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THANKS AMY

By Althea Champion

By the time of Amy Winehouse’s death in 2011, the death itself was no shock. Today, more than nine years after her death, people still wallow in the sorrow it brought and celebrate the birthday of a legend.

In the weeks leading up to her death, her antics were well-documented. She developed tumultuous relationships with rehab facilities that she entered and exited frequently, engaged in fights, and attracted unwanted attention from the press.

Winehouse insisted that she came by her popularity honestly.

“I don’t write a song and think, ‘oh, a million people will hear this,'” she told E! News in 2007. “I write a song because I need to make sense of why I do certain things.”

And the public loved it. Winehouse relished in her pain and imperfection, sporting big boobs, thick eyeliner, and a mane of hair that stood in contradiction to the rest of her small frame—but it undeniably worked.

Her fame began with the debut of Frank, a 2003 album that garnered acclamation from critics and others in the U.K. That success was followed by the infamous Back to Black album in 2006, known most well by Rehab, which shot her to Grammy-winner status, despite her inability to physically accept the awards in 2008; she couldn’t secure a visa in time.

Her talent was undeniable. Her sultry voice, embellished by a darling rasp, captivated her audience and made her a star. The musical contributions she gifted the world are still sung today from rooftops—now, with indisputable irony.

During 2010, she was singing, performing, and alternating between sobriety and heavy drinking. In Jan. 2011, she had a seizure that she allegedly had no recollection of. And for the rest of 2011, until her death in July, she alternated between hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, and her apartment.

Then on July 23rd, she was found dead by her security guard, Andrew Morris, accompanied by three empty vodka bottles.

On the day of her tragic death, stars like Lady Gaga, Adele, Rihanna, Tony Bennett, and Kelly Clarkson paid tribute to the singer, expressing their grief on social media. Today, a Winehouse birthday does not pass by without someone noticing. On what would have been her 37th birthday, the same occurred.

Famous figures like Patti Smith, Lady Gaga, and Nas took to social media, expressing how they missed the icon, and commemorating the gift she gave to everyone, despite herself.

Like the rockstars who preceded her, she lives on in the hearts and ears of many, reminding us to be proud of who we are.

If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol abuse, visit this link or call this number: (877) 373-4513

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Vietnam Kratom Guide

Your guide to the diverse strains and effects of Vietnam Kratom.

Vietnam kratom is not a new strain. It has been growing in the fertile Vietnam areas for years now. But it has gained popularity recently with its impressive range in strains and effects. From pain relief to energizing boosts, Vietnam kratom does it all. You can find Vietnam kratom and all its substrains online at sites like https://www.authentickratom.com/. If you are interested in Vietnam kratom, you are in the right place to learn about and love Vietnam kratom strains!

Introduction to Vietnam Kratom

Vietnam kratom is considered to be a unique strain. It is because the areas where Vietnam kratom grows are favorable to the kratom. The most common areas where Vietnam kratom grows are An Giang Province and the Mekong River. The area along the Mekong River is rich in minerals. Due to this, the quality of Vietnam kratom is very high, as is the popularity of the strain.

Vietnam kratom is unique because of where it grows. Soil rich in minerals is favorable for the growth of kratom. Such soil produces high-quality kratom. In addition, Vietnamese farmers are experienced in what they do. They know when to harvest and how to harvest. Because of the enhanced harvesting expertise, the quality of Vietnam kratom is notable in many ways. One example is the unique aroma of Vietnam kratom and the pronounced scent makes it better than other strains.

Vietnam Kratom Strains

Vietnam kratom is popular to introduce a new substrain. Before, there were only three vein colors. But now, a fourth vein color; yellow vein, has also been introduced in the market.

So, in total, Vietnam kratom has four strains. These strains are, Red Vietnam Kratom, White Vietnam Kratom, Green Vietnam Kratom, and Yellow Vietnam Kratom.

Red Vietnam Kratom

Red vein Vietnam kratom is one of the most powerful Vietnam strains. This strain has red veins on the kratom leaves. The red veins mean that they have been matured properly. The more mature a kratom strain, the more powerful it is.

Even though red Vietnam kratom is powerful but it is milder than other kratom strains. The effects of Vietnam kratom are more towards relaxation and enhancing your mood. They don’t have intense effects like sedation. That’s also the case with red vein Vietnam kratom.

Effects of Red Vietnam

Red Vietnam kratom is popular for its relaxing effects. It is a mature strain, so its relaxing properties are high as well. Following are the effects that you can expect while using red Vietnam kratom:

  • Red Vietnam kratom relaxes your body and mind. It reduces the symptoms of stress.
  • It gives a hint of energy to the user’s body. You feel energized and motivated after using red Vietnam kratom.
  • Red Vietnam kratom clears your mind and makes you feel happier and better.
  • Like other red vein strains, red Vietnam is a pain reliever. The pain-relieving properties of red Vietnam aren’t as prominent as other strains. But its analgesic effects are considerably high.
  • Red Vietnam kratom provides you with instant effects. You don’t have to wait for hours to experience its effects.

White Vietnam Kratom

White vein Vietnam kratom is famous for its energizing properties. But, it is not a good strain for new users as their first strain. White Vietnam kratom is the most potent among the other Vietnam strains so, people who don’t have experience with kratom shouldn’t use it as a first try.

Effects of White Vietnam

People use white Vietnam kratom to drive away fatigue and laziness. It is a great alternative to your morning coffee as it wakes you up more than a coffee or tea ever would. Here are the common effects of white vein Vietnam kratom:

  • White Vietnam kratom energizes you and enhances your focus
  • White Vietnam kratom reduces the symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • It releases the feel-good chemicals in your body and makes you feel confident

Green Vietnam Kratom

Green Vietnam kratom is the most popular Vietnam strain. Its popularity is due to its pleasant effects. It is a potent strain but not as intense as other kratom strains. Even a light dosage of green Vietnam kratom provides long-lasting and relaxing effects.

Effects of Green Vietnam

Green Vietnam kratom’s effects are a mixture of red and white Vietnam kratom. It has the following effects:

  • Green Vietnam kratom is a pain reliever without any sedative effects so it can be used during the day
  • It provides stimulation which is good after a long and tiring day.
  • It boosts your energy and increases your ability to perform every task

Yellow Vietnam Kratom

Yellow Vietnam kratom is a unique strain; its different color is because of the region where it grows. Yellow Vietnam has a sweet taste which makes it better for users to consume it.

Effects of Yellow Vietnam

Yellow Vietnam has the following effects:

  • Yellow Vietnam is a great antidepressant and mood enhancer
  • It relaxes your body and mind while increasing your focus
  • Yellow Vietnam takes away any kind of a pain but it doesn’t sedate you

Conclusion

Vietnam kratom is unique for its pleasant effects, rich quality, and unique substrain. It differs from other strains in its taste as well. The sweet taste makes it easier for the users to consume it.

With so many benefits and varieties to Vietnam kratom, which strain will you try next?

Kelly Fuhlman in 360 MAGAZINE.

BE THE HERO AND RESCUE YOURSELF

Have you ever wished a superhero would come down and rescue you in those chaotic life moments of life? The easiest thing to do is wait for someone more qualified to come along and fix what has been broken for so long. What if I told you that hero was you?

Each one of us has an evolution that occurs over time. Are we who we were a decade ago? From dyslexia, drug addiction, and trauma, there were many times when Kelly Fuhlman, author of the new book Be the Hero and Rescue Yourself: Creating the Inner Courage to Wear Your Own Cape (Clovercroft Publishing) didn’t think she would make it. Even in times when it felt better if she didn’t. The truth is the only person who can save each of us is ourselves. Through her journey, Kelly shares how to seize back your life from waiting for the hero to becoming your own. No matter what the condition of your life, or your heart, she invites readers to journey together with her to see proof that no matter how far you fall, you can get back up. Life is not built on ten easy steps. Learn to invest in yourself and surround yourself with great people who can support you and give you that swift kick when need it. You can be courageous and Be the Hero and Rescue Yourself. It’s time to dust off your cape, and step into your purpose and healing as your own hero. In the end, it takes grit, perseverance, purpose, and hard work. We are all just working our way through this life hoping to make an impact.


To learn more, visit: https://kellyfuhlman.com/

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About the Author

Author, Speaker and strategic planning expert, Kelly Fuhlman has been helping Fortune 500 companies, working for universities and Disney Institute, sharing best practices in leadership, marketing and business development. Equipped with an MBA and Bachelor in Communication, she helps create strategy and relationship building within companies and teams. She has increased revenue through branding and marketing, giving companies an edge over their competition. As a speaker, Kelly helps youth and adults recognize the hero within and how to change their own story to empowering them to become their own hero. She lives in Texas with her husband and son as she continues to build a legacy around family, faith and a commitment to excellence.

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PRAISE FOR BE YOUR OWN HERO

“I found Kelly’s book to be completely honest, forthright, and soul bearing. Being a male it is always fascinating to see what it is like growing up as the opposite sex. Kelly’s journey has been difficult and I commend her for her perseverance and guts. Her life has not been easy and she decided to bare it all, warts and everything. I am proud to call her a friend. Well done.
– Clint David, Fox Rothschild LLP

“Kelly Fuhlman is the mentor and leader everyone needs. Her new book, Be the Hero and Rescue Yourself, not only tells an amazing and honest story about Kelly but gives women and men the courage to find strength and growth in difficult change, no matter how hard it can be.” –Tiarra Tompkins – Writer/Editor

“Great book and great message! Thank you for sharing such a deep and personal stories. Even as a guy I can relate to many situations you present and valuable lifelong lessons to be learned.” –Jan Klodner, Board Member at Fidelity AG, Inc., JMAR Technology Services, LLC

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Coronavirus and Alcohol: What Are People Drinking During the Outbreak?

Crazy times. Surreal. Uncertainty. These are some ways we describe the Coronavirus outbreak and the consequences. But what about…

What we’re drinking and how that has changed.

According to Seriouslysmoked.com, a cooking and BBQ website compiled more than 200,000 tweets from the last 30 days and analyzed their contents using keywords, phrases, and hashtags.

Their findings will surprise you.

Surge in Sales

Perhaps the scars of Prohibition still run deep. An overriding theme in the collected data was panic buying and stockpiling. The figures tell a dramatic story.

Alcohol sales ending the week of March 21 surged 55 percent.

Teasing those numbers reveals some shocking but not altogether unpredictable trends that SeriouslySmoked.com noted.

The volume of 1.75 liter-sized bottles sold increased dramatically.

Cheaper and more affordable brands saw significant upticks.

Half-bottles and luxury brands, not so much.

The latter makes sense given the uncertain economic situation. Many who didn’t have a liquor budget are probably reconsidering it now.

However, it’s essential to put these data in perspective. Many restaurants aren’t open for dine-in customers. The wine you’d enjoy with your steak entree, you’re now consuming at home. That’s evident when you look at the meteoric rise of online sales.

Wine.com, for example, saw a 200 percent increase during this same time.

What Else Are People Buying—or Not Buying?

SeriouslySmoked.com uncovered some other trends that the industry statistics support. Unlike in Europe, Americans reserve their sparklers for celebrations. The pandemic has hit that continent hard too. 

Consequently, Champagne says have taken a nosedive.

However, it’s probably not too much of a stretch to guess that Champagne will recover just fine when we all start painting the town red when all of this is behind us.

Interestingly, alcohol products that have seen slow declines are now enjoying something of a comeback, such as port and other fortified spirits.

Tequila and gin have also seen sales spikes, but that’s not all. Canned and packaged beverages are enjoying a similar surge.

Canned wine, for example, wasn’t a serious thing in the beginning. Now, with the outbreak, think again. The situation is fueling sales that rival its rise in popularity over recent years.

Boxed wine?

Yup. And probably for many of the same reasons of economy and getting more for your buck.

What else has changed?

The Industry Reinvents Itself

The unprecedented events have spurred many forces in the industry to reinvent themselves in innovative ways…

Restaurants and bars are sharing cocktail recipes as acts of solidarity to get through the crisis. Some are holding virtual tastings. We’re having virtual happy hours out of our homes.

Individuals are also reaching out to their favorite wineries and joining wine clubs in droves.

That’s especially significant given that most tasting rooms are closed. Cancellations of wine tours continue to grow with an uncertain future. The looming collapse of the summer tourist season weighs heavily on countless wineries.

Napa Valley visitor traffic brings $2.23 billion to the economy, according to the 2018 Economic Impact Report.

Luckily, e-commerce sales are surging with direct-to-consumer purchases, as SeriouslySmoked.com discovered too. Early figures show that online traffic has exceeded pre-pandemic volumes in some cases.

So there is hope that the industry will recover. But then what will happen?

Lingering Questions

The fact remains that the road ahead is uncertain, but likely has lots of twists and turns along its path. The questions that the industry and consumers ponder loom large.

Will wineries, breweries, and distilleries recover?

Will restaurants and bars open their doors again?

What is the future of online sales and its impact on brick-and-mortar stores?

One thing is clear from the data collected by SeriouslySmoked.com. Everyone is living in the moment. It’s hard to plan because the situation literally changes every day.

There are also some good takeaway messages from the responses of consumers and the industry.

We are supporting each other in a myriad of ways. The prospect of our favorite watering hole closing or hole-in-the-wall restaurant forever has given us pause.

Sure, we’ve adapted. The industry will survive too. It just might look a bit different on the other side. In the meantime, enjoy that new tipple that you’ve discovered. And support your local businesses.

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Online Gaming for Smartphones × Tablets

Mobile phones and tablets have taken over almost all internet navigation, prompting more and more people to use the small-screened devices for all their internet requirements. Gambling is no different, as customers are turning more frequently to mobile gambling. Online casino operators have long since recognized the immense potential that mobile gambling poses and have responded by releasing hundreds of mobile casino apps. There are plenty of advantages to be enjoyed and in this article, we shall go over some of the most relevant. 

Play anytime and from anywhere

Since our smartphones tend to be with us all the time, gambling online no longer has any restriction. Regardless if you are at your dentist’s, on the bus, or on a coffee break, you can just open the casino app, choose a game and play for real money. 

Make the best of online promotions

Just because you are playing from your phone does not mean you have to give up enjoying any juicy promotion the casino might be running. The best operators always make sure to have the best offers available for all players regardless of where they are playing from. Some might even release bonuses for app users specifically as a way to encourage more players to download the app. 

Play hundreds of games from your mobile

These days, game developers produce their games in HTML5, which allows them to be accessed from both desktop and mobile, without any download time. This allows players to enjoy hundreds of slot games, table games and even join a Live Casino table. 

Learn new games privately

An online casino often makes it their business to provide their players with the rules of the game, sometimes even including strategy articles, as well as tips and tricks to win. This is a major advantage, as a physical casino does not in any way offer this kind of information and might even be a little embarrassing if you have to ask for help. Online you can learn anything, privately and without any judgment. 

Everyone can join

Everyone can download a casino app and join the fun, whether you are an amateur or a seasoned player, a high-roller, or someone on a budget. Modern casinos present their customers with a wide spectrum of betting options, making it possible for players from all walks of life to join in without any difficulty.

Be wary of the cons

While the advantages of using a casino app are many, there are some cons that we should be aware of. One thing that sticks out, in particular, is the increased possibility of developing a gambling addiction. Vulnerable players can access their casino any time from anywhere making it hard to resist the pull when you are struggling to moderate your gaming time. Something else, that players often find irritating, is the small screen of their devices. While most games work without a hitch, they still need to be adapted to a smaller viewing option and that might mean that certain details and words might be hard to read. 

Conclusion 

As we have established earlier on in this article, many online casinos have released a mobile app, to allow their players to access the casino from their smartphones with very limitations of place and time. There are plenty of advantages to using a mobile casino app and for those who are ready to start exploring the possibilities, we recommend starting from the best online casinos in the UK.  

Loosid’s Guide to a Sober St. Patty’s Day

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, people all over America are gearing up to celebrate the famous St. Patrick. While this might be a cause for celebration, holidays such as St. Patty’s day turn into large binge drinking fests, focusing more on downing beer and less on the significance of the day.

If you’re looking to avoid the craziness, and want to celebrate booze-free as the growing sober curious trend continues to sweep the U.S., then download Loosid: a sober app that created the world’s first Boozeless Guides™, giving the growing sober community alcohol-free options across the country!

About Loosid:

Loosid was born out of the need to unite the sober community and bring together those people in recovery and battling addiction, as well as those who choose to live a sober lifestyle for other reasons (a combined total of over 100 million people from all walks of life). Loosid’s vision is to create a comprehensive digital platform for the sober community that celebrates the sober lifestyle while at the same time providing support for those members of the community in recovery or struggling with addiction. Through Loosid, it’s easy to find other people who share your perspective, who know all too well that being sober doesn’t mean life has to be boring. Loosid makes it easy to find new friends and even new love, to find fun sober events and destinations, and to find groups in your community and beyond that promote sober living. All at the touch of a button.

About MJ Gottlieb:

MJ Gottlieb is the Co-Founder & CEO of Loosid, a groundbreaking new app that makes it easy to find new friends, dating, fun sober events and destinations, and groups in your community that promote sober living. MJ has been sober since March 2012, but began his first attempt at sobriety in the late 1990’s. He invariably found his way back into addiction for one main reason…to him, sobriety simply wasn’t fun.

In 2017, MJ began developing the Loosid app to offer millions of people in the sober community access to fun experiences and a place to connect and find support. He also wanted to create a full suite of recovery tools for people to connect and get help at a moment’s notice. He knew the stigma so many have reaching out to people and knew that the best way to provide that connection was through the one thing that people are never without –their phones!

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How can vaping improve your life?

90% of smokers sooner or later decide to quit the addiction. But keep your promise to yourself not to smoke is sometimes tricky. It has long been proven that smoking is not so much physical as psychological dependence. No nicotine patch or special chewing gum will replace the exits to the smoke break. And here a vape or, in simpler terms, an electronic cigarette enters the arena, replacing the usual one both psychologically and physically, satisfying the body’s need for nicotine.


It should be noted that nicotine is not a carcinogen, and its toxicity is in the same group as caffeine and many kitchen seasonings. By the way, for those who want to eliminate nicotine consumption completely, electronic cigarettes are the best option. Why? Read on.


How to choose an electronic cigarette?


Although our society is considered modern and advanced, for the vast majority of people, the look, and even more so the soaring of an electronic cigarette, causes bewilderment and fear. We hasten to reassure you, set up and use the best wax pens (http://vapingdaily.com/vaporizers/weed-pens/best-dab-wax-pen/) no more difficult than, for example, with an elementary mobile phone. To do this, it’s worthwhile to clarify the principle of operation of an e-cigarette.


An electronic cigarette consists of a battery pack, it is a battery, and an atomizer is a tank. The atomizer, in turn, consists of a reservoir for storing liquid and an evaporation element – the heart of an electronic cigarette. The evaporator is a structure composed of a spiral and cotton. And then ordinary physics: the battery supplies voltage to the spiral, which in turn heats the cotton soaked in one pound e liquids. This is where we get the fragrant steam. By the way, this very liquid is for soaring and can be either nicotine-free or with nicotine content.


Everything else regarding the electronic cigarette, appearance, and form factor is a matter of the buyer’s taste. The only things worth paying attention to are the presence of Varivatt, Varivolt, and thermal control modes (regulation of power, voltage, and steam temperature, respectively).
There are the best dab pens with and without these options. In the first case, the user sets the indicators suitable for him, but in the absence of these modes, the supplied voltage, and therefore the amount of steam, will depend on the battery charge level. If you want to use these settings, you can buy a vape mod.


What is the harm and benefit of vaping?

There are no large-scale studies that would demonstrate a clear and unified point of view on the effect of electronic cigarettes and vapor devices on human health and those around them. This is because people began to smoke (wipe) relatively recently – about 3-5 years ago.
Such a short period is not enough for serious research about the harm of vaping. Nevertheless, some centers and universities still decided to trace the people who smoke electronic cigarettes and draw the first conclusions. For example, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley Labs found that liquids in electronic devices contain 31 toxic chemicals, including acrolein, diacetyl, and formaldehyde, whose levels increase depending on the temperature and type of wax vaporizer.


At the same time, researchers at The Roswell Park Cancer Institute concluded that smoking (vaporizing) electronic devices have a less pronounced carcinogenic effect than regular cigarettes. But wait, vapers, it’s too early to triumph. The study was published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research in 2016, but it was conducted in 2011.


Therefore, it is difficult to judge its relevance. Another study reports the following: using electronic cigarettes can reduce mortality due to regular smoking by 21%. The lead author of the study, David Levy, a professor at Georgetown University in Washington, says that electronic cigarettes can improve a person’s health if he uses them as a replacement for regular smoking. These different results only prove what we talked about: vaping is a new phenomenon, and so far too little time has passed so that scientists can decide whether this hobby is harmful or not.


From the pluses: in electronic devices, there are no combustion products – particles of soot and tar. These substances usually settle on the mucous membranes of the lungs, bronchi, and upper respiratory tract, which causes a violation of their functions and ultimately leads to the development of many diseases of these organs. Because of the products of combustion, smokers of regular cigarettes turn yellow their teeth, worsen their sense of smell and taste.
Those who prefer a wax pen can avoid these troubles. Another advantage of electronic cigarettes can be considered the absence of exposure to the respiratory organs of hot burning smoke. In combination with nicotine, high temperatures increase the risk of carcinogenic processes.


In general, most scientists agree on one thing: vaping is much less harmful than smoking, but it cannot be called safe. Of the additional bonuses: the ability to vape in the rooms, the absence of the pungent smell of smoke from clothes and hair and the mouth, and “pleasant things” due to quitting smoking: restoration of smell, improvement of well-being, and so on.


But it should be remembered that sometimes the transition to steam can be accompanied by unpleasant sensations. They arise, as a rule, due to quitting smoking. The “withdrawal syndrome” is launched, the body, accustomed to the products of tobacco burning, begins to rebuild in a new way. In some cases, even nausea appears. As a scapegoat, vaping is logically chosen, the person starts smoking again, the body returns to normal, and the smoker forever refuses to use a wax vape pen again.
With reasonable expenses, vaping is cheaper than cigarette smoking, but this is not always the case. Very often, a person quickly retracts, and soon the “smoker” apartment begins to resemble an alchemical laboratory: everywhere there are strange bubbles with markings on them, various devices, and above all this rises a collection of multiple devices filled with colored liquids.

How to Spot Fentanyl Abuse in the Workplace – And What To Do About It

Synthetic opioids – primarily illegal fentanyl which is 50-100x more potent than morphine – are the most common drugs involved in overdose deaths in the United States. The effects of fentanyl use and misuse are not isolated to the home of course; there are consequences that can affect an individual’s work environment, including fellow employees and customers. Employers who are not aware of this may face a startling wake-up call. Addiction expert Dr. Deni Carise of Recovery Centers of America is speaking at the 2019 Labor Assistance Professionals Conference this week on the topic of addiction, relapse and recovery and is available for an interview on the topic of spotting fentanyl (and other opioids) abuse in the workplace, as well as what to do about it.

According to Dr. Carise: “Drug use in the workplace can be obvious or subtle as different drugs present in different ways. An employee under the influence of fentanyl may exhibit extreme happiness, drowsiness, nausea, confusion, sedation, have problems breathing, or become unconscious. Overdosing on fentanyl presents as slow or shallow breathing, slow heartbeat, severe sleepiness, cold and clammy skin, trouble walking or talking, feeling faint, dizzy, or confused, or complete unresponsiveness. Employees under the influence of fentanyl may seem completely normal and functioning well, then experience noticeable mood or energy swings. They may appear to doze off while working which can endanger themselves and those around them depending on their profession. The most important thing to remember is that fentanyl and opioid abuse is a treatable disease. Employees can and do recover from opioid dependence to return to work as fully productive, contributing members of a work team.”

Dr. Deni Carise bio: For nearly 30 years, Deni Carise, PhD, has served as an important national voice on substance use disorder, treatment and recovery and regularly speaks at national conferences on current trends in the field. She is a clinical psychologist and assistant adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and chief scientific officer for Recovery Centers of America. Dr. Carise has provided consult for the White House and internationally with treatment providers in other countries to develop national systems of clinical treatment delivery. She has published over 100 articles, books and chapters on addiction and related topics. With extensive knowledge, media experience and her own personal experience in recovery, Dr. Carise speaks in plain truths and succinct sound-bites about the scope and stigma of addiction, the quest for treatment, and the challenges of recovery.

Wellness Expert Shares Personal Struggle with Addiction & Depression

ADDICITION. Doesn’t discriminate.
ANXIETY. Indifferent to credentials and achievements.
DEPRESSION. Blind to where you live.

By: Dr. Natacha D. Nelson D.C, M.A.

“Look at you, your parents should be disgusted by you”, voices whispered solely for my ears.

“Your black daddy and your white mommy should be ashamed, to get married, to have you…”, their unapologetic words punctured my naive heart. The seed planted.

“A half breed, black girl shouldn’t be raised by a foreign, white woman. You should be taken and given to a proper home”. Their sentiments pierced every cell of my seven year old body. The terror became real.

***

I Attended a private high school and college. And I was an addict. An eating disorder, compulsive exercise and alcohol consumed my life. Desperate to distract myself from painful and uncomfortable feelings, the addictions led to academic probation and ultimately, dismissal from college.

Determined to become successful, I redeemed myself as the doctor of a large successful practice. I became an internationally competing athlete, married, had a family and good friends around me. None of my achievements dissolved the terror restless below the surface. The image I portrayed eclipsed my fear. Not even I noticed the hibernating rumblings.

Skilled at detecting possible threats against me or my mom (whether real or imagined) I blotted out the physical and emotional consequences of undetected anxiety growing fierce. My duty as a protector and provider devoured my time, money, energy and resources. In attempt to thwart perceived threats, I bankrupt myself; physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially. Unable to force myself out of bed, depression ensued.

The proverbial earthquake jolted my life. Demolishing the comfortable walls I erected for safety. Raw and vulnerable, I allowed myself to feel the heartbreak, the grief and the rage. Courageously, I engaged one feeling, one emotion, at a time. Finally willing to acknowledging the terror and pain, I desperately tried circumvent.

Giving my hurt permission to breathe, I began to write. And the healing balm, called Love, soothed my aching heart. Through writing, I was able to sift through four decades of actions and behaviors of my life. Eventually, the “A-Ha” moment revealed itself to me.

*****

The insight that my choices and decisions were unconsciously driven by the need to prove to myself and others, that I was lovable. I wanted to feel accepted, at least tolerated enough, to dissuade others from harming me or my mom.

Unknowingly, my efforts could never hush the unloved parts of me I refused to accept. Other people’s beliefs- about me, my parents and my life- I accepted as true. As long as I held the misbelief that I was unlovable, nothing I could do would override my inner judgments of myself. My outward actions would follow my unconscious beliefs.

My only mistake was to believe the false words of strangers and neighbors. Accepting their judgments as true and accurate. Believing I was bad, wrong, worthless and to be ashamed of. My parents’ marriage-one year after interracial marriage was legalized- to some, was deemed a disgust and my black and white mixed skin was a disgrace.

Once I forgave myself, for choices I made from fear and misinterpretations about myself, the healing began. I could not prove I was loveable if I didn’t believe I was. Accepting I am loveable, I no longer felt the need to prove it; not to myself, to my parents, to anyone. I forgave myself for buying into the unkind words of strangers and neighbors. I Forgave myself for the actions and behaviors I engaged in as a result of the misinterpretations I believed about myself. I Forgave my parents for the mistakes I believed they made in raising me. And forgave the authority figures of my childhood whose unkind words hurt me.

Addictions thwarted my college experience.

Anxiety bankrupt me.

Depression forced me to look at every aspect of my life, lovingly guiding me through the necessary emotional process. The healing work was worth the time and effort. I am finally free.

To you, Beloved Reader. You, too, are loved, are loveable and your life matters.

With Loving,
Natacha.

To learn more about my story, my services, visit:
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“Finding Courage to Let YOU Out” is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

About the author
Dr. Natacha D. Nelson D.C, M.A., has dedicated her career to understanding the connections between physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being through principles of Chiropractic and Spiritual Psychology. A practicing chiropractor for over 20 years, she is the owner of Inside Out Wellness Center, as well as a former professional beach volleyball player and advisor on health and wellness for the Santa Clara Fire and Menlo-Atherton Police Departments. She is a Mental Health and Wellness consultant and educator who keeps up on the latest research and attends continuing education seminars and scientific symposia, and has a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology. She lives in Los Angeles, with her daughter.

Six Ways to Cut Down on Alcohol

by Tara Yombor, LMHC and clinical director at Pathway to Hope, a Delphi Behavioral Health Group facility.

Social (moderate) drinking, binge drinking, alcoholism, tolerance, and dependence. This is the typical pattern of progression for drinking that leads someone to think of him or herself as needing to cut down on alcohol. Some might think they are prone to alcoholism. Within that progression, the time for someone to cut down on drinking is based on the individual’s idea of what is causing dysfunction and unmanageability in their life.

Why is it so easy for someone to become addicted to alcohol, and what does it mean to have
an alcohol use disorder?

First of all, alcohol does not have an adverse social stigma, which makes the dependence for it more likely, and the consumption of it more acceptable. Alcohol is typically used to celebrate happy events and sooth the sad events in life. Think about a celebration. What do most people imagine? Alcohol, champagne, and a “toast to the New Year!”

During times of mourning or stress, alcohol can be used to ease the emotional pain of a loss or as a stress reliever. Social (or moderate) drinking is seen as a normal and perfectly harmless way of socializing, relaxing, or a form of celebration.

A binge drinker is defined as a man who drinks more than four to six drinks in a two-hour period, and a woman who drinks more than four to five drinks in a two-hour period. Someone with alcohol use disorder is typically a person with a long-term addiction to alcohol. This person is typically unable to control how much they consume or when to stop drinking and spends a lot of time thinking about the next drink.

It can be easy for someone to transition from a social drinker to a binge drinker to having an
alcohol use disorder. A binge drinker is someone who has more than the above allotted
acceptable drinks in a short amount of time.

Someone who is a binge drinker or struggling with heavy alcohol use may find that people close to them begin to notice negative patterns of behavior during times of drinking. Friends and family may start to become worried about the person’s drinking patterns and negative outcomes that have begun to arise from their drinking. A person who begins to engage in
binge drinking may find themselves calling out of work the day after drinking due to a hangover; they may miss important deadlines, get into arguments with their loved ones, or lose track of daily responsibilities.

Tolerance for alcohol means that a person needs more and more alcohol to feel the desired effect than they previously would not have needed. Someone who has a pattern of binge drinking may find themselves drinking even more alcohol in a short time to feel drunk.

Once tolerance increases, the possibility of dependence increases. Dependence can be defined as relying on alcohol to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Essentially, a person is controlled by their need to ingest alcohol to feel “normal.”

During any of these stages of alcohol use, someone may feel the need to seek treatment. how to deal with withdrawal symptoms varies for each person based on how dysfunctional or unmanageable their life has become due to their drinking.

Here are six things you (or anyone) can do to cut down on alcohol. Most of these mean a change in behavior.

1. Acknowledge the problem – in order to stop the behavior, you must first acknowledge what the negative behavior is and make a conscious effort to commit to changing that behavior. Also, put the goal in writing and make a list of reasons why you want to cut back on drinking. For example, if the behavior is drinking too much during celebrations, you have to determine what “too much” means to you and, next, set a goal to decrease the amount you are drinking during celebrations.

2. Set a realistic goal for drinking alcohol – if you struggle with binge drinking, set a realistic, and achievable goal. The next time you’re out during a social event, make it a goal to cut back to three to four drinks in two hours instead of five to six. Or perhaps instead of going to a happy hour on Friday or Saturday night, pick one night to go out and stay in the other night. Cutting back by making realistic and achievable goals will keep you on track and make you feel better about the fact that you are keeping your goals.

3. Write it down – make sure to keep a journal of the times you drink, how much you drink, and any negative outcomes related to the times you drink (for example, drinking and falling down or making an inappropriate comment to a friend). By keeping a journal, you will hopefully be able to see patterns of behavior. You can also share this journal with someone you trust and ask them to look out for any patterns you may have missed.

4. Don’t keep alcohol in your house – it is easier to come home after a long day of work and pour a glass of wine rather than going out to the bar on a Wednesday when you may have other obligations at home such as taking care of a child. When you don’t have alcohol in the house, it eliminates the desire or temptation to drink.

5. Stay busy – by having non-alcohol related activities to engage in, you are more likely to say no to drinking, as you’ll want to be present for the activity. Do things that keep you active, such as riding a bike, hiking, going for a walk as the endorphins from engaging in exercise may eliminate the desire for alcohol.

6. Ask for support/Talk to someone – tell people you trust about your goals and ask them to help keep you accountable during times when you may be struggling or find yourself surrounded by temptation. Also, there are therapists who specialize in alcohol/substance use who you can talk to that can assist you with your goals and process through any underlying emotions that may be related to drinking.

Remember that the above tips may not work for everyone. Some people may be into the stage of alcohol tolerance and dependence. If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol dependence, reach out for help from a professional or call a treatment center in your area. Alcoholism and dependence look different for everyone.