Author: Shernide Delva
For decades, professional wrestlers have face accusations and scrutiny for suspected steroid use. Many wrestlers have openly admitted to their history with steroids. In the past, drug use and wrestling went hand in hand. Now, professional wrestling companies like the WWE are insistent in saying that wrestling has cleaned up their act and is now a drug free organization.
“We are [drug] tested more than an NFL player, Major League Baseball player or in the NBA. We’re not allowed to have Sudafed. If you have Sudafed, you’re out for 30 days, so it’s legit.”
Former Hall of Fame professional wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts reflects on his time working for World Wrestling Entertainment in a recent article. He admits that his drug use was rampant and he does not know how he even survived it when many of his co-workers died in the process.
“Jake was all about the buzz,” said his longtime friend and fellow wrestler “Diamond” Dallas Page. Page mention seeing Roberts chew up a half-dozen Percocet in a bar. He had taken at least 10 pills that day. Although he knew what Jake was doing was wrong, he knew the code of wrestling was to mind your own business and not be a snitch.
While professional wrestling has its roots in the late 19th early 20th century, it was not until the late 70s that wrestling became a widely watched sport. The genre saw a resurgence in the late 70s when Vince McMahon bought out local territories that would air wrestling and expanded it to become what is known as World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) today. Now, instead of only airing through local networks, WWE would air nationwide and become a staple in American homes.
However, with these changes came to a total shift in the lifestyle of local celebrities. Suddenly, they were being seen by millions. It meant a grueling schedule both mentally and physically.
“You’re suddenly making $15,000 or $20,000 a week, so you’re just worried about getting to the next town after your match,” said Roberts. “If you don’t show up two or three nights in a row, you might not have a job and there are plenty of guys wanting your job, so you did what it took.”
Wrestlers were hired as independent contractors and it was not uncommon to wrestle 8 to 10 times per week, often getting only one or two days off per month. With this heavy work schedule and an increase in finances, drug addiction was an easy problem to come by.
Roberts admitted that with the increase in fame, drugs became easy to obtain:
“There were plenty of fans. The first time I smoked crack cocaine was when a doctor showed me how to cook it up,” he said.
Although illicit drugs took a toll on wrestling, mostly drug use in the wrestling community was due to pain management or image enhancement. Terry “Magnum TA” was becoming one of the top stars of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) until a car accident in late 1986 cut his career short. He started as a talent director following his in-ring retirement and has witnessed drug use throughout his career.
“The thing I watched creep in from the sidelines was the mixture of performance-enhancing drugs like steroids and then abusing prescription pain meds,” said Allen. “They started mixing opiates and alcohol and then tossing in performance enhancing drugs and it was that cocktail. The cocktail has a lot to do with the huge number of deaths we saw for a while of guys who were 40 and younger.”
These days, WWE had started a program that is very serious about the health of its talent. They have implemented a comprehensive wellness program over 10 years that includes testing employees for banned substances and even monitoring their legal prescription medication intake.
WWE has learned to reduce the heavy workload that was common in the past. Now, the busiest wrestlers only work four times per week, less than half of what they did in the ‘80s.
“The guys today don’t have that workload,” said Roberts, who admits he would not have been able to follow the strict wellness policy during the peak of his career. “I probably would have gotten fired. We were running seven days a week, three to four months at a time. Our bodies were so beat up and we were so messed up. Thank God it’s a different world for them now.”
Part of the WWE talent wellness program is to reach out to former employees. They send out annual letters to past employees offering them inpatient rehabilitation assistance. Close to 707 letters were sent out in November 2014. According to the WWE website, roughly 10 percent of their current and former talent pool has taken up on their offer.
The life of a wrestling has significantly changed and now a focus is more on health and providing treatment to those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Turning to addiction when you are overwhelmed is an unhealthy solution. Instead, seeking professional help can guide you to achieving a healthier lifestyle. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135
Author: Justin Mckibben
Have you ever felt high just by staring into someone’s eyes?
Well then you have probably been in love, at least once. Sounds like part of a sonnet or something, but maybe it’s more than a weakness for the hopeless romantic like myself. Maybe you really can catch a buzz off of someone else’s iris.
Apparently new experiments are claiming that staring intensely into a pair of eyes for a prolonged period of time can actually make people enter into an altered state of consciousness. LSD who?
Staring at Yourself
This isn’t the first time vision researcher Giovanni Caputo from the University of Urbino in Italy has studied the staring contest. In fact a few years ago he recruited 50 volunteers, asking each of them to gaze upon their reflections in a mirror for 10 minutes in a dimly lit room.
What is intriguing is that many of them attested to experiencing something trippy in less than 1 minute! Now that is a quick buzz.
Their faces began to warp and change, taking on the appearance of:
- Deceased family members
This is a phenomenon that has been dubbed the “strange-face illusion.”
Now it appears these bizarre effects can become even more dramatic when we stare into another person instead of a mirror.
Staring Contest Study
So how is it we can experience this crazy trip from looking at someone’s eyes? I mean some people are taught it’s respectful to look someone in the eye as a kid, so how is it all the sudden we can do that and hallucinate?
This time around Caputo recruited 40 young adults and sorted them into pairs:
- Each pair then sat in chairs in a dimly lit room
- Participants were positioned 3.3 feet (1 meter) apart
- Half of the pairs sat opposite one another, staring at each other’s neutral expressions
- Half of the pairs sat back-to-back, staring at the wall
Lighting in the room was set so participants could pick up fine facial features, but color perception was diminished. Just for extra measure the participants, were told the study involved a meditative experience. So they were not informed of the nature of the study to assure any effects were not the result of them trying to meet any expectation.
After 10 minutes, participants then filled in questionnaires about their experiences in the room.
According to the British Psychological Society those in the group that faced one another described some very intruiging effects compared to the control group, including:
- Higher levels of attenuated color intensity
- Noises seeming louder than they should
- Time seemed to slow down
- They felt spaced out
- Almost 90% of them said their partner’s face appeared deformed
- 75% saw monstrous beings
- 15% even saw traits of a relative’s face
Caputo says these descriptions indicate symptoms of dissociation, a term used to describe a departure from one’s connection with reality. Interestingly, he found that these symptoms correlated with facial deformity, but not the appearance of strange faces.
Caputo’s hypothesis was that “strange-face apparitions” could be a consequence of snapping back to “reality” after entering a dissociative state brought about by the lack of sensory stimulation.
So far what we know of a reaction called Troxler fading is that when staring at a central point for a prolonged period, features in the periphery begin to gradually disappear. However, this must be different because if this were happening then we would expect facial features to gradually vanish, not transform.
So far Caputo is the first to admit that his work is still in its infancy, and there is so much more about this amazing phenomenon that needs to be explored, but it would be interesting to find out what creates this crazy reaction.
Now you might not be able to try this at home, because the dimly lit room is expected to have something to do with it, but give it a shot. Be warned, you might never look at someone the same again. Side-effects may include scary-monster-face, or even catching a case of the feels. Good luck. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135
The Dickens Process: What is It?
You have probably heard of the motivational speaker Anthony “Tony” Robbins. He is also known as a life coach and author of self-help books, such as Unlimited Power and Awaken the Giant Within.
In his Unleash The Power Within seminar, Tony Robbins employs a life-changing experience, or technique, known as “The Dickens Process.” He is recognized for popularizing this process of transformation.
Why is It Called The Dickens Process?
The process is based on Charles Dickens’ popular story A Christmas Carol, in which the iconic miser Scrooge, experiences three ghosts on Christmas morning and is shown his past, present, and projected future of what his life will be like if he keeps up his selfish and heartless ways. This causes so much pain for Scrooge that it changes his life forever, and affecting everyone around him, in a positive way.
The Dickens Process uses some simple yet amazing technology from neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and other sciences. NLP is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy whose creators claim that there is a significant connection between the neurological processes (“neuro”), language (“linguistic”) and behavioral patterns learned through experience (“programming”) and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in life.
The Dickens Process is not designed to simply consciously think your way into changing, because this never works. This process operates on a subconscious and emotional level.
Motivational speakers, such as Tony Robbins, guides the audience through The Dickens Process, during which audience members are told to visualize their future, as it would be if they continue on the path they currently (figuratively) tread and therefore, not having achieved what they wanted to in their lives. The facilitator emphasizes the failure and regret and then brings the audience members back to the present-day. The whole exercise is designed as a very powerful process to give people the leverage required in order to finally take action.
The Dickens Process: My Experience
I didn’t know what to expect. I had never heard of the Dickens Process beforehand. However, I have recently been involved with transformational work and trainings so I am very open to this sort of thing. Perhaps it was helpful not to know about the Dickens Process and so as not to have any preconceived notions, expectations, or biases.
Our facilitator, Dug McGuirk, comes from a very impressive background. He was the Senior Performance Strategist for Tony Robbins and is a Master Trainer of NLP. While working with Tony Robbins, Dug facilitated trainings that he brought into successful companies whose top people saw the benefits of participating in and having their employees participate in transformational processes such as The Dickens Process.
My experience was very powerful and profound. After the process, I felt lighter, both figuratively and literally. I could breathe easily and felt as though a weight had been lifted. I also experienced a greater clarity and sense of urgency that ‘life is now’ and thought, “what am I waiting for?” I was ready to begin taking committed action towards the things I have been wanting to achieve.
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Visualizing a drug free life is not merely picturing what it would look like to live without the use of drugs and alcohol once in a blue moon. Visualizing a drug free life is a consistent and persistent practice which can lead to the ability to achieve a life without the use of drugs and alcohol.
Visualizing a drug free life, can be related to daydreaming in a sense. You know how you sat in class when you were in high school and pictured all the fun things you were going to do on the weekend? It would make you feel good to visualize those things as your teacher droned about next week’s math quiz. Visualizing a drug free life is as simple and yet as important as that.
When you begin visualizing a drug free life for yourself, as an addict and alcoholic, your future all of a sudden becomes more defined. The more clearly you can visualize a drug free life the better. Picture yourself 6 months from now without the use of drugs and alcohol. Visualize a drug free life which consists of being happy, having a healthy relationship with your family-being able to be a mother, father, daughter, sister, brother, or son. Imagine the holidays, sitting around with your family sober and able to communicate, no fights just laughter. Visualize a drug free life where you are walking into college again which had been a lost dream, you have a career, a healthy relationship, you’re doing all those things you only have ever talked about, you’re free, you travel the world and go to your favorite spots and your life quite simply is beyond your wildest dreams. Visualizing a drug free life in great detail like this causes the brain to believe that attaining all of this is possible. The best part is that it is.
Visualizing a drug free life as you can see from the above paragraph doesn’t just consist of conjuring a still picture of you sober with your one year medallion in your mind. Visualizing a drug free life consists of picturing a movie where you are sober and happy. When you visualize, try to capture how you would feel, what you would pay attention to, how you have more pep in your step. Make your visualization as extraordinary as you can.
Visualizing a drug free life or visualizing any goals you want to attain just every now and then can be effective but not as effective as sitting down for a few minutes every day and practicing this technique. The more often you visualize achieving positive things for yourself the more effective it will be. If you want to make visualizing a drug free life even more effective during your times of daydream, then put some music on to amp it up! Music, that really gets you excited and energized. If you listen to music you can really feel while visualizing a drug free life, all of a sudden your vision gets much more powerful. See your drug free life clearly, loudly, and so vividly that you can smell it, taste it, and see the vibrancy in the color of your visualization.
Visualizing a drug free life is something that can literally create new patterns in the brain and this is essential to alcoholics and addicts who have been struggling with staying sober. If you wonder about the power of visualizing a drug free life, just take a few minutes each day for about a week or so to visualize and make sure you put yourself in the starring role of your movie. If you do this, you are bound to feel some kind of effect.
Source: Redemption from Addiction by Jerry Egan.
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