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Almost Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is WRONG

''People dealing with an addiction may lie to cover up addictive behavior for a variety of reasons, so don't take it personally. It's part of the disease of substance abuse or any addictive behavior including gambling. People who are addicted are slaves to their addiction and a slave must obey his or her 'master'.'' Michael Corthell Yes, as it turns out, almost everything we know about addiction to substances is wrong, in fact most of what we do for, and to addicts is the exact OPPOSITE of what we should be doing.  "Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs" is a non-fiction book written by Johann Hari. It was first published in 2015 and explores the history and impact of the global war on drugs. The book challenges the conventional wisdom and policies surrounding drug addiction and offers a fresh perspective on the issue. Johann Hari delves into the origins of the war on drugs and examines its failures and unintended cons

How to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones

 by Michael Corthell In every new day there lies a choice. A choice to change your life in a positive way by turning from negative thoughts and embracing positive ones. One of the things standing between us and the life we want is the good healthy habits we want but don't have, and the bad unhealthy habits we have but don't want. The best way to develop good habits is FIRST getting positive about life.  All good things flow from positivity. Then we start by identifying the bad habits (sometimes they're hidden). Then overwhelm the bad ones with good ones! ''It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.'' —Benjamin Franklin The following menu list is categorized to make it simple to read and easy to use. It is a MENU for you to pick and choose from. Just scan this list of good daily habits to find the routines that fit your life! Remember that the hardest part of change is the decision to change. Please note that we are not all th

[Escape] from Bondage

“Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.” ― Carl Gustav Jung The desire to escape from pain,  is what creates even more pain.

Breaking Bad Habits

by Michael Corthell Habits run our daily life. Pretty much everything you do is based on a habit you’ve developed at some point in your life. Some habits are helpful, while others can also work against you. Even worse – there are a few 'bad habits' that can have a negative, long-term impact on your capacity to live a fulfilling life. Everyone wants to be healthy, strong, full of energy and life, as well as happy. Then why do so many of us have habits that take us in the polar opposite direction? Because getting rid of a habit requires change. And of all the things we do in a day, changing is by far the hardest. The only proven and proper way to get ride of our bad habits is to replace them with good, health ones. Smoking, gambling, eating junk food, drinking too much alcohol, spending too much time on the Internet, and even sex. Some seem benign, like gaming on the Internet, or binge watching our favorite shows. But, when these activities disrupt our pr

Recovery: Life Reboot

“I’m not telling you it is going to be easy; I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” – Art Williams When we turn the corner, and find ourselves facing in the right direction, then all we have to do is keep on walking. “Recovery didn’t open the gates of heaven and let me in.  Recovery opened the gates of hell and let me out!” – Anonymous