- Life Is Worth Living Because...
- Life Is Worth Living Because Of: Kids, Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Sisters, Good Friends, Pets etc… The goose bumps you get when hearing a great song for the first time – and anything else that gives you goose bump or those good kinds of shivers... The pleasures of a good meal – something to enjoy everyday, 3 times a day (or 4….) Those times when you come away from a book, film, song or piece of art feeling somehow moved or enlightened – getting that magical feeling of connectedness to the human condition
- My Story
After wrapping things up at school with an undergraduate degree in psychology from Carleton University I set off for a bit of fun on a trip to Asia – not knowing at that time that my trip would extend to a decade and more and that I’d find myself a new home country in tropical Thailand
A little bit of teaching soon led to the opening of a small restaurant, which ultimately led to the opening of a slightly bigger one – which I still have to this day. At the same time, also a number of years ago, I started working as a freelance writer, eventually coming to specialize in mental health and addiction writing.
For the last 5 years or so I have authored and researched hundreds of articles and blog postings on addiction and mental health, have authored ebooks on finding care and, for a short time, even ran a free help line out of my own home to answer questions about addiction and treatment and to help people in need connect with treatment they could afford.
John Lee's Most Recent Activity on Choose Help
Facebook Share on Twitter 11:18 - Sep 27, 2016 Beat Cravings with Urge Surfing
For the next 10 seconds, try not to think of a pink elephant…Impossible, right?! The fact is, the more you try to suppress an impulse to use drugs or alcohol the more fixated your mind becomes on that very impulse, and this is bad news for anyone ...
Facebook Share on Twitter 09:56 - Aug 15, 2016 The DSM-5: Has Your Diagnosis Changed?
With the DSM-5 the American Psychiatric Association has a new diagnostic manual. Substance abuse and dependence are now gone - replaced by mild, moderate and severe substance use disorders. Will the changes affect you? Check out the new diagnostic ...
Facebook Share on Twitter 09:56 - Aug 15, 2016 Ambien Addiction: Treatment and Tapering
Don’t quit Ambien before you know what you’re up against and have a plan for success. Learn about 2 tapering methods and one method of rapid detoxification (with flumazenil) as well as about the brain changes associated with zolpidem addiction and ...
Facebook Share on Twitter 09:53 - Aug 15, 2016 Treatment Meds: Taking Drugs to Quit Drugs?
Though it might seem odd to take new drugs as a way to quit old ones, addiction treatment medications, when combined with behavioral therapies, can help a great deal to keep you on the path of recovery. Learn more about what’s available and why ...
Facebook Share on Twitter 09:52 - Aug 15, 2016 Test: Does Your Lifestyle Match Your Values?
Overcoming ambivalence: How does the ‘ideal you’ compare with the ‘current you’? Not sure? Well, take a few minutes to complete the following exercise and find out how far you’ve strayed from the life you’d love to have. If your lifestyle strays too ...
Facebook Share on Twitter 09:51 - Aug 15, 2016 The Matrix Model: Intensive Outpatient Treatment
Learn more about this evidence based 16 week intensive outpatient treatment program, specifically: class frequency and program length, therapies used, degree of family involvement, evidence supporting its effectiveness and typical benefits.
Facebook Share on Twitter 09:51 - Aug 15, 2016 Learning to Deal with Selective Memories
Selective memories of drug or alcohol use - where you remember the fun and forget the pain - are common in recovery, and unless you’re careful…they can END your recovery. Learn what triggers selective memories, how to spot them and how to squash ...