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RIP Chris Cornell

May 19, 2017 - 1 comments

He was a former opiate addict. Just heard that his wife said he was taking Ativan for anxiety and thought he may have taken too much the night he died. My head just about exploded.

Ativan is a short-acting benzo, fairly similar to Xanax and highly addictive. Why would a doctor prescribe an opiate addict Ativan long-term? Why would said addict take Ativan long-term? We all know what it feels like to sink into the well of addiction. I'm not placing blame, I'm just saying people need to be really careful.

I believe there is a time and place for taking drugs to help with mood. SSRIs, even benzos can be life-savers for some people. But, man, you have to be so careful with them and take just the amount you need and no more. From my perspective, the goal should always be to work towards a 100% drug-free solution whenever possible.

Legalize It

Jun 18, 2015 - 12 comments

It's my opinion (strongly backed up by facts) that the only way to actually prevent deaths via heroin OD instead of just doing a lot of useless hand-wringing is to push for full legalization as well as for complete de-stigmatizaion. Because frankly, criminalization simply isn't working.

You find out your kid is a heroin addict, what's the first thing you do? Well, in an ideal world, you make sure they have a source for clean drugs of a predictable strength, clean needles, and you make that access contingent upon them becoming experts in the safe administration of those drugs. Make sure they have Narcan in their kit and if they feel the need to take a big dose they do it with a buddy. That would knock out a huge majority of the ODs. Provide them with a path out of addiction, if they wish to take it. But if not, make their lives as an addict as comfortable and safe as possible.

Our current approach is roughly analogous to abstinence sex ed training for high school students. It is of use only to those kids who were probably going to remain celibate anyway. For everyone else, all it does is increase risky behavior.

Do a web search on legal heroin in Switzerland. Look at the numbers. If you think criminalization is a better way, I'd love to hear your views on this topic.

The role of meaning in life

Nov 19, 2014 - 4 comments

Ultimately, how you feel about your life has nothing to do with the events in it or with your financial condition or what has (or hasn't) happened to you. The quality of your life is controlled by the meaning you give these things.

Most of the time you may be unaware of the effect of your unconscious mind in assigning meaning to life’s events.

When something happens that disrupts your life (a car accident, a health issue, a job loss), do you tend to think that this is the end or the beginning? Your life takes on whatever meaning you give it. With each meaning comes a unique feeling or emotion and the quality of your life involves where you live emotionally.

No matter how much a person drugs himself, if he constantly focuses on what he can’t control in life and what’s missing, he won't find it hard to despair. Yet if that same person can arrive at a new meaning, a reason to live or a belief that all this was meant to be, then he will be stronger than anything that ever happened to him.

Always remember: Meaning equals emotion and emotion equals life. Choose consciously and wisely. Find an empowering meaning in any event, and wealth in its deepest sense will be yours.