Busting Addiction and Its Myths

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By: SafeHouse Rehab Thailand

The purpose of our podcast is to help families learn the truth about addiction and alcoholism so that they can take the right action to help the addict they love and to help themselves at this critical time in their lives. Exposing the truth about addiction and alcoholism also requires that we bust the myths surrounding both addiction/alcoholism and the recovery process.

Designer Drugs are Here to Stay
#12
Yesterday at 8:00 AM

In this podcast, we discuss the development of public programs to reduce the risks of overdose from the most dangerous designer drug on the streets: Fentanyl.

We learn that:

The US authorities at the federal and state level are finally waking up to the threat of the designer drug of the day: Fentanyl and its analogues.Medical education and training on substance use disorders needs to be substantially improved in over half of the medical schools in the US.Whether or not you have a loved one who is addicted, you can help stem the tide...


Death by Stealthy Foreign Invaders
#11
11/25/2022

In this podcast, we discuss the development of synthetic illicit drugs of abuse and how they are revolutionising the industry, making these drugs harder to detect, more powerful and easier to distribute.

We learn that:

Drug cartels and China-based suppliers are transforming the entire illicit drug industry from plant-based to synthetic.Synthetic psycho-active drugs are exponentially more potent, more profitable and much easier to distribute.It seems the harder we try to disrupt conventional plant-based psycho-active drugs, the more we stimulate the development of synthetic substitutes.Our children can order Fentanyl or synthetic Marijuana on the...


Intervention: Don’t Try This at Home
#10
11/18/2022

In this podcast, we discuss and assess the strengths and weaknesses of different levels of intervention.

We learn that:

The vast majority of families who live with an addict or alcoholic in their midst do not seek help for themselves or for their loved ones, despite having to live with the chaos and desperation that addiction imposes on a family.A family intervention, absent a professional, requires meticulous planning, teamwork, leadership, a clear understanding of roles, and air-tight execution. Not much room for error or freelancing. (Read the book Love First, authored by Debra and Jeff...


Why do You Have to be So Rude?
#9
11/11/2022

In this podcast, we discuss the role of anger in our lives and of the many disguises it uses to erode confidence and peace.

We learn that:

Anger never travels alone and is therefore accompanied by other emotions such as fear and hurt, common in addictive and co-dependent relationships.Anger comes in so many disguises, it’s hard to identify it as the underlying cause of unhelpful behaviours such as rudeness, sarcasm or simply an unkind remark.Fear of losing a loved one, of not finding a cure and of the shame that comes with addiction pr...


Is Your Faulty Thinking Leading to Depression?
#8
11/04/2022

In this podcast on faulty thinking, common among caregivers of addicts and alcoholics, we discuss the main symptoms of cognitive disorder which leads to depression.

We learn that:

Dr David Burns’ research proves that how you feel is shaped much more by how you think rather than it is by your circumstances.What this says is that caregivers need to examine the faulty thinking that could result in depression or prolong or deepen it, as life is already a challenge.It is important that as the caregiver, you take a close look at the “illogical pessimistic atti...


Stop the Epidemic Inside the Pandemic
#7
10/28/2022

In this podcast, we discuss the ways in which family members can educate themselves and support initiatives that will de-stigmatize addictive disorders.

We learn that:

Family members must not buy into the myth that an alcoholic or addict has to hit bottom before they will accept help. Believing that dangerous myth could take years to play out and could result in death or jail, or somewhere in between.The alternative to standing by and watching the train wreck is to do an intervention in which the whole family participates, and it starts with education on the...


What’s Behind the Pain?
#6
10/21/2022

In this podcast, we discuss the sources of chronic pain in families with addiction.

We learn that:

Chronic pain is more likely to occur in families with an addiction problem in the home.That is because of the extra burden of stressors imposed by dysfunctions and (according to Dr John Sarno) by suppressed rage.Science has shown that chronic pain is as much a brain disorder as it is a physical problem.Learning new neural pathways is a science-based way of looking at what recovery tries to do – unlearning unhealthy ways of thinking and replacing them wi...


What Are You Going to Do When They Come for You?
#5
10/14/2022

In this podcast, we discuss the intersection of addiction and financial insecurity.

We learn that:

Free spending and addiction go hand in hand. A life of chaos and compulsion will include financial insecurity.As a society, we are closer to the edge than we think. Almost half of us cannot afford to miss even one paycheck.If we do not see addiction and financial insecurity as related and in crisis, we have not been paying attention.As a responsible society, we need a robust program of education that starts early and teaches the facts about alcoholism...


You Are Not as Unique as You Think You Are!
#4
10/07/2022

In this podcast, we discuss the concept of uniqueness.

We learn that:

It is an illusion since we are 99.9% exactly the same and only 0.1% different. We are far more alike as humans than we are different.It describes a state of mind where no one else matters; we are the centre of the universe, exactly what addicts and alcoholics believe.Accountability goes out the window. Our actions may hurt other people but that doesn’t matter, so long as our own needs are met.It’s only when those “unique” individuals to whom the rules do not appl...


What’s Cool About Group Therapy?
#3
09/30/2022

In this podcast, we discuss the value of Group Therapy and learn that it is a powerful tool.

We learn that Group Therapy:

Is an indispensable part of the treatment process, as it gets people to open up in ways that are not possible otherwise, even in one-on-one settings.Creates a powerful sense of belonging to clients who have heretofore felt only isolation from normal society.Gives them an opportunity to begin feeling empathy for others “in the same boat”, which is a huge turnaround from their using days when they thought only of themselves.Lifts the...


Spend to Soothe The Pain
#2
09/23/2022

In this podcast, we discuss the signs and effects of compulsive spending and debting.

We learn that compulsive spending and debting:

Are addictions much like any other – repetitive behaviour that causes harm, and that does not stop unless arrested by another force.Reveal themselves in many different ways, usually by some form of vagueness and denial.Are fundamentally spiritual problems that require a spiritual solution, for the idea that we will not be held accountable runs deep.Can result in financial ruin which affects the entire family; compulsive spending by one person can bring the whole fa...


Legalising Marijuana: Where Do You Stand?
#1
09/16/2022

In this podcast, we discuss the pros and cons of legalising the recreational use of marijuana.

We learn that:

Despite the economic and taxation lift that is evident in the sale of marijuana, the health costs far outweigh the benefits.The data supporting decreased marijuana use among teens due to legalisation is thin. Marijuana use is highest in states that have legalised its recreational use.Although there is evidence that the violent crime rate may be lower in states where marijuana is legal, it brings with it dire mental health consequences, the full weight of which...


Is Recovery From Active Alcoholism Possible?
#13
09/09/2022

In this podcast, we answer the question “Is recovery from active alcoholism possible?”

We learn that:

There is little, if any, doubt that recovery from even the most profound state of addiction or alcoholism is not only possible, but probable given certain conditions.The best way to look at relapse prevention, given that relapse is what families fear most, is to learn that a change in thinking is at the heart of recovery.The thinking changes from the inability to deal with life events and emotions without drugs or alcohol to learning how to embrace life and...


What Will It Take?
#12
09/02/2022

In this podcast, we discuss the reality vs. the myths of what it takes to get an alcoholic or addict to ask for help.

We learn that:

Among the most dangerous myths is the notion that an addict or alcoholic will not seek help until they are ready.Another dangerous myth is the idea that addicts/alcoholics have to hit bottom before they are ready. We are asking the wrong questions.What we should ask is: “What can we do to get them to accept help?” Standing by waiting for them to get ready might be as g...


Alcohol and Drug Myths Can be Dangerous
#11
08/26/2022

In this podcast, we discuss that there are many myths surrounding addiction and alcoholism, some of them dangerous.

We learn that:

Alcoholism by any count is the single biggest drug problem in the US and we dare say around the globe.One of the most damaging myths is to allow the addict or alcoholic to hit bottom before they are ready to accept help. This attitude can kill, for some addicts drop to the point of death.Addiction is a family disease where the addiction pulls the whole family down along with the addict, and it...


Think You Know About Addiction?
#10
08/19/2022

In this podcast, we discuss the deadly impact of drugs, especially opioids, and what a family can do to help themselves and help society reverse the trend that has taken over 100,000 lives in just one year.

We learn that:

There is indeed an epidemic of drug abuse that will continue to take 100,000 lives by overdose unless we unite and take action to reverse course.Synthetic opioids, primarily fentanyl drugs, are embedded now into most other drugs as a means of creating an addiction to the drug itself.An overdose antidote called NARCAN has already saved the...


What You Probably Didn’t Know About Alcoholism
#9
08/12/2022

This podcast is the second in the series on the deadly effects of alcohol and the disease of alcoholism.

We learn that:

Alcohol may be the deadliest drug on the planet because it is easily available, cheap and warps the mind at just .08% of the substance in the blood.A few alcoholics are the real troublemakers. Ten percent drink half the alcohol and likely kill more than 50% of the 18,000 people killed by drunk drivers every year.An amazing 38 million people binge drink every month, on average 4 times a month at 7 drinks or more each time out...


Alcohol: The Most Dangerous Drug?
#8
08/05/2022

This podcast is our first episode on the facts behind alcohol and alcoholism.

We learn that:

One could consider alcoholism an epidemic if we count a minimum of 14 million adults as having the disease.And since it does not travel alone, those 14 million adults affect another 5 people each so 70 million are in one way or another affected.The myth that we can protect our young people from the risks of becoming alcoholics by introducing them to drink early in life is one of the most dangerous myths out there. The facts speak totally otherwise.The deadly...


Is Fear Running Your Life?
#7
07/29/2022

In this podcast, we discuss the illusion of fear and reveal that fear:

Is responsible for more damage than most people realise when it is unacknowledged.Triggers chronic pain, a relatively new finding in the research of chronic pain and a factor in families of active addicts and alcoholics.Has our brains on alert 24/7 and is the major cause of stress-related dysfunction such as fear of further pain, leading to avoidance behaviour.Inhabits the lives of dysfunctional addictive families, causing anxiety, denial, anger and depression.Is the ultimate illusion and is overcome by qualities just as intangible but...


You Cannot Outsmart This Thing
#6
07/22/2022

In this podcast, we illustrate how smart, sophisticated people can also fall prey to a disease that is an equal opportunity predator.

We learn that:

Educated, smart people have more difficulty accepting that they need help overcoming addiction than do ordinary mortals like you and me.According to the experts, this is a class of people who have developed a sophisticated defence system that creates a wall of denial as to the seriousness of their condition.There is a certain arrogance that stands in the way of surrendering their old way of thinking. They think they...


Struggling to Stay Sober?
#5
07/15/2022

This podcast is about the struggle of getting and staying sober in the early days.

We learn that:

The vast majority of recovering people don’t get sober “for good” the first time out, and that is not surprising given the lack of knowledge about the true nature of their condition.There are two main traps that need to be taken into account in the early going. The first of these is the idea that “we” can have a normal romantic relationship after just a short time in sobriety.The fact is that our emotions have been twist...


Obituaries Lie
#4
07/08/2022

This podcast is about the stigma associated with addiction and alcoholism.

We learn that:

The whole truth is not being told as to the causes of death when it comes to addiction and alcoholism.Silence and stigma cause shame, and shame keeps people sick, keeps them hidden and from not seeking the help they deserve.Overdose deaths tripled in the last ten years and have been accelerated by cheap fentanyl, isolation, and financial hardships, all of which drive overdoses.Educating ourselves about the nature of addiction as a brain disorder is crucial.We can change the...


Are You A Fakir?
#3
07/01/2022

This podcast is about a genuine recovery and not a fake one.

We learn that:

If we do not surrender to a teaching, do not completely give ourselves “to this simple program” we’re likely to not get any of the major benefits that we ourselves seek.We are all lazy to some extent in that we want to go through the motions and fear going deeper. It’s the fear that blocks us from personal growth.We who have an “addict in the house”, a person whom we love dearly, discover in Al-Anon or in some other w...


How to Stop Enabling
#2
06/24/2022

This podcast is about how to stop enabling.

We learn that:

Enabling just feeds the addiction and makes it feel comfortable in our homes.We can begin the process of intervention with a “soft intervention” that will help us identify and begin to eliminate enabling practices.One way to help accept the idea of non-enabling is to join Al-Anon where we learn the art of detachment. We love the addict, but we no longer tolerate or allow sick behaviour.The main ways to stop enabling serve to make addiction uncomfortable in our homes. Our goal is to m...


Did You Forget to Play?
#1
06/17/2022

This podcast is about the value of play, especially for those who need a break from their obsession with a loved one who happens to have a substance abuse disorder.

We learn that:

We who live with an addict or alcoholic in our life know what it is to live in a world filled with worry, fear, and resentment.It’s as if the sun has disappeared behind a dark cloud and we have forgotten what it was like to actually have fun and not feel guilty about it.Then we learn, if we are lucky en...


Gary, Artist and Gambler Extraordinaire
#13
06/10/2022

In this podcast, we tell the story of Gary the gambler who bet that he could beat the odds, and sadly failed in his mission.

We learn that:

Addiction to gambling is probably the most dangerous addiction one could have when it comes to financial consequences.Alcohol consumption can make a gambling addict that much more careless and heedless to dire consequences, even when it affects the entire family.Gary, as a typical alcoholic/gambling addict cared only for himself and no one else: he was the example of a “self-will run riot”. Else, how could he h...


Adam, The Original
#12
06/03/2022

This podcast is about the downhill slide of Adam, a true original.

We learn that:

Deep sadness exists underneath all the light-hearted fun that comes with party time as a drinker. There is always the next day.The tragedy of Adam’s story is of a talented man whose life was taken by alcohol, who admitted he was an alcoholic and yet did nothing to stop his downhill slide.My love and friendship served to enable Adam, but I had no clue that I was contributing to his ultimate undoing. I had such a great time wi...


Anthony’s Inheritance Almost Killed Him
#11
05/27/2022

In this podcast about Anthony, we learn that some alcoholics refuse to see the truth, no matter what happens to them.

We learn that:

Some alcoholics will deny they have a problem despite all evidence to the contrary.Part of Anthony’s problem was that people loved him and were loath to make him pay the consequences.His good friend probably didn’t do Anthony any favours employing him when no one else would. He enabled him without knowing it.The final straw came with the ultimate enabling – free money from an inheritance that would allow Anthon...


It’s Late in The Year For July
#10
05/20/2022

In this podcast, we see how addictive disorder proves itself to be an equal-opportunity predator, regardless of intelligence or achievement.

We learn that:

No one is exempt from the cunning, baffling, and powerful nature of this disorder. Intelligence and achievement are weak defences against addictive disease.It turns out that July, like so many other smart people, thought that she could outwit alcoholism, but found herself yet again on the losing end.Her defiance seemed to be fuelled by her confidence that came with being successful in a demanding job. She had a sense of uniqueness...


Uncle Francis Tried to Outrun it, But it Caught Him
#9
05/13/2022

In this podcast, we tell the story of Bruno Jr.’s Uncle Francis, we trace the history of his uncle’s survival during wartime and describe his downfall following his escape.

We learn that:

A man can survive almost anything and still be taken down by this disorder we call alcoholism.The power of family is evident in this story; it turns out that Francis was welcome wherever he went unless he was drinking.He was able to outwit and outrun the enemy except for the one inside of him. There was, however, no thought of trea...


Cary - Your Back Window is Blown Open
#8
05/06/2022

This podcast is about Cary who gave it all to the myth that she could control the disease.

We learn that:

Here was an ordinary, nice woman who was overcome by the disease that her husband contracted through no fault of her own.It became obvious that she was crying out for help, but she fervently denied the idea that there was anything wrong with her.Her co-dependency was so profound, she stopped taking care of herself, focusing all her energy on the illusion, the myth, that she could help her husband stop his drinking.The...


Roy - A Life of Quiet Desperation
#7
04/29/2022

In this podcast about the life of Roy, we learn how a subtle, slippery slope can lead to an unwelcome destiny.

We learn that:

What starts out as an innocent friendship can morph gradually into a using and drinking companionship.Roy had no clue as to what his life was becoming. The desire to smoke weed and drink alcohol overtook his ambition to finish his studies at UCLA.That seemed to be the real signal that his life was taking the wrong turn. While I went forward - for quite a while - he went backward...


April - A Young Life Cut Short
#6
04/22/2022

In this podcast about April, we discuss how an extreme addiction to cocaine cut her life way too short.

We learn that:

Had I (Bruno J.) even known about the possibility of recovery, I believe April would not have bought it since she had not yet reached her bottom.Nor did it appear as though her family tried to intervene, although I cannot be sure, since she never talked about her habit or her family.Two dysfunctional people do not one whole person make. Our relationship was one of extreme co-dependency and addiction fuelled by unrequited...


Chuckie, the original Mad Man
#5
04/15/2022

In this podcast, Bruno J. recounts his early career as a Mad Man in the ad business, led by his boss Chuck.

We learn that:

Chuck had established what was already a successful routine that included alcohol by the time I met him.The ad culture back in the 70's was very male and focused on the intensity of work and of play, defined as drinking.A young, ambitious man would adopt whatever he saw would help him succeed in fitting in, since belonging is such a powerful motive early in a career.Although the good...


Frankie, Have You Seen Johnnie?
#4
04/08/2022

This podcast is a story about Frankie, his beautiful daughter Johnnie, and the power of desperation.

We learn that:

There is goodness within people that we don't often see because they are not "our kind".Frank loved his beautiful daughter but was not able to help her due to his own addiction. It took a village to save her.Johnnie must have figured out that she could no longer stay alive or sane if she kept up the life she was leading.Ultimately, it was the luck of the draw that a space was available at...


Angelo, Who Believes in Angels
#3
04/01/2022

This podcast is a story about Angelo, a dear friend of Bruno J.
Angelo overcame almost unheard-of life challenges to get clean and sober and teach others the lessons of living a sober life.

We learn that:

It is possible to recover from addiction to drugs and alcohol regardless of one's life circumstances. We call the disease an equal opportunity predator and we call the 12-step program an equal opportunity saviour.Angelo's story usually stops people in their tracks. Here's basically an illiterate guy who ends up with a good job and helps others stay...


Ricky - Have You Seen Keith Richards?
#2
03/25/2022

This podcast is about a good friend of Bruno J. who helped him in his early sobriety.

We learn that:

Some of the most important friendships happen in early sobriety when we most need them.There are the lucky ones who wake up and are still able to deploy their power of choice and say: "This is it".It is possible to have a whole lot of fun when you get sober, and you do not need any help from a mind-altering substance.We can undo what we have done - leave a dishonest relationship...


Lindsay Shoots the Sheriff
#1
03/18/2022

In this podcast about Lindsay, we tell the first of our stories of people who deal with addiction.

We learn that:

Some addicts never make it, and they end up in prison. The hard truth, but the real truth.Even though science says that addictive disorder is driven by genetics, Lindsay's environment accelerated her decline into hard drugs taken on a daily basis.Friends who want to save their friends do not let their unstable friends walk around with a loaded gun.Sadly, love has not a chance against a powerful disease.Had Lindsay been convinced...


A Stake into the Heart of The Vampire
#13
03/11/2022

In this podcast, we discuss the moral imperative of helping those who need us most, with truth and assertive compassion.

We learn that we can:

Think of an addictive disease as an invisible vampire that preys upon your loved one and saps their strength on a "nightly" basis.Create a powerful stake that is based on assertive love; love that does not take no for an answer and is calm and consistent.Hate the disease and still love the person. We can confront the one we love with the truth while showing compassion.Intervene on behalf...


The Illusion of a Cure
#12
03/04/2022

In this podcast, we discuss the basic questions that people have about the topics of addiction and alcoholism.

We learn that:

There is no cure for alcoholism or drug addiction, and any claims to the contrary are misguided and/or attempts to seduce us into buying a bogus service or product.Untreated, addiction never gets better if left alone. It is well-known as a progressive disorder and has been proven so for over half a century.Addiction and alcoholism are diseases of the brain in their own right, not as symptoms or by-products of other disease...