Say we had someone who had the following symptoms: Euphoria, content, decreased stress, increased sociability, increased feeling of closeness, reduced defensiveness, introspective, and enhanced tactile sensation. Later, maybe even for days, depression, increased anxiety, increased emotional sensitivity and an "afterglow". What am I describing the effects of?
We have all seen those effects on people, we tend to call it "subspace", "topspace", or "headspace". But those are actually the list of effects of the drug Ecstasy. They have a very similar set of effects, because intense play releases the same chemicals into our blood stream as the drug causes to be released, we just do it without the drug.
So, the effects are similar, out at clubs Ecstasy is used in ways similar to alcohol, to "loosen" a girl up, make it easier to get her to go to bed with the person. How many times have we seen in dungeons someone do an intense scene with someone who then convinces them to come home with them or do another more intense scene than they agreed to before they had all those lovely "feel good" hormones running through their system?
Is there anything we can do about this? Does it need to be addressed? Or is it just another one of those "fend for yourself" issues we seem to have far too many of in this lifestyle?
I really would like for people to comment, I know I am on record as sometimes taking safety "too seriously", but my background is one where I was taught it was better to be over-safe than not safe enough.
Comments (0) 28 Apr 2011 12:00:00
Adrenaline is a drug, albeit one our own bodies produce. A very addicting drug, and in many people one that can lead to numerous and life long problems. It creates feelings of intensity, makes us feel better, makes us more passionate, and engages our "fight or flight" instincts.
While we are in that mode, our other emotions, feelings and even some memories are suppressed, making it seem for a time that they have gone away. This is similar to people who attempt to drink away their problems.
There are also some serious ramifications to having too much adrenaline: cardiac disease, stroke, high blood pressure, sleep deprivation, diabetes, obesity, panic anxiety disorder, and major depression just to name a few.
Adrenaline addiction has many forms: Thrill seeking, workaholics, shopping addicts, edgy sexual practices, etc. That last form is of particular interest to people in the lifestyle, we all know people engaging in edgy behaviors. We also see it in other forms, forms we call other things, like "sub frenzy" and "top frenzy".
We have all seen or experienced some form of frenzy in the lifestyle, the need to play harder and more often, even the need to buy more and more toys. But it needs to be controlled and tempered, like anything moderation is good, but too much can be addicting or downright dangerous to our bodies and minds.
Comments (0) 10 Feb 2011 12:00:00
We have all heard it "I'm just having a little fun", usually associated with someone doing something REALLY stupid, be it drugs, drinking to excess, dangerous stunts, etc. We hear it all the time, yet some people still live their life like there is no tomorrow, and unfortunately for them, there often is a tomorrow filled with pain and suffering because they destroyed their body or finances having fun the day before.
"One trouble with trouble is that is usually starts out like fun" - Anonymous
Having fun is a balancing act, like most else in life, anything taken to excess is a bad thing, we all know it. An occasional drink is good for your body, a dozen drinks makes you stupid. Eating a well balanced diet is good for you, eating a few 2,000 calorie burgers is gonna screw you up.
I have at times been describes as a "stick in the mud" or assorted other terms that mean the same thing. Of course I did not take it much to heart since the person calling me those things considered going to the beach on a sunny and windy day and getting pummeled by the waves all day, coming home with a body full of sun burn, bruises and cuts that lasted for weeks "fun". Nope, that is not fun in my book, stupid yes, fun no. Fun to me is something sustainable, if it leaves you in poor condition long term, that crosses the line into stupid.
I try to focus on activities that are more sustainable, be that fun or profitable activities, if they leave you worse off in the long run, are they really worth it?
"Live life fully while you're here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You're going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don't try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human." - Anthony Robbins
Comments (0) 15 Jun 2009 12:53:48