Substance Abuse: Hope with Addiction and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

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By The Daily Walk with Love — Excerpt: What happens
with so-called “normal” people, generally, is that
their brain releases a feel-good secretion which
is a chemical called an “endorphin” in a regular
and normal way. But with people who are addicted to some
drug (or behavior), such as any obsessive-compulsive
disorder, the brain gets “trained” to only
release the endorphins when stimulated by the drug
or behavior. In other words the drug/behavior
serves as a trigger for the brain to release
the endorphins. Without the addictive substance
(or behavior), the individual then feels bad,
and feels that he has to get more
of the drug, or engage in more of the
obsessive-compulsive behavior, to feel good,
which is absolutely true. Perhaps,
however there is hope

Substance Abuse: Hope with Addiction
and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

Chemicals such as Arsenic can substitute
for the addictive substance or behavior,
and so lessen the addiction

The Daily Walk with Love (Link to Home page and blog), August 2, 2020, by Paul Evans. A lot of these ideas are those I have learned from Dr. Gabor Maté, who for ten years worked at a Portland, Oregon haven for schizophrenics, drug addicts and aids patients, and has written four books on these subjects. He also has many worthwhile videos on these ideas on YouTube. Some of the main ideas here, however are my own additions. If anyone needs a friend to chat with, I am at sailingtokansas@gmail.com. We could explore your options or just have an honest, kind and caring chat.

I lived for over two years with two friends who had terrible addictions to illegal, hard drugs, and I am guilty of enabling them for quite a while. If I had it to do over again, I would have never enabled them. As happened, all I wanted to do during the last year was get them clean and out of my house, but by that time there were legal barriers that prevented me from getting out from that situation. I lost almost all my friends and then my house and almost all of my belongings, too. You should NEVER let anyone you don’t know stay as much as one day in your home/apartment. I even had arranged a month’s free rehab for both of them, but they dismissed that solution too, for reasons I later learned in my ongoing study of addiction have to do with brain chemistry and the post-withdrawal experience for any addict. I will try to explain that, below

When you are addicted to any substance or even addicted to any behavior/lifestyle (Facebook? social networking in general? fancy shoes or clothes? wealth or power?), your brain chemistry gets “trained” to malfunction. And you can become addicted to anything, it doesn’t have to be a drug. Did you know that there are now more deaths from abuse of prescription drugs than there are deaths from illegal drugs?

Moreover, rates of abuse seem to stay fairly constant. In a study of 20 countries or states which in some way legalized or decriminalized some or all drugs, rates of use did not go up. Many drugs (such as marijuana) remain illegal for now becuse powrerful forces make money from their illegality. (the private prison industry, which now takes in more than half of the convicted, the mob, the street gangs, and for some drugs such as weed (which has been proven to have quite a few health benefits), the pharmaceutical industry fights off legalization, too. Often, doctors back the illegality of marijuana up, when really, they know better. The only thing really standing in the way of full legalization is big money, but the Federal government could make $30 billion a year taxing and regulating Cannabis. And alcohol is the gateway drug, not Cannabis. OK, last year about 88,000 people died from alcohol. In 2004 (for an example), there were 19 deaths due to marijuana. These were all weed and something else, too. There has never been a single scientifically documented case that held up of marijuana alone causing a single death. Ever

Actually, in many ways (such as, in particular, brain chemistry), addiction to drugs can be compared to any other obsessive-compulsive disorder.

What happens with so-called “normal” people, generally, is that their brain releases a feel-good secretion which is a chemical called an “endorphin” in a regular and normal way. But with people who are addicted to some drug or behavior, such as any obsessive-compulsive disorder, the brain gets “trained” to only release the endorphins when stimulated by the drug or behavior. In other wards the drug/behavior serves as a trigger for the brain to release the endorphins. Without the addictive substance (or behavior), the individual then feels bad, and feels that he has to get more of the drug, or engage in more of the obsessive-compulsive behavior, to feel good, which is absolutely true.

(Excuse me while I go smoke a cigarette, lol. Did you know that almost all brand name cigarettes have about 1,000 chemical additives, most of which are addictive and over half of which are carcinogenic? For those of you who are smokers, I recommend the dark-but-humorous movie Thank You For Smoking, about a tobacco industry lobbyist and his son.)

As I was researching the link between drug addiction and obsessive-compulsive behavior, I came upon one really important website and product. It was a 10 natural ingredient treatment for obsessive compulsive disorders. That sounded interesting enough so that I read the ingredient list. The number one ingredient was arsenic. Yes, it’s poisonous when consumed in quantity e.g. the movie, Arsenic and Old Lace, but I found that it is found in appreciable amounts in several popular foods, so a little won’t hurt you. The idea is that Arsenic can substitute for the drug/behavior as a trigger for the brain to release the endorphins we all need to feel good. In this way, Arsenic can help us lessen our addiction or obsessive compulsive behavior. You can find arsenic most commonly in dark meat poultry, bottom-dwelling fish (like flounders or Orange Roughy, in rice and in blue drinks, where the Arsenic is actually what causes the blue color (as opposed to where it is in some drinks simply as a food dye).

The reason so many people who are addicted to any hard drug (or vice) resist rehab so often is that, once the body’s metabolism comes to depend on the substance/behavior to feel good, it takes several months of bad suffering before the body’s endorphin metabolism can return to near normal. The period of suffering is probably longer with drugs than it is in destructive behaviors. Also, one can always substitute one OK behavior, hobby, or other attachment for a bad vice. Spiritualism teaches that if you can hold on to any change you make in your life or behavior for 30 days, then you have changed “who you are.” Arsenic, and perhaps Elavil or Ativan (lorazepam)can help a patient in rehab while he or she suffers from the prolonged “wrongness” in his/her brain chemistry.

Modern research shows that there is a very high correlation between abuse in the womb or (for instance when the mother consumes drugs or smokes during pregnancy) or abuse in infancy and addiction later in life. Some researchers claim that women who have bad addictions almost always were sexually abused in some way when very young or as a baby. Masturbating a baby to quiet it late at night especially occurs among the poor and in primitive societies. However, that should be discouraged because that sort of experience hard wires addiction later in life. Thus, for many if not most of these suffering people, addiction and the strong likelihood that they will become addicts is hard-wired into them. They really have little choice, and the addiction is not the result of any moral or ethical “wrongness,” it is a biological need for them. Sometimes this sort of thing is passed down generation to generation. Such addiction is just waiting for a trigger for the addiction later in life. Such people have no choice in this addiction, and criminalizing it is barbaric, medieval and ignorant.

It is my strong hope that the subject of this article receives scientific study. Thus, I am placing it in the Public Domain. You can copy or republish my ideas article, or quote it, though a link pointing back to it as your source would be appreciated.

Proverbs 13:7 – There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing:
there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
(King James version)

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