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      New upgrade with simpler interface   05/13/2016

      Once again, the fine folks at IPB made a new upgrade and things might not be where you started to learn they were. However, this is one time where I think they actually improved things for navigation. There are only a few big buttons: When you click on one of those buttons, some other stuff opens up, depending on which button you click. (Later Note: These only appear when zoomed in or in the mode for smartphones/tablets.) I'm learning this as you are, so I suggest you do what I am doing: click on these big buttons, see what they open and fiddle with the software some. Ironically, you will find there is a lot that is intuitive. That's what I'm discovering. (Later note: I just discovered that I was viewing the site zoomed in too far to see the normal view. The menus are still there with the old buttons, but when I zoom in too much, they disappear and the new buttons appear. I believe this zoomed in way is what the site looks like on mobile devices. I'm going to mess with it some more, then maybe make some explanations.) Sorry for the inconvenience. Still, over time, I hope you end up liking these changes. Michael
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Michael Stuart Kelly

Heroin

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I just came across a gem of a blog article on heroin addiction by one M. Simon:

Heroin

The main point that Simon stressed is that the majority of heroin addicts are in pain.

First we start out with an unusual point of view. Most addicts are in pain. This is quite surprising. It surprised me. I thought they were just in it for the euphoria.

Here is what Dr. Shavelson found in his study of 200 addicts: a high proportion of severely abused children (beatings, rapes, rapes of siblings). He questioned his study methodology. He thought there must have been a flaw in how his sample was selected or in how the questions he asked were framed.

Then while he was doing his research, an article came out in the Journal of the American Medical Association that said that the addiction rate goes up for male sexually abused children.

I did not suffer sexual abuse when I was young, so I never responded much to the stories of those who did during my recovery, but I remember a huge portion of addicts in the NA meetings I went to had been abused. And the vast majority was bisexual, or at least had had sexual experiences with both sexes. This was not my case either and being hit on by men, as sometimes happened, took some getting used to. (I was always careful on turning them down to let them know that I did not think less of them, but was flattered instead. I just didn't "play on that team" as they say in Brazil.)

I remember one guy used to crack up everybody by saying, "Nine out of every ten people attending NA meetings have serious issues with their sexual identity and one is lying."

I highly recommend any addicts reading this to look at that blog article above. (There are some great links there, also.) It mentions heroin and pain. But from my experience, pain is at the root of the vast majority of addiction to hard drugs.

Michael

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