Do you try to turn your emotions off with alcohol or drugs? With the issues you are facing, are you looking for some relief but end up feeling worse? Does it feel as if your coping mechanisms are spiraling out of control?
You never intended for your habits to get to this point. It likely started innocently with a drink after work to unwind from a stressful day. Now, it may be that you can’t go a day without picking up a bottle or glass of wine at night—and you can never seem to stop at just one.
Or perhaps a social event caused you to feel pressure to try recreational drugs. And while you thought it was a one-time thing, it has now turned into a high that you can’t stop chasing.
Maybe you went through a medical procedure or were prescribed painkillers to help ease your pain. It was only supposed to be temporary, but now your body and mind crave the overall effects that prescription drugs give you.
As you struggle with overcoming your addiction, you may notice that areas of your life are suffering. You don’t mean to be so argumentative with those closest to you, but you can’t stop the anger you feel from manifesting itself. Alternatively, you may be withdrawing from your friends or family, desiring nothing more than to be left alone.
Wanting the next fix, your everyday life and responsibilities are probably the last thing on your mind. So you neglect work and family, electing instead to focus your energy on finding relief that ultimately never lasts.