In this post, I dive into how addictions work, how to overcome them and how to flood your brain with the neuro-chemicals that take you out of mental, emotional and physical pain and drive you to the happy, healthy TARGET of how you want to look, feel, and behave. Rather than being ruled by addiction, and controlled by circumstance, I teach you how to take charge of your brain to get control of your life. I explain the key principles of addictions as it relates to the brain, and how you can actively run your brain to build new choices, new behaviours and new freedom. From addictions to drugs like Marijuana, Cocaine, Speed, Ecstasy and Amphetamines like ADD medications to food addictions that make you tired, cranky and fat, to addictive self-sabotaging behaviours, I cover it all!!!
Now, right off the batt, I want to congratulate you for your addictions, phobias, fears, anxieties and worries, they are an accomplishment you know!!! It’s an accomplishment for you to learn and remember to have an addiction and then consistently generate that behaviour. Photographic memory! Now, just imagine if you could re-direct that addiction and brain and memory power to master something else – like exercising, eating healthy foods, writing, creating and innovating in your business, making money or attracting the type of partner you desire. Wouldn’t that be great?
So it’s time to Buckle Up! You’re in for a ride, you’re taking control of your brain in 5 4 3 2 1, here we go …
First and foremost, we all just want to feel good. In fact we all have the need to feel good and our brain will drive us to different behaviours to fulfill this need. For example, some of you exercise every day to feel good, some spend time with best friends, some take drugs, and some binge eat and stuff yourselves with dynamite foods, which give you a short burst and then a crash that knocks you out and numbs you to the pain. And many of you drink alcohol to move away from the bad feelings and get out of your head, while others smoke smoke smoke smoke. In most cases, you are moving away from what you don’t want, as opposed to accelerating towards what you do want. Your brain is not just a feedback machine, though drugs & fake foods do, in fact, destroy feedback mechanisms in the brain, its a targeting machine. Your brain accelerates towards targets and powers you to plan, think, create and move towards what you aim it at – when it’s working well of course. This isn’t the case for the majority. Do you have a food addiction? Drug Addiction? Substance Abuse Problems? Behavioural Addiction?
When your brain is in trouble, you’re driven to move away from bad feelings so automatically that you don’t think to consciously aim your brain at a big, bright, juicy target of how you want to look, feel and be. If you don’t aim your brain, how can you expect to get there? As a result, your brain will drive you to behaviours that provide the “quick fix” or “short high” and remove the pain as fast as possible. “Hello, marijuana, Hello Alcohol, Hello Lays Potato Chips, Hello Peanut Butter & Chocolate (you’ve got to see the peanut butter cure below!!!)”
The worse the underlying neuro-chemical deficiency in the brain, the more you’re compelled to high-return behaviours that give you the quick-fix. The brain will always drive you to self-medicate. And clearly Western Society is desperately searching for the quick-fix right? The “magic drug”, “magic weight-loss food” or the “magic diet approach”, all because people have brains that are chronically depleted and so they can’t Think, Plan, and thus Act intelligently. If you’re reading this blog, clearly you want to be in the driver’s seat of your brain.
When your brain is depleted, and all drugs including Amphetamines, ADD meds, Marijuana, Cocaine, Alcohol, and stimulants like excessive caffeine and sugar deplete the brain, neurochemicals like Dopamine which fuel focus, motivation and thinking, plummet. Quickly with substance use and abuse, the neurochemical well in your brain goes dry. The Result: you can’t think clearly. Its a vicious cycle. The more you engage in the addictive behaviours, the more depleted your brain becomes, and the poorer you think. The danger is that as your brain goes, so do your morals & ethics. I know from personal experience, my anxiety, panic and addictions, pushed me to the point where I was doing things I would’ve never done in my life. Thankfully I didn’t get in as deep as my friends, who were medical students and neuroscience PHDs, but I still managed too plough through all my savings and was hospitalized, 30 pounds underweight in third year university!!! Weight loss, nutrient depletion, immune system breakdown, mental, emotional, and moral breakdown, out of control behaviour, these are just some of the nasty things that come with addictions. Taking charge of your brain starts by thinking. Here’s a photo of my before and after photo:
6’2 145lbs to 6’3 200lbs Shaolin Qigong Master (yes Qigong transforms your bones, ligaments, tendons and makes you taller! Just wait until I teach Qigong to NBA basketball teams, did you know Bruce Lee taught kareem abdul jabbar?)
Here is a video – The Peanut Butter Cure – in which i dive into the thought processes of food addictions and drug addictions. Also watch Master Brain Boosting, and Brain, Beliefs Brilliance – The Game Changer Philosophy videos on Youtube for insights and connections between Drugs & Decisions.
The key point is that when your brain is depleted, and you feel bad and you’re moving away from things, you make poor decisions. It’s simply not the case that you feel like crap, drink, stuff yourself with food or do drugs, self-hate and then make good decisions. Rather the sequence starts by bathing your neurology with good neurochemicals and good feelings, and then making good decisions. Those are the feelings you want to move into the future with right?
You know that when you’re tired, in pain, stressed and depressed, the world looks darker, every problem feels heavier and you don’t have that same lightness and brightness of mind, right?. When you feel like crap you don’t THINK & PLAN intelligently, and thus fail to see the full consequences of your actions. For example, in terms of drugs, drug addicts in their mind, make short movies and see themselves taking drugs, getting high, feeling good and then BOOM, they stop at that point, as opposed to seeing the full consequences play out, such as all the time they’re going waste having to get the drugs, and then they’ve got to prepare everything, get high, go through an extended crash, and then do it all over again. Not to mention they’ve got to find a way to get the drugs, find the money, and quickly and progressively they becoming more and more dependent and broken down. If you’re a drug addict this downward spiral can continue until one morning you open your eyes and, “Holy Smokes” you’ve lost everything. Or one day you’re walking down the street and get jumped, hit over the head and it’s lights out, “you’re gone”. Or one day you’re sitting with a beer in your hand, watching television bathing yourself in regret, anger and resentment for all the talent, potential and opportunity you wasted. The reason why people make short, crappy movies in their mind as opposed to long full, all-encompassing movies that are empowering and move themselves to how they want to look, feel and behave, is because their brain is so depleted in neurochemicals like Dopamine, that they don’t have the brainpower to think. There’s no gas in the tank. Nor does the engine have the capacity or handling to get them where they want to go.
Remember, your brain is an energy hog. Your highest human abilities, such as your executive function abilities and decision making are the first things to be sacrificed when your brain is energy depleted. With this in mind, one of my primary goal’s is to teach kids how to boost their brain, and get “the high” naturally in order to feel good, while arming them with better learning and decision-making strategies.
Also, I’m sure you’ve all seen drug addicts, ex-drug abusers and people with addictions, how “jumpy” and “racy” they are, and how they constantly “hop” from one thing to the next. You’ve probably also noticed how people with addictions, especially to drugs, have “shakes”, “tremors” and motor dysfunction, similar to parkinson’s right? Thats because a brain that has been fried by addiction is depleted in the neurotransmitter Dopamine. Dopamine is what “locks” our brain on a particular idea, a particular decision, a particular neural pattern. Depletion in dopamine leads to precarious behaviour, indecision, and motor problems. The precarious behaviour and morals going by the way side, are a product of the brain starving for Dopamine. The addict is literally chemically cut off from their higher self.
What does an ADD brain starving for Dopamine Look Like? Here are two sample examples. Did you know that there are over 6 different forms of ADD? And many different brain patterns can manifest as ADD.
- Left is a classic “Blue Brain”, Low Voltage Energy, Dopamine Deficient Brain.
- Right is an inflamed hyperactive brain with ADHD. Generalized Inflammation and Hyper-Activity “Red” Across Frontal Lobe.
So, the first step to making better decisions is to bathe your brain with the neuro-chemicals it’s starving for. The Process is Simple:
Change your brain juice, change your state, change your thinking, change your feelings, and therefore change your behaviour. See MASTER BRAIN BOOSTING VIDEO, BRAINPOWER NUTRITION VIDEO & BRAIN, BELIEFS, BRILLIANCE – GAME CHANGER PHILOSOPHY VIDEO for how to “soup up” your brain juice! Better yet, watch the Super-Brain Speech called Super-Woman – Optimizing Female Brain & Healthy Hormones. While given to a group of women its a speech for women and men.
Raise your Brain Juice!!! Jack up your Brain!!! Watch the videos. Now what more do you need to know?
What you need to know about your brain:
- Your brain is a learning machine that learns rapidly & works perfectly. Bottom Line, your brain is going to get its fix, its going to find a way to do so. In fact, addictions, phobias, fears, anxieties, are an accomplishment. Its an accomplishment for you to learn and to remember to have an addiction and then consistently generate that behaviour. Now the question is: How can we re-engineer the machinery of your mind, and install new strategies and patterns of function so that your addictive tendencies can be aimed at healthy behaviours like working, creating, exercising and learning. PTSD, fears, anxieties, are proof that your brain has a photographic memory. Fact is, you haven’t even begun to open the vault to your super-memory capabilities. While the brain is a learning machine, it can as easily learn garbage as it can the good stuff. Rather than letting your brain flip flop like a fish you need to direct your memory powers to learn and remember what it is you want, not what you don’t want. What you focus on will get hardwired more and more in the brain. Are you often stuck in your head, thinking and worrying, having conversations, arguments with yourself and with others before they even happen???!!! Seems like a great way to think. NOT. If so, you’re planning to be stressed as opposed to planning for the outcome you really want. With communication, be calm, clear, concise and don’t waste time and fool around, go after what you want and get it! Instead of stressing ask yourself, “how quickly and directly can I get this outcome?” Change your approach, and you’ll save yourself a whole bunch of time, time to perhaps begin enjoying life!!!
- Building New Patterns of Behaviour – There is nothing “wrong” with you, you’ve just learned particular patterns of behaviour. If you don’t like what you’re doing, its time to learn “to do” something else. Your brain makes the best decision it can given the options it sees. Up until this point, smoking Dope, or stuffing your head in with chips, and ice cream at night, may have been the best way for your brain to give you the relaxation you need. Rather than self-hating, thank yourself for how you’ve been able to generate relaxation and comfort you need. Now in order to change things you need to build new choices. You can’t make new choices, unless you have them.
Your behaviours are not a function of “who you are” but rather “what you do”. Behaviours are a product of what your brain does and your dominant energetic, neurological patterns. ADHD, ADD, is not something you “have” its something your brain “does.” Its a process, not a thing. Since its a process, it means you can change it and teach your brain something new. Build new neural patterns of function. It’s just like love, happiness, and “reality” these aren’t things, they are “processes”, which are always changing. Bottom Line – you can take change these processes to change your brain & your behaviour.
How to build new Patterns? We all know that energy is neither created nor destroyed, so all the fragments, energies and pieces of everything you’ve ever experienced remain with you, buried deeply in the unconscious mind and limbic brain. The conscious mind is the flashlight of your awareness right now, and the unconscious mind is the full warehouse of all our experiences, emotions, memories and thinking processes which constantly drive our behaviour. So the key is not erasing memories, as memories are just representations of the mind and are not in fact what actually happened, the key is to build new dominant patterns of function that your brain can operate with, which enable you to see everything in a new light. By building new dominant patterns of function, now the particular stimuli and situations (ex: party with drugs) can trigger new responses as opposed to the old ones.
COGNITION & CONSCIOUSNESS
Consciousness is the primary, organizing, unifying force in the universe. Consciousness is the active process that intervenes between stimulus and response. By acting and thinking consciously, we can change how we respond to triggers. Rather than the sight of others smoking, triggering you to smoke, it can trigger freedom, control and enjoyment. So that the more others smoke, the more you see yourself acting with control, doing what you want and the better you feel, and so the more control you begin to have over your life. You can actively, and consciously re-wire your response to anything. This is what all my work and the power of neuroplasticity is about, from the neurotechnologies and brain training, to NLP/Hypnosis,to Qigong, Tai Chi, and the development of Qi and the Subconscious Mind, everything is designed to give you the hyper-awareness, and hyper-ability to change and direct your brain and behaviour to what you want – this is the essence of freedom.
So when working with clients, I’ll ask them, How would you like to feel and behave in these situations??? Depending on what you want and even if you don’t know, I can train your brain to be relaxed and in a heightened state of excitement when others drink, or heightened state of relaxation with a simple thought in your mind. The smoker is just trying to relax and breathe you know??? Just like installing a new program on a computer, I can design and engineer a new behaviour to get you relaxing and feeling better than ever before. I’ve completely re-engineered my brain and you can to.
Anticipation, imagination, creativity, the ability to hallucinate a reality and then plan the steps to create that reality – these are the distinguishing features of human consciousness. It’s time you step into the drivers seat and run your your brain, and think and plan with intention, rather than having your brain just directed and controlled by however the winds of the situation are blowing.
Rather than “moving away” from bad feelings, direct and aim your brain at what you want.
3. MAKING BETTER DECISIONS – Every Bad Decision Accumulates to Disaster. Every time you put a cigarette in your mouth you’re making a bad decision. Every time you pop a drug, you’re making a bad decision. Eventually the straw breaks the camel’s back, and disaster hits. We all know that smoking, and taking drugs are bad for you, but what does it take to change? It’s not until a person hits the threshold that they change, either they’re hospitalized and have no choice but to change to continue living or they realize how idiotic their behaviour is and reach the point of “Never Again” “Enough is Enough” “I’m DONE!!!” and finally focus on getting happy and healthy. So it’s not until you’re completely broken down, or you get a perspective, seeing the full consequences of your actions playing out, thinking ahead to you see what your addiction and behaviours are really going to do to you that you realize how stupid they are, and thus change. When you get fed up or laugh at yourself, you free yourself to change.
The brain is binary and so you need to re-direct your brain to want you want. Train your brain “not this, THIS”. You need to have a big JUICY target that your brain can move towards in place. It’s not enough to just remove something, as your brain will just fill that space with more crap. You need to build in something bigger, brighter, better than you can move towards.
When it comes to smoking and drug addictions, withdrawal symptoms, rather than being a stimulus to take more drugs, are in fact a sign that you are doing things correctly. You’re supposed to feel withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking the drug. In fact you can train your brain in such a way that these withdrawal symptoms trigger the big juicy, happy, healthy, future that you have ahead of you. An investment in a little short-term pain will free you for huge long-term gain. For your neurology, titrate down with the drugs systematically, bit by bit.
If coming you’re off of Dopamine Drivers like ADD meds, Cocaine, Speed, or excess caffeine, supply your brain with the foundational raw materials to begin re-constructing those neurochemicals on its own. For example, for coming off ADD medications start supplementing with amino acid tyrosine, start getting lots of AM Sunlight which raises dopamine, start eating a higher fat, seafood DHA-rich Brainpower Nutrition Diet, start exercising and moving more. Movement raises Dopamine.
If you smoke a lot of Marijuana “Dope”, and feel like a slow, Dope, your brain is depleted in neurochemicals like Dopamine and Acetylcholine. These neurochemicals modulate “Brain Speed”. If you’re brain’s slow and dopey, learning, memory and processing information suffers. All stimulants, plough through B Vitamins and require a diet rich in foods such as Egg Yolks and wild salmon, to support and maintain the integrity of neurons. Drugs fry your brain. I know I fried my brain!
Food addictions and addictions to sweets, especially at night can be stimulated by excess glutamate and cortisol. As a result, your brain is seeking to cool, relax and calm down and raise GABA and serotonin. Deficiencies in the neurotransmitters serotonin, GABA and Dopamine can predispose people to food addictions. We all got to stimulate our brain somehow! Find better ways of stimulating your brain. The key to behavioural control is to keep your Brain Juice high, and to have go-to strategies to ramp back up your Brain Juice when it gets depleted. Meditation, exercise, herbs, super-brain beverages, and sunlight all are huge go-to strategies to replenish your Brain Juice.
In any case, you can make the transition as smooth as possible while you titrate down, taking less and less medication. 3-6 weeks and Boom you can have your life back. It’s so worth it!!!
Steps to Overcome Addictions:
Principle # 1: We all need to do feel good.
Ramp up your Brain-Juice, and flood your brain with the neuro-chemicals it is hungering for. Watch Master Brain Boosting Video & Brainpower Nutrition to do so.
Principle #2 – Actively Train your Brain to Form New Dominant Patterns of Functioning:
Rather than “moving away” from bad feelings, direct and aim your brain at what you want. Your brain is a habit forming machine, and loves whats familiar. All the stimuli, the smells of foods and drugs and situations, the sight of foods and drugs and all the contexts trigger conditioned responses. While the brain will gravitate to what’s familiar, it learns through difference. Consciousness is the difference that makes the difference. Actively use your Consciousness to intervene between stimulus and response. Consciousness is what makes us human, and not just some Pavlovian lab dog, stimulus, response. That said, like a dog, our brain needs to be trained.
Here’s how you can train your brain:
Make movies, play out the consequences of your actions, change your perspective, see what your actions are really going to do to you. Drug addicts don’t plan. The Brain in many ways is a binary machine, and you need to train it “not this, THIS!!!”. Pay attention to your thought processes that precede the addictive behaviours – Do you see a big juicy movie of you eating ice cream, do you hear voices in your head that say “ohhh just have one!!!”, do you have a crappy feeling in your body you want to get rid of??? If so, you can begin to change the pictures, and movies in your mind, slow the voices, allow them to drift off in the distance and replace them with something stronger and perhaps sexier, and begin to re-engineer your mind. Hallucination, Thought Experiments, Seeing & Imagining Realities and then building that reality, these are the highest abilities we have as humans. Did you know that Albert Einstein’s Laboratory was his brain? Yes it’s time to start exploring and pimping out your brain.
In my work, I completely “soup up” and re-engineer your brain and mind by combining Neuro-technologies with NLP, Hypnosis, Qigong for RAPID CHANGE at SUPER SPEED.
Finally, you all have automated programs, which tell you to do things, like not touch a burning stove, and which automatically generate behaviours like language, walking, running to make things easy and unconscious. As it relates to food, you have many automated programs, and its one thing to say “eat good foods, eat healthy”, but what happens when you pass a fast food joint or a ice cream ship and your brain goes, “mmmmhhhhhmmmm” and all your unconscious processes automatically drive you to eat ice cream??? Clearly you need deep brain change to re-direct these compulsions. So it’s time to automate the behaviours you want and make things easy, because things are easy when you work with, not against the way your brain learns best.
So when that jar of peanut butter calls out “ohhh come eat me, I’ll make you feel good” you unconscious mind says, “Bullshit!!!” and you think of how crappy you’ll feel and automatically move towards the sight, sound and feelings you want, which will pull you to a better decision.
There is no better time than right NOW, to learn to control your own life and happiness, because its not just about overcoming an addiction, a silly food craving or a quirky behaviour, its about imposing your will and at any second changing your ability to make a decision and then sticking to it. Over-time competence builds confidence. Creativity creates Courage.
Competence, Creativity, Confidence & Courage. These are the 4C’s to lighting up your Life.
Change the Game Now.