A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

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How long do meth addicts need for recovery?

From an ex addict of heroin and crack, I can tell you that it’s not the drug, addiction is born out of a lack of something in one’s life. For example, lack of love, lack of direction, etc etc.

This is pretty much a fact, and it applies to the vast majority of addicts. Nobody specifically goes out to become an opiate addict, or a speed addict, it’s a matter of happenstance.

So it’s not the physical addiction you need to address, it’s the reason they’re addicts in the first place which is the problem.

I was addicted to heroin and crack for 7/8 years, and I did a lot of work on myself in that time, and learned why I made some of the choices I made, and the drugs were usually the plaster that went on the “Boo Boo” so to speak.

It becomes an addict’s way of coping. It becomes their way of escaping, so they don’t have to deal with reality. That’s the underlying issue, regardless of the drug we’re talking about.

Drugs are just the bandaid that’s put on the broken leg, so to speak, it doesn’t fix the broken leg, it just covers it for a while.

The same could be said of addicts and emotions. When something happens that your brain doesn’t want to deal with, you find yourself getting cravings etc. Which means people need to learn how to deal with that emotion. For me it was loss of close friends and loved ones, and growing up in an addicted home. Alcoholics.

So to answer the question, you need to dig a little deeper than how long does it take, because I’ve been off the drugs since 2009, but I’m not clean I wouldn’t say. In fact I’d still call myself an addict, because I know if I touched it again, I’d be back at it full time, and I don’t have a 4th rehab in me.

Physically, the drug will be out of the system in about 3 days, but that’s just the very very tip of the iceberg.

So it’s really down to the individual. Addicts are so much more than just addicts, they’re (mostly) deeply hurt or scarred people who use drugs to cope with what most people can without using drugs.

I honestly wouldn’t focus on the drug, because it’s never the drug. And I’m sorry if anyone disagrees, but it’s just not. It’s something deep down that’s broken or not working properly, and it needs to be fixed before people don’t feel like their only way of coping is with a pipe or a syringe. It took me years and years, and I still wouldn’t say “I’m better” because I don’t believe you can fix yourself without lots and lots of therapy, and knowing yourself inside out, so you’re able to spot various triggers, and understand a relapse is usually set into motion sometimes months before it actually happens, so that’s another thing I learned.

I don’t think I’ll ever be at the end of my journey, because all the drugs did for me, were opened up my mind to the real reasons I was using. And I don’t think you can ever stop learning about yourself.

I’m really sorry I don’t have a simple answer for you, but it’s just not a simple question. If people really understood the nuances of addiction, the how and why, then they’d be a lot more understanding. The problem is, addicts don’t care. They certainly don’t care if they need drugs, they’ll lie to your face to get away from you, just so they can get high. Don’t take that personally, because it’s not you. I know it might be frustrating, but it’s not you. It’s the fact that when you’re an addict, your drug ALWAYS comes first. If people tell you otherwise, they were never really addicts, or never had to suffer with the choice of eating or getting high. I will also end this with a controversial thing among addicts. ITS NOT A DISEASE EITHER!

It’s a mental health issue, don’t start telling yourself you’ve got a disease, because then you justify your addiction by taking “medication” for your “disease”. I urge anyone trying to get clean, don’t see yourself as helpless and with a disease, because you’re neither. You can help yourself get better, it’s actually pretty easy if you want to get clean. If people don’t want to get clean, they won’t, so you have to wash your hands of them until they’re ready. There’s no ultimatum you can levy, there’s nothing you can say or do to emotionally blackmail somebody into getting clean.

My mother kept threatening to throw me out, and just so you know, she should have done, because I didn’t deserve to live there. Even though I’d always always say I’d get clean, I wasn’t even considering it! It didn’t even cross my mind.

Until somebody is ready to get clean, they won’t get clean. What you’ll see is years and years of somebody you possibly love lying to your face so they can get high.

I’m really sorry, I bet you hoping for like “2 weeks” or something, but from my own experience, and being honest with what “better” really means, I can’t sit here and tell you any different, because I’d be lying.

 

 

If you were an NFL athlete, what PEDs (performancing enhancing drugs) would you run?

I helped a buddy prep for the combine last year. He absolutely destroyed the combine but unfortunately wasn’t picked up because a violent crime he committed years before wasn’t expunged because the prosecutor didn’t follow through. It’s pretty sad bc my buddy completely turned his life around, has a wife and little girl, finished college, and is an elite athlete and teams were interested until he unexpectedly failed the background check.

Anyway he had no choice other than to absolutely destroy the combine so he went all out and ran some compounds that borderline could have been detected by training camp. The logic being that if he didn’t crush the combine he wouldn’t have a training camp to go to.

Ran high test e for a few months, switching to test acetate month before, bold cyp and low npp which were dropped 2 months before, very low tren acetate up until a week, and anavar throughout. And Ghrp-6.

The first drug test would have been ~1.5 months after the combine.

If he made training camp the plan was to run dnp for a few days a week or two beforehand to flush out the metabolites. We were gonna have him order a few drug panels to see what was being detected still and plan accordingly.

Worst case scenario it would have been reverse catheter.

But it didn’t matter because the fucking prosecutor lied and didn’t do the paperwork and caught my buddy, his agent, and the teams completely off guard.

The cycle as far as performance goes was absolutely perfect. He was a fucking football machine. Will never know if the strategy would have worked as far as passing the training camp drug panel.

Situation sucks but he has made a nice new life for himself since then.

 

 

What is the plus-minus stat in the NBA?

How your team is outscored or outscores the opponent while you are on the court.

If a player continually has a net positive +/- that means they have typically a positive impact on their team’s success. Especially when the lineups are staggered. Say Dirk plays for the first 6 minutes of a game (with Curry, Yogi, Barnes, and Wes Matthews) and after 6 minutes the score is 17-11 Dallas leading. All six would have a net +/- of +6, so it would appear all 5 starters are good players. Now say Dirk comes out for the next 4 minutes and is replaced by Nerlens Noel. In that time the score suddenly becomes 24-26 Dallas losing. (Yogi, Curry, Barnes, and Wes are all a -2, while Nerlens Noel is now a -8, Dirk is still a +4.) Now if Dirk comes in for the final 2 minutes of the first quarter for Harrison Barnes, and Dallas goes on a 8-0 run to make the score 32-26, Dirk has a +14, Barnes has a -2, Yogi Curry and Wes are all a +6 and Noel is a +0. So while the metric has it’s flaws it is a good way to measure a players impact on a game that isn’t solely relying on their statistical impact. This sort of metric really helps players like Jae Crowder who don’t light up the stat sheet but makes his team better. This system can be flawed however if say, an average player like Zaza plays with the GS Warriors starting lineup, he would appear to be a solid player assuming he played all his minutes with the Warriors starting lineup. It needs to be taken in a vaccum and its not a good way of comparing players from different teams, especially teams that vary in talent, but it is however a good metric to use when comparing players on the same team.

If a team of four Lebrons and one javale McGee played all 48 minutes and won by 30, they would all have a +/- of +30, because they outscored the opponent by 30.

Even if Javale had 17 turnovers and went 0-5 from the field, he would still have a +/- of +30.

In very short: shit players can be carried to high +/- minutes because it’s only a metric of how many points their team out scores the other by while they’re on the floor.

 

 

How are our Phones so resistant to bugs, viruses, and crashing, when compared to a computer?

Bugs because the hardware combinations are more limited then than PCs

Viruses? They’re still vulnerable, less so because the O/S is very locked down always. The user almost never has “root” control of anything, unlike a windows system where if you have the password you can force through risky things to install if you have no idea what you’re doing.

*Also phone app stores are the only official way to install onto your phone, those apps are screened by Apple and Google. Sideloaded apps are far more rare and you have to work at getting that done knowingly

Android and iPhone are both based off of Unix Like systems→Linux (droid)/BSD(apple) – There’s no normal admin account that just gets to do whatever, everything is compartmentalized and locked down making only very rare exploits the likely vulnerabilities.

Crashing? Same as bugs, limited combinations mean a manufacturer can ensure no weird hardware will cause problems and the OS doesn’t have to be change much, minor driver differences at best.

Most phones use the same family of chipsets for radios/wifi; screens. Samsung makes tons of shit for apple phones, they need each other. Until recently everyone uses qualcomm

 

 

Why do Flat-Earthers believe the Earth is flat?

Members of the Flat Earth Society claim to believe the Earth is flat. Walking around on the planet’s surface, it looks and feels flat, so they deem all evidence to the contrary, such as satellite photos of Earth as a sphere, to be fabrications of a “round Earth conspiracy” orchestrated by NASA and other government agencies.

The belief that the Earth is flat has been described as the ultimate conspiracy theory.

While writing off buckets of concrete evidence that Earth is spherical, they readily accept a laundry list of propositions that some would call ludicrous. The leading flat-earther theory holds that Earth is a disc with the Arctic Circle in the center and Antarctica, a 150-foot-tall wall of ice, around the rim. NASA employees, they say, guard this ice wall to prevent people from climbing over and falling off the disc. Earth’s day and night cycle is explained by positing that the sun and moon are spheres measuring 32 miles (51 kilometers) that move in circles 3,000 miles (4,828 km) above the plane of the Earth. (Stars, they say, move in a plane 3,100 miles up.) Like spotlights, these celestial spheres illuminate different portions of the planet in a 24-hour cycle. Flat-earthers believe there must also be an invisible “antimoon” that obscures the moon during lunar eclipses.

Furthermore, Earth’s gravity is an illusion, they say. Objects do not accelerate downward; instead, the disc of Earth accelerates upward at 32 feet per second squared (9.8 meters per second squared), driven up by a mysterious force called dark energy. Currently, there is disagreement among flat-earthers about whether or not Einstein’s theory of relativity permits Earth to accelerate upward indefinitely without the planet eventually surpassing the speed of light. (Einstein’s laws apparently still hold in this alternate version of reality.)

As for what lies underneath the disc of Earth, this is unknown, but most flat-earthers believe it is composed of “rocks.”

Then, there’s the conspiracy theory: Flat-earthers believe photos of the globe are photoshopped; GPS devices are rigged to make airplane pilots think they are flying in straight lines around a sphere when they are actually flying in circles above a disc. The motive for world governments’ concealment of the true shape of the Earth has not been ascertained, but flat-earthers believe it is probably financial. “In a nutshell, it would logically cost much less to fake a space program than to actually have one, so those in on the Conspiracy profit from the funding NASA and other space agencies receive from the government,” the flat-earther website’s FAQ page explains.

 

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