Prescription Drug Abuse: One Woman’s Story

Patricia Rosen

Patricia Rosen

Our children are dying. Lives are left shattered and doctors continue to write prescriptions for drugs like Oxycontin, which is the same as heroin.

Deaths from prescription drug overdose have been called the “ silent epidemic” for years. Now with one American dying every 17 minutes from an accidental prescription overdose, it is being described as “the biggest man-made epidemic” in the United States. More people are dying from drug overdoses than from any other cause of injury death, including traffic accidents, falls or guns.

Did you know that the manufacture of Oxycontin (Purdue Pharma) generated $3.1 BILLION in revenue in 2010? Yes, BILLION. Scary isn’t it?

My son Steven was one of these statistics. He grew up in a loving home with two brothers, parents that loved him and more love than anyone could ask for. He was well behaved and extremely respectful.

He was the “go to” person that all his friends liked to confide in and ask for advice. He played little league, soccer, went to overnight camp, travel camp, had cars and went to the college of his choice. He excelled in school and graduated with honors with a degree in Psychology.

He was getting ready to begin his Masters Program and started working part time for a state funded program ironically assessing people with addiction problems, when his life changed-FOREVER

My son made a life changing decision when he took an Oxycontin. I am sure, had he known the devastating effects this drug would have on him, he would never have tried it. The fact that it came from a doctor, and was prescribed, in his mind made it ok.

From that time on, his life seemed to go round and round like a merry-go-round. He would sign up for school and then drop his classes. He eventually quit his job, found another job, was fired, enrolled in college again, withdrew and finally realized he needed to come home and do something about his addiction.

He eventually went for help (twice) and had seven months clean when he relapsed and overdosed.

I lost an angel.

Life goes on, but part of me died with him. Life will never be what it once was. I know the pain and anguish of having a child with addiction problems. I also know the shame and secrecy people feel, for I too was one of them. That is the reason I started The Sober World.

The Sober World is a resource guide for parents, families and addicts themselves. This is a magazine that you can look at in the privacy of your own home, read articles from some of the leading experts in the country, find anything from Detox Centers, Interventionists, Treatment centers, Court Liaisons, Sober living and more.

The most important message I am trying to spread is for people to realize, they are not alone, it is affecting almost every family in America today and it is nothing you did or didn’t do and you are NOT TO BLAME!!

You have nothing to be ashamed of. I know how overwhelming it is when you find out your loved one is using drugs. You have no idea where to turn and going on the Internet can be the most overwhelming experience because there are thousands of treatment centers.

You are afraid to speak to someone because in your mind you think “it’s only happening to you, and everyone else’s children are perfect” The fact is today everyone knows someone that has an issue with substance abuse. This concept of an addict in the alley with a needle hanging out of his arm is ridiculous.

An addict today can be your typical high school student, college student, and the person behind the McDonalds counter, your own doctor, lawyer, plumber or electrician. Addiction knows no boundaries. Rich, poor, old, young, it makes no difference.

We must “shatter” the stigma (there are many groups focused strictly on this cause and one is called Shatter the Stigma) Addiction is a disease and like all diseases you look for the proper care.

Credit: This has been written by Patricia Rosen. She is the founder of The Sober World, which is here to help everyone that has a loved one struggling with addiction. The Sober World is now offering E Magazines, and anyone interested in subscribing to this free magazine, please send your e-mail address to patricia@thesoberworld.com and they will sign you up.

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Thirteen Tips For Yoga Beginners

Yoga Tips For Beginners
1. Get a good yoga teacher – This is the most important tip. A good yoga teacher is priceless and can help you tap into the deeper benefits of yoga. How will you know a good teacher from a so-so one? Read the tips below and make sure your teacher follows them.

2. Do not push yourself into a postureIndra Devi was a student of T. Krishnamacharya, the founder of modern yoga. She was one of the earliest woman yoga students. She went on to become one of the most celebrated yoga teachers of our times. One day as she was practicing the seated forward bend and was unable to reach her toes. She asked another student to push her forward so she may get hold of her toes. T. Krishnamacharya immediately stopped her, warning her that this may result in injury. Allow your body to open up slowly. As you practice regularly you will slowly be able to do some of the postures that were formerly impossible. A good yoga teacher will be extraordinarily gentle and ensure that you do not get yoga related injuries. A good teacher will sequence the practice in such a way that the body is slowly warmed up before more difficult postures are practiced.

3. Let your teacher know of issues you may have – It is important to let your yoga teacher know of any issues you may have. If you have high blood pressure certain postures have to be avoided. The same applies when you have back issues. A good yoga teacher will give variations or will warn you not to do a certain posture if she knows of your condition ahead of time.

4. Keep an extra mat and a pair of yoga clothes in your car or at work – Practicing regularly is one of the most important things when it comes to getting the most of your yoga practice. Do not hesitate to have a few extra yoga mats and a spare change of clothes at work or in your car. This may allow you to directly go to the yoga studio from work or to squeeze in a yoga session at work in your spare time.

5. Avoid food before yoga – A common mistake made by beginners is that they do not realize that yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach. So here is a golden rule: No heavy meal 3 hours before yoga. No snacks and drinks1 hour before yoga. Better to avoid drinking liquids during the yoga practice if you can.

6. Do not let the mind wander – A key tip to get the most out of your yoga practice is not allow the mind to wander during the practice. Beginners do this by focusing on the breath. Advanced practitioners keep the mind from wandering by continuously chanting a small prayer within. As you go deeper into yoga you will realize that most of the benefits of yoga arise due to reduced anxiety and stress due to a quiet mind. Getting your mind to stay focussed during the yoga practice puts you on the path to a quiet mind.

7. Engage the core – A very important part of yoga is the “locks” that have to be practiced during each posture. For a beginner the most important lock is keeping the core engaged in most postures. A good yoga teacher will guide you in this.

8. Coordinate breath and movement – A good yoga teacher will show you what breath you need to use while getting into a posture and out of it. In some postures you have to inhale while getting into the postures, and in others you have to exhale. Generally the reverse breath applies when getting out of the posture. In addition a specific form of breathing technique, known as “Ujjai” breath or “Ocean sounding” breath has to be applied while practicing yoga.

9. Do not hesitate to personalize your practice – It is possible for each student to personalize the practice even when in a group class. A good teacher will usually provide variations for certain postures so people with limited capabilities or health constraints can practice the variations. If a posture does not seem right for you or you are having difficulty with it, do not hesitate to stop. You can discuss your difficulty with the teacher after the class and see if there are any variations you can practice. A kind of “peer pressure” builds up in a group class. Do not be swayed by it. Do not hesitate to personalize your practice to your needs.

10. Have a small backup sequence – One of the coolest tricks is to have a small 20-30 minute sequence with you that you can practice on your own when things get too busy. This allows you to quietly unfurl your yoga mat early morning and quickly sneak in a 20 -30 minute practice on a busy day. Remember regularity is the key and it is better to do a 20 minutes practice than none at all.

11. Do not lose control of breath – Be warned: Yoga may result in injuries if you are not careful. One key warning sign is losing control of your breath. If your breath is getting choppy then it is a sign that you are pushing yourself too hard. Slow down or stop to get things back in control. Beginners have to realize that yoga is not about burning calories or doing a workout. Yoga is about calmness, de-stressing, and getting in touch with your true Self. If you can practice a fast paced advanced sequence, by all means do it, but you must ensure that your breath is always in your control.

12. Hold the posture – This is another rookie mistake- doing the posture but not holding it and immediately coming out of it. Once you get into a posture stay there for a while. You do not have to hold your breath there. You can breathe normally once you reach your posture. Stay in your posture for a couple of rounds of breath before coming out of it. As you advance you may be able to stay there longer.

13. Do not stop when off the mat –It is important to realize that yoga does not stop when you get off the mat. The softness, kindness, and wholeness that you feel as a result of your yoga practice has to be carried into the rest of your day and has to inform your actions. Yoga will help create a distance between you and your ego. Be constantly aware of this during the day. When you find yourself reacting from your ego, you will need to remind yourself and step back from the situation. As you advance into your practice you will find it easier to simplify your life, reduce your wants, and be more grateful and forgiving.

As you get comfortable with your yoga practice you may begin to ask: What next? As a next step you may want to look at beginning a 10 minute pranayama practice. Another thing to add is a 20-minute meditation practice.

The journey into yoga is life long and the benefits will continue to unfold as you progress. MyLifeYoga welcomes you to take the first steps and wishes you all the best!

Related:
Five Golden Rules for Yoga Beginners
Eight Reasons Why Yoga Does Not Work
How Does Yoga Work?

Credits:This has been written by Raj Shah and edited by Ketna Shah.

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Power In The Palm Of Your Hands

We all know that body language is important. Allan Pease shows how gestures with the palm of our hands impact what we are communicating. This knowledge can be of tremendous use and is worth watching.

Related: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

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Who Is This?

Who Is This

The ego is our constant companion. Sometimes it even subsumes our identity if we are not careful. Tagore’s masterful poem illustrates our struggle with the ego:

I came out alone on my way to my tryst.
But who is this that follows me in the silent dark?
I move aside to avoid his presence but I escape him not.
He makes the dust rise from the earth with his swagger;
he adds his loud voice to every word I utter.
He is my own small self, my Lord, he knows no shame:
but I am ashamed to come to Your door in his presence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

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The Elephant Riders

Elephant Riders

A girl named M spent all her time on an elephant. M practically lived atop the elephant and went wherever the elephant took her. One day a tiny boy looked at her and asked, “Hey M! Why do you not get off the elephant?”

M looked surprised and asked, “What elephant?”

Most of us would call M delusional. “How can she spend all his time atop an elephant and not know that it even exists?”

But here is the sad truth. We are all like M. We are all riding this elephant called the Ego. Somehow we mistake the ego’s actions as our own and we provide reasons and justifications for its doings after the fact. Most of us have no idea that the ego is separate from us, and the fact that it is controlling our lives. We spend most of lives riding this elephant called ego, and yet we are blissfully unaware of this!

Here is quote from Lester Levenson on the ego:

“All unhappiness is caused by our trying to be limited, to be an ego. The more we are our Self, the happier we are. We will never be completely happy until we are completely being our Self.”

It is important to understand that an entity called the “Self” exists. This is our real identity. It is denoted with a capital “S”. Yet we completely forget this and identify ourselves with our ego. Because of this identification with the ego, we think it perfectly okay for the ego to take us where it wants.

Our spiritual evolution lies in waking up to our true identity, as Jim Britt explains: “Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.”

And when our spiritual progress is strong enough to sideline the ego, great things happen:

“The authentic Self is the best part of a human being. It’s the part of you that already cares, that is already passionate about evolution. When your authentic Self miraculously awakens and becomes stronger than your ego, then you will truly begin to make a difference in this world. You will literally enter into a partnership with the creative principle.” – Andrew Cohen

Its time we stop being elephant riders. Instead of being prisoners of the limiting ego, its time for us to be free:


I am not here for me
I am not here to promote my ego
I am here to serve the Great Spirit
To be a voice for those afraid to speak
To be movement for those who are stuck
I am here to reveal a mystery
To learn something new about myself
- Holly Near

Related:
I Am Nothing And I Am Everything!
Six Surprising Facts About Your Ego

Credits:This has been written by Raj Shah and edited by Ketna Shah.

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