Scroll through your social media feeds and you will find happy pictures, funny quotes, and professions of love that lead us to believe that people live happy and fulfilling lives. Some of them might be. Many of them are not. The stigmas that surround so many common problems is the biggest reason for this hiding the truth away. We assume that by expressing we are dealing with some heavy emotional stuff that we might be “weak”. As long as believe that vulnerability equals weakness, we will struggle all alone when we don’t have to. Below are some very common problems that many Americans face and how you can combat them. Without doing it alone.
Since alcohol is not an illegal substance, many people struggle to recognize that they may have an alcohol problem. A drink here or there is not a big deal but a case of beer every night is not a good habit to have. Sometimes alcoholism isn’t as black and white, some people are what we call “functional alcoholics”. They go to work on time, they don’t get tickets for DUI’s, and yet their relationships with family and friends suffer because of their alcoholism. Alcoholism, no matter the intensity, is all obtaining the next drink with no concern for the consequences. If you find yourself struggling to make it through the day without a drink, or you have a loved one who is exhibiting these behaviors, the best thing to do is to get them to an alcohol detox program as quickly as possible. Not only will they help the alcoholic deal with the first few days of sobriety, they will create an after-care program to help the individual navigate the struggles of staying sober.
Prescription Pill Abuse
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Just because you have a prescription, doesn’t mean you may not have a problem. More and more Americans are prescribed medications that are highly addictive. Many of these people also find themselves taking more than they should. Since it’s prescribed, it’s easy to rationalize your usage. Take for instance the person who has a prescription for Xanax for severe anxiety attacks and are only to take them when they have an anxiety attack. Suddenly, the tiniest bit of stress finds them taking the Xanax rather than identifying a major attack. At some point, the dosage stops working and they have to take more or have their physician prescribe them a higher dosage. Thus the cycle continues. Sometimes it’s not even the patient who abuses the prescription but rather a friend or family member who is stealing them in order to get high. If you are using your medications at times when you shouldn’t, or you are stealing prescriptions from others, a drug treatment facility is the very first people you should be talking to. Plenty of prescription drugs have withdrawal symptoms that are difficult to get through but with help, you can!
One in three women experiences domestic violence within their lifetime. Domestic violence comes in many forms. It can be emotional, financial, physical, or sexual. It can be all of those. It can be a few of those. Abusers will often threaten their victims with physical violence if they tell. Some go as far as threatening murder. Others will gaslight their victims to the point in which outsiders believe the abuser over the victim. Plenty of abusers perpetuate the victim as the abuser in order to isolate their victim and keep control. If you suspect you are being abused, you should call the National Domestic Violence hotline from a secure phone to speak with someone as quickly as possible. They can help you find local support and offer a sympathetic ear.
These problems are more common than many people believe. As humans, we set out to keep these perfect images of our lives rather than reveal what we are dealing with. When we do that, we miss out on so much. You are not alone. You have support. Just reach out and you will receive!