Can CBD Help You Quit Smoking Cigarettes?

Some say quitting smoking is parallel to quitting heroin. Those who haven’t had to (fortunately) overcome a heroin addiction who have quit cigs often say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever done in their life. If you’re ready to kick your habit for good, there are things that can make the process easier.

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Spiritual Warfare: How I Dispelled Demons During My Sister’s Wedding Weekend

I was 19 years old and my immediate family and I flew out to New Jersey for my sister’s much anticipated wedding in hopes of having a great time, while supporting two people that seemed eager to tie knot (Well… at least one of them was).

The family that flew in with me included: My mother, two of my sisters, my brother-in-law (Married to one of the two sisters), three of my nephews (one of which my sister was pregnant with) and of course myself.

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Top 5 Alternative Therapies to Get and Keep Older Men Sober

The strong social support, personal reckoning, and spiritual connection advocated by 12-step programs have helped millions of individuals struggling with addiction.

But there is no one-size-fits all approach, and treatment specialists are increasingly incorporating alternative therapies to ensure that recovery methods resonate with the mind, body, and soul of the individual.

Below are five approaches that may be able to help you get and stay sober, as part of a holistic approach.

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What Is an AuraTransformation?

Indigo children and Crystal children have special powers they are born with, but now adults can integrate those powers with an AuraTransformation. So, what is an AuraTransformation?

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How CBD Oil Helped Heal My Adult Acne and Self-Worth

At the age of 11, I remember seeing my older sister of 3 1/2 years freak out. Her first pimple had erupted on her skin and she was mortified to be going to school with it showing. My mom assured her that it was a natural symptom of puberty and fluctuating hormones and this helped soothe some of her anxiety.

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How CBD Saved Me from a Suicide Attempt

I have had suicidal thoughts for the past 15 years. For the most part, I used to manage it with anti-depressants and therapy. However, growing up into adulthood I wasn’t handed health insurance, and I was unable to get the help I needed which threw me into a downward spiral.

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CBD Oil On Fibromyalgia, Marfan Syndrome, and Anxiety

CBD oil has been a very important part of my life.  Not only has it helped me, but it has helped my husband as well. 

My husband’s ex is actually the one who started suggesting that we use the CBD oil, mostly because she was selling it, but I ended up being very glad she did.  I use it on a daily basis to help control my anxiety. 

My husband has very severe fibromyalgia and Marfan Syndrome that he uses it for.  Without the discovery of CBD oil, I have no clue where we would be right now.

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Does Drinking Make You More Creative? 3 Steps for Creative Sobriety

Much has been said about substance use and creativity. A simple Google search will produce an abundance of studies and articles on the subject.

There is merit to the argument that drinking, for instance, to a point can loosen up the brain to think more creatively.

However, if you have issues with alcohol addiction or substance abuse in general, it is not worth whatever you could potentially gain from the use of substances while you engage in artistic pursuits.

For those of us who struggle with addiction, we need to look at other tools to help us be our most creative self. Here are 3 steps that anyone can take to live a more creative, sober life.

#One

Just Create! The root word of creative is create, a verb, action. There is a well-travelled myth that creative inspiration comes from some source that has to be triggered. It does not.

To be creative, all you need to do is the doing. Your brain is not sitting around waiting for the perfect moment to release its magic.

And so, it is our task as creative beings to put pen to paper, brush to canvas, fingers to piano… you get the idea.

There is nothing outside of ourselves that will make us do the very thing that will bring us the joy that is experienced when we are in that rich, rewarding creation space.

And if you are thinking, “But to create I must suffer!” or “I need something to loosen me up to get started/when I hit a creative block,” then you are missing the whole point of creativity in the first place.

Yes, challenges and struggles often present themselves while engaged in the creative act. The next time you have one of those moments try stopping, taking a deep breath, and saying out loud, “Thank you for this opportunity.”

The opportunity is the discovery that is on the other side of the discomfort. If it helps, think of creative pain or blocks as doors to a new universe. The door is always unlocked. Open it and check out what is on the other side. I promise you, it is super awesome in there!

“But I don’t have the time to create!” On the contrary. You are taking the time to read this creative hack right now.

Before you go any further, set a timer for five minutes. Now, stop reading this post and do your thing. Pick up a brush and some paints, open your word processing program, go to that instrument, open your mouth and sing, start to dance – whatever it is, take five minutes right now and be the creative spirit you deserve to be.

Welcome back. Now, search online for programs or apps that help you plan your creative time. Google Goals is a tool that I have been using lately. It is great.

All I have to do is put in the amount of time I want to work on a project each week and it will find the best times on my calendar that works for me to get to work. Start with five minutes a week. An hour a week. Whatever works for you.

Keep it manageable. The amount of time you spend on being creative does not matter. All that matters is that you regularly give yourself this gift. You deserve it!

#2

Join a creative/writing group. There are a plethora of options. Perhaps there is a sober writing group in your community.

Or if you would rather stay cozied up at home, there are some great writing communities online. Check out this article for some options: Authorspublish

#3

Why do you create in the first place? Is it for your mental health, career development, a way to give to others, to address social ills in the world, to blow off steam?

Try journaling your answers to this question. While you are journaling, try answering this question as well: What leads you to want to consume substances in the first place? If it helps, try to turn these reflections into artwork. You never know what you might learn about yourself by trying this.

In conclusion, whatever you do – create or not, don’t judge yourself! We have learned a lot about addictions of all kinds in recent decades.

There is no shame in addiction. It is a reality that millions of us struggle with every day. What matters is continuing to take steps towards managing addiction.

And if your creative pursuits bring you joy, then create! Ask yourself, “What brings me joy?” And as long as the answer is something that does not cause harm to you or others – do it! You deserve every happiness that life has to offer.

Thanks for reading!

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CBD is a Riskless and Effective Pain Remedy for People Allergic to Pain Relievers

Relief for chronic pain in my lower back has long been a challenge for me due to drug-related allergies I have had, particularly to NSAIDs. 

The pain has impacted my employability since about the turn of the century (2000 – 2001), when I had ongoing delivery job for a nuclear pharmacy and drove for up to twelve hours a day, sometimes seven days a week.

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The Nomadic Disease: How My Addiction Traveled With Me

If you’re an addict, a true addict, your entire life revolves around whatever it is you’re addicted to. Whether it be sex, gambling, alcohol, other drugs, or any number of addictive behaviors, your addiction comes before and is paramount to anything else in your life… Even your family and loved ones.

As a result, everything you thought you cared about in your life is lost to your addiction, and you’re left with nothing; no job, no wife, no kids, no girlfriend… Just your addiction. I’m a leading authority on the subject… I was addicted to heroin and other substances for several years.

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