Addictions

Essays found in this category pertain to addictions, insanity, mental illness, spirituality, recovery, human growth and development, facing reality, our addictions, faith and fears, problem solving and risk taking.

Video: The Story of Ted Burnett and Mental Illness — May 12, 2016

I gave a 30-minute speech to a local NAMI group about my story on mental illness, the impact of denial by the patient, the stigma by society and whether one should work before taking questions from the group. My website: www.tedburnett.com. I’m available for public speaking, traveling from Daphne, Alabama, out of PNS or MOB. I charge a modest speaking fee for my travel time. Sound quality maybe so so. Running time: 48:32 Contact information: Ted Burnett 500 Lincoln Street Suite B-105 Daphne, Alabama 36526 USA C: 251-709-0280 E: ted@tedburnett.com W:...

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No Pain, No Gain

No Pain, No Gain

September 17, 2015 No Pain, No Gain By Ted Burnett There is no coming to consciousness without pain. – Carl Jung, 1875-1961 Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist I’ve spent my entire life, all 44 years, living with alcoholics and drug addicts, their families and friends. As a child, I played with them in the neighborhood and later I partied with them on Friday nights. I went to school and to college with them. I even worked with them. As an addict, I grew up seeking the next big thrill while trying to avoid pain, at all cost. I’ve watched a few including myself find “sobriety” while some were incarcerated repeatedly and others went to their grave a bit too soon. Among the group was my own father, at the age of 53. This Vietnam Veteran, like many, died penniless...

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Your tweet on South Carolina’s Confederate Flag

Your tweet on South Carolina’s Confederate Flag

To: Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com I read your tweet that appeared in a story, in today’s Huffington Post where you placed demands on South Carolina’s government to remove the Confederate Flag from the state capitol’s grounds. See below… Marc...

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Why gross domestic product (GDP) and other popular metrics are no longer an effective measure of America’s economy and well-being.

Why gross domestic product (GDP) and other popular metrics are no longer an effective measure of America’s economy and well-being.

May 31, 2015 Why gross domestic product (GDP) and other popular metrics are no longer an effective measure of America’s economy and well-being. By Ted Burnett For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul? – Jesus Christ (0-33 A.D., Troublemaker to some and Savior to many.) As the U.S. and much of the industrial world struggle to recover economically from the 2008 global credit crisis, the Federal Reserve’s policy to keep interest rates artificially low to spur new growth among businesses, through hiring and capital spending, hasn’t worked. Following the housing bubble and the home foreclosure crisis, policymakers and politicians have been looking for the next red hot industry to expand our economy. There have been...

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Red Snapper fishing — states’ rights?

Red Snapper fishing — states’ rights?

December 6, 2014 Red Snapper fishing — states’ rights? By Ted Burnett Hearings were held on Thursday, in Congress, regarding Alabama’s red snapper population, the role of the federal government in determining the size of the population, the length of the state’s fishing season and how much was caught. The following are two links. The first is a story from Congressman Byrne’s website about the testimony given in the hearing and the second is a story from the WWF regarding unsustainable fishing, worldwide. I’m not a red snapper fisherman nor am I an expert on this subject, but those of us who grew up on the Gulf Coast fishing, shrimping, crabbing or oystering in these same waters have come to see the haul get smaller as the effort, the...

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Talk #7: Getting Honest (Part 3)

Talk #7: Getting Honest (Part 3)

Description: Getting Honest, the benefits and liabilities, integrity, dignity, sanity, dishonest, cope, survive, insanity, home, church, school, society, lose our innocence, telling the truth, telling lies, lying stress all relationships, avoid reality, unable to face the truth, pain and suffering, drugs of choice, spiritual bankruptcy, rebirth, Living in the NOW, state of awakening, conscious, secrets, reclaim our sanity, regain dignity and integrity, This seventh video was shot overlooking Mobile Bay and the Fairhope Municipal Pier, on June 30, 2014. www.tedburnett.com and www.thesageofmobile.com Copyright © 2014. All Rights Reserved. “Talk #7: Getting Honest (Part 3)” by Ted Burnett My other essays can be viewed at my website —...

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Talk #6 Getting Honest (Part 2)

Talk #6 Getting Honest (Part 2)

Description: spiritual awakening, Father Joseph Martin, chalk talks, alcoholism, AA, Melody Beattie, Codependency No More, John Bradshaw, author and speaker, Bradshaw on: The Family, PBS, spiritual life, Father Anthony de Mello (a Jesuit priest from India and author of Awareness, Song of Bird, de Mello talks on YouTube, integrity, dignity, sanity, at birth, facing our problems, solving problems, organized religion, the God within, insanity, schools, teachers and coaches, direction and personal satisfaction, tests over talents, school is an escape. This sixth video was shot overlooking Mobile Bay and the Fairhope Municipal Pier, on June 26, 2014. www.tedburnett.com and www.thesageofmobile.com Copyright © 2014. All Rights Reserved. “Talk #6: Getting Honest...

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Talk #5: Getting Honest (Part 1)

Talk #5: Getting Honest (Part 1)

    Description: Getting honest, spirituality, truth, searching for the truth, drinking problem, learning disability, benefits and liabilities, unexpected relief, personal truths, source of pain, self-esteem, self-worth, self-hate, telling lies, getting caught, life experience, master and student, facing reality, stop running and start facing our problems, new problems, consciousness, denial, procrastination, emotional and spiritual development, building character, changing man, an evolving person, Madison Avenue, twenty-something, new and positive experiences, fighting reality, dropping the life’s script for reality, freedom over slavery, pursuing our dreams. This fifth video was shot overlooking Mobile Bay and the Fairhope Municipal Pier, on...

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Talk #4: more on Spirituality (Part 2)

Talk #4: more on Spirituality (Part 2)

Subject matter: Spirituality, Living in reality, letting go of the past, projecting the future, Now, Getting honest, a logical vs. illogical life, pursuing what you want, taking risks, solving problems, happiness, peace of mind.   This fourth video was shot overlooking Mobile Bay on June 19, 2014.   www.thesageofmobile.com   Copyright © 2014. All Rights Reserved. “Talk #4: More on Spirituality (Part 2)” by Ted Burnett My other essays can be viewed at my blog – http://www.thesageofmobile.com. I can be contacted via email at –...

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Talk #3: Spirituality

Talk #3: Spirituality

Description: Spirituality, Living in reality, Facing past and current problems and learning to solve large and small ones. Conquering our fears with faith in God, courage and strength. Growing up. Being a survivor. nature vs. artificial. This third video was shot at Bayfront Park in Daphne, AL overlooking Mobile Bay on June 18, 2014. Copyright © 2014. All Rights Reserved. “Talk #3: Spirituality” by Ted Burnett My other essays can be viewed at my blog – http://www.thesageofmobile.com. I can be contacted via email at –...

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The Camp by Tommy Burnett (2013)

The Camp by Tommy Burnett (2013)

Note: The following is the second of two stories written by my late father. December 3, 2013 Introduction to “The Camp ”“The Camp” was first written in the spring of 1995 while my father was working as a project manager for a Louisiana-based construction company on a construction project in Warner Robins, Georgia. His firm was a subcontractor in the construction of a new Frito-Lay® plant. During his downtime while at the job site and possibly in his apartment he penned the following story. I have always described it to others as being about the rise and fall of our beloved fishing and duck hunting camp and the fall of my father’s life.I first laid eyes on this early draft on a weekend visit that April. At the time, I was a college student who was only weeks away...

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July 24 by Tommy Burnett (2013)

July 24 by Tommy Burnett (2013)

November 2, 2013 Introduction to “July 24” October marked the sixty-eight birthday of my late father, Tommy. He died fifteen years ago at the age of 53, in November 1998, from chronic alcoholism. Only months before dying “unexpectedly” this Vietnam Veteran would reveal in writing, for the first time, to my family including his eighty-three-year-old mother and his older brother, an unbelievable secret from his exposure to war, in 1968. His confession came as a complete shock and devastated, both, my mother and me. Having long viewed his life as a puzzle to be solved, I never had enough pieces to figure out this complex Jigsaw. This thirty-year-old secret was a bombshell, to say the least. It would serve as a giant and central piece in his adult life, which all...

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An interview with Jennifer Meadows and Josh Bernstein on the Grit and Grace Radio Show.

Listen to internet radio with Grit and Grace on BlogTalkRadio Click on the above “arrow” to play my first radio interview as a writer.   The interview starts at the 35:00 mark in the show (45 minutes long).  This internet audience has around 800 listeners. (Starts at the 35:00 mark.) The interview was recorded on July 9,...

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America – “She’s brain dead.”

January 6, 2013 America – “She’s brain dead.” By Ted Burnett Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.  – Sir Winston Churchill Prime Minister of Great Britain (1874-1965) If Washington’s mishandling of the “fiscal cliff” demonstrated one thing to me, it’s that our elected officials can no longer govern on behalf of the nation.  It’s as though the body no longer has a functioning brain to make accurate and timely decisions and give instructions to its other organs and to all four limbs.  If the brain is essentially dead, the body can’t and won’t live on.  Last year, I heard several news reports state that 30% of all health...

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What the brain doesn't know could kill it.

December 27, 2012 What the brain doesn’t know could kill it. (My response to a Linkedin discussion on drug addiction.) By Ted Burnett The sole purpose of a drug, of all drugs is to numb the central nervous system of pain. Americans and America is facing a crisis of survival and yet the brain doesn’t know this information, nobody knows this information because the body has been put to sleep. Given the spiritual crisis, the emotional and financial crisis, the mental and physical crisis, there’s no appropriate response by the body to fend off this infection. It’s like the body has no immune system and a tumor is growing unchecked. We’re getting sicker and the disease just might kill us and we’ve yet to respond. We don’t know...

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