Baffling, cunning and confusing addictive thinking ruins lives.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Wino, Paris 1949

Sabine Weiss Square of Breteuil, Paris 1949

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Marianne faithfull - Sister morphine

Evelyn Faithfull, Baroness Sacher-Masoch (born 29 December 1946) is an
award winning English singer, songwriter and actress whose career has
spanned over four decades. Her early work in pop and rock music in the
1960s was overshadowed by her struggle with drug abuse in the 1970s.
During the first two thirds of that decade, and with little notice, she
produced only two studio albums.

After a long commercial
absence, she returned late in 1979 with the landmark album, Broken
English. Faithfull's subsequent solo work, often critically acclaimed,
has at times been overshadowed by her personal history.

From 1966
to 1970, she had a highly-publicised romantic relationship with Rolling
Stones' lead singer, Mick Jagger. Several of the group's best-known
songs were inspired by Faithfull, such as Wild Horses. She wrote Sister
Morphine which features on their Sticky Fingers album.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Parenting Techniques that Can Help Discourage Addiction

I was taken aback by the Surgeon General’s recent announcement about our country’s addiction problem. While much of what he shared is not necessarily new information, it’s quite astonishing that, according to recent data, more people suffer from substance abuse than cancer.

As a parent and substance abuse educator, I am ever-vigilant about substance abuse awareness. Though it continues to be a difficult problem to address, it seems the best action we can take is to continue to educate ourselves and our children in the hopes they will understand the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

Through the Prevention Coalition, we strive to provide as many resources as possible to help teach every citizen about the effects of substance abuse. I’m impressed with your website, and I can tell we are of the same mind when it comes to prevention. Can I count on you to help me share these invaluable resources?

I truly feel that the more resources families have, the better equipped they will be in prevention efforts.

Thank you for your consideration, and if you prefer not to receive this type of communication, please let me know. Of course, if you’d like more information (perhaps through a research-based article I write for you that can be posted on your site?), let me know that, as well.


Jackie Cortez
340 S Lemon Ave #5780
Walnut, CA 91789


The Province of British Columbia, where I reside, recorded 914 overdose deaths in 2016 during a fentanyl crisis.

914 overdose deaths in British Columbia in 2016

Fentanyl-fueled overdose crisis in British Columbia escalates with another 142 deaths in December, for a total number of 914 deaths in 2016.

Canada should declare overdose deaths a national health emergency, said British Columbia Health Minister Terry Lake.
Lake made the comment while reeling from the release of the province’s year-end illicit drug overdose statistics by chief coroner Lisa Lapointe on Wednesday.
A record-high 142 people died of overdoses in December, bringing the province’s 2016 total to a staggering and tragic 914 deaths.
Lake says the province has taken unprecedented measures to try to address the crisis, including the opening of 20 overdose prevention sites in December, but the prevalence of fentanyl and now the even more dangerous carfentanil in street drugs has continued to push the death rate up.
The crisis unfolding in B.C. and elsewhere in Canada should also spark debate about how drugs are regulated in the country, Kendall said. 
In the meantime, Lapointe is urging people dependent on drugs to access supervised services and not use alone.
All recreational or experimental drugs users are being told avoid using drugs altogether. 
Lake said almost 100 overdoses were reversed at provincially-sanctioned overdose prevention sites since they started opening last month.
Had it not been for those sites, and other initiatives in response to the crisis, “many, many more lives would have been lost,” Lake said.
Source: http://www.metronews.ca/news/vancouver/2017/01/18/914-overdose-deaths-in-british-columbia-in-2016.html


Drug overdose among the top 10 causes of death in B.C.

The most common causes of death in B.C. are serious diseases and medical issues: cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease and others. Accidents, of all kinds, are common too.
Drug overdose first entered the top 10 in 2015, when there were 510 deaths. Assuming that the numbers of people dying from other causes have remained somewhat steady, drug overdose has moved up the list in the last year, falling just behind influenza – a virus for which the provincial government provides high-risk individuals with free vaccines.
Numbers provided by the province’s Vital Statistics Agency on accidental deaths also include drug overdoses and couldn’t be separated from non-overdose accidental deaths. This means that the number of non-drug-related accidents is likely much lower.

The Addiction Labyrinth


Choose Your Poison


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Living with a sense of purpose in life


A sense of purpose in life also gives you this considerable advantage:
"People with a sense of purpose in life have a lower risk of death and cardiovascular disease."

The conclusions come from over 136,000 people who took part in 10 different studies.

Participants in the studies were mostly from the US and Japan.

The US studies asked people:
  • how useful they felt to others,
  • about their sense of purpose, and
  • the meaning they got out of life.

The Japanese studies asked people about ‘ikigai’ or whether their life was worth living.

The participants, whose average age was 67, were tracked for around 7 years.

During that time almost 20,000 died.
But, amongst those with a strong sense of purpose or high ‘ikigai’, the risk of death was one-fifth lower.

Despite the link between sense of purpose and health being so intuitive, scientists are not sure of the mechanism.

Sense of purpose is likely to improve health by strengthening the body against stress.

It is also likely to be linked to healthier behaviours.

Dr. Alan Rozanski, one of the study’s authors, said:
“Of note, having a strong sense of life purpose has long been postulated to be an important dimension of life, providing people with a sense of vitality motivation and resilience.
Nevertheless, the medical implications of living with a high or low sense of life purpose have only recently caught the attention of investigators.
The current findings are important because they may open up new potential interventions for helping people to promote their health and sense of well-being.”

This research on links between sense of purpose in life and longevity is getting stronger all the time:
  • “A 2009 study of 1,238 elderly people found that those with a sense of purpose lived longer.
  • A 2010 study of 900 older adults found that those with a greater sense of purpose were much less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Survey data often links a sense of purpose in life with increased happiness.
No matter what your age, then, it’s worth thinking about what gives your life meaning.”

Read More:

Find out what kinds of things people say give their lives meaning.
Here’s an exercise for increasing meaningfulness
And a study finding that feeling you belong increases the sense of meaning.

The study was published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine (Cohen et al., 2015).

A sense of purpose in life
Link: http://www.spring.org.uk/2015/12/here-is-why-a-sense-of-purpose-in-life-is-important-for-health

Monday, November 14, 2016

Drug Ovetdose Deaths Studied

New Coroners Service team to re-investigate all 2016 drug deaths


Camille Bains, The Canadian Press
Last Updated Tuesday, November 1, 2016

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's chief coroner has announced the formation of a specialized drug-death investigation team as part of the province's effort to fight an opioid overdose crisis.
Lisa Lapointe has said most of the fatal overdoses are the result of people taking fentanyl with another drug, mostly cocaine, and many don't know they're ingesting the deadly opioid.


Along with our health, community and law enforcement partners, the BC Coroners Service has been deeply concerned about the rising number of illicit drug deaths in our province,” Lapointe said in a statement Tuesday.

Coroners service spokeswoman Barb McLintock said a specialized team will investigate drug deaths in greater depth.

She said funding will come from the $10-million fund announced by Premier Christy Clark in September for various projects including a center for research addiction.

McLintock said the first drug-death investigation is expected to begin next month and eventually all drug deaths that have already been investigated in 2016 will be more thoroughly analyzed.

The coroners service said there were 555 illicit drug overdose deaths in the province from January to September 2016 compared with 355 deaths during the same period last year.

People aged 19 to 29 and 30 to 39 have accounted for the largest percentage of deaths in the first nine months of this year, and 80 per cent of those killed were men, the service said.

Lapointe also announced Tuesday that a public inquest will be held into the death of 20-year-old Coquitlam resident Brandon Jansen.

He died on March 7 while he was a resident at a substance-abuse treatment center in Powell River.

“A public inquest will provide another avenue to explore some of the issues we have found arising in these deaths and, it is hoped, for a well-informed jury to make practical and useful recommendations to help prevent similar deaths in the future,” Lapointe said.

Jennifer Woodside, whose 21-year son Dylan Bassler died in April 2014 after taking one oxycodone pill laced with fentanyl, said he was a gifted studio arts student at Capilano University and would have contributed to society.

Woodside, a member of Moms United and Mandated to Saving the Lives of Drug Users, or MomsDU, said the stigma of addiction often prevents people from seeking help but parents are also struggling to get their kids into treatment because there aren't enough beds.

“We have to be more proactive than reactive and we have not become reactive to this,” she said.

NDP health critic Sue Hammell said there were 118 treatment beds in the province in 2012-13 for people up to age 19, but they steadily declined to the current 89 beds.

“It was not, and has not been, a priority to fund addiction beds for youth,” she said. “I can surmise that this is either a cost-saving venture or it's not deemed as a priority. But we are in a crisis and have been for a couple of years.”

Source: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/new-coroners-service-team-to-re-investigate-all-2016-drug-deaths-1.3141957

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Steppenwolf - The Pusher

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The Pusher (Live 1970)
You know I smoked a lot of grass.

Oh Lord! I popped a lot of pills.

But I've never touched nothin'

That my spirit couldn't kill.

You know I've seen a lot of people walking 'round

With tombstones in their eyes.

But the pusher don't care

If you live -- or if you die.

God Damn! The pusher.

God Damn! The pusher.

I said God Damn! God damn the pusher man.

You know the dealer, the dealer is a man

With a lump of grass in his hand.

But the pusher is a monster

Not a natural man.

The dealer for a nickel

Goin to sell you lots of sweet dreams.

Ah...but the pusher will ruin your body;

Lord he'll leave your mind to scream.

God Damn! The pusher.

God Damn! God damn the pusher.

I said God Damn! God damn the pusher man.

Well now if I were the president of this land

You know I'd declare total war on the pusher man.

I'd cut him if he stands, and I'd shoot him if he run,

And I'd kill him with my bible, and my razor and my gun....

GOD DAMN! The pusher

God damn the pusher.

I said God damn! God damn the pusher man!

Written by Hoyt Wayne Axton • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group 


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Cerimnial Chemistry

FALL 2003 CATALOG Ceremonial Chemistry
The Ritual Persecution of Drugs, Addicts, and Pushers Revised Edition
Thomas Szasz Paper    |   ISBN 0-8156-0768-7   |   2003

A polemical response to the controversy about drug use and drug criminalization.

"This highly original and fully appropriate title, something we have come to expect from Szasz's books, heralds an excellent sociological analysis of man's past and present relationships with drugs. . . . Szasz takes the reader through a religious scenario as imaginatively symbolic and insightfully analytic as any morality play can be." 

dashRonald K. Siegel, Contemporary Psychology

Thomas Szasz suggests that governments have overstepped their bounds:

- in labeling and prohibiting certain drugs as "dangerous" substances and 

- incarcerating drug "addicts" in order to cure them. 

Szasz asserts that such policies:

- scapegoat illegal drugs and the persons who use and sell them, and

- discourage the breaking of drug habits by pathologizing drug use as "addiction." 

Readers will find in Szasz's arguments a cogent and committed response to a worldwide debate.


Thomas Szasz is professor emeritus of psychiatry at State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. His books include The Manufacture of Madness: A Comparative Study of the Inquisition and the Mental Health Movement; The Meaning of Mind: Language, Morality, and Neuroscience; and Fatal Freedom: The Ethics and Politics of Suicide, all published by Syracuse University Press.

Nicolas Cage interviewed using only Nicolas Cage movie quotes:

Because of an interest in Tropical Fish, this picture was particularly eye-catching to me.

We interviewed Nicolas Cage using only Nicolas Cage movie quotes:

By Mike Pearl
Staff Writer

Are you a latter-day fan of Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage and the balls-to-the-wall, batshit insane acting style he calls "Western Kabuki"? Then don't walk, run—maybe while screaming incoherently?—to the first theater in your area showing Cage's new movie, Dog Eat Dog. Cage stars as Troy, alongside Willem Dafoe as Mad Dog and Paul Schrader as Grecco the Greek. It's a crime movie on its face, but it's really about three deeply racist, psychopathic murderers, who, in the course of committing an ill-fated crime, manage to spray bullets, ketchup, blood, brains, slurs, mustard, and psychobabble all over the greater Cleveland area.

Cage is promoting Dog Eat Dog alongside two other movies that are being released around the same time, and that sounds tedious to me. So to break up his monotony, I decided to futz with the interview format a little and used only lines from Nicolas Cage movies as my questions.