Top Bach Flower Picks For Addiction

What are the best Bach Flower remedies for addiction?bach

Agrimony: this flower essence is for emotional honesty; it treats the painful emotions that are often the root of addiction.

Cherry Plum: is for when you feel you are at a breaking point, experiencing great suffering and are about to lose control. You may also find you’re trying desperately to control feelings. Cherry plum is a light-filled essence that promotes growth and calmness while dealing with inner turmoil.

Chestnut Bud: this flower essence is for learning from mistakes. Addiction is a repeated pattern, this essence helps to break the pattern by strengthening the mind to make a new choice.

Crab Apple: this flower essence is for Obsessive/Compulsive behavior and the feelings of shame and/or uncleanliness that can accompany addiction.

Honeysuckle: this flower essence supports living in the present. It supports us to leave the past behind and focus our emotional energy in the present. This flower essence gets you out of addictive patterning that is tied to the past. It helps you to accept life as it is.

Pine: this flower essence frees you from guilt and shame that can accompany addiction.

Rock Rose: this flower essence is for intense feelings that accompany the end of an addiction. This essence helps one to stay centered and remain grounded and deal with challenging circumstances.

Sweet Chestnut: this flower essence supports positive hopeful feelings when we feel we are stuck in the dark. Sweet chestnut offers spiritual support in times of struggle.

Walnut: this flower essence is a spell breaker, helping to ‘break the spell of the past.’ Addictive behavior can linger in the the mind and walnut frees the psyche from past limiting influences. This helps you to make a healthy transition and give you the courage to follow your own path in life.

Match the characteristics of the flower to the traits you are trying to address, and voila, you have chosen your remedy. The beauty part about Bach flower remedies is that they are over the counter and cheap, have no side effects or chance that you could over dose, and best of all, you can self prescribe. Work with nature and harmonize with it- again, as in homeopathy, use the laws of ‘similars’ to find holistic cures. Or, if you have the urge to connect with the universe about it and feel adventuresome, try dowsing for the remedy that will most benefit your needs.

For moments of high stress, choose Dr. Bach’s most famous flower essence called Rescue Remedy, one of the world’s most well known natural stress relief remedies. It is combination formula made from five of the essences: Cherry Plum, Clematis, Impatiens, Rock Rose and Star of Bethlehem. To your health…

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You Can Beat The Holiday Blues

I can’t help but touch upon the holidays again because we still have a week before the winter holidays begin. Much sadness and mixed feelings can overwhelm and derail even the stablest of us during these times. There is an expectation of joy and love as the holidays are supposed to be time spent happily celebrating with family- they mark the passage of time in our lives. But some of us just aren’t feeling it- for some of us it is a time of loneliness, anxiety, and self reflection.

holiday-blues1There are many reasons why the holidays can come to represent pain, grief, regret, and loneliness, or just plain mixed emotions, to say the least. Regardless of the scenario, the end result is experiencing the emotions I just mentioned. The concern is getting stuck lamenting- a not good place to get stuck.

Can we be generic when we talk about how to deal with a variety of disturbing emotions under these circumstances? Yes, somewhat, and here is your toolbox…this goes for addicts and normies alike;

Fix yourself up- doing your hair and make-up and putting on a pretty outfit can actually give you a lift (or guys, shower and put on some nice clothes). I can tell you from personal experience, this is an essential ‘first’ to lifting yourself up out of a funk.

Homeopathic Ignatia amara- this is the classic grief remedy covering shock, depression, and sadness. Other remedies on the table may include Apis mellifera for rage and bottled up emotions, Gelsemium sempervirens for sensitivity and tearfulness, Natrum muriaticum for intense sorrow, and Aurum metallicum for the feeling of hopelessness and suicide.

Bach Flower remedies- We have to applaud the genus of Dr Bach, who made remedies from the dew taken off flowers, matching natures attributes to those of human beings (and animals too). They deal almost exclusively with emotions. Gentle and deep acting, try Willow for bitterness and difficulty accepting injustices, White Chestnut for over-active and exhausting mental chatter, or Gorse for hopelessness.

St. John’s Wort and Ginkgo Biloba- these are considered natural depression medications. St John’s wort is very effective for depression, particularly for mild to moderate symptoms without the side effects often associated with drugs. Ginkgo Biloba improves neurotransmitter production in the brain and helps bring oxygen-rich blood to the brain to improve functioning and also may help fight feelings of despair.

Eat right- avoid processed foods and eat high in omega3 oils.

Reach out and call a family member- perhaps one you have been feuding with or one you may have neglected. Put your pride aside and be humble.

Give of yourself – one way is to volunteer serving those less fortunate than you- giving is one of the best ways to get off the pity train and ‘loose yourself’, and the rewards are immeasurable.

If you are a recovering addict suffering lows during the holidays, attend a meeting for strength and fellowship, keep busy and well fed, and choose from the following remedies- Lac humanum for feelings of isolation, estrangement, and detachedness, and we can look at homeopathic Tobacium or Aurum metallicum, both for cravings of all kinds. Or Agrimony, the Bach Flower remedy of choice for people who put on a brave face to hide their inner struggles, even from themselves, and most often given to those who suffer addiction.

Sai Sanjeevini is a prayer based system of healing which offers a pattern for addiction, amongst hundreds of other patterns for any malady or condition you could thing of. If you are not familiar with this healing system, think outside the box and go to saisanjeevini.org. Try making the addiction remedy right at home, and see what happens.

Pray, chant, or meditate- whatever suits your beliefs  Him1

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The Truth….

As one who is driven to disseminate, I do my best to bring forth truth about issues I am passionate about– and I love to answer your questions. Here are 10 of your questions and what I consider to be the answers, after considerable research…

Will thuja help for brain damage from vaccinations? Classical homeopaths have been treating adverse reactions to vaccines for over 100 years. Thuja was often used to successfully treat adverse reactions to the smallpox vaccine and still today, Thuja is touted as the #1 homeopathic remedy to use for adverse vaccine reactions. Although Thuja was an effective treatment for vaccinosis back in the 1800’s, in modern times it is largely ineffective for treating the adverse effects of vaccines today. To find out what works for vaccinosis in modern times, we must turn to the work of modern Dutch homeopath Dr. Tinus Smits. Dr. Smits is both a medical doctor and homeopath who has been practicing homeopathy for over 20 years. He is also a seasoned expert in treating what he calls PVS: Post-Vaccination Syndrome. Check it out at http://littlemountainhomeopathy.wordpress.com/tag/thuja/

Can the pertussis vaccination cause a miscarriage? Yes, and so can the flu vaccine as well. The CDC is alleged to have ignored up to 3,587 miscarriages from H1N1 Vaccine. Read all about it at
Flu Vaccine Caused 3587 US Miscarriages & Stillbirths

Why did I feel like throwing up after oil pulling? You may be swallowing a small amount of the highly toxic swish or perhaps it was a temporary disturbance from the toxic draw, however I have not heard of that being a problem that could arise from oil pulling, such as phlegm in the throat coming loose and getting into the mouth or the urge to pass urine or stools. Never swallow any of the oil if you can help it, but if you do, no big worries. Some folks rinse with salt water after swishing, but DO NO GARGLE! Here is more info; http://oilpulling.com/FAQ.htm

Is Bodhi Schofield schizophrenic? Since he is too young to receive the official diagnosis we can only make an educated guess and mine is ‘yes’.

Do heroin chippers exist? The surprising truth is ‘yes’. http://www.drugs-
orum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=65419

Does oil pulling decrease gum pockets? Yes, and it will firm up loose teeth as well. Don’t expect overnight magic- give it time and it will work. http://oilpulling.com/oilpullingandoralhealth.htm

Will homeopathic calc phos help low blood pressure? Yes, and it also works for high blood pressure as well. How can it work on both? Because it corrects the root cause for the pressure imbalance, weather it be too low or too high. Get the details at http://www.lifeline400.com/drsps/books/blood%20pressure.html

What was the US Army’s experiment on mosquitoes? I read several pieces about genetically modified mosquito’s designed to spread malaria, and here is a good site to get the details from
http://armedwiththetruth.blogspot.com/2012/07/genetically-modified-engineered.html

What tissue salt helps frozen shoulders? Ferr Phos is the recommended tissue salt for this condition. I have also heard that they are injectioning salt water into frozen shoulder patients with great success. It seems salts in general (even an Epsom Salt bath) is good for frozen shoulders, as per http://www.wddty.com/frozen-shoulder_1.htm

Is Jani Schofield faking it? This question has been asked of me many times (to my disbelief) and I always answer it with the same question;                                   “Are you kidding me”?  

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Your Questions, My Answers

Finding the answers to your search term questions, keeps me on my ‘A’ game.  Here is some great information about every manor of thing under the sun…

pendulum1 How to use a homeopathy list when dowsing– You can use any remedy list you like, provided the remedies are numbered. I use Ruggerio’s list of 151 remedies. You also need a numerical dowsing chart (Ruggerio has one too) so that your pendulum can select the correct number of the remedy. After asking, and determining that you may dowse, ask your question.  If you are trying to help your husband’s acid reflux after an evening out eating and drinking, you may say “Show me the number of the remedy that will most benefit Joe’s acid reflux.” Allow your pendulum to search.  When it has settled upon a number, verify with another question- “Is that remedy #100?” If yes, I proceed to look up the remedy from the list, but if not,  question until you are satisfied that you have the correct number. Ok so you have asked your pendulum to show you the number- it showed you #100 and you confirmed #100.  Now check the remedy list. #100 is Nux Vomica.  Read about the remedy and see how well your pendulum did.  Off the bat, I would say that Nux is an excellent pick for a bloated stomach after a big meal!

What are the planetary  day characteristics?  Here they are…

Day
Planetary Ruler Attributes
Monday Moon Feminine, changes, emotions, secrets, dealing with women.
Tuesday Mars Enthusiasm, energy, passion, protection, competition, anything requiring aggression or determination.
Wednesday Mercury Law, education, travel, thinking, communications, dealing with siblings, medical.
Thursday Jupiter Increase (be careful what you ask for, you will get it in LARGE measure!) good luck, gambling, speculation, merciful, long distance travel.
Friday Venus Love, luxury, beauty, decorating, shopping for romantic or creative things, pleasure.
Saturday Saturn Long term stuff, career, institutions (such as prisons, hospitals marriage), investments, lords of Karma, good day for a reversal spell.
Sunday Sun Wishes, success, happiness, all-purpose, no secretive work on Sunday.

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Cancerian man shrewd– In terms of the Cancer male, he is softhearted (under that tough shell) and loyal.  Making people feel good about themselves is one of the Cancer’s greatest gifts, but on the flip side, the contradictory nature of Cancer gives their temperament wild mood swings and possible temper tantrums. They are easily offended and will sulk when they get hurt, yet they have a deep psyche and intuitive mind- and they can be extremely unpredictable. Cancer is also shrewd and cautious and I know my Cancer man is one of many mysteries.

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Is keeping secrets unhealthy– It is for teens, and if it is for teens, then it just is. New research says that teens who keep secrets from friends and family members are more depressed, more lonely, have more headaches and are less confident than teens who don’t keep secrets. Teens who keep their lips zipped are also more likely to be involved in rule-breaking behaviors and have poor relationships with others. We now know that sharing secrets is an important skill in creating and maintaining close personal relationships.

decWhere do I put the witness when broadcasting a remedy in radiesthesia-  I am presuming you are trying to send a remedy to someone, using an amplifying chart or a decagon. I usually put the sample on top of the remedy, and put it in the center of the decagon, or you could use Ruggero’s radiesthesic radionic circuit #5, amplifier. Either way it is best to dowse to select the remedy, dose, amount of time to broadcast, and the best time of day to do so.  This will greatly improve your success.

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Bach flower essences for sobriety– Agrimony has long been known as the chestnut budBach flower remedy for the addict.  Here is a description of the Agrimony patient; Put on a cheerful face to hide problems; if you have mental worry or torture; attempt to forget mental torture through drugs and alcohol. Anxiety and mental torment hidden behind a cheerful face. Superficially carefree, concealing deep mental torture. Jovial, make light of own troubles. Uncomplaining. Seeks stimulation to escape problems. Restless. Worries about future. Over-sensitive to others because of their excessive desire for peace. I also like Chestnut Bud selected by my pendulum for my daughter, which looks like: Fail to learn from experience, repeating the same mistakes; are impatient to move ahead. Repeats the same mistakes again and again. Slow to learn life’s lessons. Lack of the observation of life. Failure to improve on previous experiences.

scohJani and Bodhi Schofield– Still, these are the 2 most popular subjects that my readers ask about.  How are Jani and Bodhi? Is Bodhi schizophrenic? I haven’t heard any updates to that effect. Here is an older family portrait.  As far as I know, the parents are still together raising their well known special needs kids.

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When you want to know what works…

These are some answers to the many questions and search phrases I get everyday….

tinctureKidney stone tincture- here is the recipe for the best one I know. Take a glass fill it with half water and half apple juice. Add about 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, and 14 drops each hydrangea root tincture, and Stone Breaker, which is Chanca Piedra compound and also includes hydrangea root. Sip all day.

birth controlThuja “birth control”- I don’t think so. If anyone has learned something to support Thuja preventing pregnancy , please let us know.

pen2Can crystal dowsing improve blood pressure?  The act of dowsing in and of itself does not improve blood pressure, however you may dowse to balance your blood pressure- also to get a reading on weather it’s too high or too low.  For blood pressure, I use Sai Sanjeevini prayer patterns to keep it in check.  There is a combination called ‘blood pressure high’ which I incorporate in my mega combo taken twice daily (I usually charge my morning coffee as well as my water to go, and I’m good for the day).

fujjiFujiwara Dam picture of water- for those of you who do not know, Dr. Emoto used a high power lens to photograph  various frozen water crystals from Fujiwara Dam, marking some of the frozen water with words like ‘love’, producing beautiful crystals, and others with words like ‘mass murderer’ producing equally hideous images.

weekend warriorWho are the people described in the research as heroin  “chippers”?  They are what are considered to be ‘weekend warriors’, in other words, they regulate their use, contrary to popular belief, and follow strict formulas and protocols in order to keep safe and alive, employed, and out of jail.

flu shotFlu shots side effects- do you not listen to me? Per the CDC, one in 10,000 that get the vaccine risk being hospitalized or dying and that doesn’t even cover the lesser chronic side effects like, say, narcolepsy.. There is a reason why over 60% of doctors refuse to get one.

jniJani Schofield brother Bodhi- people ask about these kids more than any other topic or subject. Here is the latest of what I know; Bodhi is autistic, and apparently does not have the verbal skills Jani had at his age and statistically having a sibling with schizophrenia dramatically increases Bodhi’s chances of having it as well. Jani’s mom reports that Jani is on 325 mg of Clozaril, 900 mg of Lithium and 75 mg of Thorazine daily. Someone asked why the parents don’t ‘do her hair’.  Are you kidding me? I don’t know Jani personally, but I would venture to guess she doesn’t like sitting still and having the tangles combed out, and anyhow, she looks great with her wild blond curls which  most appropriately fit the little girl.

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The Natural Rhythm Of Recovery

You just know it when you see it. Consistency, accountability, healthy routines. They are the roots of recovery, and after witnessing chronic relapsing for over 8 years, I think I know when my daughter is finally the game changer, not the game player.

For those of you who think your addict loved one does not deserve another chance- think again. We never know when, which time, or in what environment the light bulb will go off and the addict suddenly transforms thoughts, actions, and attitude.

I love to see my daughter living a holistic life and making daily decisions of higher consciousness. This is a little hard to do as an addict, but seems to come quite naturally when you take the heroin out of the mix.

As an eclectic, she benefits from an array of modalities, activities, and practices in her life. I can’t tell you how much of each contributes to her success- only that in combination things are certainly working;

Daily oil pulling- Our whole family does this ancient Indian practice, which constitutes swishing cold pressed sesame oil every morning. The health benefits are numerous, not to mention cleaner straighter teeth and smaller gum pockets.

Fruit and vegetable juicing- barely a day goes by that we are not cutting and pressing a mix of celery, ginger, lemon, grapes, apples, carrots, and whatever berries we might have. Pure nutrients, immediate energy, and gives your digestion a rest.

Walk- now that we have 2 dogs, someone always needs a walk. She takes Xena for a face-paced longer walk, and Brandi for a short slow stroll.

Sai Sanjeevini prayer patterns- I broadcast a mega remedy daily, which includes everything from addiction to cancer prevention, to right conduct.

Sage Smudging- this is an American Native practice my daughter has adopted which involves purifying the home and thanking the universe and the inhabitants of the universe, and expressing gratitude while balancing the energy.

12 step meetings- Regardless of your recovery approach, everyone can benefit from meetings which can provide inspiration, support, and friendship. I don’t suggest relying on meetings exclusively-  they are a piece of the recovery puzzle.

Employment- going back to work after being in treatment on and off, can be a difficult transition to make. Keeping the flow, being on time, and earning, are now becoming part of the natural rhythm of recovery.

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Beating The Holiday Blues

I can’t help but touch upon the holidays again because we still have a week before Thanksgiving and Christmas, and New Years. Much sadness and mixed feelings can overwhelm and derail even the stablest of us during these times. There is an expectation of joy and love as the holidays are supposed to be time spent happily celebrating with family- they mark the passage of time in our lives. But some of us just aren’t feeling it- for some of us it is a time of loneliness, anxiety, and self reflection.

holiday-blues1There are many reasons why the holidays can come to represent pain, grief, regret, and loneliness, or just plain mixed emotions, to say the least. Regardless of the scenario, the end result is experiencing the emotions I just mentioned. The concern is getting stuck lamenting- a not good place to get stuck.

Can we be generic when we talk about how to deal with a variety of disturbing emotions under these circumstances? Yes, somewhat, and here is your toolbox…this goes for addicts and normies alike;

Fix yourself up- doing your hair and make-up and putting on a pretty outfit can actually give you a lift (or guys, shower and put on some nice clothes). I can tell you from personal experience, this is an essential ‘first’ to lifting yourself up out of a funk.

Homeopathic Ignatia amara- this is the classic grief remedy covering shock, depression, and sadness. Other remedies on the table may include Apis mellifera for rage and bottled up emotions, Gelsemium sempervirens for sensitivity and tearfulness, Natrum muriaticum for intense sorrow, and Aurum metallicum for the feeling of hopelessness and suicide.

Bach Flower remedies- We have to applaud the genus of Dr Bach, who made remedies from the dew taken off flowers, matching natures attributes to those of human beings (and animals too). They deal almost exclusively with emotions. Gentle and deep acting, try Willow for bitterness and difficulty accepting injustices, White Chestnut for over-active and exhausting mental chatter, or Gorse for hopelessness.

St. John’s Wort and Ginkgo Biloba- these are considered natural depression medications. St John’s wort is very effective for depression, particularly for mild to moderate symptoms without the side effects often associated with drugs. Ginkgo Biloba improves neurotransmitter production in the brain and helps bring oxygen-rich blood to the brain to improve functioning and also may help fight feelings of despair.

Eat right- avoid processed foods and eat high in omega3 oils.

Reach out and call a family member- perhaps one you have been feuding with or one you may have neglected. Put your pride aside and be humble.

Give of yourself – one way is to volunteer serving those less fortunate than you- giving is one of the best ways to get off the pity train and ‘loose yourself’, and the rewards are immeasurable.

If you are a recovering addict suffering lows during the holidays, attend a meeting for strength and fellowship, keep busy and well fed, and choose from the following remedies- Lac humanum for feelings of isolation, estrangement, and detachedness, and we can look at homeopathic Tobacium or Aurum metallicum, both for cravings of all kinds. Or Agrimony, the Bach Flower remedy of choice for people who put on a brave face to hide their inner struggles, even from themselves, and most often given to those who suffer addiction.

Sai Sanjeevini is a prayer based system of healing which offers a pattern for addiction, amongst hundreds of other patterns for any malady or condition you could thing of. If you are not familiar with this healing system, think outside the box and go to saisanjeevini.org. Try making the addiction remedy right at home, and see what happens.

Read your bible, or take a Kabbalah lesson at the Rav’s site, http://laitman.com/Him1

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Confused About Harm Reduction?

Based on the statements and questions I get, there still seems to be some harmconfusion about harm reduction. Let me clarify a few things.

First, whoever thinks they can practice harm reduction while living in a rehab residential program or sober living, is just wrong. Sober living is specifically a time for abstinence. Perhaps you are court ordered to sober living, or need to log more clean time in a structured setting, but for whatever reason, I do NOT recommend trying to ‘use’  less harmfully, while in sober living- the consequences are too grave and you will more than likely end up homeless or living somewhere you don’t want to be or maybe in jail. Back to ‘start’ again- lost respect and lost ground, or maybe worse. Residential programs and sober living homes are designed for people who want sobriety. If you are living soberly, yet wish to practice harm reduction and still ‘use’, then you are at the wrong place! Be honest with yourself.

universal healingSome folks struggle more than others, regardless of what philosophy they follow. There is a world of healing energy out there, for all to use and benefit from, and for those who desire change in mind and body. For anyone who suffers from heroin addiction or any addiction, I have told you this before and will tell you this again, look into some of this, PLEASE…it is but a drop in the bucket of what is available to you;

Homeopathic remedies– you can either dowse for the best homeopathicpick (picks) or choose from the characteristics of the following (this is but a fraction of dozens of appropriate remedies);
Lac humanum– made from the milk of 9 women, it is a nurture remedy and almost all addicts can benefit from it, but like any other remedy, you must determine dose and frequency.
Nux vomica and Avena sativa while detoxing for upset stomach and that ‘poisoned’ feeling.
Tabacum for cravings of all kinds.

 

prayDaily prayer or Kaballah study– thinking about God puts you in another state and also compels you to check your behavior.

pendulum1Metaphysical training– dowsing, energy signature patterns, sacred geometry- learn to solicit and respect the universe.

officeWork– work is therapy, accountability, gratification, money at the end of the day, and a time filler for those of you who have far too much idle time on hand.

 

 

Pick up some healthy new habits- like juicing, jogging, biking, vegetarianjuicing cooking, gardening. You will find yourself in a new environment around folks who do these things, engaging in new dialogues.

 

 

 

Gratitude sharing– focus on the gifts of life and gain a sense of well being.

 

gemsWear your gemstone– if you are a Capricorn like me, wear garnets or emeralds, or just keep some small loose stones in your purse or pocket. Gemstones focus and amplify the body’s innate energies to uplift our health. Of course you can always dowse to see what gemstone will benefit you, or check your astrology chart, which will give you your birth stone.
ohnever announce to a group that you are an addict- as you say you are, is as you will be.

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The Sober Stone

ameythestThe amethyst (also called the artist’s stone) is my daughter’s birthstone, she being born in February, and it has been a prized gem throughout the centuries. From the breastplate of Aaron, to the rings of Bishops, to the British crown jewels, a true amethyst has been valued as much as the diamond, but as it’s rarity decreased, so did it’s value.

The name amethyst was derived from the ancient Greek word amethustos, meaning “not intoxicated”, or “sober”.  Throughout history the special virtue of amethyst has been that of preventing drunkenness and overindulgence.  The stone is thought to control evil thoughts, make a shrewd man in business, protect soldiers from wounds during battle, aid warriors to victory, help hunters as they search for game, protect the wearer from contagious diseases, and makes demons take flight if the figure of a bear that has been inscribed on the jewel. The amethyst is known as a precious stone bringing forth the highest and purest of aspirations, while guarding against anger and our base natures. It encourages calmness, bravery, chastity and sobriety. It is associated with the crown chakra at the top of the head where divine essence enters. Historically, the stone was believed to assist in prophecies and visions and thought to bring riches and powers to its owners, and rings of amethyst set in bronze were worn as charms against evil, and magical cups carved from amethyst banished sorrow and evil from all who drank. It is a good stone to solve disharmony, and is suggested for the children of warring relatives to wear. In recent times, it has been suggested that amethyst cups be used by college students to avoid over intoxication.

To quote crystalvaluts.com, “In today’s world, Amethyst is still a remarkable stone of spirituality and contentment, known for its metaphysical abilities to still the mind and inspire an enhanced meditative state. Its inherent high frequency purifies the aura of any negative energy or attachments, and creates a protective shield of Light around the body, allowing one to remain clear and centered while opening to spiritual direction. Amethyst stimulates the Third Eye, Crown and Etheric Chakras enhancing cognitive perception as well as accelerating the development of intuitive and psychic ability.”

Perhaps all clients should receive an amethyst ring or necklace when they enter a recovery facility, but I am not seeing any program directors handing out stones. The healing power of the amethyst, and all gemstones, is vast, including stress relief, protection, and all physical, emotional and spiritual healing.  Our addicts need all the help they can get, and just calling your facility ‘Amethyst House’ is not enough.

Amethyst trivia- did you know that the Smithsonian has one of the largest Amethysts ever, weighing 400 pounds!amethyst1

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Practicing Harm Reduction

push harm reductionSome people have a misconception of what harm reduction really implies- you see, folks who are systematically practicing harm reduction in regards to drugs or alcohol are not necessarily addicts, nor do they always display addict-like behaviors. Practicing harm reduction requires being better disciplined and higher functioning individuals then your every day addict- they often successfully manage their DOC (drug of choice). They usually hold down jobs and have families, and have learned to follow a template that works, without wreaking havoc on their families, employers, and society as do addicts as we know them.  I  do not advocate pro or con on this issue, but I can say that harm reduction saves lives.

drunkIf an alcoholic usually binges for 5 days at a time, and now he binged for only 3 days, is this harm reduction? NO! If a alcoholic who usually binges for 5 days, plans a drinking schedule to restrict his drinking to only 1 day in every 5 days, marks it down on the calendar and adheres to it, THIS is harm reduction. And I would venture to say if this man can successfully maintain, then he can no longer be considered an alcoholic.

It is little publicized that when it comes to heroin, only 23% of those who use itchipper become addicted. If you feel you are a part of the 23% then perhaps you are not a good candidate for practicing harm reduction, because as I said, it requires the non-addict behaviors of  planning and preparation and thought before action. It’s important you know where you lie in the percentiles and be honest with yourself.  The 23% may have no choice but to go the route of absolutely NO heroin. For the other 77%, until you can stop using altogether,  read Over The Influence and The Little Book, and then follow these tips;

  • Never use alone- have some one nearby who can save your life, if necessary
  • Use a low dose- The best way to prevent heroin addiction is to keep your dose low, never increase the dose, and to back off from heroin completely if you find your usual dose is not effective.
  • Choose smoking or snorting over injection- is not quite as instant in effect as smoking or injecting, but it will still take effect very quickly with much lower risk. While all methods of heroin use carry the risk of overdose, it is less likely with smoking because you can stop once you feel high, whereas with injecting, once the drug is in your body, you can’t do anything to reduce the effects or overdose risk
  • Use clean needles- if you must inject, plan ahead and go to the clean needle exchange
  • Never use heroin two days in a row, and never use more to treat heroin withdrawal symptoms.
  • Be an acquirer- never purchase directly for a heroin dealer- get it from a friend who uses, like you. It may be more expensive but it is safer in terms of being arrested.

I do not advocate heroin use- I feel the ultimate harm reduction is not using at all. This is what I suggest to anyone out there fighting addiction and trying to abstain from heroin;

  • Radionics– both Sai Sanjeevin and Paper Doctor have patterns for addiction. You can print these patterns right off the internet for free, and use them.
  • Take the Bach flower remedy called Agrimony– the classic remedy given to addicts.
  • Dowse, or have someone dowse for you, to find the most beneficial homeopathic remedy to assist you in addiction, or seek the advise of a professional homeopath who uses conventional intake and rubrics to prescribe.
  • Find your healing note and color (again by dowsing), or find it through astrologically. After you determine them you can write them down and put the paper in your pocket or in your pillowcase, or with color, try wearing the color or placing flowers of the color in your room.
  • Balance your chakras- this can be done by placing a witness on Ruggerio’s radionic circuit #19 called cosmo-biological reactivation, for rejuvination, vitality and healing.  Or, you can use a pendulum and a chakra dowsing chart.
  • Call your sponsor– use your tools and call your sponsor before you have the slip, not after, genius.
  • Give of yourself– I can’t stress enough how important this is. Focusing on the needs of others is one of the best ways to get off the pity train.pity train

 

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