Friday, August 27, 2010

HOW CAN I AVOID BAD PEOPLE AT NA MEETINGS?

Today we helped a guy by putting a naltrexone pellet in place. He’s come twice before in the last month and a half for naltrexone, but both times he used within a few days of his appointment, so when he had the narcan challenge, he went into pretty bad withdrawal. Both times he was sure he could handle the withdrawal symptoms, but he couldn’t.

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This guy is so cute and nice; he’s got parents that love him and he’s only 20. It would be great if this were the last time –for sure—that he

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I wonder why he doesn’t stop?

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One thing is, he has never completely embraced the idea of recovery. I know young people can get the 12 steps because I see it all the time. He really is worried that he’s gonna run into people who will steer him the wrong way if he goes to meetings.

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I’m not in recovery myself, so I can’t totally put myself in his shoes, but what I do know is that whatever limiting belief you are holding onto, if it doesn’t serve you and make your life better, you can discard it and create new thoughts that will work.

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So…let’s say you go to a meeting. Your Limiting Belief is: “I’m gonna see people that will get me to use.”

Because of the way our brains are wired, you’re going to gather evidence to prove your theory.

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You’ll walk into the meeting and see all those rascals who want you to fail, and your brain will go there.

What if you go into the meeting and think: “There are so many people here who really want me to succeed….I’m gonna find them.”

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Your brain will then seek evidence to support this thought.

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You really shouldn’t trust me on this; try it yourself and see.

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If you still have a problem, call us. We want to help you and we’re pretty darn good at it.

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Joan Shepherd, NP

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