Drug Dreams: Predictive or Not?

Drug Dreams: Predictive or Not?

Dreams are our subconscious’ means of working through problems we may have that we are unaware of, or uncomfortable with thinking of on a conscious level. Sigmund Freud was the first to discuss the unconscious mind, that part of us that operates without our awareness.

Most often when we dream it is not coherent, in fact, many dreams are very much like a down the rabbit hole experience. What I mean by this is that they are bizarre, nonsensical and somewhat disturbing. For example, Freud believed that if a person dreamt of spiders, he or she had a fear of his or her mother. If a woman (primarily) dreamt of snakes, she was afraid of men, or to be more specific, the penis.

If a person dreams of something that he or she has never experienced, it is likely due to a desire to do, or a fear of that thing. Sometimes there could be a metaphor within the dream. For example, if someone is experiencing a great deal of pressure at home or work, he or she may have a dream of walking a tightrope.

There is a phenomenon of called drug dreams. These are dreams that former users or persons who have gone through rehabilitation have when they are no longer taking drugs. The brain does not forget what it is like to take drugs, so therefore the entire sensation can be reenacted in a dream- much like a wet dream in which orgasm takes place- in the absence of physical sexual activity.

Many drugs, such as cannabis store in the fat cells for a significant amount of time. It is quite possible to have a waking or sleeping reenactment of this drug. What happens is it is released through the hormones and adrenaline, and the individual may experience a cannabis-induced psychosis as a result.

There is some evidence to suggest that dreaming of drugs serves as a predictive measure when these dreams are experienced during recovery as to whether or not the individual will relapse. For example, if a person dreams of the feeling of euphoria and inanity that comes from heroin use, and upon waking realizes it was just a dream, but has a desire for the dream to come true, he or she is more likely to relapse.

If on the other hand a person has the same dream and becomes fearful of using, then he or she is less likely to relapse.

For example, I received an email about a year ago from someone who had a drug dream and was asking for analysis. They had just left drug rehab and they were required to check in for a drug test once a week to monitor if there had been a relapse.

The person was dreaming that passing a urine drug test was required and that every time they took the test they failed. However, in the dream, they were not using at all. This I felt was different then there being a desire to use drugs again. It was a positive sign that the person had stayed clean but just fearful of the consequences of failing the drug test and what that would mean for her life.

The way dreams generally work is that the person who desires drugs desires them. It may not be an admitted desire, but it is there non-the-less. This individual is going to dream about the pleasurable aspects of drug use. Whereas the individual who is seriously committed to recovery, who is fully aware of the negative impact using drugs has had on his or her life will most likely have a dream with more negative connotations, such as losing family, home, job, etc.

The key to remember is that dreams are our subconscious at work. We may not like what our dreams reveal about our subconscious or repressed desires, but we must trust that we had the dream for a reason.

Some helpful tips:

  1. If in recovery, see someone and talk about your dreams.
  2. Find positive, proactive ways to counteract triggers that used to lead to drug use.
  3. Go to a meeting, even if you go regularly. Go daily if you have to.
  4. Stick to healthy sleep patterns by not
  • Eating right before bedtime
  • Dealing with stressful issues prior to bedtime.
  1. A substance abuse counselor or sponsor is just a phone call away. Make the call.

The reasons people have drugs dreams vary; as indicated they are generally related to desire or fear. Although it may not be that simplified. Perhaps a person has had the type of day in which events or stressors occurred that were typically triggers for drug use. Even though the individual was successful in either repressing the acknowledgment or actively denounced it, the dreams were a way of addressing it. That is not a negative, it can indeed be a positive in that it creates awareness, and it is only through awareness that one can seek true change.

6 Interesting Things About Dreams That You Probably Didn’t Know

6 Interesting Things About Dreams That You Probably Didn’t Know

Dreams are fascinating to humans. Many people place a lot of weight in their dreams and what they can potentially mean. Dreams are very powerful in the human mind. We have tried repeatedly to understand why we dream and what it means. It remains fascinating and mysterious and we still don’t know everything about dreaming. There are, however, a few things we do know. They include:

Dreams have a science dedicated to them

Oneirology is the science of studying dreams. This is not about finding the meaning of dreams like in dream interpretation. Oneiroloists are more focused on what makes us dream and where dreaming happens rather than the meaning of a specific dream.

We all dream about the same things

Studies have shown that most people dream about the same things. In a study where people were asked to identify dream themes, most of the subjects indicated dreaming about the same things at least once.

Everyone dreams about sex

Both men and women have been found to dream about sex. The content range from simple, passionate kissing to the R-rated scenes we cannot mention here.

Dreams aren’t always color

It has been established that about 1 person in 8 dreams in black and white. The color in which we dream wasn’t always the same. There is evidence that shows people dreaming in black and white before we started dreaming in color. Interestingly, evidence also shows that very far back in history, people dreamt in color even before any form of television was available.

We are almost paralyzed during dreaming

When we enter REM sleep, our body’s motor neurons stop firing to prevent us from injury while dreaming. This means that our bodies are practically paralyzed while in REM state.

Animals dream too

Studies have shown that other mammals, birds, and reptiles have brain activity that is similar to that of humans while dreaming.

There is still a lot that we don’t know about dreams. We don’t fully understand the mechanisms of sleep or what causes dreaming. Studies will continue and maybe one day we will understand this fascinating phenomenon of dreaming.

Dream Interpretation: What It Is and an Explanation of Some Common Dream Symbols

Dream Interpretation: What It Is and an Explanation of Some Common Dream Symbols

What is dream interpretation?

Dream interpretation refers to the idea of giving meaning to dreams. Dreams about certain things are believed to mean specific things. People have valued the interpretation of dreams for centuries. In ancient Egypt and Greece, dreams were considered to be supernatural communications and their interpretation could only be done by people with special powers.

Today, the meaning of dreams is studied in psychology and neurobiology and most theories derive from Freudian theory. People still believe that dreams have power and meaning and that they are trying to send a message.

Dream symbols and their meanings

Several dream symbols are believed to indicate specific messages. Many people put a lot of weight in their dreams and can easily cancel a trip or event because of a bad dream. Below is a short list of some symbols and meanings. Take note that this is a just a general guide. Dream interpretation is by no means an exact science.

Animals – They often represent our connection to nature and survival. Being chased by an animal could mean that you are repressing emotions or that you are out of tune with your inner nature.

Chasing – People from around the world of all cultures experience dreams where they are being chased. This can mean that you feel threatened. Look into who could be chasing you – it is often more symbolic than actual chasing.

Exams – Dreaming about exams can mean that you are evaluating yourself or need to. It could point to something in your life you need to change.

Death – Dreaming about a loved one dying is not an omen or prediction. It may simply be indicating that change is coming.

Falling – This is another very common dream. It has to do with our fear of failure and letting go.

Roads – Another common dream theme. These dreams are usually about your life path and might indicate that it is time for a change.

There are many more dream symbols that have general meanings. You can find a lot of information about dream interpretation in books and online. Remember that dream interpretation is subjective and means something specific to you.

What is Spirituality? An Explanation and Other Points

What is Spirituality? An Explanation and Other Points

What is spirituality?

Spirituality means something different to every individual. In general, it is considered a connection to something or someone bigger than ourselves. It gives us a sense of being alive. Spirituality is often part of the search for meaning.

Where do we find spirituality?

Spirituality can be found in different places and through different actions. Each individual determines this for themselves. Some people find it in their church, temple, or mosque. Others find it in nature and art. Others find it in a deep relationship with God. Prayer is involved in some way or another in most instances.

Why do people seek spirituality?

Most often, the journey to spirituality starts as a quest to find answers to the big questions in life. Why am I here? What is my purpose? What is the purpose of life? Do things happen for a reason? How can I be the best version of myself? The search for meaning and answers also sometimes follow the tragic loss of a loved one or going through an event that changed the person’s life.

Spirituality versus religion

Spirituality and religion are not the same thing. Spirituality is a bigger concept that encompasses much more than religion. Religion requires the belief in a specific set of things while spirituality seems to have very few rules or requirements. Religion and spirituality have five things in common: belief, comfort, reflection, ethics, and awe. The questions and experiences that contribute to or lead to these five things are different in spirituality and religion.

Is spirituality good for emotional health?

Yes, it is. The two strongly influence each other. Spirituality involves seeking connections and meaning and being at peace with oneself. This leads to positive thoughts and emotions. Emotional health is about having a positive outlook and strength which leads to spiritual growth.

Spirituality cannot be explained in a nutshell. No-one experiences it the same way and no-one takes the journey for exactly the same reason. Spirituality is a unique experience that only the individual can truly define.