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The Four Stages of Being a Dive Bar Regular

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Alper Çuğun (CC BY 2.0)

I am what is commonly known as a binge drinker. I don’t ever drink at home, but I like to go out. When I go out I like to drink a ton. When I hit the town, I, like all of the other true partiers in the world, want a place to go where I know the vibe and know I am going to get my mind crushing buzz on with the least possible hassle, combined with the most possible fun.

It should also be cheap. For a boozebag, checking your wallet the next day can be a terrifying experience.

Which is why I always have a regular bar that I frequent. The last thing you want to do if you really want to get hammered is wander around aimlessly looking for a good place to drink.

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“Raping the Gods” Examines the Question: Is Sex Addiction Real?

71dlVRUUuSL._SL1315_Although author Brian Whitney is, without a doubt, a sex addict, he doesn’t like the term.

“I hate it when people call me an addict. Some people think sex addiction doesn’t exist, that it is just a made-up term to excuse bad behavior. Another group thinks that a sex addict is a crazy, out-of-control freak who thinks of nothing but getting laid every second of every day. Then there is a third group that thinks it sounds fun: ‘What are you complaining about, man? You get laid all the time and you think it’s a problem?’”

“I could tell a lot of stories about what I was doing, but I’d rather just say I was really fucked up. My major issue was infidelity. I was often involved in three or four different relationships at once. I got an enormous rush from having multiple sexual partners and lying to all of them.… Read the rest

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Schizophrenia, Depression and Addiction All Linked to Similar Loss of Brain Matter

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Jon Olav Eikenes (CC BY 2.0)

via PsyBlog:

Could there be an underlying biological cause for many mental illnesses?

Diagnoses as different as depression, addictions and schizophrenia are all linked to a similar pattern of gray-matter loss in the brain, a new study finds.

The results hint at an underlying biological cause for these mental illnesses.

Dr Thomas Insel, commenting on the study, said:

“The idea that these disorders share some common brain architecture and that some functions could be abnormal across so many of them is intriguing,”

The research, published in JAMA Psychiatry, pooled data from 193 separate studies, which included brain imaging from 7,381 patients (Goodkind et al., 2015).

Patients were experiencing all sorts of different mental illnesses, including depression, schizophrenia, OCD and some anxiety disorders.

Despite this, the researchers identified three structures in the brain which had shrunk across all the different diagnoses.

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Johann Hari: Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong

via Democracy Now:

As President Obama seeks $27.6 billion for federal drug control programs in his new budget, we talk to British journalist Johann Hari about the century-old failed drug war and how much of what we know about addiction is wrong. Over the past four years Hari has traveled to the United States, Mexico, Canada, Uruguay and Portugal to research his new book, “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War of Drugs.” His findings may surprise you — from the U.S. government’s persecution of Billie Holiday, to Vancouver’s success in addressing its heroin epidemic, to Portugal’s experiment with full decriminalization of all drugs.

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JUAN GONZÁLEZ: One part of President Obama’s new budget that has received little attention is the war on drugs. The White House is seeking $27.6 billion for federal drug control programs, nearly $1 billion more than last year.

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This Is What It’s Like When Gambling Is Your Drug

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Michael Dorausch (CC BY 2.0)

I have a friend whose life has been dominated by an addiction to gambling. You may well have one, too, although you may not know which person it is.

My buddy is smart and extremely funny, albeit in a way that makes people uncomfortable. He is good looking, dresses well and gives off the air of someone well educated. He also has fucked up his life with gambling in a major way.  I asked him what it felt like to him when he gambled.

“Betting is a feeling of pleasure better than sex, booze, drugs, anything,” my friend tells me. “It made the blood go to the tip of my cock. Betting on games when you don’t have the money is way better than betting when you do.”

via Substance.com:

I have a friend whose life has been dominated by an addiction to gambling. You may well have one, too, although you may not know which person it is.

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The Devil of Abundance on the Toilet

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Hartwig HKD (CC BY-SA 2.0)

I’ve always grown up hating money. The idea that “money is the root of all evil” crept in to my head at a young age and stood in place. This idea solidified when I entered the workplace. I’ve worked every kind of entry-level job out there. Warehouses, stocking shelves, hotels, call-centers. Everyone around me seemed to have this mindset that, “Yes, you have to work a job that you hate, but keep working, because you have to survive, and it’s awful.”

I thought I could escape this if I did compassionate work. I started working at a psychiatric hospital. I was just an orderly, or what they call a “psychiatric technician” in modern terms. I had been to hell and back again with a good friend who has the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder I, and figured that if I can put up with the many episodes of his mental illness, I could handle the distress of patients in a psychiatric setting — and hopefully shine a little light in hell.… Read the rest

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Facing Disturbing Truths About Pedophilia Could Help Us Keep Kids Safer

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Wayne Silver (CC BY 2.0)

When it comes to pedophiles and other people with weird sexual urges, our society is all about punishment, not prevention. We don’t want to help people who we think could mess with our kids. We want to pretend they don’t exist until they do mess with our kids, and then we want to punish and make an example of them. Even saying the words help and pedophile in the same sentence pisses people off. But this is likely the best path to reducing child sex abuse.

via Substance.com:

A guy I know was recently arrested for possessing child porn. We used to be friends but had a falling out years ago. Later he became kind of a big deal locally, a city councilor and the publisher of a magazine. Not surprisingly his being arrested got some attention in the media.

You might imagine I enjoyed some schadenfreude at the moment I saw his name in the paper, but as a sex addict I just felt bad for him.

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Kentucky wants drugmaker to pay for OxyContin abuse

Häggström, Mikael. "Medical gallery of Mikael Häggström 2014". Wikiversity Journal of Medicine 1 (2). DOI:10.15347/wjm/2014.008. ISSN 20018762.

Häggström, Mikael. “Medical gallery of Mikael Häggström 2014“. Wikiversity Journal of Medicine 1 (2). DOI:10.15347/wjm/2014.008. ISSN 20018762.

via Courier Journal:

A common refrain in Kentucky’s hardscrabble hills is that an entire generation has been lost to pain-pill abuse. Addiction has spawned crime, filled county jails and overburdened the too-few treatment centers. Overdoses have torn children from parents and parents from children.

State officials trace the roots of the problem to one potent drug: OxyContin. And for seven years, they’ve been forging ahead with a civil lawsuit that seeks to make drugmaker Purdue Pharma pay. As early as next year, it could bring the first-ever jury trial pitting Purdue against an addiction-plagued state over the painkiller.

“This is about holding them accountable,” Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway said. “They played a pre-eminent role in the state’s drug problem. This started to explode in the mid-1990s when Purdue Pharma was marketing OxyContin.

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Breaking the Addiction of Dissociation

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Enzymlogic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Via S.M.A.R.T.’s Ritual Abuse Pages:

This is a transcript from a presentation at the Eleventh Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference, August 2008.

Please use caution while reading to this presentation. It may be very heavy for survivors. All accusations are alleged. The conference is educational and not intended as therapy or treatment.

Joanne is a survivor of RA, family and government mind control and medical experimentation. She has been working on recovery for 14 years and has been instrumental in helping her three dissociative children heal. She leads a life as an active professional in her chosen field in her community.

Breaking the Addiction of Dissociation

Hello.

My name is Joanne.

I am an addict. I am addicted to dissociation.

Several months ago I started wondering if the defenses I commonly use could possibly be termed addiction. I knew they were habitual.

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Porn Addicts Get No Respect

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Of all the addictions in the world the porn addict might have the least cachet of all.

Most other addictions at least offer the illusion of a modicum of glamor, in which the uninitiated can convince themselves that “wow that addiction sure looks fun.” This doesn’t hold true for the porn addict.

via Substance.com:

There are always people out there who look at sex addicts as glamorous in some way. I have had friends, coworkers, even therapists, who looked at my past as something to covet. They apparently think of me spending my days fucking an entire town full of beautiful women, smiling the whole time.

Of course this is ridiculous.

But there is one type of sex addict who does not have this problem, and that is the porn addict. Porn addicts don’t have it easy. They get no respect.

In 2007 I went to rehab because of sex addiction.

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