Why is there such an extreme addiction problem in North America and other parts of the world?
Last year, 2017, Canada and the United States lost almost 70,000 to the opioid crisis.
What causes extreme addiction to pain, even death?
From studies, we find early life trauma, often sexual abuse, at the root of extreme addiction issues.
This debt of shame, very difficult to look at and more difficult to feel, interplays with the entrenched belief that “God is punishing” and core issue of “I’m a disappointment.”
As humans we are not generally taught to feel our emotions or face into the past.
We tend to reach out to find something to numb our pain, from reading a book to smoking to drinking to drugs.
An encouraging trend taking place, especially among younger generations, is mindfulness, compassion and kindness to self.
Mindfulness helps quell addiction to pain, bringing the mind, heart, and will into the present moment, to balance, out of anxiety about the past and worry for the future.
For the serious addict, especially drug and/or alcohol addiction, a way to address this pain is the therapeutic community model.
John Volken Academy, based on kindness, compassion, family values, a strong work ethic and accountability with Academies in Vancouver BC, Canada, Seattle WA, and Phoenix AZ, is successfully helping those with extreme issues.
Portugal is another leading example that has had success with therapeutic communities as this article, “Portugal’s Drug Experiment: Tackling Heroin Addiction By Decriminalizing Drugs And Focusing On Health” suggests:
“Perhaps one of the highlights of Portugal’s drug system is steering drug addicts away from the isolation of jail cells, to the more open arms of doctors, psychologists, social workers, and therapeutic communities.”
There is hope.
Heart consciously, mindfully, being kind and compassionate with ourselves, and reaching out with kindness and compassion to others, creates balance.
Studying and practising Universal Law also creates balance. The purpose of Universal Law is balance.
We may be a generation that is wounded, but we are healing, as chaotic as the world may seem.
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Compassion Road and Forgiveness Road posts here.
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