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Duct Tape and Bubble Gum (the blog) is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical or health advice, examination, diagnosis, or treatment. Though we have fun with self-help and some of our approaches are humorous, irreverent and playful, we take your well being very seriously. There are many people suffering in this world, and most people have encountered a painful experience in their lives. We ourselves have faced the suicides and deaths of loved ones, along with other very significant life problems. We know how hard it can be.
The intent of this blog is to bring some light into the storm. Having seen people recover from such things as near death experiences from heroin addiction to recreating a healthy life after contracting HIV while living on the streets, we know that any recovery, no matter how unbelievable, is possible. It takes work. It takes baby steps. It takes a healthy dose of self reflection and a powerful willingness to change for the better. It takes day by day commitment. We know that a playful blog is not the solution, but it is a voice rising above the din of fear that fills our prisons, rehabs, mental hospitals, medical offices, and self help community. We need to find a way to enjoy life– to feel the joy of it, while maintaining our health and well being. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. Just because you had a lot of fun partying on MDMA and think it’s uncool, or too grown up, to take responsibility… We’re here to say that you can create FUN, be playful and have health and success in your life. Being grown up (being healthy, even) can be filled with terrifying responsibility, but that’s only because we have been taught to live with fear.
Embrace a new faith that your life can be filled with openness, acceptance and even joy! If you are suffering and that suffering is entrenched, then it is time to pull yourself up by the bootstraps and get started. Call someone you trust, find a self-help group, see a therapist, go to the doctor, join a spiritual group that feels safe to you and begin. The past is gone and the future has not yet happened: Start now. Now is the only time you have.