Which comes first mental health issues or drug addiction? I can speak from my experience and my observations only.
As usual comments are welcome!
I have struggled from both. Mental health issues began for me in the 8th grade and drug addiction soon followed.
My parents did their best but the controlling environment didn’t help. I grew up with everything I needed except for the approval from my mom.
My dad, God bless his soul, was gone at work most of the time. I loved when he got home as then I received emotional 🖤 support. My mom would have him spank us for being naughty when he got home, but he never hurt us. We would laugh at his attempts to appease my mom’s annoyance at the three of us for being kids.
I began rebellion at that time, lied prolifically and wanted to run away from a young age. My mom sent me to a psychologist but I couldn’t open up. I didn’t want to share my pain with a total stranger.
In my 9th grade year I sought out weed to ease my mental pain. I was hooked from day one and chased that first high for many years. I started taking hallucinogenics which finally worked to help me forget my deep pain but really screwed me up the next day.
In reflection I sought out drugs because of my deep pain. I soon after became suicidal from age 15 to 21. I guess you could say I had a death wish. I ran away to escape my mom. The only problem was that I was still in tremendous pain even when I left home.
Finally after flirting with death I had a wake up call and returned home. I entered a drug outpatient program where I began to love myself. It still took many years to fight the heavy criticism growing up.
I met my husband when I was 22 and started a new life with him and my 3 kids.
I like to think big so in my experience I observe others and ponder their retreat to drugs addiction. I see some who became mentally unstable after using drugs and others who were mentally unstable so they have sought out a life chasing that first high.
I wonder how I might help others so I write. I do not have all the answers but I have many questions. Feel free to comment any ideas you might have on this topic.
What can we do for individuals suffering from drug addiction or mental health issues?
How can the community support those with the above difficulties? I think peer support is key but proper training is needed or it could harm both parties.
How can we get help for those who don’t want it?
How can we support those who do want it?
The world is a big place yet we are all a part of it in small and big ways.
I invite you all to join in this conversation as I have had many conversations about just this today here in Mexico 🇲🇽 both in English and Spanish.
Still to come my story of psychosis from an early age!