It's just paper that comes and goes based on your logical decision-making process. Emotions and money are like fire and gasoline - together, they're completely destructive. Emotional sloppiness plus emotional attachment to money equals financial sloppiness. We spend during emotional highs because we feel good and then, we spend during emotional lows to make ourselves feel better - we blow the little we actually have left to counteract the feeling of not having money! Spending isn't the problem - the emotions are. Emotional attachment to money plays no part in helping you get more. Has freaking out, crying, and getting extremely angry and worried ever caused money to multiply itself in your bank account? No. It only caused it disappear faster. Emotions take the idea of money and blow it completely out of proportion. The less we have, the more important emotions say it is. Their success in providing methadone as a maintenance treatment for heroin addiction was groundbreaking. Methadone resulted, especially, in reductions in criminal behaviors among people addicted to opioids because this drug could occupy the same brain reward receptors as heroin--without the risk that patients might use syringes to get high or commit crimes to pay for drugs. In 1972, methadone was made legal, and the FDA issued regulations for its use. It remains federally regulated to this day and has helped countless drug-dependent individuals have lives of greater safety, both for them and their communities. But its use has always been limited, to only a fraction of those estimated to be dependent on opioids over the ensuing decades. In addition, its appeal among heroin- and opioid-dependent people has not been high. The daily visits to clinics to receive the liquid drug, the observed administration of the medication, urine analyses for other drugs, and the frequently required psychological services were often not welcomed by people affected by the disease of drug addiction. Moreover, AA and later NA were vocally opposed to the use of one drug of potential abuse to treat another. Communities, as well, did not like methadone clinics in their neighborhoods because of the crime zones they could create.

No history of drug use in America is complete without mention of President Richard Nixon's War on Drugs. Nixon was the first to use the metaphor of the War on Drugs, and his strategy was to combine criminalizing drug use in this country with military intervention in other countries. Many considered Nixon's approach an effort to punish people of color and hippies, central to his Southern strategy to win reelection; he couldn't have cared less about drug dependence in America. This view was later supported by John Ehrlichman, Nixon's domestic-policy chief, who said as much in an interview a couple of decades later. When asked about changing away from their negative behaviors, many habitual procrastinators have exclaimed, "But, I don't know any other way of life!" Although this may be true, still, you need to begin somewhere. When I began changing from the lifestyle of a procrastinator and into a person who takes action, I noticed that my overall depression began to fade. Instead of having to "fight depression" I saw that by working on my tasks, the sadness and gloom that always followed me, began to dissipate like dark chimney smoke that first turns gray and eventually disappears. However, my potential to fall back into depression will always be there. I know that if I allow myself to fall back into procrastination, I will feel its depressive effects. That said, it bears stating that no self-help book alone can solve a person's problems or teach anything without the reading possessing the key ingredient of willingness. All that anyone really needs to begin changing from a habitual procrastinator is the willingness to be open to the material that follows, and to be willing to try new ways of acting and reacting to situations that may have caused you to become paralyzed in the past. You do not need to change overnight, nor would I even want you to try to rush through the material, because it would almost certainly lead to failure. As you'll discover in the chapters that lie ahead, patience is the enemy of procrastination. In short, the longer someone doesn't "do," the more difficult it becomes to start "do"-ing. Likewise, if procrastination continues unabated, there's a greater chance for it to become habitual, which can cause feelings of low self-esteem and depression. The habitual procrastinator feels helpless and hopeless, and is self-convinced that his life cannot possibly change. At times, decisions may be difficult, if not impossible to make, and a procrastinating person can lose confidence in his ability to handle various situations, to the point where forward movement can come to a halt. Unfortunately, many of the substances they may decide to use are also addictive in their own right, and as a result, users may develop long-term substance abuse problems in addition to their original symptoms. For this reason, self-medication often ends up making their symptoms even worse and leads to even more serious medical problems. There is considerable overlap between the symptoms of drug withdrawal and the symptoms of depression.

For people who are going through withdrawal, depression is often reported during the early stages as their brain's biochemistry slowly returns to normal. How long this period of depression lasts often depends on what kind of addictive substance they are dealing with and how far back their addiction goes. For example, studies of patients who are withdrawing from alcohol suggests that depression is highest in the first week and drops slowly afterward. Also, as we have seen, many users get started on drugs or alcohol because it was the only way to handle the depression they were feeling originally. This means that the depression will often persist even after they have successfully gotten "clean" of their addiction, something that may encourage them to start the entire drug/alcohol abuse cycle all over again. Fortunately, Danes do not have a monopoly on teaching empathy. Recently, there was a story about a group of sixth graders learning to bridge political divides after the US election. The Millennium School, an independent and progressive school in the heart of San Francisco, and one of the most progressive institutions in the US, found students loudly voicing their disagreement in distress and disbelief on 9 November 2016 when shown footage of Trump supporters talking. But when the teachers showed the footage again, without the volume, the students noticed the fear, anger and sorrow in the supporters' faces and responded with empathy towards their fellow human beings - and this provided a different starting point for understanding why voters voted as they did. The Danish education system is far from perfect, but I think there are several things we can take away from it. A focus on empathy and collaboration is one thing, but equally important is the understanding that success does not have to be a zero-sum game. Just because you win, it does not mean that I lose. Education systems that rank their students are teaching them that success is a zero-sum game. If you do well, it undermines someone else's opportunities. But happiness should not be like this. In fact, it is one thing that does not become smaller when it is shared. In Denmark, the students are not ranked. And the kids do not receive formal grades until eighth grade. Instead, there is a teacher-parent conversation about the child's development, academically, socially and emotionally, each year. Getting more money is easier when you separate your self and emotion from it.

Remove emotion from the idea of making money and instead, focus and invest emotional energy into the activities that help you reach the goals and get the results that automatically bring more money. The time you're spending looking at your bank account and watching the money grow can be spent doubling-down on the habits and activities that make you more money. Danielle LaPorte says, Think of money in the same way you regard time. It's a form of energy. It comes and goes according to your intentions. The clearer your intentions, the more the money flows. When I first became an aircraft mechanic, I made a big mistake that put me a very bad and compromising position. I was 18, making $20 an hour, and wrongfully assumed everyone else was getting paid the same. I didn't realize I had less experience and was getting paid more than the guys around me because I was a contractor and they were direct employees. So while working, I, carelessly, made a loud comment like, I can't believe I'm getting paid $20 an hour to do this! The guys around me heard, instantly didn't like me, and eventually convinced the boss to get rid of me. Announcing my financial situation put me in a very bad position and ended up costing me my job. Never tell anyone how much money you have and make. Your finances are 100% your business. You're not required to tell anyone how broke or rich you are. Since we handle everything like children and get our feelings hurt pretty easily, the last thing you want is the people you thought were your friends hating your guts because they're, ignorantly, associating your identity with your income. You don't want them being jealous and envious of your financial status. In 1973, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was launched to further strengthen efforts to control drug use and distribution in America. A review of its history suggests that for many years it was an ineffective agency known for internal battles more than battling drug problems in this country. The casualties of Nixon's "war," however, have been enormous, and no evidence of its benefits has been demonstrated by any responsible government, including our own.

Since President Nixon declared this war, the incarceration rate in the United States has increased by over 400 percent and is now the highest in the world. Aided and abetted by President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, the war continued. By 1994, this war had led to a million Americans arrested each year for drugs, with about one in four arrests for marijuana possession; more recently marijuana has been the charge in half of the arrests in this country. Another momentous period before 2000 was the Vietnam War years. Not only did it produce great domestic turmoil, but it also gave legions of American soldiers immediate access to high-potency heroin that might help them bear the conditions (and stigma) of an unpopular war. While far fewer veterans persisted in their addiction when they came home, an estimated 12 percent did, adding to its prevalence in this country. Two enormous, interacting events in the 1990s set the stage for the fifth era, the one in which we currently live. Interestingly, there's a parallel between mental depression and another type of depression: an economic depression. You may wonder how an economic depression could be compared with a personal or psychological depression, but there are striking similarities between them. During an economic depression a business owner may feel overwhelmed by economic uncertainty, rising prices, and late payments by those who owe money. As a result, the owner may put a freeze on hiring, possibly even laying off current employees. Similar to a depressed person, a business owner may lose confidence in his or her ability to cope, and his or her world may feel a bit out of control. It's interesting to consider that on the evening of June 15, 1979, while addressing the American public, then-President Jimmy Carter said that both the economy and the people were suffering from "a crisis of confidence." What often determines when a country has come out from an economic depression is when it regains its own sense of normalcy. Business transactions not only return to prior levels, but they hold steady over time, indicating that the persons initiating those transactions feel confident in their ability to buy and pay for goods and services. That in turn leads to a general growth in business activity and the need for more workers, who, given a better business climate and lacking the fear of not having enough money to get by on, regain their confidence and begin spending. In the same way, a person who's been through a mental depression and has recovered may also feel that he's regained his own sense of normalcy. He feels confident in his ability to cope with the circumstances that make up his everyday world, and as a result, he feels a fresh sense of energy. Going through a depression is akin to living in fear of forward movement, which is exactly what habitual procrastination is. Let's switch gears now and begin moving forward.