Today we will dive into to substance issue plaguing our nation and how it drives into a deeper issue that is starving freedom from ourselves.
Fiction -> We should prioritize money before the health of ourselves and our suffering citizens
Fake News -> Alcohol and Drug Consumption Leads to Freedom and Fulfillment
Fact-> Attacking Problems with Vulnerable, Honest Communication will help the nation become more fulfilled and free while saving countless helpless people from dying.
I get it. It’s the socially cool thing to do to get hammered on the weekends, show your friends on social media you are having an amazing time, and get out of control. I am guilty of all of that. I truly believe we need to redefine what socially cool means and have an open, authentic discussion about how to make the weekends more beneficial to our own lives and those suffering around the world. We complain about not having fulfillment, and yet we can totally justify having a nice steak and wine dinner, poison our body, blow countless cash and time on the weekends.
What I realized is that these moments falsely enslaved my mind to forget about the prime issue in the first place. I was blindly failing by not being physically and mentally healthy and not changing my habits. I would define this as Failing Down: Not learning or growing from a mistake because I had checked off all the boxes and could justify anything in my mind. Short-term pleasure is the root of Failing Down, which further numbs you into believing you are free, when you caged to a pleasure leash. Engaging in the cheap thrills cycle only delays our problems, makes us feel less worthy, and drifts us from a state of being physically and mentally healthy further away. The problem here is that if something crazy didn’t happen to me, I would never have woken up. 8 years from now, I would be coming home from a New York City club after spending $300 because I could, impressing others, feeling entitled, and screaming helplessly for a cab. And the last 8 years would have been filled with numbing myself out on auto-pilot.
Until you are ready to grow up, find a state with instant pleasures and people that you truly enjoy being you, can remember, and not harm anyone else. There is nothing wrong with going out, but make sure you enjoy those purposeless moments to the fullest and don’t complain that you don’t have fulfillment in your life.
Now let’s move on to a much deeper issue than just lying to yourself. Let’s discuss the current opioid crisis that is plaguing our nation.
Doctors giving out scripts to Xanax and Adderall continue to zombify our society every day, creating short-term solutions and long-term damage. According to the Washington Post, 50,000 opioid doses are taken daily per every million residents in the US, which is 2 to 6 times higher than other countries around the world. By over-prescribing medication we create an approach that allows a craving for an immediate fix. This craving haunts us every day by making us weak, torturing our control and inspiring us to indulge in fake happiness.
When making a stop in a Kratom store to create a positive experience in Kentucky, I was introduced to Kratom as a Southeast Asian plant that mimics the effect of opioids that helps wean customers off of opioids. To fill you on, the opioid crisis is killing tens of thousands of Americans each year. Before getting addicted to prescription drugs, these customers were free and healthy. Once they got over-prescribed drugs from doctor’s who were trying to reach their quotas, they become helpless and strangled by the addiction which led them to try harder substances. There last resort between life and death was a Kratom store in Kentucky. Speaking to each of the customers that came into the store and seeing the smiles on the faces and interviewing them about the impact of Kratom was nothing less than life-changing. Whether it had given one the ability to walk again, or another one the ability to get off of heroin in two days, this store has saved 1,200 people from opioid addiction in the last two months.
DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT HERE TO RECOMMEND KRATOM TO ANYONE NOR DID I TRY IT.
However, my curiosity led me to do further research and educate my readers on each side of the story, from a Kratom store perspective, a Kratom DisInformation Campaign, and the FDA. By educating my readers on this subject, I hope to accomplish two things: 1) Help create more honest and authentic transparency from all parties in the drug industry to make sure we don’t lose sight of the purpose of drugs, to help as many people become healthy and free. 2) Use Kratom as a case study for the negative implications of inauthentic, non-transparent communication that is hurting ourselves, hurting our relationships, and hurting our ability to solve the problems that matter most, make the world a better place, and help us become fulfilled.
After leaving the store my mind was racing in so many different directions because I envisioned all of the lives that have been revived from a leash and seeing the power of being able to be alive and free again. Once, again this is not about Kratum, but about the power and impact of helping other people be able to become a free, functional human beings in life.
So I immediately went to youtube and watched a Disinformation Campaign about Kratom and how the FDA “Falsely Put Out a Report about Deaths from Kratom” because they are worried about the impact it might have on prescription drugs, with the potential to interfere with the profits pharmaceutical companies reap from painkillers currently on the market.This news totally broke me because hearing that there were parties that were spending their time trying to make a report more concerned about their Market Share and Revenue Numbers rather than the # of lives saved from Opioids is completely bullshit.
Why Can’t We Work Together to Help Those Who Are In The Most Need?
This all comes down to the point of having open communication within yourself and having open communication with each other about critical issues. We continue to divide our nation and break up relationships because we can’t be honest with one another. We need to stop lying to ourselves, stop lying to each other, and start making progress on problems that are suffering, struggling and strangling the freedom from our nation.
Brandon Dives Into the Crisis by Interviewing Patients and Store Owner’s Regarding the Drug Problem
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