustainable and healthy, values informing worldview. These deficits will pretty much ensure that this ‘INFLUENCE’ will push the ‘wheelbarrow’ (that is YOU) in a direction that will be way less than helpful! When substances are thrown into that mix, then you have even less control over what is ‘pushing’ your life and where!
Genes and teens: How is youth cannabis use influenced by genetic risk and peer use?
Having more peers that were perceived to use cannabis was associated with higher levels of cannabis over time, and this factor was nearly 4-times more important in understanding patterns of cannabis use than genetic risk. Further, perceived peer cannabis use predicted cannabis involvement at all levels of genetic risk.
Reducing affiliation with substance using peers is a powerful target for both prevention and treatment, as is correcting and re-structuring misperceptions surrounding normative behavior that might implicitly and/or explicitly impact health behavior.
Background: The social network of those treated for alcohol use disorder can play a significant role in subsequent drinking behavior, both for better and worse. Network Support treatment was devised to teach ways to reconstruct social networks so that they are more supportive of abstinence and less supportive of drinking. For many patients this may involve engagement with AA, but other strategies are also used.
Conclusion: It was concluded that helping patients enhance their abstinent social network can be effective, and may provide a useful alternative or adjunctive approach to treatment.
The message that addiction is a disease makes substance users less likely to seek help!
Research finds that people with substance-use problems who read a message describing addiction as a disease are less likely to report wanting to engage in effective therapies, compared to those who read a message that addiction behaviors are subject to change. The finding could inform future public and interpersonal communication efforts regarding addiction.
"Overall, our findings support moving away from messaging about addiction solely as a disease," Desmarais says. "It's more complicated than that. Instead, the finding suggests that it would be more helpful to talk about the many different reasons people become addicted."
Also see Dalgarno Research Report: Dealing With Addiction
Sylvia Fox has spent her entire adult life on methadone. Now 48, she got mixed up in drugs as a youngster and she was put on the heroin substitute programme at the age of 17. She said that’s when the real addiction started. For complete article Liquid Handcuffs
Conclusion: The relative speed associated with the transition from use to SUD emphasizes the narrow window of time available to intervene, underscoring the urgency of early identification of mental health conditions and the timely provision of appropriate evidence-based interventions, which could potentially prevent the development of secondary SUDs.