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The Addiction Recovery Daily 231
How To Keep A Needle Out Of Your Arm
Can you imagine not giving a shit if you just – wham – if you smack your head on the counter? This article is inspired by a gentleman I met recently, and he told me about his first experience with a needle. Wait a minute.
Honestly, the way I started this reminds me of how AA came to be what it is. AA and NA are always just people talking about…other times that they got high, really. Or their current urges, and potentially their dedication of the twelve steps, which I never did learn. We’ve got to talk about our urges, but we must be careful not to give them power by doing so. Yet here I am, making an effort to help individuals find their way with a new method of addiction recovery, and I am starting this article with a story about getting high. Let me scratch the record and let me re-lay the track.
Why don’t you try listening to this video while you read. Today I’ve written, not inspired not by a video, and instead I have chosen a video I believe you will like.
Anyways, as I was saying…
F___ the police.
Nothing is currently or ever was wrong with smoking marijuana.
Roses are red
Violets are blue
if you’ve never banged hard drugs
You should stfu
I’ll tell you what I’ve told many people in the past: I’ve done everything except for stick a needle in my arm. There, I said it! So…how can I help you keep a needle out of your arm?…that is the real question.
Raise your hand if you think cannabis can help keep a needle out of your arm.
Raise a pinky if you think traveling the world can help keep a needle out of your arm.
Raise both pointers and thumbs like you’re making a field goal if you think finding love can help keep a needle out of your arm.
I’ll tell you that I use all three of those methods to keep a bottle out of my hands. I’m talking about the readily available bottle, the one found on all corners except in Arlington. The one that Jesus drank with his friends, and they later turned him into. The one that everybody goes for. The bottle. I’m talking about the bottle, but at the same time I’m talking about the needle. To say that syringes and hard drugs are not available well and wide across the world would be false. The temptation will always exist, but you must change how you approach it. You must approach it like bootcamp! Everybody is proud they went through bootcamp, but nobody wants to go back.
A big part of my sobriety is writing this blog, I can’t even lie to you. If you are a recovering addict interested in writing a submission for this blog, please send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Maybe you want to tell your story about addiction? If you submit something, I will do my best justice to make sure it gets read by the correct people. You better look that mf over before you send it tho. If you want to overcome addiction I suggest holding yourself to a high standard. That’s something I strive to do better everyday. You can only compare yourself, to yourself. Your journey is the same as nobody else’s, and that’s hard to feel when you are going through something as deep as addiction. But also, editing writing takes time, believe me I know that, so please do look over any written submissions before you send them. In my case, the editing normally takes longer than the writing.
How to keep a needle out of your arm…maybe the fact that I don’t have this problem makes me better suited for solving it. The first thing you should do is take to the internet. Perhaps you have already done that. If you are thinking about recommending this blog to your children, now would be the time to do that. We will wait for you…
If you’re just arriving, welcome to the blog. We’re talking about keeping a needle out of your arm. Personally, I found the best way to keep a bottle out of my hand was to take to the internet. Now, I’ve fucked with opiates. The scary part is that I still tell people it was the best feeling in the entire world, and I only sniffed it. Opium. I’ve smoked opium. I couldn’t believe it when it happened. I inhaled…not sure what to expect, and boom. Maybe that was the closest I ever came to smacking my head on the counter. Perhaps because I was expecting to get stoned and I got high. Perhaps it’s because the smoke smacks. I’m not entirely sure. When I went to Asia, and I’d be walking around the different downtown’s of the big cities, the tuk-tuk [taxi] drivers would be leaning up against their vehicles asking me “weed? opium? weed? opium?” It was kind of a trip. I was too scared to buy any. Can you imagine going to jail in another country? OH SHIT! But check this out! Then I went up the street to this place called The Peoples Security Museum, and they had straight kilos of heroin and meth and opium sitting inside of glass cases, with photographs of the people who were caught with the stuff, in handcuffs, on the wall behind the case. The sign said no pictures, and I’m scared straight yall; I didn’t take any pictures, but I’m telling you it was worth seeing. Here’s the link to it on Google Maps.
Somehow, those arresting officers were trying to keep a needle out of your arm. I bet you applaud the smuggler, for I did too. In fact, I still do – gotta get yours in this gruesome world. BUT! That means there is only one way to keep a need out of your arm – if we are not going to publicly denounce those who sell it.
The person who serves you your drugs is closer to god then most men or women you will ever be. There is a lot of pressure to play god, and there are emotional sacrifices which must be made. Economic gains are working against you, at all levels upon all playing fields. To keep a needle out of your arm, the fastest way would be to put a grinding stop to capitalism. I don’t think most of us want that. There is a much smoother way, which would be to make capitalism work for all. I write often about opening your own business.
There’s got to be a reason you use drugs. What is that reason? I tell people that I sniffed drugs and drank because I was bored, but that eventually the problems started stacking up and then I became depressed which only amplified the situation in a negative manner. You know what you need to do? Detach from your emotions…and I don’t mean in the bad way. Doing drugs is steering into your emotions. You push that plunger and bam, you feel good. But it’s a feeling, and in all honestly I’ve written and talked about for years how people shouldn’t let themselves be guided too heavily by their emotions. It’s…weak. Imagine if men gave into raping women as easily as you give into the plunger. Slowly at first, but then all at once.
That’s a feeling, and that’s emotion, and you’ve got to think logically here. What if you expanded your dreams? I’m thinking about big money, that is one of my particular dreams. With the internet, big money is possible for so many more people than it’s ever been. What are your wildest dreams? Let them guide you. You don’t have a choice! I always tell people that drug addiction is a choice, because it is, in truth, a choice that is made every time you or I chooses to purchase and do drugs, but if you want to stop putting a needle in your arm then there is no other choice than following your wildest dreams. You can combat the intense emotion which causes the craving of opiates with different emotions but they’ve gotta be intense. Intensity is, of course, different for everyone, but if you can think of anything you want, something that will lead to having holistically more than you currently have – something that owuld perhaps lead to happiness, you need to act on those wildest dreams. I mean, what are your wildest dreams, and what is your best, currently idea about how to achieve them? You’ve got to think logically here! Long term security and happiness are the solution, and I believe that bridging the gap between what is today, and what is five years from now, is really…the chasm where people fall into. Those who overdose on their way out… As I see it there are three stages of addiction. The rise to find your drug of choice and it’s continued use, the first time you try and quit, and the rest of your life. Much like a ripple upon water, the uncontrolability of your addiction weakens the further you get from that epicenter of trying to quit, while at the same time your addiction gets stronger. I don’t remember the first time I tried to quit drugs, but I remember how it felt when it finally sunk in: I have a problem with abusing the cheatcode to happiness. That was with opiates. Alcohol was a means to an end. I dove into the alcohol to quit using the pills, but again, the alcohol became a much greater problem. From the ages of 19 to 21 and 22, I did a lot of opiates. They feel really good. And you know, not everyone is going to get to experience that. I never experienced the needle. You’ve got to be brave to experience that, and I think it’s an honorable story to tell. But at the end, you’ll always tell people not to do it. Opium use will never be a thing of the past. I mean, it grows out of the ground and you smoke it. But the needle? I believe we can end the needle – at least knock it back 95%. We are homo-sapiens! The most intelligent creatures in the known universe! And when we have a problem this big, it’s our civic duty to solve it. I think a good way to keep a needle out of your arm is to help other people keep a needle out of theirs. With the internet, this will be easier than ever before, but overall I think in-person help will remain the best help. I solved a large amount of my problems by watching ASMR videos on the internet, but going into public and socializing is and always has been absolutely required for me – this is a conclusion I came to logically, not emotionally. I didn’t feel it, I tried it and it worked for me, but I had no idea it was going to work before I tried it. As it turns out, I gotta go into public.
Don’t kid yourself, people didn’t evolve alone. We evolved in tribes. We are most powerful when every tribe member tops their magnum opus often, and goodly. You’ve done the needle. You’re done with the needle. Help me solve the problem of how to keep a needle out of other peoples arms. I think with enough brains on the case…we can make a real impact. Talk about one problem we can agree on! Raise your hand if you’re the addict who wants to be known for curing addiction. Oh fuck, I just raised mine. Forreal though, there’s a lot of opportunity in addiction recovery. Talk about a job that needs to be filled – Addiction Counselor. Fuck a degree. All you need is some degree deodorant and seven degrees of patience. Someday, we will see that the wisest men and women on this planet are a plentiful amount of opiate survivors. I know nothing can compare to the feeling…but also, nothing can compare to the feeling of mastering that feeling. You believe there is no greater feeling than using opiates, but I would argue there is no greater feeling than mastering them. That does come with a feeling, you know. It’s sublet…but it’s big af. How do you think Buddha and Confucius would have fared against the needle? The greatest philosophers of all time didn’t understand real temptation because it didn’t exist yet, at least by comparison to the needle. I believe the greatest philosopher of all time will go down as the one who can encapsulate and express the feeling of overcoming the needle. The mastering of that unearthly chore. The setting down of the heaviest weight. How do you keep a needle out of your arm? And the answer is that you must occupy your mind, and you know that. Perhaps we should rephrase the question: How do you find a way to choose logic over emotion, consistently?
x. Spark Twain
Everyday Sobriety Advice
I am a recovered alcoholic/drug addict, but I am not a qualified addiction counselor. To help other alcoholics/addicts achieve sobriety, I have created the mantra’s below. Although I call them “steps,” I believe that all four mantra’s should be recited in concurrence.
When the urge to drink alcohol or use drugs comes upon you, I suggest reciting these four steps, and then implementing an activity to “kill time” until your urge to use drugs/alcohol is less intense. I suggest you use ASMR videos to “kill time”
Good luck, My Friend
Below are the steps of admittance required for using The ASMR.Community Sobriety Program [ACSP] successfully.
Step 1: “Sobriety is a choice, and it is up to me to make the right choice.”
Step 2: “Not everybody will be able to achieve sobriety, but that knowledge does not prevent my success regarding sobriety.”
Step 3: “The urge to imbibe (substances that I know will prevent my success) is finite. Sometimes the urge will exist, sometimes the urge will not exist.”
Step 4: “Sobriety is not the same for everyone. Success is.”
I believe the steps I listed above are a complete, non-exclusionary list of all mental admissions needed to achieve your goals regarding sobriety.
Everybody’s definition of sobriety is different, but everybody’s definition of success is the same.
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If you would like to learn more, make sure to read our Philosophy Of Addiction Recovery 1.
For more daily support, check out Sober James on YouTube. He does a livestream every night at 21:00 Eastern Standard Time, and his live streams are a great place to receive support, gain motivation, and listen to encouragement in regard to addiction recovery. His program is based on the Twelve Steps.
SMART Recovery is another great program for individuals who are ready to tackle their addictions.
If you are seeking spiritual guidance, I highly encourage you to check out Tarot Reader ASMR. Her name is Amalia, and she is a kind-hearted individual with a skill for bringing us closer to ourselves.
Don’t underestimate the power of Yoga! Specifically Yoga With Adriene. My shoulder is broken, and so you can do some Yoga for me too. I really wish I could…
If you are looking or more information about ASMR, I’ve found the best place to learn about the subject is ASMR University. Their information is accurate [to the best of my knowledge], and plentiful. I mostly work with the application of ASMR, but there is a whole lot more to ASMR than using it to gain sobriety or fall asleep, including the history and the science of it.
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