Philosophy of Addiction Recovery 1

In an effort to help people overcome addiction, I have been putting my full thought into how the industry of addiction recovery exists currently.

The methods I used to overcome alcoholism are aggressive, but only in the sense that they are unusual. For some individuals I recommend they overhaul every aspect of their life in order to propel change. This is an overstatement, but it’s better to overstate than understate when it comes to addiction.

There is so much stuff to do in this life! Think about all the daydreams you have about all the places you want to go. If you are a user of drugs or alcohol, I ask: do those daydreams coincide with using of said drugs or alcohol? If the answer is yes, I want you to expand your vision. There are different kinds of addictions that exist in this world, and some swallow you whole more than others. Many people might admit to having a coffee addiction, and that level of admittance is a variable by which we can measure how negatively impactful a substance is upon humanity.
How many people admit to using heroin?
How many people admit to eating mushrooms?

Heroin might someday be decriminalized, but it will never be condoned.

Psychedelic mushrooms on the other hand have recently become decriminalized in three U.S. Cities: Denver, CO, as well as Santa Cruz and Oakland, CA. This is a powerful statement from the people of America: “We understand this substance to be of no danger to society.”

We all know how the story of cannabis legalization goes. We are living it!

Me? I ate mushrooms prior to becoming an alcoholic, and perhaps the spiritual awakening I received from my 2 or 3 times eating psychedelic mushrooms played a factor in how I went about overcoming my addictions.

I want to tell you exactly how I did it; I want to tell you exactly how I overcame alcoholism. BUT! The story is – the story’s not over! Do I think I will ever go back to drinking alcohol? Not in a million years! I honestly believe that when it comes to alcohol addiction I have my sobriety down-pat. I specify alcohol addiction because I know I will never rid myself addiction fully, but for the benefit of my happiness I shed what commiserates me. I am a human not to be commiserated! This is the attitude I wield everyday, and with great effort! Who would I be to do what makes me unhappy?

When I was younger, all I knew was working at restaurants, and the amount of money I received seemed not worth my time [until I got to San Francisco]. What did I do instead of looking for something better? I drank alcohol! From 21 years old to 24 years old, I drank alcohol because it made me happy. It made me fucking happy! What more can I say? People would ask me if I was depressed, and I would get frustrated, because I didn’t feel depressed, necessarily, but! I did feel like I was falling behind in life. Down the road, lemme tell you: that feeling of falling behind in life? It leaves an unforgivable aftertaste.

So I was drinking, right? And I was drinking because it made life habitable. When I was drunk, work was not so miserable, and that was a fact I lived with everyday. I now know it was my misguided ambitions that put me on that road to failure. To tell you exactly why I became an addict is to tell you why I like the color purple. For some things, there is no why, only when.

This “when” is monumentally important. The last thing I want to turn into is some dude that goes around to highschool’s and gives speeches on alcoholism and addiction, but damn if I don’t think that recognizing the signs of addiction, and trusting mine [and everyones!], advice to avoid addiction is better then dealing with the problem after the fact.

Nothing is enjoyable without using drugs Twain, what do I do?”

The answer is simple as it is disappointing: Change Everything.

Change your hair from brown to blue if you think it will make you happy. Ahh! But remember, you must juggle the triage of life as you proceed. This means that if you can’t have blue hair at work, and you also can’t afford to ditch your job, you can not turn your hair from brown to blue.

Okay then…”

Blue hair wasn’t the move anyway. Unless it is! Then it’s the fucking move! But what about…uhh, what about learning something new? Is that a thing you’re interested in? Because I’ll tell you: allowing yourself to learn a new skill and gain new knowledge whilst simultaneously fighting addiction, can create a viciously powerful cycling effect that the enlightened call: Holding Yourself to a High Standard.

Holding Yourself to a High Standard is the type of thing that those individuals you look up to do, and it’s how they achieve their massive gains. Be it mentally, socially, economically, or physically, gains are achieved through hard work and consistency. Many people buy a gym membership lowkey using the membership [and it’s cost] as a catalyst to start working out. Mhm, does it work for everyone? But it does work for some people, right? Well, I believe it only works for those that make changes in other aspects of their life in tandem. Going to the gym is nothing without first abolishing fast food from your life, or actually spending the hard-time thinking about what makes you happy. Will going to the gym make you happy? If so, you might be ready to commit to a membership! Albeit, there are also individuals who might test themselves by excising in a park for a period of time to test the waters about their commitment; I think such is a healthy practice.

For those who desire to overcome addiction, I think enrolling at University is the most extreme catalyst one could thrust themselves into. That, or the military.

x. Spark Twain

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Fuel Cafe 1

The time is 09:50 in the morning, and I am writing to you from Fuel Cafe in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At first, I thought it would be a waste of my time to write a blog post, but I changed my mind.

At first, I was going to produce an email titled “Tourism Doesn’t Start in Hotels. Tourism Starts in Hostels,” and then send it out to, well, a lot of fucking people. Getting on the news is an absolute must for me [and the Cream City Hostel] right now. I already sent that email to TJM4 about my recovery program, but taking to the airwaves with promotion of this hostel is much more practical.

My espresso is surprisingly good, but clearly no one orders it, because he served it to me in a coffee mug. Which is all good, but the thing did cool off pretty fast being in an improper container.

Inbetween my ordering and my starting this article, I went to the bathroom and removed some of the layers of my clothes. I always overdress. When it comes to cold weather, do as I say+not as I do, and under dress for the walk if it’s as short as the one I just made.

In front of me is, of course, the dbl espresso I spoke of before, and then I have a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich. It was only $3.50, and it’s pretty lit. Some of the people here are drinking coffee, and some of them are drinking beer. I do love Milwaukee for that. I mean, no joke, I am telling you: there are some locals in here, with laptops open, working vigilantly, and they have a beer sitting in front of them. The time is 09:58 in the morning on Friday, February 28th, 2020. Tomorrow is the leap day. I say “the” and not “a” because they don’t happen very often, and although I often bare on the edge of safety, I like to think the significance of a leap day deserves a singular title.

What needs to happen is this: money needs to be funneled into this hostel, and then the tax money generated from the resulted tourism needs to be applied to the supporting the tourists. Now, if you ask me, our best chance of tourism is promoting to the People of Earth: “Come to Milwaukee!”

I say that in the most generous sense of the sentence. If you want to travel to Milwaukee, we would love to have you here no matter where you are from, but all my Earth friends would really like it here. The Plutonians on the other hand, they prefer touring Utqiagvik, Alaska.

What can I tell you? I smoke, and I know things

The tourism that will be happening here in Riverwest is gritty

I just had to switch sides of the table

Because I was hot as fuck sitting in the sun over there

I could have showed up here wearing much less. I forgot how poorly I am able to deal with cold weather! I always overdress. Always. Always. Always have I overdressed, and honestly I don’t see how I will ever change! I am sitting by the door so the cold air coming and going is regulating things a little for me. Anyway, back to zee Germans.

The tourist that enjoys Milwaukee, is the curious tourist. This is only speaking on an international sense.

The first time I left the United States, I flew directly to India, because I have a curiosity that can only be quenched with mental anguish. When I tell other people about my journey, I tell them: “India was hard, but I loved it, and I cannot wait to go back! However, for most people, I recommend starting in Thailand.”

If that statement makes you want to visit India, then you might enjoy Milwaukee.

If that statement makes you want to visit China, then you probably won’t enjoy Milwaukee.

If the statement makes you want to visit Thailand, then you should plan your trip revolving around Chicago, but I highly suggest you make a day trip to Milwaukee, because it’s a lot easier than going from Chiang Mai to Kolkata.

Unlike South East Aisa, or most places for that matter, The United States is, well, united. If you are in Chicago you do not need any special paperwork to come see Milwaukee. If you are in Thailand, you do need special paperwork to visit both India and China; even Laos or Cambodia for that matter.

When you are in Chicago and want to come to Milwaukee, a different state with a different culture and set of values, you just do it!

You could walk from Chiraq to Killwaukee if you damn well pleased.

This espresso is making me sweat hella bad, but I knew that would be the case before I ordered it. They have a very light roast here, and honestly I like the taste of a light roast better, but I usually order a dark roast because my body handles it better. The air is filled with the sounds of old country music. I heard Johnny Cash before;%&would you look at that! I tried to Shazam it but [I’m guessing] the sound of my typing was too loud; I had to look up the lyrics. Only moments before all this, the air was filled with Willie Nelson, singing Blackjack Country Chain. Very nifty vibes here. But damn this espresso is fucking me up lol. Yall would love it!

Soon, I will be again: stoned. Idk where the plug is at, but, I have a strong feeling we will meet up. What will that bring to me? See, one thing you can know forsure; no! Two things you can know forsure: drinking a beer at 09:00 any day of the week is acceptable in Milwaukee, and I wouldn’t be found anywhere that smoking cannabis wasn’t common af. So, in coming here, know that you also can enjoy the simple pleasures. The coffee is pretty good too. I suppose I will have to visit a couple of the other spots and make some comparisons, but this is the closest place to Cream City Hostel, so if you end up there I find it likely you will end up here.

What is my move? I am wet lol. The cold air will make me frigid. It has been decided that I will talk to _______ about my idea of “Tourism Doesn’t Start in Hotels. Tourism Starts in Hostels” before I proceed with sending out any emails, or contacting any new stations. Not only do I want to avoid misplacing her blessings in me, but also I think her input [and thusly her teams input], will be invaluable to our collective mission of bringing tourism to Milwaukee. Most people in America, and subsequently Wisconsin, don’t know what a hostel is, and this means we need to increase tourism two-fold. Not only do we need to get the Europeans to show up, but we also need to educate the young people of America about Hosteling!

This sweating situation if getting a little crazy. I wouldn’t be surprised it my back looks hella wet right now lol, but, I am not here to stay dry.

I am here to work for the hostel.

Honestly, until my arrival, I thought I was only here to visit Milwaukee, but now it is clear, I am working with the hostel! Cream City Hostel is legitimately one of the best vibes I have experienced at a hostel. I lived in Milwaukee in 2012, and back then this building was a non-operational school [apparently the district was using it for storage]. It might have been a preschool… I remember seeing young kids playing in the back all the time…unless I am misremembering; the people affiliated with this building tell me I am misremembering.

The playground is still here! At some point in time [even if I am misremembering], a group of fun-loving kids left behind some residual vibes. Those vibes help make Cream City Hostel what it is, and it’s seriously worth checking out.

pause to take it all in

My understanding of cities has changed so much since I left this place [my home]!

My nerves haven’t changed though lol. I don’t think I am going to leave the neighborhood much, and I’ll probably leave the city even less. Right now I am going to take my sweaty ass on a walk!; throw on the headphones, and just soak in the mke vibes for a second. Apparently I am going to be restless until I scoop up the dodie.

Ahh! Back to normal.

x. Spark Twain

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