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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Interesting Questions From My Readers

in the knowNot a day goes by without me finding dozens of interesting questions from readers who want to know this, and they want to know that, and whatever. I try to research and address as many issues/conditions/questions as I can.  I’m not complaining- I actually love it- it keeps me in the know.

yes no % probabilityPendulum dowsing charts for kids– You can use the same charts for kids and adults alike, after all kids are subject to the same diseases, emotions, entity attachments and the like, as adults. Kids have chakras, can be balanced and can be cleared, just like adults.

blkta-rHow to purify black tar heroin- Now why would you want to do that? If you are trying to make a tautopathic remedy for reducing heroin withdrawals, I will give you the method, and in the name of harm reduction, pure is safer than unfiltered, so http://thependulist.wordpress.com/?s=tautopathy

saltAntidote Lachesis– This is not the first time someone has asked for the antidote to Lachesis, though for what purpose, I do not know. The antidotes to Lachasis are: Arsenicum, Mercurius, heat, alcohol, or salt.

little-bookHeroin chipper stories- If you are looking for entertainment, I do not have any such stories, but if you are looking for solid ways to use heroin as safely as possible, and with the smallest damage report as could be had, here are some tips to keep you alive, employed, and out of jail, if you choose to use, although I personally don’t know any chippers who successfully live the life. http://thependulist.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/the-three-day-heroin-rule-more-about-chippers/

almondsNuts and memory loss- Pistachios, almonds, and walnuts are known to strengthen the memory and restore memory loss. Here are other foods, herbs and supplements, and ideas concerning memory loss that may help you  http://thependulist.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/the-pendulum-picks-baryta-carbonica/

Jani and Bodhi schizophrenia- If you were to ask me if they both are, my answer is ‘yes.’                                       jni

Jani Schofield Munchausen-  Again you ask? and again I say ‘no.’

Bodhi Schofield faking- Are you kidding?  no

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The Three Day Heroin Rule- More About Chippers

It is hard to fathom that Jimmie has completed a course of study to become a drug and alcohol counselor, and he was never taught about chippers. Chippers are ‘weekend warriors’- folks who use heroin recreationally/intermittently and are not strung out or addicted. The 12 step group must feel very threatened when even considering someone being able to straddle heroin and life successfully- it is contrary to everything they teach and believe in. But it is true- this group, the greater portion of heroin users, does exist, and are still in the closet. Statistics show that 80% of all heroin users are chippers, not addicts. These chippers practice harm reduction, and that is how they stay alive and undiscovered…To do it well requires secrecy, privacy, and discipline- yes discipline. Harm reduction comes in many forms, and may be different to varying chippers. Harm reduction techniques could be:

Using clean needles- Dirty needles spread disease like HIV and Hep C

Using a formulate to prevent overdose when you haven’t used for a while– 60% of OD’s are from misjudging tolerance

Using a formula to prevent addiction- There are 2-  the 3  day rule (use 1 day and off 3 days) or the 8/72 rule (use for 8 hours and off for 72 hours).

Learning how to inject without getting an abscess- This is taught at the clean needle exchange- there is no reason to get an abscess

Purchase from acquirers, not dealers- It costs more but you are safer from being arrested

and lastly, little known…

Cut back amount if shooting in a new place- Tolerance is a funny thing. Addicts have been known to die from their second shot of the day after dividing their daily amount into three piles. It would therefore seem that their tolerance had been reduced since the first shot. It has been conjectured that tolerance was partially a matter of place-conditioning and that addicts who shoot in a particular gallery get conditioned- their body begins to gear up for a shot when they go there and that therefore they have a higher tolerance there. When they shoot up someplace else, their body isn’t ready and they OD.

I see the dilemma…How can we teach abstinence and harm reduction at the same time? Is it fair to keep this information from the chronic heroin relapsers, or would they think we are encouraging their use?

How many who overdosed might have been spared, had they known these simple harm reduction techniques and formulas?

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Disease Model VS. Psycho-Social Model

I’ve been going over it in my mind- disease model vs. the psycho-social model of addiction. With the disease model, the belief is  that there are symptoms and a prognosis, possibly even a bad gene. Also embedded in this conceptual framework is the belief that once the person has succumbed to addiction, they are always an addict and at the mercy of this disease. Advocates of this conceptual construct would also suggest that the only treatment for this “disease” is a medicalised one, and the only real “treatment” is abstinence. I am not one of those people. I follow the psycho-social theory- leave it to me to take the road less traveled.

I get irritated when family members who say they think that addiction is a disease, mention ‘bad character’ in the same breath. They don’t mention bad character when referring to cancer patients. (And you could be the biggest most ungrateful son-of-a-bitch, and still get your chemo.) But you must shape your character when battling addiction, which according to the disease model, you will never win. Now followers of the psycho-social model of addiction would argue that their construct for addiction looks upon the issue of addiction as a life choice which is influenced by society, environment and the psychological makeup of the substance user- a choice which is made by the individual. This choice is then influenced by the subjects psychology, environment, social discourse both personally and societal, and other factors such as physical / mental health, developmental abnormalities and learned behavior. They also embrace the concept of a natural limit to an addictive episode that exists, and that “spontaneous recovery” is the proof of this concept, and an attainable state for the addict, contrary to the notion that the addict will always be an addict.

I am a harm reductionist. I believe moderation can be taught and dis-eased bodies can be brought back into harmony. I also believe that moral bankruptcy can be halted and turned around and brought into balance as well, and balance is the key to health.  Perhaps traditional rehab should have less pity parties, and more of the following;

  • gratitude sharing- focus on the gifts of life and gain a sense of well being
  • metaphysical training- dowsing, energy signature patterns, sacred geometry- learn to solicit and respect the universe
  • community service- getting lost in the act of giving takes your mind off your self

 never announce to a group that you are an addict- as                                             you say you are,  is as you will be.

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New Ways To Learn

It is amazing how those who read my blog inspire me, and how much I am learning from them along the way. Folks from over 50 countries are actually interested in the same things that I am- from Bangladesh to Belgium, Albania to Argentina, New Zealand to the Netherlands. Reading the search terms typed in to find my various articles are not only thought provoking but they solidify the sense of community I am feeling from those who find the time to read my blog.

There is a huge interest in Jani and Bodhi Schofield and schizophrenia, hep C, genetically modified food, and dowsing. These are all subjects I have written on and will continue to bring forth more information on, as it becomes available.

My list of categories gets longer and longer, but I will always write about my greatest passions;

• All the latest natural healing techniques and modalities
• Living metaphysical- dowsing
• Downsizing and putting less value on material goods
• Rethinking and revamping what we teach our children- new models
• Empowerment by learning to connect with the energy of the universe-
• Anything addiction                                                         
• Social injustice and human rights

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