As a Loved One, Where Can I Get Help?

Often, addiction is looked upon as a personal disease: it only affects the person taking the drugs and consuming the alcohol. Families strive to find their loved ones help through different avenues such as rehab or special meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous. While it is important to find your loved one the help they may desperately need, what about the personal health of family members involved in this difficult situation?

Through decades of research and observation, addiction is quickly becoming coined as a family disease. It no longer only affects the central person. It affects everyone in their path. Like an octopus, it has tentacles that wrap around families tightly. They grab hold of every aspect of daily life and eventually penetrate the hearts and minds of families.

Why Get Help When You Are Not the Addict?

Too often families fail to see how the recovery journey of their loved one starts with them. It is hard to remember to take care of one’s self in these times. To answer the question of why let’s look at a few reasons taking care of personal needs is important.

For starters, the personal health of a person can take a turn quickly. The top reason for this is stress. Stress stemming from a loved one’s addiction can lead to serious health problems. A person can experience high blood pressure, heart attacks, panic attacks, and even stroke all from too much stress. The more stress the body is under the more likely a person is to have a compromised immune system leading to sickness they just can’t kick.

A human body can only take just so much cortisol running through their system. Once too much is apparent, mental health issues can arise. Anxiety and depression are in the top spots for popping up in the lives of families dealing with addiction. Along with these monstrous diseases comes sleep problems, digestive issues, and uncontrollable emotions.

The bottom line is that helping yourself can truly help your loved one. Having a clear mind can give a person insight into the situation and better decisions can be made. Taking care to nourish the body will produce the strength needed to face each day. For those struggling with addiction, having family members and friends show support in the rehabilitation process is crucial. It could mean a higher percentage rate of completion and successful sober living.

How Does a Loved One Get Help?

Understanding the need to take care of one’s self is the first step in getting help. Sometimes this understanding comes like a light bulb moment when your loved one realizes their need for help or a personal realization of just how bad the situation has gotten becomes clear. Similar to the way an addict may need to hit rock bottom before realizing they have a problem; family members must do the same. No one wants to believe someone they love has become addicted to drugs or alcohol.

To take the steps needed for help, loved ones can utilize many available tools:

  1. Support Groups – Loved ones coming together to share their personal stories, words of encouragement, and tears is a fundamental piece in recovery for families. These groups consist of mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, and friends. Each member is there for the sole purpose of lifting each other up and helping addicts become sober. An example of this is the Nar-Anon family and friends group. These groups are open to all who are or have experienced loving someone with an addiction.
  2. Schools – This may not be a place one has thought of, but for children and teens who have a loved one with addiction, this could be a place of refuge. Guidance counselors could be a source of encouragement for teens and children as well as a guiding light to the right resources. Society cannot dismiss the need for children and teens to receive treatment. They are still developing emotional sensors and controls. With guidance and support, they will be more apt to talk about what they are feeling and process their situation better.
  3. Rehabilitation Centers – Once a loved one has begun receiving treatment from a rehabilitation center, family members can receive treatment there as well. Rehab centers know how important it is to treat the whole family as well as the person. For example, A Better Today Recovery Services offers a family weekend workshop. This workshop is filled with literature and presentations to educate families with an addicted loved one. Best of all, families will spend a weekend with their loved one and other families going through the same struggles.

Rehabilitation centers also offer family members the experience of being involved. Participation in the intake process, as well as family and friend support groups, is encouraged. They also offer family counseling programs. These programs can help rebuild broken bridges and create a healthy line of communication for everyone involved.

For the Future

The future of a recovering addict and their families is not all flowers and honey. For the addict, sober living can be intimidating and full of unknowns. Families and friends can still worry about their loved one. Will they start using again? Will they be able to hold down a job? Will they be able to resist temptation? All the what-if questions can have families planning for a disaster before it has even occurred.

Families are the backbone of society and especially their loved ones dealing with addiction. In order to keep the backbone strong, get help. Don’t go on this journey alone. Support groups, rehabilitation centers, and schools can help adults and children maneuver the obstacles and travel the bumpy road of addiction recovery. The old saying is that if you can’t take care of yourself, how are you going to take care of someone else? How true are these words! As a loved one, you need and deserve to get help. If you do, then you are better equipped to help your loved one.

Suicide Rate and Substance Abuse

Suicide is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of those who love someone with a substance abuse disorder. The thought that your loved one could harm themselves to the point of death is excruciating. There is no measure for the impact substance abuse and suicide can have on families and communities.

So, how does substance abuse effect an individual? How does it lead a person to attempt or commit suicide? Research has shown they share a close bond. Learn more about the relationship between substance abuse and suicide in men and women in the following guide.

The Hard Facts

Understanding the following cold, hard facts about addiction is important.

  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death to Americans
  • Drug and alcohol abuse are the 2nd most risk factor
  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for people ages 10-14
  • It’s the 2nd leading cause of death for people ages 15-34
  • A person is 6 times more likely to commit suicide if they have a substance abuse disorder.
  • 1 in 3 who die of suicide are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Men have a 40%-60% higher rate of suicide than women

The overall opinion of experts is that suicide is becoming an epidemic in the nation that requires attention.

What Drug is Most Responsible for Suicide?

Any substance can lead to suicidal thoughts if taken improperly or abused. Every drug has side effects and a chance of addiction. The drug that stands out from the rest is opioids. Opioids include prescription drugs, heroin, and crystal meth.

According to addictioncenter.com, in 2015, 33,000 Americans died from suicide due to the abuse of opioids. The number of suicides occurring each year is steadily increasing. The first cause is sudden life changes. When the unexpected happens, people often have a harder time coping. The feelings of grief in any circumstance can lead to a state of depression.

Second on this list is stigma. Society has placed a stigma on those who fight depression. They are called crazy, wackos, or recluses. Because of this, people long for a way out. They may even choose a method of coping that involves drugs. The drugs give them a feeling of heroism. They can conquer the world and all of the negative thoughts leave their minds.

How do Opioids Lead to Suicide?

Opioids are in the category of drugs that make you feel like you could do anything. If this is the case, then how could they lead a person to commit suicide? There are several reasons for this.

  1. Overdose – An overdose may not be considered suicide, but in some cases it is. Those in active addiction may come to a point where there is no money, no shelter, and no family available to them. At this point, what is there to live for? The very thought of life without that fix is too much to bear.
  2. Inhibition – For some people, the high is about the feeling of being uninhibited. Nothing hurts, nothing is wrong in their lives, and quite frankly they feel they can do anything when they are high. The way opioids affect the brain make it possible to act in ways you would not otherwise. This can lead to a scenario where a simple dare given in the moment could lead to permanent heartbreak.
  3. Highly Addictive – Opioids are the most addictive drug on the market. They are commonly used to manage chronic pain. Being pain free is enticing which leads to a fear of being without the drug. The fear of life without the drug and being physically in pain can lead to ending one’s life.

Men vs. Women

According to verywellmind.com, it is commonly known that men and women are wired differently. This means that men and women will react differently to the same circumstance. This could also be the reason that men are 40%-60% more likely to commit suicide than women.

Men are often taught from birth that “boys don’t cry.” Society expects men to be strong and provide for their families. The pressure society puts on men often lead them to depressive states. They feel unworthy of life. To combat these feelings, they often turn to drugs.

Men also have a deeper motivation to get the “job” done. Once they have reached a point where the drugs are no longer working, they will become more determined to end their lives. With the use of an opioid they can have the bravery to pull the trigger or fill the needle one too many times.

Women are usually the better communicators. They are taught to share their feelings. Women are more likely to seek help than men are. It is an accepted thought that women are more vain than men. They don’t want to look bad in life or death. Because of this, women who attempt suicide choose a drug overdose as the preferred method.

Final Thoughts

Suicide and substance abuse share a fatal bond. It is not just about the high causing a person to act in a way they would not normally act. It is more about how society and the medical community can learn more about this link and provide needed support. Experts and families may never understand fully what makes a person consider suicide, but they can strive to learn more about this epidemic. They can be active in changing society’s way of thinking. The stigmas are old and outdated. Isn’t saving the lives of people in the United States and around the world more important than the boys will be boys mentality? If you or a loved one has a substance abuse disorder or thoughts of suicide, contact a treatment facility today!

How Widespread is the Opioid Epidemic?

You’ve heard it here, there, and everywhere. “The Opioid Epidemic” or the “prescription drug problem in America”. What makes it so intense that people are using the word epidemic? Is it really that widespread?

That deadly? Unfortunately, it is. When it comes to drug addiction, opioids (painkillers and heroin) are the fastest-growing sector. Over 2.1 million people have an opioid use disorder of some kind. And that number isn’t decreasing any time soon.

More than 130 people die every day from opioid-related overdoses. But how did it get this bad? Where did it start?

Get the details (and some hope!) below.

When Did the Opioid Epidemic Start?

Technically, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a national public health crisis in October of 2017. That means that it had gotten so bad, that the government of the United States couldn’t count on local government and healthcare to take care of the issue anymore.

The declaration itself says that this “national crisis is a top priority” and committed to investing almost $900 million in funding to help treat and prevent opioid issues.

As part of their national public health crisis announcement, HHS put out a five-step plan for combating the opioid epidemic.

The five steps are:

  • Improve access to prevention, treatment, and recovery support services
  • Target the availability and distribution of overdose-reversing drugs
  • Strengthen public health data reporting and collection
  • Support cutting-edge research on addiction and pain
  • Advance the practice of pain management

Those steps are all well thought out and essential for coming back from this crisis. Especially the fourth one, as the majority of opioid use addictions come from someone who has been prescribed pain pills for medical use by their doctor.

Improving Access

By making this is a federal issue, the government has provided millions of dollars to go to health centers around the country. That means that they can take more training on opioid epidemic issues and have more people on hand to help with the crisis.

Part of the money and the plan also went to the call for using Naloxone, which is referred to “overdose-reversal drug”.

What exactly is that? There’s a drug called Naloxone, and it can bring people back from the brink of a fatal overdose. But since it’s such a niche drug – it’s only helpful for opioid overdoses, not a lot of doctors, hospitals, and clinics have it.

That’s one part of the “improving access” step – making sure the places that see the most addicts have this drug on hand.

Opioids are depressants, which mean they slow the body process down. When people overdose on opioids, their breathing and heart rate slow down completely, and eventually, their body shuts down.

Naloxone doesn’t reduce the number of opioids in someone’s system, but it can temporarily increase their heart rate and regulate their breathing. That may be enough to bring someone back when they’re almost gone. It can’t treat the lasting damage overdosing has on the physical body, but it saves lives every day!

Strengthening Public Health Data and Getting More Information

At the time when the national health crisis was announced, we didn’t have as much information about the opioid epidemic as we do now.

We now know that 11.4 million people misused prescription opioids, from a study in 2016. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re part of the 2.1 million who have a usage problem (see the difference in the amounts) but it shows how much work the public has to do.

Misuse is common. This means not getting rid of your pain medications (safely) after treating what they were prescribed for. It means taking one that’s leftover when you have a migraine or want to get a really good night’s sleep.

Which leads to public education: safety professionals need to teach people how to safely use and dispose of pain medication, so that there are fewer pills that get into the hands of addicts.

Prevention

Prevention is key – to stopping about anything people don’t want. Like teen pregnancy or abortions for that matter.

That’s no different when it comes to the opioid crisis. People need to know the proper way to handle pain medication after they’re prescribed and doctors need to be more cognizant of abuse risk factors.

If you have surgery and need pain medication after, you should only take the medication until the pain is low enough that you can manage it with ibuprofen and Tylenol. After that point and when you’re mobile again, you should take your prescription to the local police station, and they’ll dispose of it safely.

That way not only are you not tempted to misuse the medication later, but no one in your household can either.

Doctor-Based Prevention

The other part of prevention is about keeping doctors accountable for what they prescribe. They shouldn’t order bulk amounts of pills for a patient going through a routine surgery. The goal is to also stop getting drug companies from encouraging doctors to prescribe their product – which are pain pills.

Treatment

If it’s too late for prevention, then it’s time to talk about treatment. How can friends and family help people with addiction or misuse problems get better?

People have to support others and where possible, send them to high-quality treatment centers that treat not only the physical addiction but also the reason they started using drugs in the first place.

Finding a treatment center that addicts can commit to and afford is still part of the problem.

Healing from the Epidemic

If you didn’t know how widespread the opioid epidemic was, sorry to be the bearer of bad news. However, there is hope on the horizon. The government putting out an official alert means that there’s more funding for treatment and prevention available than ever.

You can help end the epidemic by educating yourself and your loved ones on the warning signs of opioid addiction and misuse. If you see something – say something to the person.

And if they won’t listen, hold an intervention or help them find treatment. You’ll be saving their lives, which they’ll realize in the long run.

Does Relapse Have to be a Part of Your Journey in Recovery?

Everybody fears something, whether it’s the monster under the bed, thunderstorms, or getting fired from a job. If you’re in recovery, you probably fear relapse. It’s a logical fear. For some, it’s a nagging worry that doesn’t go away, especially during early sobriety. Worry and fear are a normal part of recovery. You feel it when you start rehab and as you go through treatment. It’s there when you leave rehab. Fear can creep in several years into a successful recovery. Does relapse have to be a part of your recovery? Relapse, while not uncommon, isn’t inevitable. Instead of letting fear consume you, let’s unpack the idea of relapse and figure out how to prevent it.

Why People Relapse and How Often

The statistics show it’s an issue. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports the relapse rate for people in recovery is between 40 and 60 percent. The reality of recovery is that you don’t enter treatment and wake up the next day sober for life.

The Physical Process of Recovery

Starting with detox, recovery is a process. Your body needs time to detox from the effects of drugs and alcohol. While detox can reverse a lot of the physical effects of addiction, it can’t reverse changes in the brain. The brain in recovery is a susceptible organ. After years of being programmed to associate life and drug experiences, it doesn’t know how to react to sobriety.

Triggers

The brain relies on cues or triggers. Triggers, for people in recovery, activate cravings. Why? Because they’re reminders of past drug or alcohol use. Cravings are those urges to use that can result in relapse. We’ll talk more about triggers shortly, but for now, realize they’re a significant player in recovery.

First Year in Recovery: The Struggle Is Real

Sober living is amazing but getting through the first year is a challenge. Recovery is uncomfortable. Instead of living in the familiar state of chaos your addiction provided, now, you’re forced to look at life through sober eyes. Sobriety is all about change, and change is scary. There’s also a lot of pressure associated with recovery. You put pressure on yourself to succeed at recovery. Also, you have family and friends standing behind you and you feel pressure not to let them down. Let’s be real, life in recovery can feel boring at first. Before sobriety, you had your addiction and all the people you hung out with when you were using. That was your life. Now what do you do? It’s not uncommon for a person in recovery to feel bored, restless, and lonely.

A Closer Look at Triggers

Add triggers to the mix and you have a recipe for relapse. You’ll deal with two types of triggers. People, places, and things. These are physical triggers. You walk by the old party house where you used drugs or alcohol. Maybe you run into old friends you used with. You might even see an object you associate with using. Then you have mental triggers. A mental trigger could be your ex who caused you a lot of emotional pain. Parents and other family members can also act as triggers. Some triggers are associated with trauma such as physical and sexual abuse. Whatever your triggers are, they’re unique to you and your recovery.

Why Relapse Is Considered to Be Part of the Recovery Experience

When you imagine recovery, you think about what it’s like to start a new life. Living free of drugs or alcohol feels unnatural. Dealing with stress is a whole new experience. Instead of reaching for a drink or using your drug of choice, you have to find healthy ways of dealing with daily life. The instinct to turn to what feels natural is strong. According to A Better Today Recovery Services, there are often 3 warning signs that you’re headed for a relapse: triggers, giving up on your 12-step program, and reverting back to your old behaviors. That doesn’t mean you’re automatically doomed to go back to old habits.

Your Wake Up Call

Relapse is a wake-up call! It’s a time to come to terms with the fact that you do, indeed have triggers. The friends from the old days, the ex who abused you, the family member who just won’t get off your back. It’s an opportunity to let it sink in that you can’t shop at certain places, or even eat at certain restaurants. Relapse can happen to anyone! It’s what you do with it that matters. You either reach out for help or go back to your old chaotic life.

Why Relapse Does Not Have to Be Part of Your Journey

Relapse is common in recovery but it’s not inevitable. Like any new skill, when learning how to embrace sober living, you may take one step forward, two steps back at first. The key is not beating yourself up over the steps that make you feel like you’re going in reverse. Treatment staff at A Better Today Recovery Services, encourage people in recovery to forgive themselves for those backward steps so that they can continue moving forward in recovery. In addition to self-forgiveness, there are a number of things you do to prevent relapse. First, don’t attempt the recovery journey alone. There’s a whole sober community out there willing to walk with you. It’s up to you to seek them out.

12-Step or IOP?

Start by joining a 12-step support group. It’s where you can get a good foundation for sobriety. Depending on your unique situation, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is another option. A Better Today Recovery Services points out that an IOP uses the help of therapists, while 12-step programs use the help of a sponsor. Both are excellent options to preventing relapse.

Create a Support Network

Surrounding yourself with positive people, preferably those who are sober is all part of developing a support network. Support is critical to sober living. Collect phone numbers and don’t be afraid to use them!

The Spiritual Side of Recovery

Many people in recovery choose spiritual practices to help keep them moving forward. Church or synagogue attendance. Prayer and meditation. These are all helpful for preventing relapse.

Recovery doesn’t mean you wake up sober and live happily ever after. There’s hard work ahead and the possibility of taking a few steps in reverse. The key is not living in constant fear that you’ll relapse. If that’s you, you’re focusing on the wrong thing! The more you obsess over the possibility of relapse, the more you set yourself up for it.

What Not to Do During an Intervention

Do you have a loved one who needs an intervention? Whether they are suffering from alcohol or drug addiction, it can benefit your loved one for the better. It can be the key to accepting their disease and finally seeking the help they need to get sober. Read on to learn what to avoid during an intervention to make it more successful.

Choosing the Wrong People

Choosing the wrong people to attend an intervention can be detrimental to how it plays out. The type of people you let talk to your loved one during this time can impact how your loved one reacts. Their friends, family members, and co-workers are all great options to choose.

However, you should also consider the type of person they are. If a couple of family members are hateful, very emotional, or angry with the decisions the person made in the past, then it’s not a good idea for them to attend. A family member that wants to help the person but can’t always control their emotions can make it worse. It’s not a place for grieving loved ones to express their hate or other negative feelings.

This type of behavior will only make the loved one feel cornered and revert to aggressive or violent actions. You don’t want them to feel this way since it could cause even more drug use, which could become life-threatening. It’s a better alternative to choose people who can follow specific guidelines. Only then can you all calmly recount how drugs or alcohol has taken over the substance abuser’s life.

Having an Unorganized Intervention

An unorganized intervention can get out of hand fast and derail all your good intentions. Setting a date and place will prevent postponing it until a later date. Otherwise, those who are supposed to show up might have to work on the day you chose. This could cause some to be late or miss the meeting entirely.

Selecting the right time is also significant since it can influence how they react to your actions. As reported by Harvard Health Publishing, the timing of the intervention is essential. It should happen soon after an addiction-related issue that your loved one went through. What does this mean? If they hurt themselves or others, it can be the perfect time to set up an intervention. Taking action right away while the events are still fresh can make them see how drugs are influencing their lives negatively, which could lead to seeking medical attention sooner.

No One Leading the Intervention

A successful intervention needs to have a person leading the proceedings. If you are feeling too overwhelmed or don’t know where to start, you could consider acquiring the help of an intervention specialist. According to A Better Today Recovery Services, an intervention specialist can provide aid in organizing, guiding, and helping your loved one get the best treatment option available to them. They have the expertise to lead or guide the group along when anyone drags on too long or starts to get too emotional.

Since intervention specialists are more experienced in these situations than you, it can be a good idea to have someone unbiased there to offer more support to your loved one. Their knowledge with various drug and alcohol rehabs can also help your loved one narrow down which ones are right for them once they accept that they need help.

Speaking Off-Script

Writing it down or memorizing what you want to say can prevent any misunderstandings or accidentally saying something offensive to your loved one. Being prepared with at least one specific story about how their drinking or drug use has affected your life can help them see what they are doing in a new light. If you don’t, you might end up choosing an anecdote that has nothing to do with their addiction. Writing it down can help eliminate any confusions and can even give you a word for word script of what to say.

It can also keep everything on the right track while the intervention is going on. Not knowing what to say can create pauses or cause you to go off topic. This can make the drug addict not take the intervention seriously. Therefore, you shouldn’t talk about other stuff that doesn’t have anything to do with your loved one’s addiction. It could derail everything that you have been trying to accomplish.

Giving Up on Them

One of the most critical things you can do during or after an intervention is giving up on your loved one. There is always hope and a treatment plan out there for anyone suffering from substance abuse. According to Harvard Health Publishing, interventions don’t work out every time and can often backfire. You have to prepare for the worst in case the first intervention doesn’t cut it. Sometimes a person’s reaction can create the opposite effect since they might think everyone is out to get them instead of helping and supporting.

No matter how they react, you shouldn't stop trying to get them the help they need. They won’t be able to heal from their addiction unless they have therapy or rehab support of some kind. You might be the difference between them losing all hope and finding the strength to accept that they need more assistance than either of you can give them.

You might have to plan more than one intervention for them before it finally sinks in that they can’t do this without medical treatment. They might still have the mindset that they can control their drug or alcohol intake. It might get exhausting to the point where you think they are a lost cause, but continuously showing support will benefit them in the end.

Helping your loved one through this process can be hard and nerve-wracking. Make sure you have thoroughly researched how to plan an intervention in the best way possible. Doing it the right way will get them one step closer to having a sober lifestyle. They can live a healthy life with you once more if you stay strong and by their side. So, don’t give up and remain a strong supporter of your loved one!


It is very common for people to use drugs as some point in life. Prescribed drugs can be used with some level of safety if you take them as prescribed, but the danger of abuse always exists. If you self-medicate or use illegal drugs, then, the risk of addiction is even higher.

There are several reasons why people start using. Drugs are often used as a problem solver. Sometimes people use stimulants to stay awake when they are tired. During other times, they just want to sleep better or believe that using drugs will enhance their party experiences.

This attitude can have several negative effects on your health. When you use drugs without any support from a professional, you may be harming your health without knowing it. If you are using more than one drug, you can even suffer from dual addiction. It is hard to be addicted to a single substance, so being addicted to two is considerably worse.

The Dual Addiction of Meth and Heroin: Kim’s Story

ABT-commonly abused drugs-most commonly-1If it is hard to live with one addiction and it is even worse when you have dual addiction to substances. Kim, 47, started out just like many people who abuse drugs. She used to try to fix a problem.

According to her, it all started around 25 years ago. After her parents got divorced, she started to suffer emotionally. She turned to methamphetamine as a safe haven from the pain. She affirmed that, by using it, she could finally “feel normal” again. The drug was used as a tool that helped her to cope with all the pain.

This situation is not uncommon as many people start abusing substances after a trauma occurs. Their personal stories might be different, but their pain is generally similar. Just as Kim did, people experiment with drugs at first to feel better for the moment and eventually a pattern develops.

The more the drug is used, the more you need to use it in order to keep feeling relief. This makes the situation spiral out of control pretty quickly in most cases.

The Start of Kim’s Dual Addiction

In some cases, the addiction can be the cause for a second addiction. At first, Kim only used meth for around nine years, but then she looked for treatment. Everything was alright at first, but her body really missed the feeling she got from the drugs.

Heroin, her second addiction, appeared as a new solution. It calmed her down instead of invigorating her because heroin is an opiate. At first, she thought, “heroin’s great. I don’t do speed anymore”. She was glad to get rid of the paranoia and agitation.

Meth in the morning, heroin at nightMethamphetamine can cause psychosis, as affirmed by the Suzette Glasner-Edwards and Larissa J. Mooney. Roughly 40% of all meth users can suffer from symptoms such as agitation or delusions. Also, the absence of methamphetamine on a person’s body can trigger depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, the situation ended up getting out of control pretty quickly for Kim and she became a victim of dual addiction.

Kim was not fully aware at first, though. She described this phase of her life as being “the chemist with your own body”. According to her, she was “balancing, trying to figure out your own prescription” to simply feel better. Now, she has finished her treatment for both drugs and is in recovery. After suffering for over two decades with the problem, she enrolled in a residential treatment program for women based in San Francisco.

She was very lucky, though. The Journal of the American Medical Association has recently published a new study which affirms that amphetamine-related hospitalizations were up by 245% from the eight-year period that ranges from 2008 to 2015. Many people were not as lucky as she was.

Kim has been sober for a year now and is finally trying to find her own balance without the need for other substances. This is never easy, but it is an important step in order to regain your health and control of your own life.

The Theory of Self-Medicating with Drugs and Alcohol

Self-medication is often a harmful practice. While the act of self-medicating may not seem logical to outsiders, the truth is that they often have strong reasons for it. As can be seen from Kim’s story, the reason why so many people self-medicate is that they are in pain.

Another popular reason people self-medicate is that they believe they have undiagnosed mental problems. Unfortunately, the internet is often not very helpful as it makes it easy to self-diagnose yourself incorrectly. The best option is to always look for a doctor whenever you feel that there is something wrong with you. Bipolar disorder, post-traumatic syndrome (PTSD) and similar issues should be treated by actual professionals.

Being a Chemist with Your Body: Dangers of Illegal Drugs and Your Health

There is no easy fix for life and all the pain that comes with it. Being your own doctor might sound like a good idea, but the truth is that by using illegal drugs in order to “fix” your emotional issues and your pain, you may be risking your life.

Drugs such as amphetamines and heroin are not legal nor regulated, therefore they often have serious impurities. Uncontrolled usage of these substances can even cause overdoses in some cases and most people do not recover from them.

Even legal substances such as alcohol can be easy to abuse if you are not careful, especially when you mix them with other types of drugs. If you want to really solve your problems, you have to take a deep breath and acknowledge them. The first step is to look for help.

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