I had to see 2 things at once.
First, weed has always been valuable to me for specific reasons.
It’s been too easy to enjoy its value at the expense of other values.
And seeing my other important values held back made me try to quit weed so many times . . . though I always failed.
What changed everything was simply sharing my story over time.
Sharing allowed me to see both why I love weed and also all those other good things too much weed infringed upon and hindered.
Through sharing my story, I faced my addiction, my perspective changed, and weed is no longer something I lose control to.
The times we’re living in.
Let’s say you wake up everyday and go to work for someone else, essentially giving them and their dreams most of your time.
Declaring yourself terrible is too easy.
Writing yourself off like that is an excuse . . . a way of hiding behind ideals of perfection.
If someone asked you to brainstorm a list of the most important things in your life, I’m sure you could easily fill a page with scribbled terms circled and joined into various categories and sub-categories of value.
What stops me from being my authentic self is searching for my authentic self.
Okay, I’m honestly NOT here responding to questions to peddle my books (they’re free anyway); but your question is the EXACT premise of my book, Facing Addiction.
Yes, I think it’s possible to reverse addiction, but it depends on what you believe about yourself and your relationship to what you’ve been addicted to. Continue reading
Overall, people really aren’t that complicated. We move toward what we tend to focus on. Continue reading
Let’s first take a few steps back…
No one gets addicted for no reason.
You might have started using or doing whatever it is for fun, for insight, for sleep, for concentration, for connection… Continue reading
It really comes down to values. A happy life is a life you see matching your values.
Writer Ayn Rand puts it this way: “Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.”
I find the term “values” here beautifully ambiguous, since almost every definition could apply to happiness. Continue reading
People take drugs for lots of reasons. I’ve used weed for creativity and to cut through conscious indulgences (in order to reach truer intuitions buried beneath); I’ve used MDMA to experience a love and joy so overwhelming it literally sets straight my limiting thought patterns; I’ve used LSD to expand my consciousness, empathy, connectedness, etc. Continue reading