One’s mental health is of great importance as the toll of everyday life wears on each individual differently. As a result, a number of triggers – and/or factors – can cause one to feel overwhelmed, and/or led down a path of addiction.
In fact, “Substance abuse and mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety are closely linked, and while some substance abuse can cause prolonged psychotic reactions, one does not directly cause the other. However: Alcohol and drugs are often used to self-medicate the symptoms of mental health problems.”
Consequently, turning to substance abuse once when one begins to experience a high level of emotion can open up the door to addiction – and/or create an opportunity for it to latch on to that particular individual. Some of the most common ways that this takes place is through work stress, financial stress, and/or environmental stress, etc.
Such factors can make it hard for the addict to get by because of what he/she has undergone mentally. One example of this can be seen if the person who is faced with addiction dislikes his/her career, and has been at a place where he/she feels miserable, overlooked, and/or something similar. This can then cause the person to crack mentally from the weight – and/or pressure – that he/she experiences each day while at work.
Fortunately, one can be free from addiction when he/she seeks out the necessary and needed help. In doing so, he/she is able to regain control of his/her mental health with the aid of a medical professional – and/or even certain forms of therapy, among other treatment options. Here, the person can gain a better understanding as to why he/she feels the way he/she feels, and what the primary cause(s) of that might be.
In conclusion, one does not have to be trapped in an addiction-filled life but can experience an addiction-free one instead, when he/she begins to seek help. Inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, support groups, and other such things are available based on the severity of the individual’s addiction, and to fit the individual’s schedule and lifestyle as well. This makes it a whole lot easier for the person to stick with his/her plan/goal and make a change to his/her overall health, without having to pull themselves completely away from the people – and/or family – that he/she loves the most.