How to Quit Smoking Pot – The Secrets Revealed

Is marijuana addictive?

That has been the 64 thousand dollar question! And, the answer to that question seems to ride solely on the chemical co-dependence theory. From time to time, I’m sure you’ve heard someone ask; is this substance addictive or that substance addictive, right! The list could go on and on couldn’t it? Well, to answer that question, nothing is addictive but any substance or activity can be used as an addiction! In other words, people choose addictive behavior, and there is a primary reason why they do. Have you ever wondered why some people can smoke pot, use a drug, or drink alcohol and walk away from it yet others can not? If these substances were in fact chemically addictive or caused a chemical co-dependence by attacking key receptors in the brain, wouldn’t everyone who tried the substance once become addicted to it? The answer is yes! But, that doesn’t happen -EVER! However, the chemical co-dependence model has become a common methodology, which has been perpetuated by our own government agency the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA.) If you visit the (NIDA) website you will find countless CT scans displaying the chemical effects of psychoactive substances on the human brain. Now, I am not disputing the fact that marijuana, drugs, alcohol, nicotine and other substances do chemically alter the brain, however, so do other innocuous substances such as sugar and salt. And furthermore, that chemical alteration is not the root cause of the addiction and nor does it prevent addiction recovery.

The Root cause of Marijuana Addiction

I believe there is a common denominator or root cause of every addiction. So, whether you’re addicted to marijuana, drugs, alcohol, sex, food, or gambling, they all have a common thread. Plain and simple, the root cause of addiction is the emotional scars caused by family dysfunction. Patterns of verbal, sexual, and physical abuse, along with absentee parenting and substance abuse cause emotional trauma. This emotional trauma results in low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression. As an addiction recovery coach, I have never experienced a single case of addiction that wasn’t rooted in family dysfunction – not one!

The Effects of Marijuana

There has been a great deal of controversy concerning the classification of marijuana as a drug. Is it a stimulant, a depressant, or a hallucinogen? Unlike most other substances such as cocaine, opiates, and alcohol, which are classified as either stimulants or depressants, marijuana seems to be quite unique since it exhibits the effects of all three classifications. The major psychoactive chemical in marijuana is called delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Therefore, as the level of (THC) rises, so does the strength and potency of the pot. Even though marijuana seems to induce mostly hallucinogenic effects, it also causes stimulation and depression. The effects of marijuana can vary from one individual to the next, but if you’ve been smoking pot, I’m quite sure you understand the changing dynamics of the experience. Initially, there is a stimulating and euphoric effect that elevates heart rate and blood pressure. This stage is frequently followed by a hallucinogenic phase where some may experience impaired vision, delusions, and even paranoia. And the final phase usually results in a mellowed or somewhat depressed state, which often exacerbates anxiety and depression. This may seem to be counterproductive since most individuals using marijuana habitually are doing so to cope with anxiety and depression. However, for some the former euphoric and hallucinogenic benefits seem to out way the later depressive phase.

How to Quit

OK! I’m not going to mince words here. Will power has nothing to do with quitting. Absolutely, unequivocally nothing at all! If you really want to quit smoking pot you’re going to have to face the issues that are causing your anxiety, depression, and emotional distress. Fix the root of the problem and smoking pot will become repulsive to you. Start by examining your history. What types of dysfunctional patterns have contributed to your emotional pain? Were you verbally, physically, or sexually abused as a child? Were you forced to parent your siblings or worse one of your parents as a child? Or, did one or both of your parent’s abuse alcohol and drugs? How have these patterns caused your anxiety, depression, and/or low self-esteem? Once you uncover these negative patterns, you must take the action necessary to liberate your self from them. This is the foundation required for empowering yourself and restoring your self-esteem, which is a vital component to addiction recovery. Let’s face it! If you really felt a strong sense of self-worth would you be engaging in self-destructive behavior?

Regards,
The Addiction Freedom Coach

SMOKING: Killer more than a Thriller!!

Smoking triggers the urge to smoke more leading to addiction. It is our own actions and psychologies that make us reach for another cigarette in our pocket. If you are angry and frustrated you tend to smoke more, as you feel relaxed. On the contrary some people smoke more when they are excited about something. For most of the smokers it is mandatory to smoke before they get out of their beds and after they finish their meals. Every individual has his own conditions for smoking. Once you fall into the trap it gets difficult to find a way out. It’s a maze wherein you curb your urge at one end but fail to do so at other and the fight to quit smoking starts all over again.

TOBACCO EPIDEMIC DEATH TOLL
100 million dead in the 20th century
Currently 5.4 million deaths every year
Unless urgent action is taken:
By 2030, there will be more than 8 million deaths every year
By 2030, more than 80% of tobacco deaths will be in developing countries
One billion estimated deaths during the 21st century

Why Quit Smoking

Smoking is injurious to health. It shortens your life span. Each cigarette reduces your life by 11 minutes. Now calculate how much time have you already let go off your hands and try to make the best of what is left. Protect your family from secondhand smoke and its ill effects.

Cigarette contents
1. NICOTINE–We all know that cigarettes contain nicotine that enters the blood stream and reaches the brain in 10 seconds after it is inhaled.
2. CARCINOGENS- causes cancer that leads to multiple growth of cells in major organs of the body.
3. CARBON MONOXIDE- enters the blood stream and cause depletion of oxygen in red blood cells.

Ill effects of smoking

• Bad breath
• High blood pressure- nicotine and carbon monoxide mix in the blood stream and cause high blood pressure which causes cardiac arrest as oxygen supply to the body parts is cut off.
• Yellow teeth
• Yellow nails
• Retardation of growth.
• Various cancers are linked to smoking- lung cancer being the most common, cancer of larynx, throat, mouth, kidney and pancreas.
• Wrinkles- Smoking causes wrinkles on face thus making you look older than your age.
• It destroys your taste buds.
• Polycythemia- increase in number of red blood cells that causes breathlessness, headaches, fatigue, enlarged liver.
• Reduces immunity
• Body gets prone to cold and cough
• Weight loss
• Peptic ulcers
• Gallstones
• Heartburn
• Nausea
• Headache
• Respiratory problems leading to shortness of breath
• Asthma
• Allergies
• Tuberculosis
• Bodies as well as clothes smell bad.

Ill effects of smoking in Females

• Female infertility- It causes malfunctioning of endocrine.
• Child might be born still/dead at delivery.
• It can lead to miscarriage
• Premature delivery

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Quit smoking using a Mind game

• Medication is not require to quit smoking if you have faith in yourself and if you can follow simple rules when you feel the urge to pick up cigarette. Use your inner strength; listen to your inner voice. Feed “ I want to quit smoking” in your mind. Tell yourself “NOW OR NEVER”.
• Say it to yourself every time you walk in front of the mirror.
• Take a paper and evaluate yourself. Calculate how many times you wanted to avoid a cigarette but could not. This will also give you how strong is your will power.
• Throw away all the ashtrays in your home.
• Note down the situations when you are likely to feel the urge to smoke. Like if smoke while driving, while listening to loud music or after meals.
• Chew a gum or cinnamon till the urge finishes.
• Take a mint candy after meals.
• The most effective method to curb your urge is to take deep breath slowly and exhale with your eyes closed. Think about beautiful things in your life and feel the tension leaving your body through your fingertips and toes. This will bring lot of positive and healthy attitude towards life.
• Throw away any empty cigarette pack left lying in secret corners.
• Take plenty of fluids so that nicotine present in your body is flushed out thus killing the curb to smoke.
• If you do not smoke in front of your parents, go , sit and chat with them till the urge to smoke goes away.
• Read your favorite novel.
• You might gain weight initially while you quit smoking. Watch you diet.

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The Broken Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) often boasts that it’s Twelve-Step Program has a success rate of 80 to 90%, but many studies have shown that, at best, the success rate is roughly 5%. The goal of the Twelve-Step Program is a spiritual awakening although most people find it difficult to make this connection because they feel victimized by someone else’s behavior. Ironically, nine out of the twelve steps promote the concepts of self-incrimination and powerlessness. (AA) claims these nine steps to be paradoxical. Concluding that you are powerless over addiction, but like magic, you some how become more powerful! For all intent and purposes, addiction is a self-esteem issue. So, why would you teach participants that they are powerless? And, moreover, how can you restore self-esteem if you adopt victimization? In my opinion, many of the twelve steps are unnecessary and even counterproductive to addiction recovery although three of the steps do have potential.

I have categorized the twelve steps in the following two groups:

1.Counterproductive In my opinion, the steps that fall into this category are not only ineffective, but they are also counterproductive and damaging to the recovery process. In essence, addiction is a self-esteem issue, so why would you teach someone self-incrimination, powerlessness, and victimization?

2.feasible I believe the steps in this category are feasible when it comes to addiction recovery. While I vehemently disagree with the context and direction of the steps, I believe the basic foundation of each of the steps to be critical to recovery success!

In the two respective groups below, I have provided a highlighted analysis of each step.

Counterproductive 1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol–that our lives had become unmanageable.

One of the underpinning reasons why you are addicted to alcohol is the fact that you allowed someone to strip you of your self-respect and personal power! So, why would you ask someone who is addicted to alcohol to admit they are powerless?

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

There is a higher power that is greater than oneself, but that greater power has given you all of the tools you need to restore your own sanity. If you ask God, the universe, or the higher power to remove a painful situation in your life, that power won’t remove it magically, but he or it will give you the courage to overcome it on your own.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

This step is often misconstrued, and it is frequently manipulated as a means of enlisting people to follow a religious doctrine. This step is also used as an excuse to retreat to the camaraderie of a group. Surrendering your will to God does not mean that he will hand you a life of happiness on a platter! Once again, he will give you the courage and guidance to change your own life, but you must take the necessary action to make it happen.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

It’s ok to admit to your wrongdoings. However, that admission of guilt quickly turns into self-incrimination and victimization when you combine it with powerlessness!

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Let’s get something straight; we are all connected, we are all created equal, and we are all children of God! Therefore, we do not have personal shortcomings and defects of character! Why would you tell someone who already has a low self-esteem that they have personal shortcomings and defects of character!

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

God, the universe, or higher power will not remove anything, but he or it will give you the power and courage to change your own life!

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

Ok! So let me try and understand this step! You’re supposed to apologize to and make amends with some of the very people who stripped you of your self-respect and personal power in the first place? How can you restore your self-esteem by reconciling and submitting to dysfunctional treatment?

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

This step parallels step eight, which I have rebutted above!

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Willpower and/or behavioral modification are not effective in eliminating addictive behavior. If you liberate yourself from the root of the addiction and restore your self-esteem habitual behavior becomes repulsive!

Feasible

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

I believe self-discovery and self-reflection to be a critical component to beating alcohol addiction. However, when it is described as taking a moral inventory and it is combined with the terms personal shortcomings and defects of character, it quickly becomes a journey of blame and guilt! I believe self-reflection and discovery should be pursued in a positive sense by searching for ones spiritual growth, life purpose, and the lesson to be learned from addiction.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

The goal of the Twelve-Step Program is a spiritual awakening, although most people find it difficult to make this connection because they feel victimized by someone else’s behavior. Meditation and/or deep prayer is not only a critical component to making contact with your true self or higher consciousness, but it is also the key to awakening your true personal power and abstaining from addictive behavior! However, the vast majority of twelve-step participants confuse spirituality with religious practice, but they are vastly different. The practicing of outward ideals is not a substitute for inner righteousness!

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

This step suggests service to ones fellow man. However, that recommendation is grounded purely in the basis of helping others overcome alcoholism. I believe this step is often used as a method of recruitment for the Alcoholics Anonymous Group. People who have adopted victimization seek camaraderie with those that suffer from the same affliction. So, the more the merrier!! I have a different take on service – one that promotes acts of random kindness. You see, it’s the small stuff that makes the difference! Things like; holding a door open for someone, offering a kind word, or helping an elderly person or a child. These random acts of kindness fuel unconditional love, feed the soul, and promote selflessness – something that is non-existent in addictive behavior!

In conclusion, the spiritual aspect of the Twelve-Step Program does have merit, and it is a vital and necessary component to recovery. However, nine of the steps are either self-incriminating, or they promote the concept of powerlessness which prevents most participants from achieving success. Addiction recovery requires empowerment not powelessness!

Best Wishes,

David Roppo
The Addiction Freedom Coach