Addiction Sameness

Alcohol, Opiates, Fat and Sugar are all Addictive Substances: this blog is about that "addiction sameness".

Monday, May 22, 2017

Chocolate Cake?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Perils of watching Dr. Trump

Do not unknowingly traumatize yourself by watching hateful acts, words and actions in person or remotely.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Coconut: Is It Healthy?


Coconut Is in Foods Everywhere. Is It Healthy?


The world is going coconuts. Following the popularity of coconut water, a broad spectrum of foods now add coconut oil and coconut flour. WSJ's Anne-Marie Chaker and Tanya Rivero discuss the popularity of coconut as well as its actual and perceived health benefits. 


Photo Illustration: Greg Clarke

Wild Boar on the Menu

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Chrissie Hynde on why she doesn't eat meat

Was shown on Swedish and Norwegian television the 28-29th of October 2014.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Alcohol is a Solution

Baffling, cunning and confusing addictive thinking ruins lives.


Hallucinogenic drug helped problem drinkers

Nature | News
Retrospective analysis shows hallucinogenic drug helped problem drinkers.
LSD blotter
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An analysis of old studies suggests LSD may have a role to play in treating alcoholism.
The powerful hallucinogen LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) has potential as a treatment for alcoholism, according to a retrospective analysis of studies published in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The study1, by neuroscientist Teri Krebs and clinical psychologist Pål-Ørjan Johansen of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, is the first-ever quantitative meta-analysis of LSD–alcoholism clinical trials. The researchers sifted through thousands of records to collect data from randomized, double-blind trials that compared one dose of LSD to a placebo.

Of 536 participants in six trials, 59% of people receiving LSD reported lower levels of alcohol misuse, compared to 38% of people who received a placebo. 

“We were surprised that the effect was so clear and consistent,” says Krebs. She says that the problem with most studies done at that time was that there were too few participants, which limited statistical power. “But when you combine the data in a meta-analysis, we have more than 500 patients and there is definitely an effect,” she says. 

In general, the reported benefits lasted three to six months. Their findings are published today in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

Psychedelics were promoted by psychiatrists in the 1950s as having a range of medical uses — to treat conditions such as schizophrenia, for example — before political pressures in the United States and elsewhere largely ended the work.

“Alcoholism was considered one of the most promising clinical applications for LSD,” says Johansen.

Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson is said to have espoused the benefits of LSD
in the book Pass It On: The Story of Bill Wilson and How the AA Message Reached the World.

In the last decade or so, however, a new generation of researchers have been interested in harnessing the therapeutic benefits of illicit drugs — such as (MDMA or ecstasy) 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA or ecstasy) for post-traumatic stress disorder, ayahuasca for drug and alcohol dependency, and psilocybin, the active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms, for smoking cessation.

The snow globe of perception?

How psychedelics exert such effects, especially after a single dose, remains unclear. LSD and its chemical cousins share structural similarities with the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is linked to many aspects of mood, memory and pleasure. These psychedelics also bind the same receptor sites in the brain as serotonin, but there the similarity may end — studies have shown that the hallucinogens elicit chemical cascades different from other compounds that bind at the same receptor2. To complicate matters further, LSD also acts at other receptors3.

For the moment, studying human behavioural responses rather than brain chemistry may be more helpful in understanding how the drugs work.

Robin Carhart-Harris, a psychopharmacologist at Imperial College London who has researched how psilocybin could treat depression, says that psychedelics must work at both biological and psychological levels. “Psychedelics probably work in addiction by making the brain function more chaotically for a period — a bit like shaking up a snow globe — weakening reinforced brain connections and dynamics,” he says.

Roland Griffiths, a behavioural biologist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, is investigating the influence of psilocybin on smoking cessation, and says that psychedelics sometimes give rise to distinctive, insightful experiences that can produce enduring positive changes in attitude, mood and behaviour.

“This is impressive and important work,” says Matthew Johnson, a psychiatrist also at Johns Hopkins University who is now running a small trial looking at the effectiveness of psilocybin to treat nicotine addiction.

“Although this meta-analysis does not replace the need to test the approach in new, well-designed and rigorous clinical trials, it puts some more muscle behind the interpretation that the older literature shows hints that psychedelic therapy might really help addiction.”

However, Ken Checinski, a consultant addiction psychiatrist and independent researcher based in London, says that although the results are exciting, no pharmacological treatment should be seen as a magic bullet and that modern therapeutic techniques have improved.
“The included LSD trials pre-date the use of psychological techniques such as motivational interviewing and cognitive behaviour therapy,” he says.


  1. Krebs, T. S. & Johansen, P-O. J. Psychopharmacol. (2012).
  2. González-Maeso, J. et al. J. Neurosci. 23, 88368843 (2003).
  3. Halberstadt, A. L. & Geyer, M. A. Neuropharmacology 61, 364381 (2011).

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"The Pusher" by Steppenwolf


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!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

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.


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.


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

Monday, January 2, 2017

Various Quotes and Pictures

'Poetry can repair no loss, but it defies the space which separates... by...reassembling what has been scattered.' ~ John Berger

"Learn to watch your drama unfold while at the same time knowing you are more than your drama." ~ Ram Dass


Topography of spirit 20 Born to be wild

Photo published for In Defense of Facts

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Reasons Why Chinese Walmart Will Give You Nightmares


Reasons Why Chinese Walmart Will Give You Nightmares

Walmart stores around the world, China in particular, are unlike stores in America.

Chinese Walmart stores are shocking for what was on their shelves. While stores in countries like the United States, Canada and even the United Kingdom probably have very similar inventory, China has proven to be quite the exception.

From items that would be illegal in the United States to animals that would literally make you gag if someone dared you to eat them, Walmart stores in China are undoubtedly unique for many reasons.


While we’ve already listed some of the craziest things found in Chinese Walmart stores like dried squid, hog heads and beef bits, fresh crocodiles easily make the top of our list. 
Fox Meat

Packaged and bought just like we buy turkey or chicken in America, fox is treated as an everyday staple for the Chinese. 

The Chinese actually take their fox meat pretty seriously as the country got into a fair amount of trouble in 2014 when it was discovered that the donkey meat sold in the stores was cross-contaminated with the fox meat. 

Dried Reptile

Chinese shoppers can find a variety of reptiles in their local Walmart meat departments from fresh daily selections to dried out and pre-packaged like the squid we saw earlier on our list. Displayed much like sausage, rice and eggs are in large open bins, customers pay a pretty penny to select fresh alligator, lizard and even turtle ribs. 

Powdered Horse Milk

While cows produce most of the world’s milk, there are plenty of other animals from buffaloes, goats and sheep to camels, donkeys and horses, that produce milk that can be consumed.

China is actually the only country in the world who sells and drinks horse milk so  Chinese Walmart stores sell Golden Horde Powdered Horse Milk.

Fake Sheep Offal

China has their own version of Spam. Though this delicacy is known as “fake sheep offal”...
Offal is actually the parts of a butchered animal that are considered inedible. In other words, these are the parts of an animal that should be thrown out and never eaten. 

But  “fake sheep offal”, instead of using the actual inedible parts of the sheep, this dish is only made to look and taste like it. 

Meat Floss Donuts

 “Meat Floss” was originally named Rousong, meat floss is also known as “meat wool” and “pork floss” and is a dried meat, most commonly pork, which has a fairly fluffy texture.

People in China go nuts for meat floss and put it on pretty much everything from tofu to even pastries and donuts.

Diet Water


In China, Diet Water has you wondering:isn’t water already calorie free? Yes but, when it comes to China marketing, sometimes you have to think outside the box...

Meat Water

Advertised as dinner in a bottle, flavors include everything from Cheeseburger and Fish ‘n’ Chips to Peking Duck and Beef Jerky. There’s even breakfast in a bottle with the long awaited and much anticipated debut of Brunch Omelet. Perhaps we’ll just stick with eggs and bacon

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