Comments in Books “the sober truth” and “unbroken brain” on addiction/alcoholism

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There are a couple new books about that jettison the ‘wisdom’ spouted in AA. I spent thirty years in “the program” but as a person with bipolar disorder and then three years of uncontrolled tardive dyskinesia, if I shared anything about these issues wanting to make me drink, the whole room would erupt into haters and ‘me toos’

I got tired of tripping on IED’s and left the program over two years ago. These books shed light on different approaches to treating addiction and point out that AA’s success rates, and this includes people who go to expensive thirty day rehab…those success rates are 3-5%. Of course this goes way up if a person stays, gets a sponsor and works the steps. Then the success rate for lifelong sobriety is thirty percent. But what about the other seventy percent of us??? Don’t we deserve an alternative?

“Unbroken Brain” suggests that addiction (and she’s a former opiate addict now successful author and freelance writer) is a ‘learning disorder’ in other words, by experimenting with drugs to begin with, we activate the dopamine neurotransmitter and if we could just unlearn that and replace it with a healthy way of getting ‘high’ we’ll be ok.

“The Sober Truth” points out many flaws in AA philosophy and the multimillion dollar rehab industry and other 12-step treatment providers, who think “abstinence only” is the only way to go. If you remember 8 in 10 people who start taking opiates took it for pain and still have that pain, then you can see that for someone like the late Prince, who had excruciating hip pain, “abstinence only” is not going to cut it. They always relapse and take the same amount they used to  take, but their tolerance has gone down and they OD. It’s a sad story.

Just like with heroin addicts, methadone, always has been legal and it’s proven that it cuts OD’s by 75% percent, cuts down on disease transmission (dirty needles) and cuts relapse on dangerous drugs like Heroin that’s laced with God knows what like crazy!

Everyone screams and demonizes the opiates instead of laying the blame where it belongs…the addicts who abuse the pills.

Oxycontin was terrific in terms of being safe and time-released except addicts figured out a way to trick with the coating so they could get the ‘rush’ of the entire dose right away instead of letting it slowly time release.

And we pay for the ‘high’ they were chasing. I don’t take Opiates anymore but I did so safely and conservatively for twelve years. It bought me a quality of life I can only dream of now. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take them anymore due to side effects. Since I stopped, I’ve canceled gym membership, let my pilates classes expire and can’t write nearly as long as sitting in the chair aggravates it.

 

Mentally Ill Dying in Prison Transport Vans

This is What Riker’s Island Looks from The Sky

 

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When I was driving home from my tardive dyskinesia neurologist appointment in Gainesville I read an article that made me shudder. It could be me. Prisoners being driving from one facility to another are at the mercy of untrained people who drive the vans and have more of a trucker mentality. It’s about how many people you can get quickly from one place to another. So they jam the vans, deprive the prisoners of bathroom breaks, etc. When a mentally ill person doesn’t get their meds for three or four days they can decompensate and start babbling loudly or drooling, one person died of Xanax withdrawal.

 

I thought…’It could have been me.’ I’ve been privileged to have good care and avoid the hospital for seventeen years but when my former bff called the cops on me and told them I was suicidal, I was in a holding area very similar to a county jail. A long time ago, the eighties, I had legal problems re my drug habit and went to jail five times, so I know what I’m talking about.

 

The problem is the privatization of public prison and jail systems. These people know how to penny pinch but it’s at the expense of those they transport and their human rights.

Words…why they turn me on?

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This is what Sunny South Florida will do to you if you go walking, etc.

Vertiginous: Steep, high, causing someone to become dizzy.

Parapet: A low protective wall.

Riverine: Of a river or a riverbank. What context, I wonder?

Pileated: Having a cap like a mushroom. Maybe a hat is what they are speaking of.

Purloined: Steal, thievery

Got Thrown off a Fb group for this

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I’m from North Sand Diego County, Rancho Santa Fe to be exact. Anyway as an alternative radio person I wanted to be Allison Steel but there already was one.  Later I found an old facebook group for people from my elementary school and left this link there. They banned me.

Oh well. Now, I’m using my real last name to advocate for tardive dyskinesia, I ‘came out. I click on other wp links, read and comment as often as I can.

http://ibpf.org/blog/coming-out-after-25-years-bipolar-who-am-i-anyway

Opiod Replacement Pain Medicines in Pipeline..?: Will we get ’em? Do they want us to get ‘well’?

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So much is being made on black marketed prescription drugs like oxy and ‘the box’ that you gotta wonder The FDA and DEA are at cross purposes because pain advocates are pushing back, assisted by big pharma. Why not, right? The CNN Story with Anderson Cooper distorted it further. So much confusion we’re not entitled to ‘straight dope’ on this issue. I recently learned IBUPROFEN and Tylenol, my first line “go tos” destroy a digestive enzyme, furthering the constipation problem I suffer with it. hey, someone’s gotta speak up.

So, here’s holistic hope to hold onto, sorta..this will be a pricey pharmaceutical too: Hot off Press this week-Duke University Study isolated pain receptors TRPV4 and TRPAI and have a way to activate them; releasing natural endocannibinoids (not endorphine..that was debunke4d ages ago) to secrete natural painkillers for our comfort.

Organic stuff, sad to say, like MS contin, which I took for sixteen years, are actually better for your overall systemic health than NSAIDs which harm the liver and destroy digestive enzymes. Whoops I’m repeating myself. I just wanted you to know the knews. \

And I have yet another natural way of dealing with chronic pain in this article. A click is all it takes to make my day. At least you aren’t making Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook richer. If you click this, you are helping me and my platform. Am I going about this the wrong way? I should be listening to your aches and pains and I promise to do more of that. It, too, is a natural painkiller, releasing a substance called Oxytocin, the ‘love’ hormone begotten of human interaction with those you care about even if you’re separated by miles and held together by broadband.

Here I am: http://www.bphope.com/blog/bipolar-mood-cycles-stop-fighting-and-win/