I’m a substance abuse counselor. I work with people who suffer from addictions all day every day. I work with people who were addicted to methamphetamines, heroin, cocaine, opiates, etc. Sometimes, they were addicted to more than one of the above mentioned drugs. That’s not even including alcohol, tobacco, or weed. Daily, I spend my days helping people who can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.
You would think that they would want the help being offered; however, most of them feel forced to be there as it was a sentence from a judge. It takes a while for them to open up and realize that they do want to change. Then there are the people who don’t want to change or the ones who don’t believe they have a problem. Those are the ones who break your heart because you can see their potential that they are refusing to meet.
My friend S.E. Isaac (check out my interviews with her here and here) and I were talking about coping skills. In fact, she mentioned in a comment on my article about Mental health (check that out here) about how coping skills need to be taught in school. I find a lot of clients use because they do not know how to cope with things in their lives whether it be financial problems, deaths, or anxiety.
But addiction doesn’t have to be on drugs. Addiction can be to anything: shopping, food, tv, phones, and more. Personally, I have an addiction to my phone. I can’t be without it and even though I work in a place that I’m not allowed to have my phone, as soon as I get off work… I’m back in my phone. It’s something I’m working on overcoming.
I don’t have the answers to how to stop addiction, but we can all help. We can all lend a listening ear. We can all reach out to the people we see struggling. We can all show and teach our loved ones healthy ways to cope.