More than 30 people overdose on synthetic marijuana in a park in Connecticut. As big corporations try to push the legalization of marijuana and as the general public feels the need for this substance to be legalized, medical practitioners are being forced to treat the side effects and everything that goes along with addiction. Opiates are legal; however, that doesn't make them safer. People who have addictions all suffer from the same disease, the disease of denial. This is why it is impossible to reason with them and they all become AUDIT-C or CAGE screening test positive. The problem with addiction is that the current drug isn't ever good enough; there is always this seeking of the next "high" and the next drug to try. This story is a good example of where traditional marijuana isn't good enough but synthetic marijuana was for some. The problem is there are no limits for people with addiction. Their only real limit is their death. As practitioners, everyone is faced with recognizing symptoms of intoxication and addiction, as well as withdrawal. Nowadays, there is no classic presentation. For those in medical school, this makes it very difficult to identify on Board exams. For practioners, as well, with the added reality that the inherent practice of emergency medicine and long term stabilization is rapidly changing as well. Until society can recognize that there actually is a need to prohibit certain drugs on the market, there is no limit to mass scale harm drugs of abuse can and will cause society. Unfortunately, addicts need help from harming themselves and others, because they plainly lack insight and are in full denial and most often always will be. #addiction#addictionmedicine#marijuana#synthetics#syntheticopioids#syntheticmarijuana#denial#treatment#boredom#emergencymedicine#usmle#medicalstudents#nursing#psychiatry#drugsanddenial#publichealthrisk#masscasualties
Let’s be real...the #truth fucking hurts sometimes. #Denial is easy but looking in the mirror & feeling really GOOD about who you are RIGHT NOW, T O D A Y, matters.
It’s not easy either...it’s extremely hard.
☝🏼But when you do... holy shit!
It’s a new beginning. ☀️ .
Being transparent allows your #authenticity to flow freely without fear of judgment.
Understanding where you are, why you are there and opening yourself up to a “lifetime journey” is where it’s at. .
It opens your mindset.
There’s no failures to face after you accept your truth✨
Be your own beautiful badass and consume yourself with self love. The ebbs and flows of your journey will enlighten everyone around you no matter what. No start and no ending. No pressure to be anything other than the phenomenal person you are.
🍇ASTEROID BACCHUS 🍇
Hey there star trippers! I’ve decided to take a leap into honouring my own geeky astrological interests more than before, so you can expect to see a lot more asteroid posts with in depth explanations of how you can use them in your own astrological practice. Hope you’re keen on following along! 🍷 Being the God of fruitfulness and vegetation, Bacchus presides over viniculture and any raging party where you go to melt away your pent-up feelings or forget about the monotony of your day. Being such, this is a great asteroid choice if you’re looking to understand how someone makes substitutions or creates avoidance in your life. 🍸 Bacchus features strongly in the charts of people involved in the dispensing and fermentation of alcohol including bartenders, viticulturists, pharmacists, wine buffs, and straight up alcoholics. This asteroid features prominently in the charts of people who attend alcoholics anonymous meetings, drug dealers (legal or otherwise), people who have a tendency to prefer denial to truth and generally avoid accountability. It’s also a great asteroid to throw into an event chart if you’re looking to find out whether someone was inebriated or was substituting a mirage for the grimy truth. 🚬
But it ain’t all bad — Bacchus does throw some pretty epic parties, and taking drugs isn’t always bad, it just depends on whether you’re using them to run away from your problems or give you better perspective on how to tackle your fears. Anti-depressants come to mind, and in recent years psychotherapists are beginning to warm up to the idea of using MDMA in conjunction with trauma therapy for those suffering post traumatic stress disorder. Use Bacchus is a sub-in symbol for any drug or medication. 💊
🏊🏾♂️🏊🏾♂️🏊🏾♂️The swimming pool where I (along with the odd YouTube video) taught myself how to swim Freestyle in 2005/6. The plan was to take part in an upcoming triathlon in the Peak-district, UK. By the summer 2012 I had completed an Iron distance triathlon which was also my last triathlon. No plans to walk down that path again in a hurry😂
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Our denial of the truth does, not, negate it. KNOW this... no matter how, much, we may try to deny it, bury it, "skirt around" it, challenge it, shade it, disguise it, or try, in anyway, to force ourselves, or others to believe otherwise... the TRUTH is, and will, always, remain, the TRUTH. To deny, such, only, brings, "ourselves", guilt, condemnation, hostility, bitterness and/or resentment. Why? Because, deep down, in our "spirit", no matter how, much, we try to deny it, we KNOW. The, sooner, we realize, acknowledge, and accept, ALL, truth, "first", regarding ourselves, and, "then", others, the, more, peace, love, freedom, contentment, and happiness we will experience in our lives. That, my friends, is the "bottom line", the, honest, "truth". "For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth." (2 Corinthians 13:8 NIV)
These days it is to easy to hid from the truth....in our pictures we could seem happy but really are so sad and depressed....i don’t for one second think that faking it till you make it resounds some truth it can help you physically feel happy if you wear a smile.....though when someone speaks the truth to you and you out right deny you don’t do it you unfortunately are just lying to yourself.....we can all put our hands up and say one point in our lives we have had to hide behind a little white lie to cover our backs.....being busy gives us no choice to do so sometimes.....but be true to yourself it is important to keeping a healthy love for who you are within. #denial#whitelies#positivevibes#betruetoyourself#healthy#lifestyle#love#life#live#sprituality#guidance
Small Circle of Friends
Over the years I've amassed a large network, but my inner circle of friends have remained small. These are the people who can see me in an ordinary social situation and know something is wrong. They know when I need an ear, a shoulder and an encouraging comment. They also make me aware of things that I'm running away from or that I'm in denial over.
They may not have seen the tears but are there through the sadness. They celebrate with me and are sincerely happy for me. Sometimes they even speak for me. 😉 They love and support me.
I love you! I'm grateful to have you in my life and honored to be considered your friend!
So I'm sure many people have heard by now about the whole "over 300 priests found guilty of sexual abuse in Pennsylvania with more than 1000 victims".. Well I just found out that my favorite uncle was one of them. My mother is worried that he did stuff to me when I was little because I used to always be with him and we would do everything together. I always remembered only having great times with him. And every time I wasn't home, he would always ask where I was. But my entire family always said he was really mean and was super rude to every one but never rude to me and I just don't believe that he was ever rude. Like I honestly believed he was a saint and was the nicest person but no body agrees with me. I don't understand it. He was reading his bible every time I saw him!! I want to believe it but I just can't get over all of our great memories. And just to find out that he would ever molest kids just shocks me and I don't believe it. I don't remember anything happening and if I don't remember that, then I guess it was easy for me to forget that he was ever rude. I looked up to him. I loved him. We were two peas in a pod. I just don't quite get it that he would ever do that to anyone. I don't believe it. Like I keep thinking maybe it isn't true but the facts are right in front of me and I just can't face it. I don't understand. What if he did do stuff and I blocked it out? Maybe that's why I was so close to him? But it just can't be true. My whole relationship with him was a lie. I don't know, I'm just so upset because he was my role model and just to find this out completely destroys me.
The first of what I hope to be MANY featured writers on my blog is my sister-in-law Sydney (@sydbdancin ). Her story is amazing and her faith is even more incredible. Part of her journey is shared as she touches on some major topics and asks questions that will hit you to your core.
➵ Check it out at wonderingprone.com
Have you ever said, “I will never...” but you did it again?
We all have! And every time we fall, every time we fail, every time we fear, every time we blow it, every time we give in, every time we knowingly sin, every time we listen to the lies of the enemy, every time we pick up that thing that we try so hard to lay down, every time we do whatever it is we swore to ourselves (and possibly to others) we would never do (or do again) propels us to make another choice:
1. We can ask for forgiveness, or we can drown in denial and justification;
2. We can repent, or we can continue in self-destructive and sinful behaviors;
3. We can strive to do better, to act better, to react better, or we can continue to trample over ourselves and the ones around us.
But it is our choice.
Nobody can force us to desire betterment.
Nobody can reason with us if we refuse to admit there is a problem.
God will not make us serve Him, worship Him, live for Him, and die to a sinful nature.
It is our choice.
And in choosing, we can accept freedom, healing, and deliverance, or remain shackled.
Choose wisely. Choose humbly. Choose honestly.
You never now the real battles everyday people face within. The mind is a powerful thing.
My tip - at the end of every day I take 10 minutes to myself… In this 10 minutes I process all the things on my mind. Obviously there are so many things but the main things in my life I think about all the possible outcomes and ‘file them away’. That way I am prepared for them and can deal with them with a clear mind. The only way to describe what happens is imagine that all the thoughts in your head throughout the day are paper files and the thoughts are flying around all over the place and all the files end up in a mess on the floor. At the end of the day I take the time to pick up all those files and put them in the appropriate place. That way 1. I have dealt with all possible outcomes and 2. When I wake up my mind is not racing as it has been cleared up.
What’s your ways of dealing with this?
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50 years since 1968, my birth year and when this earth rise picture was taken. Well have things got better since? In many ways definitely yes. Will things get worse again? Our ignorance and denial of clear scientific facts, our deliberate distractions and continual hitting of the snooze button when alarm bells are ringing just so we can continue dreaming in consumer bliss land , whilst stealing last remaining resources from the future whilst tolerating a deliberate undermining and manipulation of democracy by big business, whilst increasing our growth and consumption year after year .... leads me to alter the following picture slightly. Apologies to the photographer of the original picture. #word#futures#pollution#climatechange#politics#westerndemocracy#tippingpoint#heatwave#health#sustainability#denial