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  • Erik Frederickson - Life Coach and Recovery Coach

Updated: Sep 3, 2020

Let's start by clearly defining the term, "addicted."


Addicted, or addiction - a compulsive, chronic, physiological or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, behavior, or activity having harmful physical, psychological, or social effects and typically causing well-defined symptoms (such as anxiety, irritability, tremors, or nausea) upon withdrawal or abstinence : the state of being addicted. -Merriam-Webster


I can say from personal experience that I was definitely addicted to marijuana. I smoked pretty much daily, and multiple times a day for about 13 years. I tried to quit many times, but I could never do it, until I pursued a relationship with God and help with recovery.


I'm now over 11 years into my recovery journey and I've had the privilege of working with and helping countless people start their recovery journey. I have made it a point to ask as many people as possible that are caught in the throes of addiction what it was that started them on the journey of addiction.


I can honestly say that after asking hundreds and hundreds of heroin addicts, pill addicts, meth addicts, alcoholics, and so on, well over 90% of them said that the gateway to the more serious addiction was marijuana.

We recently had Real Estate Coach Ricky Carruth and millionaire on the podcast. We shared briefly about our experience of being addicted to marijuana.



The discussion usually comes out about this time, "What about medical marijuana use?" I've even been speaking in middle schools and high schools and been hit with this question.


I am not a doctor, and it's a big conversation, but I'll say this. If someone has a very serious medical condition where they are terminal, or in extreme pain I can see it being a benefit. I'd be more for someone that fits that criteria smoking or ingesting marijuana for medical benefits, then that same person being prescribed multiple pills a day of intense and deadly narcotics.


As for it being legalized, it's pretty much done in most of America. But just because it's easily accessible and cultural accepted doesn't make it less harmful or addictive. Matter of fact, I'd say it's more addictive these days then it's ever been.


You can find strains of marijuana that are more than 25% THC (THC is the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis), compared to marijuana just 30 years ago in the 1980's that was under 10% THC.


But what are the "experts" saying about marijuana's addictive nature?


Kevin Hill, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School did an interview with the Harvard Gazette and shared some interesting insights. He was asked about some of the myths surrounding marijuana.


His response, "I think the greatest example is when you talk about the addictive nature of cannabis. You can become addicted to cannabis...cannabis is not physically addictive; it’s psychological.” -Click here for the full interview.


From my experience, I can agree with his statement above. Although I did experience some headaches and minor cold sweats when I quit, it was the psychological addiction that was extremely tough for me get past.


And in my opinion, the bigger conversation that needs to be had is the overwhelming evidence that frequent marijuana use leads to much more dangerous and addictive drugs.

Our society can (and pretty much has) entirely legalize it but that doesn't magically erase it's dangers, just look at alcohol...



Erik Frederickson is Life and Recovery Coach. He has clients all over the world and he is considered an expert at helping people transform their life in powerful ways.

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  • Erik Frederickson - Life Coach and Recovery Coach

Updated: Sep 3, 2020

For years I couldn't figure out how to live free from a drug, alcohol, and pornography addiction.


I hated it, but it was my "go to" when it came to numbing the unaddressed pain and forgetting about the mess that my life had become.


One of the biggest things that provoked me to face my demons was I knew that I would never live out my real potential while trying to manage my addictions.


Here are some questions to ask yourself that can start a different internal conversation.



1- Do you think you will be able to live out your true potential with your current addiction?


2- When you're 80 how do you want people to remember you and the life you lived?


3- How much money are you spending on the slow ruin of your life on a monthly basis?


4- How could you better be spending that money?


5- Are you mentally and emotionally available for your loved ones while in active addiction?



I began to think about these things as my addictions ate away at me like slow motion suicide.


I understand as much as anyone that it's not the easiest thing in the world to quit, but life is waiting for you. God is for you and wants to help, and he wants to help you have a real and satisfying life! A life with real relationships, peace, fulfillment, and the ability to be present and pursue your dreams.


You can recover!


Erik Frederickson is Life and Recovery Coach. He has clients all over the world and he is considered an expert at helping people transform their life in powerful ways.

Contact Erik HERE - info@recoveringreality.com


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  • Erik Frederickson - Life Coach and Recovery Coach

Updated: Sep 3, 2020

Consciousness approached like a terrifying nightmare waiting to begin. Before I embarked on the dreadful task of opening my eyes I first needed to make it past the sound of my heartbeat pulsating through every blood cell in my brain.


My next task was figuring out how to present myself to the world. It was a process, and I had to start somewhere. My eyes slowly came apart like a dungeon door being pried open. It took more effort then I had just to unglue my eyelids from each other.


As difficult as it had been up to this point, now I had to navigate the presence of light piercing my eyeballs like daggers through flesh.


Waking up after a night of blackout drinking with a hangover that feels like you are flirting with death, is a lonely place. Darkness seemed so much more comfortable than that piercing light, light meant exposure.


As the light punctured my eyeballs and instantly dilated my pupils, my mind was intimidated by the fact that night had passed and day had birthed.


My head tried to process what was happening as I tried to figure out where I was, but the word "headache" didn’t even begin to describe the pain my head was experiencing. Explosive pain radiated down my neck and my body felt like cement was drying in my veins.


The pain and the sickly sluggishness were more then one could fathom enduring. I tried to talk, but my saliva was like dried Elmer’s glue coating the inside of my mouth.


As discomforts of drastic proportions manifested all over my body, I began to feel pain in my right hand. I tried to move my fingers but it was like trying to unthaw tree branches in sub-zero temperature. The slightest movement of my fingers and hand sent wreathing pain up my arm.


It was then that my brain tried to rouse my memory into retracing my steps because I had no clue what I had done the night before and why I was waking up in a cold and lonely jail cell.


An officer eventually made it to the door and explained that I had been arrested while driving under the influence the night prior. It jogged my memory and the last retrievable thought was a vague recollection of being pulled from my car at a gas station.


Then punching the jail cell door...



I never would have thought that the “fun” of teenage drinking would have pulled me to the pits of hell on earth. Addiction is a venomous beast with death as its goal, and it starts slow.


It starts with a smile and a joy, albeit a counterfeit one, quickly followed by a sucker punch to the soul.


Every so often it's important for me to recall one of those hellish nights, there were many during my 13 years of active addiction. I don't take that trip down memory lane to drag myself through the mud and remember what a rotten person I am, but to provoke gratitude.


Sitting where I am today and thinking about all that God has done in my life during my 11 yrs of recovery motivates me to stay diligent on the path of freedom. Those memories provoke me to help more people, and to remain grateful that God has rescued me from hell itself.


If you're still stuck in the spin cycle of addiction, there is hope. You can recover, and God wants to see your life transformed even more than you do. Have you had enough? We would love to talk and get you the help you need.


Check out this short story for 5 mins of HOPE



Erik Frederickson is Life and Recovery Coach. He has clients all over the world and he is considered an expert at helping people transform their life in powerful ways.

Contact Erik HERE - info@recoveringreality.com


Sign up for 7 days of FREE online Recovery Coaching HERE


Check out our

-PODCAST

-YOUTUBE CHANNEL

-INSTAGRAM

-FACEBOOK


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