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Archive for the ‘Addiction & Recovery’ Category

Jul
2011
18
What is Ibogaine, and why does Charlie Sheen's ex want to do it?

What is Ibogaine, and why does Charlie Sheen’s ex want to do it?

A hallucinogen long used in shamanic and spiritual practices, Ibogaine is a non-pharma prescription for addiction BY SOUL’S CODE — Brooke Mueller is the ex-wife of Charlie Sheen who called 911 a couple of Christmas holidays ago in Aspen claiming that the Two and a Half Men star he was threatening her with a knife ...
Jun
2011
16
Escape from Hollywood: The Soul's Code list of 2011 summer movies

Escape from Hollywood: The Soul’s Code list of 2011 summer movies

Spiritual cinema: From the Rolling Stones to religious war, these 5 flicks are enlightened and entertaining. 1. 9th Company, the Russian side of “Charlie Wilson’s War” Hulu.com, the website where you can play TV and movies for free, finally has a foreign flick worth watching. (Actually, make that any flick). Hulu just posted 9th...
May
2011
20
Addictions, the last defence

Addictions, the last defence

Wonder why Congressman Weiner went weird? He might show skin but he is not comfortable in his own. Addicts never are. BY MARY COOK, M.A., R.A.S. — Read TMZ.com any night about the most privileged people on the planet. Nic Cage is arrested for spousal abuse and public inebriation. Days later Cage’s son attacks his ...
May
2011
1
Addicts, are you stunting your growth?

Addicts, are you stunting your growth?

Everyone knows that you can’t drink away guilt, drug away grief or ‘sex away’ low self-esteem, yet many of us try to anyway. Addictions and compulsions mask the pain that’s necessary for emotional growth. BY MARY COOK — How does a personal trainer help transform a flabby body into a hard, sculpted one? By repeating ...
Apr
2011
13
Goals collecting dust?

Goals collecting dust?

Why we stagnate despite our best intentions to achieve greatness, overcome addictions and compulsions — or, like, just be happy. BY MARY COOK — The next Pulitzer Prize winning novelist might be living next door to you but, for whatever reason, has yet to write a novel. Your best friend might want to quit smoking but is ...
Mar
2011
5
Facing the void after addiction

Facing the void after addiction

Spiritual growth, done right, brings feel-good benefits as good as those from alcohol or drugs — if only addicts would give it time to enter their bloodstream… BY MARY COOK — People in twelve-step programs speak fondly about their “rock bottom,” the pain and suffering that led them into recovery. But then comes an unexpected ...
Mar
2011
4
Addiction and its antidote: The pain and pleasure of living in the moment

Addiction and its antidote: The pain and pleasure of living in the moment

Find joy by withdrawing your spiritual energy from your past, and using it to feed the present moment BY MARY COOK — Trauma and addiction teach us defensiveness, despair, distraction, fear, neediness and offensiveness. Rather than paying attention to our current circumstances we’re running away from, or chasing after something, to relieve pain...
Mar
2011
3
Recovery from Addiction and the false Self

Recovery from Addiction and the false Self

Got pain? How to drop your old ways of coping BY MARY COOK — It’s easy to recognize alarm signals that are outside of us. The beeping of a truck that’s backing up. A baby’s unusually loud crying. Warning letters from a credit card company. Pain and problems of the internal kind are no different. They ...
Feb
2011
1
The DNA of addiction

The DNA of addiction

“The greater the disparity between our healthy needs and our childhood environment, the greater our focus on survival rather than maturation.” BY MARY COOK — “But I’ve always been like this.” “I’ll be hurt if I become vulnerable.” “I’ll have no power if I don’t intimidate.” “Without my character defects...
Jan
2011
1
The King's Speech? We analyze the King's pain

The King’s Speech? We analyze the King’s pain

Loving someone hurts when we can’t slay their monsters. The King’s Speech is about coming through the worst of it alone. BY MICHELLE MORRA-CARLISLE – Movies want audiences to sympathize for their characters, and I usually oblige. My heart sank right along with Leonardo DiCaprio in the Titanic. I ached for Jamie Foxx as his ...