Podcast: Overtime Rant about Sessions, Kratom and Naloxone

A mid-summer addiction recovery rant. And, like most rants it runs overtime and sounds a bit crazy. I share my thoughts on new U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions and his ramping up the failed War on Drugs, the positive possibilities of the natural supplement Kratom, and how some authorities are refusing to respond to emergency overdose calls. The take away? We must look after each other, now more than ever.

 

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Be Here Now

These 3 words: Be Here Now were some of the most powerful and inspirational that I heard in my early recovery. There were a lot of similar expressions, like Keep your head where your feet are, Take it one day at a time, Live in the now, Wherever you go – there you are, Just for today, and on and on.

As much as I like meaningful words, I just was never much of a sloganeer. These sayings were fine for bumper stickers, but I always interpreted them as “AA sales pitches.” Like “keep Coming Back, It Works If You Work It.” I always hated that one because it assumes that if I go back out, if I relapse, it is because I was a failure and I failed at working this miraculous AA program. I didn’t “work it good enough.” So, these sayings and slogans may have been well-meaning, but to me, they represented an ideal to which I often fell short. They set me up for failure.

And, the fonts and typesetting were horrible. They looked like they were right out of a Byzantine monastery. I couldn’t relate intellectually, spiritually, or artistically.

I was at an old book store at a dusty market in Fergus, Ontario. The stall had all sorts of metaphysical and new age titles. And, it had an interesting thick book with a beautifully designed cover illustration. It was an intricate line drawing, white on a purple background. The title was

Be  Here  Now

Wow, that’s it, I thought! That’s as simple as recovery can get Be  Here  Now…

I opened the book and found dozens of short essays illustrated by someone who was obviously familiar with a vast amount of hallucinogens. The author was Ram Dass, who I later discovered was a former Harvard professor, a friend and fellow traveller with the more famous Timothy Leary. Dass’ former name was Richard Alpert, until he undertook several spiritual quest to India and the east, and he transformed from a tweed wearing, pipe smoking Harvard intellectual, to a simple follower of truth. This book sung to me. I had to buy it. I think, after the US to Canadian exchange rate was factored in, it costs me $7.95 That’s Cheap for a new philosophy on life.

Be  Here  Now

This book made a huge difference in my life. It helped me understand and become comfortable with my own truth. And here’s the truth I learned. I’ll tell you now, in case you can’t find your own:

We can control nothing outside of the two square feet we each occupy on this planet.

Put your hands on top of your head and look down at your feet. There you are. No bumper sticker or poorly designed slogan required.

Be Here Now

You can click on any of the “Be Here Now” links in this post and order your copy of Ram Dass’ book.

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Podcast: For Profit Addiction Treatment is Killing Us

Newest Podcast: Obamacare helped expand insurance coverage for thousands of people seeking addictions treatment. It also created loopholes where unscrupulous for profit sober living houses and treatment centers can take advantage of desperate people seeking help with drug and alcohol addiction. They have become Body Snatchers – and people in their care are dying!

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Episode 53 Podcast: Social Media and Our Futures in Addiction Recovery

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Podcast Episode #50! Who knew we’d last this long?

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Addiction is a Disease

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, addiction is a brain disease and we need to do more to get people the addiction recovery help and treatment they need. Podcast:

 

 

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Accept The Things We Cannot Change

Many people in my life are all fired up regarding the U.S. presidential election results. My Left-Wing friends are in shock, and grieving. My Right-Wing friends are celebratory and gloating. My Canadian friends are just dumbfounded and disbelieving.

Here’s a dose of reality: We conducted a legal and Constitutionally-valid election. Donald Trump won. He will be the 45th President of the United States. There will be a peaceful transfer of power in January. This is reality.

Please accept the results, even if they are not what you had hoped for. Please continue to focus on your sobriety and addiction recovery. And, please, be kind to others, even if you don’t agree with one another’s politics.

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RIP Leonard Cohen

There is a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in…”

RIP Leonard

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Is Alcoholics Anonymous a Religion? A controversial Podcast by Robert

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Podcast #40: Stressful events

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