July 2010 Archives
Approximately five months ago I had lunch with a thirty-five-year-old man named Alexander who suffers from acute depression, has relationship difficulties, and who is dependent on drugs and alcohol. As affirmed by Alexander, it is his drug and alcohol dependency and his intense depression that had the most to do with his constant relationship issues.
I recollect hearing that a history of mental health issues, drug addiction, and excessive and careless drinking quite often happen in the same family. What is more, I remember reading that in such situations, an individual needs to get counseling for both medical problems and that addiction and mental health issues often occur in the same person.
As stated by Alexander, he is so crushed by his relationship issues and by both of his medical problems that he in actual fact has little or no energy to do much of anything. What is especially sad about this is that earlier in his life, Alexander managed to finish two semesters of grad school in developmental psychology.
Alexander’s condition makes me wonder if he is an illustration of a person who can address his drug abuse and alcohol drinking problems and do something constructive about these problems or if he is a person who has to hit the bottom of the barrel before he gets alcohol and drug addiction treatment that results in long lasting sobriety.
The Need For a Rehab Protocol He Can Believe In and a Healthcare Practitioner He Can Trust
If it would be helpful I would expect that I could recommend several websites and blogs that could possibly help him learn more about drug abuse symptoms, the stages of alcoholism, chemical dependency information, and relationship issues. From my vantage point, nonetheless, Alexander needs to find a rehabilitation program he can believe in and follow over the long term and locate a doctor he can trust.
I could be wrong but it seems logical to conclude that Alexander probably needs to look in the mirror regarding his drug addiction signs and alcoholic symptoms and understand the fact that he cannot use drugs or drink at all if he wants to get sober, remain sober, and start on the route to long-lasting sobriety.
It may be asked how therapy would help his chemical dependency. First of all, there are several recently discovered physician-prescribed meds that can help Alexander through the alcohol and drug detox process, through his withdrawal symptoms, and help him avoid a drug or an alcohol relapse.
Second, Alexander would learn to understand the fact that there is completely nothing useful about drug abuse and harmful drinking and that involving himself in one or both circumstances is the route to financial difficulties, deteriorating health, poor work and school performance, shattered relationships, a premature death, and legal problems.
Third, therapy for his depression and for his relationship problems might help him manage these mental health issues more successfully and perhaps create less of a need for him to involve himself in addictive behavior.
The Relevance of Recovery Groups Such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous
There are realistically quite a few other people, family members, and friends who would love to help Alexander with his drug abuse and his excessive and careless drinking. He possibly would experience greater tolerance from a recovery group such as Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous, however, instead of getting guidance from individuals who rarely drink or who have never taken drugs.
When People Accomplish Things They Love and About Which They Are Ardent
There’s a school of thought that contends that individuals who accomplish things they love and something about which they are fervent attain an amazing place in life. Stated more clearly, when people do what they enjoy, they hardly ever experience boredom or an uneventful life. If they get involved in something that is worthwhile, moreover, they become more complete and experience more pleasure and joy in life and in their relationships.
When this is thought about for a few moments it becomes clear that this affirmative mentality is the exact opposite of a life that is grounded in substance abuse because such a lifestyle removes the happiness and joy that life has to offer.
Since Alexander doesn’t have the resolve to succeed at doing much of anything in his life, it is apparent that he badly needs a little hope for a more productive lifestyle. And the unfortunate thing is that hope is all around Alexander if he could only get to the point in life to get the treatment he requires for his acute depression and alcohol addiction and drug dependence and remain in his treatment program.
More Solid Relationships, Beneficial Change, Self Esteem, and a Meaningful Life Are a Reality
Alexander is clearly too young to be defeated in life. He doesn’t comprehend this at the moment but if he can learn how to stay away from alcohol and drugs through drug and alcohol rehab and get the counseling he requires for his intense depression, he can redirect his life and start living with self-respect, direction, and passion.
Better relationships, a meaningful life, self esteem, and beneficial change are certainly a reality for Alexander if only he could become motivated to seek the professional rehab he requires, follow through with his therapy protocol, live his life in a dependency-free and healthy manner, and learn how to cultivate a more positive attitude about his existence.