Can an addiction be reversed so that the substance can be used and enjoyed safely?

Okay, I’m honestly NOT here responding to questions to peddle my books (they’re free anyway); but your question is the EXACT premise of my book, Facing Addiction.

Yes, I think it’s possible to reverse addiction, but it depends on what you believe about yourself and your relationship to what you’ve been addicted to. Continue reading

Could it be that people take drugs not because of any psychological problem but simply because it is fun?

People take drugs for lots of reasons. I’ve used weed for creativity and to cut through conscious indulgences (in order to reach truer intuitions buried beneath); I’ve used MDMA to experience a love and joy so overwhelming it literally sets straight my limiting thought patterns; I’ve used LSD to expand my consciousness, empathy, connectedness, etc. Continue reading

How do I measure my emotional intelligence (I’m in my 30’s)?

Emotional intelligence is really two things: one internal, and one relational.

First, emotional intelligence involves learning to really feel all of your emotions for exactly what they are; then the “intelligence” part comes from having the maturity/perspective to decide what you should do based on your emotions instead of just reacting to them. Continue reading

For me, entertainment is just a way to temporarily block out pain. How can I find true happiness?

Whatever you might be entertained by is the end result of someone else bringing their value to the world—it could be their humor, perspective, athleticism, creativity…

There’s no lasting happiness or satisfaction in merely consuming the values others produce. No matter how entertained you are, you’re still essentially wasting your life if you’re not also working toward bringing something worthwhile of your own into existence. Continue reading