Recover Integrity: Blog

I've had the privilege of living amongst a lot of different communities during my recovery. Now, 17 years sober, I’ve experienced the treatment community, the Jewish community (I’m an assistant Rabbi), religious community, and a lot of spiritual communities. I’ve been a part of Eastern tradition, Western tradition, and healing spiritual communities.  One thing that I've learned in being a person who's walked in a lot of different types of spiritual communities--and sometimes I think about...

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In the plant medicine world, there are currently a lot of studies and a lot of work happening-- also politically to make it legal-- about psilocybin. This chemical occurs in what we tend to call magic mushrooms.    Magic Mushrooms and Religion? People have been eating magic mushrooms maybe since before religion. Some people even theorize that religion comes out of psychedelic experiences that people had including experiences on mushrooms. Potentially, people ate mushrooms and had spiritual experiences...

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It's interesting shooting this video in COVID, right before the 2020 elections, and a lot of confusion, tension and anxiety in the air. We could call these tough times, or interesting times, or the new normal? I don't know. And one of the things I learned from a mentor of mine--he is a guy named Rabbi Mordecai Finley--I learned a lot from him. To have a philosophy of life that accounts for the fact that...

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One of the most popular plant medicine experiences--and it's just kind of out--is Ayahuasca. It’s a South American brew, a tea, that has hallucinogenic properties largely coming from DMT--a compound produced in certain plants. The Ayahuasca vine allows the DMT to pass the blood-brain barrier.    Using Ayahuasca is a seven-hour experience. They call it psychedelic, but these are loose categories.    Ayahuasca vs. Other Psychedelics    I mean, there's a difference in the psychedelic experience of psilocybin and Ayahuasca. I...

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Living in Los Angeles in 2020, one of the things that I am really aware of was that we live in a time where there is a lot of focus on individual wellness. There are whole sections of Los Angeles that are all juice bars, yoga, spinning classes, and Pilates.  I was like, "What are people doing? Do they have jobs? They are just drinking juice and running all day." Oh, it is beautiful, I like...

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It’s been a little over a year since COVID-19 has become a harsh reality changing the course of all our lives. The pandemic presented inconceivable challenges and altered the way we reach those struggling with substance abuse and addiction. During this uncertain time, Recovery Integrity adapted and created protocols to ensure the safety of our clients and staff. We’re entering a time where there is a light at the end of the long, dark tunnel. Restrictions are cautiously...

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