Are you a struggler or a Winner Mr./Miss Addict?

Many addicts Win

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Copyright. Amy Battenhausen 2019

Different types of addictive substances and their effects

Types of addictive substances

  1. Stimulants-

(cocaine, crack, amphetamines) give a temporary

illusion of enhanced power and energy. As the initial

elevation of mood fades, depression and other serious

medical problems may emerge, including heart attacks,

seizures, strokes, and violent, erratic, anxious, or paranoid

behavior.

2. Cocaine use during pregnancy may result in miscarriage,

stillbirth, or low birth–weight babies who may be drug-

dependent and may later develop behavioral or learning

difficulties. Long-term amphetamine abuse can result in

psychosis with symptoms that include paranoid delusions

and hallucinations.

HEROIN

Heroin is an opioid drug in the same class as medications like

morphine. It can be injected with a needle or inhaled. Heroin

produces an intense feeling of pleasure when a person first

begins to use it. Occasional use of heroin often progresses to

dependence or addiction. Skipping use of heroin for an

addicted person can lead to significant withdrawal symptoms

such as chills, sweating, runny nose and eyes, abdominal

cramps, muscle pains, insomnia, nausea, and diarrhea.

Heroin use during pregnancy may result in miscarriage,

stillbirth, premature delivery, or drug-dependent babies.

Injecting heroin introduces substances into their

bloodstream, that can result in severe damage to the heart,

lungs, and brain. In addition, needle sharing spreads

diseases—this is the leading cause of all new HIV and

hepatitis cases.

Opiate abuse can bring about significant and long-lasting

chemical changes in the brain.These changes cause a

person to experience intense cravings and negative

emotions when they try to stop. Several medications can be

used to treat heroin addiction including buprenorphine,

methadone and naltrexone.

4. HALLUCINOGENS

Hallucinogens are drugs such as LSD (acid) or designer

drugs (ecstasy) that are taken orally and cause hallucinations

and feelings of euphoria. Dangers from LSD include stressful

flashbacks—re-experiencing the hallucinations despite not

having taken the drug again, sometimes even years later.

Excessive use of ecstasy, combined with strenuous physical

activity, can lead to death from dehydration or an

exceptionally high fever.

Addiction is a serious illness and can ruin health, finances,

relationships, and careers.The abuse of drugs and alcohol

is a leading cause of preventable illnesses and premature

death in our society.The importance of substance abuse

treatment cannot be overstated, and fortunately many

effective treatments are available.

Consequences of Use

5. ALCOHOL

Most adults are familiar with alcohol and its effects.

Alcohol is a legal drug that can produce pleasant effects

with lower amounts, but that can produce dangerous

effects with higher amounts. People often drink alcohol

during social occasions. Unfortunately, the reckless

behavior that often results from excessive drinking is a

leading cause of serious injury and accidental death.

Alcoholism is an illness in which a person loses the

ability to control their drinking, and it is often associated

with the development of problems in work, relationships,

and health. It is an illness that tends to run in families and

is often associated with depression. Alcoholism can have

devastating effects on health, including serious liver

damage, greater risk of heart disease, impotence, infertility,

and premature aging. Alcohol is the most common cause

of preventable birth defects, including fetal alcohol

syndrome.

An alcoholic who needs to drink daily should stop their

use of alcohol under the supervision of a physician, and

may need medication during their withdrawal.There are

medications that can help reduce the compelling desire to

drink alcohol.Treatment is more successful early in the

development of alcoholism than when the illness has been

allowed to progress for years.

6. MARIJUANA

Marijuana is the most widespread and frequently used

illicit drug and is associated with short-term memory loss,

accelerated heartbeat, increased blood pressure, difficulty

with concentrating and processing information, lapses in

judgment, and problems with perception and motor skills.

Years of marijuana use can lead to a loss of ambition

and an inability to carry out long-term plans or to function

effectively.

7. INHALANTS

Inhalants are breathable chemicals like glue, paint thinner,

lighter fluid.They are commonly abused by teenagers

because they are easy to obtain and because they

produce mind-altering effects when sniffed or “huffed.”

These chemicals reach the bloodstream very quickly and

can be deadly. High concentrations of inhalant fumes can

cause heart failure or suffocation and long-term abuse can

cause permanent damage to the nervous system.

8. SEDATIVES

Sedatives are highly effective medications prescribed by

physicians to relieve anxiety and to promote sleep.

Harmful effects can occur when taken in excess or without

a physician’s supervision. Combining sedatives with

alcohol or other drugs greatly increases the likelihood of

death by overdose. Women who abuse sedatives during

pregnancy may deliver babies with birth defects who also

may be physically dependent on drugs.

9. NICOTINE

Nicotine in tobacco products has addictive properties

similar in severity to those of heroin. Quitting is difficult

because of the unpleasantness of withdrawal, which

involves feelings of irritability, frustration, anger, anxiety,

insomnia, and depression. Continued smoking may lead to

far more dire circumstances, including lung cancer, heart

attacks, emphysema, high blood pressure, and ulcers.

Treatment

The first step on the road to recovery is recognition of the

problem, but often this process is complicated by a lack of

understanding about substance abuse and addiction or

denial. In these cases, the intervention of concerned

friends and family often prompts treatment.

Addiction is a chronic illness like heart disease, high

cholesterol or high blood pressure. People with these

chronic diseases are prone to relapse. Because substance

abuse affects many aspects of a person’s life, multiple

forms of treatment are often required. For most, a

combination of medication and individual or group therapy

is most effective. Medications are used to control drug

cravings and relieve severe symptoms of withdrawal.

Therapy can help addicted individuals understand their addiction.

AmyB

Sweet summer jello shots with pink starburst..

Jello shots

Pink Starburst Jello Shots

Ingredients

6 oz. Strawberry Jell-O gelatin
1 1/2 cups hot boiling water
1 shot glass sweet and sour mix
1/2 cup whipped vodka – chilled
1/2 cup watermelon pucker – chilled
1 cup Cool Whip – thawed
12 pink Starburst candies for garnish
12 2.5 oz plastic soufflé cups

Instructions

1.Add the powdered strawberry Jell-O to a large bowl. Pour the hot water on top of the gelatin and whisk quickly until completely dissolved.
2.Add the sweet and sour mix, whipped vodka and watermelon pucker. Whisk well to combine.
3.Add the thawed Cool Whip and whisk until the Jell-O begins to thicken (about 2 minutes).
4.Transfer the gelatin mixture to the 12 soufflé cups, filling up to the top of each cup.
5.Chill for 2 hours.
6.If you are not serving the Jell-O shots right away, place lids on all of the cups until serving time.
7.Right before serving, slice 12 Starburst candies halfway up the middle. Slide a candy piece on the rim of each Pink Starburst Jello Shot.
ENJOY!! Drink Safe and No driving Drunk!
AmyB.
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Hold Mock Funerals for the addict/for yourself and show them the future if they don’t get help…

Try this, and actually perform a burial for your addiction. Write down your addiction and explain it and how it messed up your life and the awful experience you had with it, including if your kids were taken or you lost a spouse or family because of it and put it in a container of some kind and seal it up!

Have you a support group or one Close supportive person to attend with you! Grab a shovel and start digging a grave for your addiction because it’s dead now and it is never coming back it literally can’t! Grab your pre written burial ulogly that says here lies my addiction, it was loved by me and hated by me and hated by all others…. etc…., and then toss it in the grave.

After its burial, say one last goodbye and you walk away without it and leave it there.

This is a great way to keep your addiction really gone and I hope y’all take my advice and it’s helpful to you because some people will be better able to understand that it’s not about to come back, it’s dead and that’s impossible dead things don’t come back!

Red Flag thoughts, how to recognize them and stop them from ruining your recovery.

RED-FLAG Thoughts-

What are Red Flag Thoughts

Red Flag thoughts are thoughts that you have in your mind that let’s you believe or justify your decision to go use drugs and relapse and once you are familiar with them REDFLAG thoughts you will find yourself catching them as soon as they take root and you can stop them quick! You begin by trying to not think about using and then it moves on to you trying to justify it in your head by saying that it’s only going to be once or maybe you have had a bad day so you deserve to go get high and before you know it you are looking in the ugly face of the big R. Relapse and that’s never pretty for any recovering addict!

Saying things like One drink is all I need and I’m done, or it’s only one pill, and no one has to know, is nothing but the beginning of a Relapse and could very likely pull you all the way back into your full addiction. It’s important to figure out the places, things, feelings that cause you to want to use and plan to counter them and fight them, or even avoid them all together to keep your self in Recovery. Once you can establish what those things are, for example I don’t watch Intervention, then you can avoid the thoughts that will cause you to crave the addiction!

You have to pay attention and really focus to keep these thoughts away and learn to live without them in your mind and to live without people or avoid places that trigger you and find new people and places you like and leave drugs out of all your new life and new friends so you don’t have any triggers in your everyday life anymore.

Homework assignment is to make a list of things that cause you cravings or triggers and begin to plan a way to cut it out of your new life in recovery, because your going to Win damn it! You are stronger than your addiction and you have a life to get back to and family who missed you and new friends and new fun things to see and do and you don’t have time to be alone in addiction jail anymore you have a awesome life to live!

AmyB

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A Toolbox for Recovery: What to put in yours.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM A TOOLBOX?

Whether you are thinking about sobriety, are in the early stages of it, or are well into it, you can benefit from having a Toolbox. Actually, if you are human you can benefit from a Toolbox.

If you are still drinking/drugging/whatevering, you can start incorporating these things NOW. By doing this, you effectively soften the blow when you remove the harmful substance. Adding in healthy coping tools before the quit creates new habits, new synapses in the brain, new circuitry. You effectively train yourself to seek the healthy coping mechanism/tool, and as you move through quitting the bad stuff, your body has learned other ways to self-soothe/balance/cope.

#AmyzAlleyrealRecovery-A personal note:
The most used “Tool” that I have in my own Addiction Recovery Toolbox, is for times of acute and sudden stress, days in which im feeling particularly depressed or am so close to giving in, can be accessed through anyone’s YouTube app! I made a #motivationinRecovery playlist and added all my favorite speeches or talks, or songs that motivate me to keep going and to not give up. I listen to them and slowly but surely my thinking eventually begins to change and I get that boost of confidence I need to realize that not only was I triggered, but I can name what triggered me, note any red flag thoughts or actions that I had prior to that and begin to plan ways to better avoid that in the future, even potentially training myself to catch the red flags, and then immediately redirect myself towards something that effectively holds my attention and mind away from the problem/problems that lead me to thinking about giving up my sobriety. I’m not near there as of yet, but with practice I know I can be my own defense and win in the long as long as I prepare for absolutely anything that could cause me to fail.

#Recoveryrising. #SoberNation

Thank you to all my followers, readers, supporters, friends and family,

AmyB

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Delicious Summer Rum Drinks.

Caribbean Rum Punch

• 2 cups orange juice
• 2 cups pineapple juice
• ¼ cup grenadine
• ¼ cup triple sec
• 1.5 to 2 cups rum
• 1 to ½ cup sprite