Drug Addiction

Re: Drug Addiction

Postby duckfiasco » Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:22 pm

I'm rooting for you, Jesse :group:
I don't know how to help concretely, but you never know so please feel free to drop me a PM whenever.
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Re: Drug Addiction

Postby Babadhari » Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:46 pm

im just wondering has anybody here been to Thamkrabot in thailand? i hear they have a very good method for curing opiate addictions in people
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Re: Drug Addiction

Postby padma norbu » Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:01 pm

ClearblueSky wrote:
padma norbu wrote:Another smoking herb is called "little marihuanilla" or something. It won't get you stoned, either, but former marijuana smokers say it is pretty great substitute if you have to pass drug tests.
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There is also something called "kanna" that is a natural SSRI, apparently. You can make tea out of it or put a pinch under your tongue and suck on it for a while, then swallow it, almost like chewing tobacco.

From what I've heard, marihuanilla may actually be considered a mild psychoactive. I'm pretty sure it's usually sold at head shops only, not usually at health stores that carry supplements. Kanna seems less bad, but also may be a bit of a stimulant.
These substances themselves may be almost totally harmless, but for an addict (especially one starting recovery), trying something that causes even a little bit of brain chemistry change is the absolute last thing you want to do, unless it's something specifically discussed with a specialist. Most people can have zero problem, but even the mildest thing can trigger the very specific "addiction" part of the brain for someone with the disease, and lead back to more trouble. It's a big part of the reason why addicts end up replacing one addiction with another, and then eventually relapsing to the original. Just something to be very careful about.


I take kanna regularly. There is no noticeable difference in how I feel other than "not depressed." People have been taking it forever and there is really nothing bad about it. The only thing people say may be a problem is if you are already on prozac or other SSRIs. They're not really sure how kanna works, but they think it may be a natural SSRI, which is why they offer the warning on most sites. (Taking 2 SSRIs at once would be a bad, mkay?)

I also take damiana tea regularly. It was first suggested to me by someone on E-sangha... and it works! There is nothing that is going to make anyone with addictive tendencies go off the deep end with either of these substances. I am a person with addictive tendencies. Damiana is a perfect drink when I feel like I want to get drunk. The anxiety goes away, I feel calm and good and no longer feel that sort of tension that makes me want to get drunk. I would compare it to the popular calming teas on the market, except that it actually works. :)

I'm quite sure the Marley black tea drink is okay, too!

Marihuanilla / muellin is common enough in all-natural smoking blends and most people complain that they don't get them high at all, just relaxed and kind of "familiar" to pot in some non-high ways (taste & relaxation, I presumed) so I figured it was quite safe. It may be a mild psychoactive, but so is coffee! I've definitely tried it before many years ago and I did not get high from it. If it is found in headshops, THAT particular kind most likely has been laced with synthetic cannabinoids. You can find it in its all natural state at plenty of places online, however.

The one I didn't mention was Kratom because the OP said he has addiction to opiates. Well, Kratom is an opiate, basically. You can get totally addicted to kratom the same way you can heroine or oxycontin. Stay away from that stuff. You'll see it sold online at the same sort of places that sell Marihuanilla/muellin. Just pointing it out because if you happen to run into it, leave it alone.
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Re: Drug Addiction

Postby Jigme Tsultrim » Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:13 am

Hey, Jesse. Best of luck. I found that the ability to conquer addiction arises from a steely determination to be free of it. I found the synthetic opiates the hardest as the hard withdrawal can last months. Just try another approach until you make it. In my case I had a cooperative doctor who helped me off Methadone. I staged down through Morphine to Codeine, keeping stepping down the dose until going to the next. Finally a low dose of codeine was easy for my determination to conquer.
To be frank I hear you making excuses to stay addicted: it's hard, I just don't feel good without it, etc. Don't expect an outside source to free you! "Free yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds".
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Re: Drug Addiction

Postby Ayu » Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:11 pm

Jigme Tsultrim wrote:Hey, Jesse. Best of luck. I found that the ability to conquer addiction arises from a steely determination to be free of it. I found the synthetic opiates the hardest as the hard withdrawal can last months. Just try another approach until you make it. In my case I had a cooperative doctor who helped me off Methadone. I staged down through Morphine to Codeine, keeping stepping down the dose until going to the next. Finally a low dose of codeine was easy for my determination to conquer.
To be frank I hear you making excuses to stay addicted: it's hard, I just don't feel good without it, etc. Don't expect an outside source to free you! "Free yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds".


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Re: Drug Addiction

Postby Snovid » Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:37 am

Someone who takes medication on your own
is a druggie

someone who does the same thing under the supervision of a physician
is a patient.

I gotta take inhibitors SSRI,I must do this because I have anexiety neurosis and little social phobia.

Drugs of this type does not heal cause many side effects

I would like to set aside as soon as these drugs
but instead of improving health for the help and chemistry
I want to do using the appropriate mantras.

So
First I have to eliminate my anxiety
and then the side effects whichdrugs caused in me .

What do you propose?
Has anyone recovered from neurosis or phobia using a particular practice?

For example
after I take pill
I should chant Purification with the mantra of the five elements?
This make to swallowing drugs do not cause side effects?
I am from Poland I use google translator I do not know English
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Re: Drug Addiction

Postby KonchokZoepa » Sat Nov 30, 2013 11:46 am

i have eliminated severe anxiety and fear through practice and life changes. usually when we step outside our comfort zone we have to confront those things that we are escaping and that sometimes can loosen the grip of fear and anxiety. but you have to be wise and not do things stupidly.
If the thought of demons
Never rises in your mind,
You need not fear the demon hosts around you.
It is most important to tame your mind within....

In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

-Milarepa

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Re: Drug Addiction

Postby Babadhari » Sat Nov 30, 2013 5:37 pm

hi snowid,
ive found simple anapana meditation to be quite effective for withdrawl , its very easy on the mind
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Re: Drug Addiction

Postby Snovid » Sat Nov 30, 2013 5:45 pm

One of the symptoms of my neurosis is ..
I can not focus on the breath
because when I start to think about it ,breath becomes unnatural and I finish with hyperventilation

My breath is correct when I dont think about them.

I prefer vizualization :)
I am from Poland I use google translator I do not know English
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