Is The Unconscious Mind A 'Power Greater Than Ourselves'?

As this article about 'Passive Frame Theory' explains, the conscious mind (what, in effect we think of as 'I') is not really in control of our thinking, desires and actions

http://news.sfsu.edu/consciousness-has-less-control-believed-according-new...

Some relevant quotes for those who don't have time to read the article:

What Would a Stoic Do?

Here you will find a decision making algorithm

"Below is a handy dandy decision making flow chart for the practical Stoic, in which I attempted to encapsulate a modern rendition of the basic precepts of Stoicism as they apply to everyday life."

"Starting at the top-right, the first question to ask yourself is whether whatever it is you are thinking of doing is under your control.

If the answer is no, then the thing in question is nothing to you and you should not give it any further thought."

Another political/religious bully

The Washington Post has a good article about another historical bully whom they compare to Donald Trump: Charlemagne. It seems that Charlemagne was not Roman, and not holy. He specialized in killing all who would not convert to his favorite religion.

This is some history that they never told me about in college. I even took History of Western Civilization, and Charlemagne got a pass. Not so quick.

A blatant attack on the Orange-Papers, Stinkin-Thinkin, ExposeAA and praise for the AA Apologetic sites?

Interestingly 2 major Anti-AA sites are missing from this hit list..... I guess they must have forgotten them for some reason... The 2 pseudo Anti-AA apologetic sites are mentioned with praise.... Notice the Orange Papers takes top billing on this hit list...

Are Anti-AA Blogs Hateful or Helpful?
By Tracy Chabala+ on February 16, 2016
https://rehabreviews.com/anti-aa-blogs-hateful-helpful/

I watched a two hour program about LEAD last night on PBS

http://leadkingcounty.org/

I like this in the fact that it doesn't hold the person to abstinence - in other words if they screw up they do not get their thing revoked once they are in the LEAD program. The PBS program was called "Chasing Heroin"

What happens when you get stoned every single day for five years

An interesting article in the Washington Post. Note that they say that you have to smoke A LOT of pot every day for 5 years for these bad effects to show up:

What happens when you get stoned every single day for five years

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/02/01/what-happens-when-you-get-stoned-every-single-day-for-five-years/?tid=hybrid_experimentrandom_1_na

Kofi Annan recommends legalizing drugs

Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, recommends legalizing drugs and ending the so-called "war on drugs":

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kofi-annan/why-its-time-to-legalize-drugs_b_9298502.html

How many sponcees has Super Sponsor accused of being in 'denial'?

1 sponcee
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2 sponcees
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10 sponcees
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100 sponcees
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More than 1000 sponcees
0% (0 votes)
All sponcees except 'Little Bills'
100% (1 vote)
As many sponcees as posible
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 1

Drinking more coffee may undo liver damage from booze

This article is very interesting. If valid, it may explain why my liver is in such good shape.

Drinking more coffee may undo liver damage from booze

http://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/drinking-more-coffee-may-undo-liver-damage-from-booze/ar-BBpFEH1?ocid=st

Double Winner: Gabrielle Glaser on Dr. Mark Wellenbring

The New York Times just published an article by Gabrielle Glaser that describes the work of Dr. Mark Wellenbring:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/23/science/mark-willenbring-addiction-substance-abuse-treatment.html?_r=0

Sembler rises from the grave again

Melvin Sembler appeared in the news again, in the Washington Post's article about Jeb Bush dropping out ot the Presidential race:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/fall-of-the-house-of-bush-how-last-name-and-donald-trump-doomed-jeb/2016/02/21/bc96cc62-d8d1-11e5-925f-1d10062cc82d_story.html

To Disease or Not to Disease......whether it is more noble

Addiction is not now or ever been a disease. I do love the folks that want to imply that addiction is a disease. I encounter them all the time. I often find information concerning the genetics of addiction and most people probably don't take the time to read them, but I do. Thank God, or not, that I do understand Genetics and I am so grateful that I have that under my belt....enough praise and adulation or my head will enlarge bigger than RA.....anyway....take a look at this article...and my discussion....notice that using this genetic information 12 steps have no value...

The Disease Poll

i don't believe it is a disease for anyone bc i'm a fascist just like bill w
0% (0 votes)
i don't believe it is a disease for anyone and i know it bc orange said so
0% (0 votes)
i don't believe it is a disease for anyone and i know it bc aa said so
0% (0 votes)
i think it a disease for me and problem drinkers and i know it bc aa said so
0% (0 votes)
i think it a disease for me but not most from my experience and nih studies
25% (1 vote)
its not a disease bc its not the definition in wikipedia
25% (1 vote)
its not a disease bc its not the definition in a particular medical dictionary
0% (0 votes)
rigid thinking about disease is a disease
0% (0 votes)
the dsm is a total lie
0% (0 votes)
i think you're pissing me off! please explain LOL!
50% (2 votes)
Total votes: 4

DSM-5 Diagnostic Codes Related to Substance Use Disorders Changes

DSM-5 Diagnostic Codes Related to Substance Use Disorders

Description: DSM-IV and DSM-5 Diagnostic Codes Related to Substance Use Disorders (*Note: DSM-5 was released in May 2013 and includes significant changes to diagnosis. For example, it does away with separate "dependence" and "abuse" diagnoses and combines them into "substance use disorder.")
Read the rest:http://www.buppractice.com/printpdf/2633

New leading-edge brain research

This is encouraging: new brain research

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/national/2016/02/19/brain-hacking-the-minds-biology/

This doctor is studying specific regions of the brain to find the basis for mental illness.
Although the article doesn't mention the word "addiction", that is obviously one of the next things to study.
I am optimistic about this line of research.

I noticed that the article said,

Forced Rehab for Drugs......tell em no..no..no...no..no..no..

Toronto, Canada – New research by the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy (ICSDP) finds little evidence that compulsory addiction treatment effectively reduces post-treatment drug use, and arrests or incarceration. Published in the scientific peer-reviewed International Journal of Drug Policy (IJDP), this study is consistent with growing calls from experts to replace the use of compulsory treatment with voluntary, evidence-based, and human rights compliant health and social services to address drug dependence.

How many times a day do you think Janus does an inventory?

Once a day
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Twice a day
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Ten times a day
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A hunderd times a day
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More than a thousand times a day
50% (1 vote)
To be honest I dont give a dam
50% (1 vote)
Total votes: 2

My Visits to The Land of the Undead

It’s been a long time since I attended an AA meeting (having been long ago relieved of any governmental mandate to do so) and I decided to do a short trip back to The Land of the Undead and see what it’s like these days. I attended two meetings in the last week.

Who makes money off of Alcoholics Anonymous?

Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. (AAWS) makes money off AA
0% (0 votes)
The General Service Organization of Alcoholics Anonymous, Inc. (AA GSO/GSB) makes money off AA
0% (0 votes)
The Alcoholics Anonymous Grapevine, Inc. (GV) makes money off AA
0% (0 votes)
12 Step Detox makes mony off AA
0% (0 votes)
12 Step Counselors make money off AA
0% (0 votes)
12 Step Rehab makes money off AA
0% (0 votes)
12 Step circuit speakers make money off AA
0% (0 votes)
All of the above make money off AA
100% (2 votes)
No one ever made a dime off AA - I only pay a dollar a meeting (please explain in the comment section why the above do not apply
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 2

Sober home owner arrested with a pound of crystal meth, a quarter-pound of heroin, small quantities of marijuana, oxycodone and methadone and a .38 caliber revolver in Everett, WA.

Owner of Washington 'Clean and Sober' Housing Charged With Federal Drug Crimes

by Alex Johnson Feb 11 2016, 10:44 pm ET

The owner of a chain of nonprofit drug counseling and housing centers in Washington state was charged Thursday with selling meth and heroin from his business office, authorities said.

The rights of addicts vs the protection of the community

The topic of people being mandated to attend AA meetings after having been arrested for crimes involving alcohol abuse is constantly recurring on this forum. The general view seems to be that it is an attack on 'freedom' to make an alcoholic or drug addict attend 12 Step Meetings against their will. That seems reasonable in the case of a person who hasn't broken the law.

Medicines to Keep Addiction Away

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/02/16/medicines-to-keep-addiction-away/

This article is about the various medications that can help alcoholics and addicts to quit and stay unaddicted.

What is particularly relevant is these sentences:

Alcoholics Anonymous is not the only way.

And some medicines have what A.A. lacks — scientific evidence of success.

Stepper Cult Tip

A large inflatable Banana (Like what English football er I mean soccer fans used to wave about) makes an ideal 'Higher Power' for substance abusing Monkeys

aa no talk rule

redressing the aa rebuff - "why complain? if ya don't like it then you can just leave"

the old "if ya don't like it then you can just leave" is not a rational excuse for not talking about aa abuse in aa or outside of aa.

its the old dysfunctional "no talk" rule, you trying making others "walk on egg shells" for you, the [nothings-wrong-except-4-you] toxic-hero etc.

aa fails for far too many people. so yes people need to be pre-warned about aa abuse. and yes express and release emotions after aa abuse.

aa inc IS liable for abuse

the aa program and book's core claims are insane psychological abuse, and saying its just suggested or apick and choose environment is no valid excuse - in any way shape or form.

Was Syd an Acid Causualty? "Absolutely!100%"- Richard Wright

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmQfKrvuubk Wright also sugest that he was associating with too many people who thought like Timothy Leary, that somehow Acid could get you to the truth.

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