How to Put Things in PerspectiveIf you start to crave substances to the point where you cannot properly function without them, you have a growing problem. It can be difficult to seek out help, but your livelihood can depend on it. Mood swings, loss of income, getting in trouble on your job or at school, and an overall feeling of depression are just some of the things you may be feeling.You may also be feeling that you don’t have any recourse and don’t want to solicit the help from your family because you are embarrassed or ashamed. No one wants to let their family down, but the more you abuse drugs, you are setting yourself up for failure and putting the quality of life of your family in jeopardy.
How Did You Get to This Place?Substance abuse can occur as a result of physical, mental or emotional triggers. You may have an injury that propelled the use of substances to feel better and it turned into a mental dependence even when the injury had healed. You may have been in a situation where everyone else was taking substances and you wanted to try it “just once” which resulted in a feeling that you wanted to have on a continuous basis.You may be having trouble on the job, or are in fear of a layoff which can be very stressful. It’s not uncommon to carry that stress around and seek relief from a substance. All of these are scenarios that can play a role in how you could have gotten to this point. Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness and no way out can trigger emotions and feelings that are hard to understand and control.
How to Get HelpHaving a conversation with your family can help point you in the right direction. By taking responsibility for your actions, your family can seek treatment as a unit, which helps push the process in a positive direction.A mental health professional can recommend treatment methods and options that will assist in identifying the triggers that caused the substance abuse problems, and can recommend solutions and methods for avoiding them.
The Rewards of Stopping Substance AbuseYou may feel that a substance abuse center or seeking help from a professional is something you can’t do. It’s an issue many people face, and you are not alone. In order to get your life back on track, you have to put yourself in an uncomfortable position, but the rewards you will gain from beating the odds is more than enough to take the chance.Remember, bravery isn’t about who is the strongest, but is about who was wise enough to take the challenge. Contact a treatment center today to see how they can assist in your path to restoration.
- SAMHSA. (2015). Behavioral Health Treatments and Services. Retrieved from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: http://www.samhsa.gov/treatment
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