Two longtime lovers: spray paint artist, Chor Boogie, and yogini and performance artist, Bast.
One shocking drug relapse—after more than a decade clean.
Then the disheartening discovery: 90% of narcotics addicts relapse in the first year in our Western medical system.
The lovers navigate the treacherous labyrinth of addiction and ultimately chose to pursue treatment with an obscure indigenous African sacred plant medicine called iboga, used since ancient times for shamanic initiation and spiritual healing, and proven to have powerful addiction breaking effects. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s seems to be worth the try, considering the alternatives.
This medicine is only available well beyond the borders of the United States. There is hope for healing, if they can both make it to the shaman in time.
When you are in the grip of anxiety, fear, or worry:
Do you feel powerless to stop your reacting?
Does your life feel unmanageable?
Does your craving for control interfere with your life?
Do you feel hopeless for a cure?
If you answer "yes" to these questions, you anxiety has become an addiction. It acts like a drug that excites, numbs, and possesses you, causing you to avoid a full life. Viewing anxiety as an addiction, Dennis Ortman, Ph.D. guides you through the time-tested Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to find relief from your anxiety. He shows how the Steps offer practical wisdom on how to transform your anxious habits of thinking into constructive action. The Steps invite you to stop, look, listen, and then consciously act to create a new life, awakening your true self.
Is it possible to overcome the powerlessness of addiction? Joining forces to answer this age-old question, coauthors Anderson Spickard Jr., a doctor with over forty years’ experience in addiction medicine, and James B., a recovering addict, candidly describe the harsh challenges and clearly outline the necessary steps toward healing and recovery.
Combining firsthand accounts and simplified medical insights, The Craving Brain addresses how adolescent binge drinking plays a role in the development of alcohol addiction, explains why addicts don’t need to hit rock bottom before they can recover, and responds to some of the most compelling mysteries of addiction, including:
Why are some people at a higher risk?
Is an uncontrollable craving a moral failing or a brain injury?
Why can’t addicts see their problem and just quit?
Are interventions helpful or dangerous?
How effective are twelve-step programs?
How is brain science transforming addiction recovery and improving treatment outcomes?
As hopeful as it is unapologetically realistic, this groundbreaking guide is a must-read for anyone who suffers from addiction or knows or works with addicted individuals. With courage, determination, and the right support, recovery is indeed possible.
Do you worry that you drink too much? Or perhaps you fear that your dependence on drugs, food, sex, or some other vice is spiralling out of control, and taking your quality of life with it? In Who Says I'm an Addict?, David Smallwood looks at the issue of addiction with compassion, clarity, and wisdom that comes not only from his own difficult journey with addiction, but from his considerable experience overseeing treatment programmes in rehabilitation clinics. David looks in detail at all areas of addiction, from denial, hitting rock bottom, and dealing with shame and guilt, to how our family of origin and the traumas we go through in childhood influence us in later life. He then explores the road to long-term recovery, guiding the reader on how to do the emotional work necessary to ensure that they avoid relapse and can finally lay their demons to rest and get on with re-building their life.
Anxiety is the most common mental disorder in the United States, with an estimated 40 million adult sufferers. The anti-anxiety drug Xanax is the nation s most-prescribed drug. But drugging anxious Americans is not a solution to the problem of anxiety. Taking Control of Anxiety shows that there are many other proven ways to treat anxiety. This is a self-help book in the best sense of the term conversational in tone, supportive, and filled with simple tips and suggestions that can help people reduce their own anxieties.
According to the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), Hypnosis is a state of inner absorption, concentration, and focused attention. While there are many myths surrounding hypnosis, according to the ASCH, there is general agreement among medical professionals that certain effects of hypnosis exist. However, there are also differences of opinion within the research and clinical communities about how hypnosis works. This book aims to sort out the myths from the proven facts. If you are interested in learning more about hypnosis, how it works, and whether it can help you achieve goals or overcome personal or professional problems in your life, this book is an essential guide.
With troubles beginning as early as childhood, the trajectory of Shane Niemeyer’s life seemed to have only one direction: down. His struggles with heroin addiction led him to jail, and he eventually hit rock bottom. Soon, his two pack a day cigarette habit was the healthiest thing he did. One dark night in jail, his suicide attempt failed. What happened next transcends the term recovery.
The Hurt Artist is the searing yet luminous travelogue of Shane’s powerful journey from suicidal addict to Ironman. He vividly depicts the landscape of pain in which he’s lived his life—emotional and physical pain inflicted upon him and that he inflicts upon himself, pain that pulls him down, and, in detailing his training, the pain he harnesses to lift himself up. Ultimately, Shane’s story is one of redemption and triumph, a lesson in the value of second chances and a clear reminder that nobody, regardless of how seemingly desperate their circumstances, is beyond the reach of salvation.
From inmate #71768 to Ironman Triathlon World Championship competitor #1419, Shane paints a stirring self-portrait in this hilarious, horrifying, and hopeful account that is sure to hook readers of edgy sports biographies.