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 [Image: Baby reaching for cup of coffee] From 35 years of experience as a philosophy teacher, alcohol and other drug counselor, computer data manager, community organizer, and bureaucrat, I'm promoting a strategy of drug abuse prevention regarding recreational chemical use, called "psychoactive management", for use at both a personal and a policy level.

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This page is like a scratchpad. Still under development. It links my thoughts.

Here are the "Five Rules of Psychoactive Management"[*]

1- When considering consuming (note:"consuming" which may or at not include "using") a psychoactive substance, think about the reasons for doing it, and consider alternatives. (Abstinence)

2- When consuming psychoactively, consume as little as necessary to get an effect, instead of as much as possible before harm results. (Conservation)

3- Discuss sought effects with others. (Consequences)

4- Discuss side effects with others. (Contexts)

5- Include among those "others" people who don't practice this variety of psychoactive consumption, and be willing to practice it around them. (Feedback)

Psychoactive substances include pot, coffee, tobacco, chocolate, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, eucalyptus, etc. Example: I consumed 265,000 tobacco joints.

Psychoactive substances operate by directly altering brain chemistry, replacing or interfering with normal (i.e., behaviorally mediated) alterations of brain chemistry, and the values and behaviors related to recreational psychoactive substance consumption can be greatly changed without our awareness, unless we practice the Five Rules. That's the meaning of the slogan at the top of the screen: "If we don't manage our psychoactives, they will manage us." (Note: This is NOT a strategy of "harm reduction". That would go against the spirit of Rule 2 :) Harm reduction would happen, most likely-- But in the spirit of Aristotle's saying (I think), "Happiness, to be got, must be forgot." (Well... something like that.)

[*]"The Five Rules" was created
by Ken Renshaw, Joan Konopka,
and me, Bill Weitzel, at the C.E.M.P.
Counties Alcohol and (Other) Drug
Abuse Counseling Center / Maple Manot, Coudersport PA in 1978.

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    More about Psychoactive Management
  1. Advice to parents
  2. Jon's questions
  3. Psychoactive Management Quasi-FAQ
  4. Psychoactive rebound
  5. Priority Dislocation Percent Calculation
  6. Categories: The missing link (the nameless concept)
  7. Projects for K-12 and college students
  8. Merit Badge for Scouts (only an idea, so far)
  9. Aesop's Fables as applied to Psychoactive Management
  10. Rule 2 with meters
  11. Delta-wye style semantic network transformation
  12. Car bash

    Various resources. This page is a list of
    things I'm looking at and have looked at. There's no
    particular emphasis intended in most of this list.
  13. Household Survey 1997
  14. Health advice (1) Dr. Koop
  15. Health advice (2) Dr. Weil
  16. Interview with Dr. Weil
  17. Dr. Jaffe
  18. Denial
  19. DEA Drug Enforcement Administration
  20. NCADI National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
  21. Prevline Prevention Online
  22. SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  23. CSAP Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
  24. The peace pipe
  25. "Meme" defined, with a list of resources
  26. Spencer, Alec: Overview of Drug Abuse and Addiction
  27. D.A.R.E. Drug Abuse Resistance Education
  28. ATF Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
  29. Harm reduction
  30. Teen Challenge
  31. Drug Policy Foundation / Lindesmith Center Drug Policy Foundation
  32. National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University
  33. Drug Abuse Council-- "The Facts About Drug Abuse" "The Federal Government's Response to Illicit Drugs, 1969-1978"
  34. NAAG Master Settlement National Association of Attorneys General
  35. Anne Landman of the American Lung Association of Colorado

  36. TOBACCO AND AMERICA'S YOUTH Congr.Waxman- PM docs C.R.7/24-8/1/95
  37. Dr. Kenneth Williams on alcohol and hypoglycemia
  38. NIDA National Institute on Drug Abuse

  39. ONDCP D&A Advice

    (White House Office of National Drug Control Policy)
  40. Campus Alcohol and Drug Resource Center, Univ.Florida
  41. Partnership for a Drug-Free America
  42. Dr. Lester Grinspoon on marijuana
  43. Thomas Szasz (The Myth of Mental Illness)
  44. BACCHUS Responsible drinking at college
  45. "Drinking Patterns and Problems of College Students: 1983
  46. ARF Addiction Research Foundation
  47. NORML National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws
  48. ASH (Action on Smoking and Health
  49. CSAT Center for Substance Abuse Treatement

    Self-help and intervention
  50. Al-Anon
  51. Alcoholics Anonymous
  52. Narcotics Anonymous
  53. Overeaters Anonymous
  54. Family interventions FAQ
  55. Quitting tobacco

    Slang terms
  56. Indiana Prevention Resource Center
  57. Dictionary (Texas)(organized by substance, with FAQs
  58. Terms (Australia; see 32)
  59. Committees of Correspondence, Inc.

    More miscellany.... There will be a quiz on Friday....
  60. U.S.Dept. of State: Madeleine Albright discussing the war on drugs 3/27/97
  61. William Raspberry, Washington (DC) Post, "A Corrupt 'War on Drugs'"
  62. Charles Tart: "The Systems Approach to States of Consciousness"
  63. DRCNet Online Library of Drug Policy
  64. Online versions of famous books on states of consciousness (2 are Tart's)
  65. The Stanton Peele Addiction Page
  66. Letter to President Clinton about his meeting with school students
  67. Letter to NBC about week-long special on violence
  68. "Smoking: Harmess Habit?"
  69. Patrick Anderson: High in America: NORML and the Politics of Marijuana
  70. "What's In A Word?"
  71. Getting higher than a kite (don't do this alone!)
  72. The 12 Steps of Preventianon
  73. chocolate links
  74. Drugs and Society Online (cyber course)
  75. Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
  76. "George Bush's War on Drugs" by Dan Check
  77. Letter from
  78. Rumor control: Snopes
  79. ASAM American Society of Addiction Medicine
  80. Grandiosity, paranoia, conspiracies, and other silliness
  81. The Picture of Dorian Gray(ending, and link to novel)
  82. MAP Media Awareness Project
  83. Hypocricy
  84. Sarcasm
  85. Cognitive dissonance
  86. Extinction induced aggression
  87. Double binds, e.g. "You're not old enough to smokeHow does Rule Two of Psychoactive Management apply to 'You're not old enough to smoke.'?
  88. Audio archives

  89. Another "natural high" (sorry, I couldn't resist the .GIF
    or the pun, and I do get a thrill watching the moon through
    a telescope. OK, go ahead and click on it; I found
    a "Moon and drugs" link with Google.
  90. Republic by Plato-- Cave Allegory
  91. The first second of a crash (rather, the first 7/10)
  92. Judges speak out about the "drug war"

    Semantic Networks (See also 'Delta-wye semantic network transformation' above)
  93. Alternative Boolean matrices
  94. Semantic Networks by the SNePS Research Group
  95. Building a s.n. using SNePS
  96. Danoven
  97. Hypertext web as a s.n.
  98. "Managing Knowledge using a s.-n."
  99. "A New Approach to Default Knowledge in s.n.-Based Knowledge Systems"
  100. Marketing Insight Center
    An interactive semantic network search engine (I think you can download the program there.)
  101. UMLSUniform Medical Language System of the N.L.M.
  102. LISP"A Simple s.n."
  103. M.I.T. Media Lab/Usenet Conversations
  104. "A New Approach to Default Knowledge in s.n.-Based Knowledge Representations"

  105. Tracerlock service
  106. Pot urban legends (Snopes)
  107. Methadone treatment
Naval Observatory audio Master Clock (about 1/2 min. behind)
or 202/762-1401 (accurate within a millionth of a second)