I'm doing detox...hardcore, heavy metals, viruses, candida (and whatever else is being pulled out as I do this thing)...as it comes out so does the psychic sludge...all correlated with shit in the physical body, yes...really amazing and wonderful and beautiful...if also rough going...
That Awful Dread
By Georgi Y. Johnson - Dread is a fusion of anger and fear, in a cloud of threatening horror, that moves between and through people. In the social field, it is channeled through hidden agendas of entities that have lost connection with a deeper truth and purpose. - Firmly rooted in the belief of either-or, or kill or be killed, the agenda of dread is mostly occupied with possession: the possession of another human; the possession of things; the possession of truth; or the possession of status.
Housing first: end homelessness (no requirements to be off street drugs, nor on psych drugs)
The Canadian city featured in the video below has housed all their citizens. I worked for a harm reduction program in San Francisco in which no one was required to be off illegal drugs nor were they required to be on psych drugs (the drugs of the state which were often held over the heads of those who don't want to take them as reason to not give housing) ... The program brought down emergency hospitalizations by huge numbers by giving people one of their very most basic needs...a roof over their heads...I'm a believer in non-coercive loving care. Give people what they really need and they'll figure out the rest.
Easter: death and rebirth as archetype
We usually face a deeply felt experience of death before encountering the archetype of rebirth. Neither the death nor the rebirth or resurrection are things that happen quickly. There may be dreams, waking subjective experiences or a short period in ones life when death or rebirth are felt very strongly – but the process as a whole is a psychological one which may take years to unfold and stabilise.
Friends in presence
This is a lovely little video project I was lucky enough to participate in. My friend Jen Peer Rich made it.
The aftermath: polypharmacology — protracted psychiatric drug withdrawal syndrome
This was first published on David Healy's site, RxIsk: Making Medicine's Safer for All of Us, about 4 years ago. I've never published it on this site and thought I'd do so now so that it will be part of the archives here as well. It's a memoir of sorts up to that point 4 years ago.
Addiction: what is it?
Addiction is a societal issue. Consumerism and capitalism is dependent on the addict in everyone. Recognizing this fundamental issue with our society is part of a much deeper social commentary that this speaks to. Gabor Mate, Marion Woodman and others speak to this expertly if you’d like to do further research. Our society needs healing, it’s not just particular individuals who need to heal. We are all connected. Inextricably so. This argument can be true and we can also note real differences in how people use drugs. There is no argument there on my part. Language is inherently imprecise and context must always be considered.
Bridging the Benzo Divide: Iatrogenic Dependence and/or Addiction?
By Richard Lewis -- As the benzodiazepine crisis spreads throughout the United States and other parts of the world so does the debate within the benzo victim/survivor community about important definitions of key medical terms and about safe and successful paths to healing and recovery. Does “iatrogenic benzo dependence” and “addiction” represent completely separate medical and social phenomena? If they are to have distinctly different scientific definitions, can they also (at the same time) intersect in multiple ways in people’s actual real life experience? And what is the medical and social significance of exploring these concepts and seeking unity of understanding and purpose? Before delving into the content of this debate let’s briefly review the social context from which this “Benzo Divide” has emerged.
F***ing up (again and again) is part of the healing process
Below I've shared several tweets and status updates from the last several days. Below each of them are links to related pages on Beyond Meds ...
Who in America is asking, “Why?” Why are Americans so sad?
We need drugs to escape loneliness. We need drugs to tolerate company. We need drugs to feel and drugs to keep from feeling. We need drugs to fall asleep and drugs to get out of bed. Why? Our politicians, and moviemakers, and Evangelical ministers, and doctors, and professors are not asking that question of America. ...
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