Addiction Self-Medication New York City

Addiction and Self-Medication: What are the Underlying Causes?

Addiction Self-Medication New York City

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Addiction often comes hand in hand with a mental illness, particularly in certain social, racial and cultural groups. People with mental illness or certain risk factors are far more likely to become addicted to a substance. In fact, addiction can be classified as a mental illness. Some of the side effects of drug abuse reflect symptoms of mental illness and also impact similar regions of the brain. Here are a few things you should know about addiction and its relationship to mental illness.

People with Mental Illness Often Self-Medicate Addiction Self-Medication New York City

Self Medication is the act of using a substance to treat one’s ailments. These substances are typically illicit drugs, improperly used prescription drugs, and alcohol. In many cases, self-medication can temporarily relieve the symptoms of a mental illness but, in the long run, will exacerbate the symptoms.  When the symptoms grow worse, the sufferer is then much more likely to attempt self-medication again, resulting in a vicious circle and, eventually, addiction.

The best way to avoid this is to receive a proper evaluation and accurate diagnosis followed by subsequent professional treatment. Whether treatment means talk therapy or medication to rebalance the chemicals in the brain, ongoing treatment is the key to long-term recovery.
Tackle the Addiction First

If you are struggling with an underlying mental health disorder and also suffering from an addiction, it is important that you focus your energy on eradicating the dependency. Though therapy for your mental health is crucial, you can only improve your mental health to a certain extent as long as the addiction is allowed to continue. Substance abuse will amplify your symptoms, making management difficult. If addiction recovery is your focus, you will then be able to treat your mental illness with ease.

Of course, part of treating your addiction may be replacing it with proper treatment methods. Work with a counselor who is familiar with mental illness, self-medication, and addiction.
Addiction Can Also Be the Cause of Mental Illness Addiction Self-Medication New York City
For some groups such as the LGBTQA community, addiction is more likely due to social circumstances. LGBTQA people experience various social rejection, poor treatment from others, and a general feeling of being unsafe in their environment. This is not a mental illness so an addiction cannot occur from self-medicating. Instead, addiction becomes a risk because they want to escape their circumstances. Numbing the pain of being rejected by large groups of people is a common coping tactic for LGBTQA people.

Over time, these types of coping mechanisms can turn into an addiction, and substance abuse begins to trigger symptoms of mental illness. Most common are depression and anxiety. People who are at risk for these behaviors should seek preventative counseling.

Addiction is found in the DSM 5 classified 'DSM' as a mental illness.

Addiction and mental illness are closely related problems experienced by many people each day. Whether someone self-medicated for a mental disorder and becomes addicted or the other way around, the most important thing to do is seek treatment. People suffering from mental illness need proper treatment to avoid or halt the adverse effects of self-medication. Those who become mentally ill as a result of addiction must undergo rehab to reverse the effects. In the end, the best thing for either circumstance is an experienced counselor.
Adam Cook has a strong understanding of the devastation that can be caused by addiction. He recently lost a close friend to an addiction-related suicide. To better educate himself and to help others, he created AddictionHub.org, a site that provides addiction and mental health resources. When he isn’t working or adding to his website, he’s prepping for his first triathlon.
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Why African American Children Face Increased Risk

According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population. Common disorders among African Americans include major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicidal behaviors (especially in men). So why the greater risk?
There are many contributing factors. While the Affordable Care Act has helped increase health insurance coverage for this population — the number dropped from 20% uninsured to 11% uninsured from 2010 to 2014 — there are still a considerable amount of individuals with none. Further, African Americans have historically been negatively affected by prejudice and discrimination in the healthcare system. Misdiagnosis, inadequate treatment, and a lack of cultural competence by health professionals have led to a general distrust of the system within the community. Because of these misgivings, many African Americans either avoid staying in treatment or avoid seeking it altogether.
African Americans are also largely represented within communities more susceptible to mental health issues. The homeless population, for example, has an increased tendency for mental health conditions and is comprised of 40% African Americans. Poverty is another major contributor, with African Americans making up 38% of the child poverty population. Studies have also shown the population faces an increased exposure to violent crime, which can lead to PTSD and other mental health issues.
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The cops are pulling me over and I'm drunk. It started hours ago when I decided It would be ok to drink again. My drinking was causing me problems. I wanted to ignore all the signs but my denial was turning to guilt and shame. . My wife was on me bad, she hated me when I drank. When I drank I was so unpredictable, some days I was a happy drunk but then there were times I could get mean. When I started drinking I never knew where I’d end up. I was a blackout drinker. My family was tired of making excuses for my behavior. My boss was losing his patience with my declining productivity. I knew my drinking was a problem but I couldn't stop. For years alcohol had been my friend. Not any longer .. my friend was becoming a nightmare.

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It was a saturday morning and I came to after a night of drinking beer and whiskey shooters. Like most mornings after drinking I'd come to..  my eyes popped wide open and then my brain switched right to fear. I'd be in fear and panic as I tried to reconstruct the events from the night before. In a second, In my mind, I ran down my checklist from the night before.  Where did I go ? Who did I see? Did I drive? Where is my car? Was my car damaged?   Did I hit anything or anyone? Panic consumed me until I knew the answers..


On this morning I walked into the kitchen for coffee and my house was full of people. 
My wife, my children, my mom and two people I didn't recognise. 
I was hung over and looking for some of “the hair of the dog” to steady my shakes. 
A shot in my coffee helped me to start my day. 
My bottle wasn't in the normal place and I was beginning to panic. 
People in my home, no booze. I wanted to know what's happening..


It was an intervention.. I was mortified and insulted.. how could they do this to me? 
Three hours later I was driving with the interventionist on my way to a medical detox and residential drug and alcohol treatment center.


Residential treatment saved my life. The medical detox was safe and painless. In treatment I made good friends with people just like me. I discovered that all the horrible things I did drinking and the secrets I kept were not as horrible as I made them out to be. The other people in treatment were doing and feeling all the same things I was. I wasn’t alone in my pain. For years I thought I was alone with my anguish and my secrets that couldn't be shown the light of day. My secrets  were just too bad to say out loud. In treatment I found the other people had the same problems I did. Some had worse problems than me.  Together in treatment we got sober and tackled the issues that were keeping us drunk.


Today I have 3 years clean and a wonderful life. I got my family back and a promotion at work. The intervention and treatment saved my life. If this story sounds familiar, we can help you too. Please call us at the Wits Inn.  949.292.2000. www.wirecovery.com

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I had tried to stop drinking many times, always just cold turkey and AA meetings. I could never stay stopped for very long. Friends and family told me I needed detox followed with residential drug and alcohol treatment and I always resisted. I could do this I told myself. One summer after my divorce, a divorce I created out of my drunken behavior I had to move back in with my mom. I was 35 and broken. I went back to AA and was staying sober but something wasn't right.That summer I met an old friend from my childhood. I told her I didn't drink and we started dating. A month into it she invited me to join her at her friends wedding in Chicago. All along I was attending 1 or 2 A A meetings a week and doing OK .. So I thought.

I always got drunk at the worst possible times.

So now I'm in Chicago and we’re walking into the reception with an open bar. The next morning I came to in a panic. I was in a hotel room, alone and half dressed.I got up and found my friend who happen to to be in the a room next door. I had blacked out.. again. Apparently I was out of control at the reception and at some point someone called security on me. I remembered very little from the night before but I knew it was bad. My friend was so upset and the long drive home was a nightmare. I was so ashamed of my behavior. This was me… I always got drunk at the worst possible times. When we got back home I called a residential treatment center and the next day I was on a plane. It was the best decision I've ever made. I couldn't get sober on AA alone. I needed all the tools residential treatment had to offer.

I needed to extract myself from my life, and drinking, to save my life.

Residential Treatment gave me a chance at sobriety. When I arrived they put me thru a medical detox. I flew to a treatment center in warm climate which helped my depression tremendously . Flying to treatment California was a great idea . The sun was shining and I was miles away from all my triggers and playmates. I needed to extract myself from my life to save my life. The detox was painless and when I started treatment I knew I was in the right place. My therapist was so insightful and helped me navigate my issues. The issues that were keeping me drunk and spiritually bankrupt.

Today I have 3 years sober and I live life to the fullest. If you can't stay stopped when you try to stop drinking they can help,. Call Wits Inn Recovery. (949) 292-2000.

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I've been battling addiction for years. In drug and alcohol treatment The mental health professionals had hung a label on me. They said I was bipolar. What does that even mean?

I've had extended periods of time of sobriety working the program. I went to meetings and had a sponsor. I was in the middle of the herd, but I never felt normal.

My emotions always drove my behavior and seemed to drive the direction of my attitudes about the people places and things around me.

When I'd go out with friends after a meeting, sometimes I'd be so hyper and animated. I might get up from the table and move around the restaurant.

I'd stand behind my friends sometimes bumping them with a light nudge or push on their shoulders. Honestly, I was just affectionate, but some didn't feel it that way.

I was a bipolar addict living with dual diagnosis in Orange County, and I needed help! 

One morning after a dinner with friends I got a text saying
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I was horrified and embarrassed.
My manic behavior was causing trouble.

The Meds? I was taking my meds. Two types to be precise, one kept me groggily and the other a mood stabilizer had no effects I could feel or notice.

The majority of the time I was more manic and seldom depressed.
I had racing thoughts and a vivid imagination. The meds weren't working too to my liking.

I was encouraged to try diet and exercise to supplement my meds to handle my bipolar. I was more often manic than I was depressed.

My goal was to stop my mind from racing.
Today in the mornings I do my meditation, and I exercise. It's a great way to get grounded and balanced. I still take my meds but have lowered the dose. The exercise counters the mania and also helps me sleep at night. 
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“I am more than flesh, I am more than time”. (Rickie Byers Beckwith, Agape, Culver City). 3 to 7 million year old leather back turtle fossil found in ‘San Juan Capistrano’. This city is a know as a vortex by the mystic community here in south Orange County, California. Mission San Juan Capistrano, "The Jewel of the California Missions" ... the best conserved, which is why it is called the Jewel of the Missions. So the whole world knows of San Juan Capistrano’s significance as a connection point to the deep past. A portal, an advantage vista through time.

I am changing and adapting to my surrounding. The instinctual intellect of the one mind, which is my mind now, knows the infinite glory of adaptation is mine. I exist and have my being in a co-creative relationship with this presence, continuously evolving.

A seemingly finite being experiencing the infinite.

Seeing and knowing about the leatherback turtle fossil being unearthed and reassembled, brought back into today’s race consciousness, less than a mile from my home invokes the passion of the ages in me. The world pauses and takes a look at our spot here on the planet to realize the universe is unfolding as it should.

Do not fear the changes. Shedding the old skin terrifies the simple - survival parts of our earthbound brain. Look now with the eyes of the infinite God mind. Levitate to the 42nd thousand mile view and see the Divine power in the sculpting.


In the here and now.

Human instinct run riot can take the shape of a life threatening addiction, that at very least can be lessing the quality of one’s ability to give and receive love effectively.

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Our Sons Drinking Is Out Of Control

Our Sons Drinking Is Out Of Control

Our Sons Drinking Is Out Of Control.

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The first time Billy got drunk was when he was 12. Apparently he and his cousin found a guy who bought them a pint of tequila. The two went to a field near our home and drank it. Billy landed on our front porch. It was after dark, Betty and I heard a loud noise on the porch so I went to investigate, there he was, spread out on his back. His arms and legs were scratched up and his shirt was ripped. We panicked, we thought he'd been beaten up. We got him to sit up and he got sick all over his mother. He reeked of booze. Betty and I stared into each others eyes with horror. We put him to bed with a bucket so if he got sick again.

Our first thought was who did this to our son? 

We wanted to know who purchased them the booze. We needed to blame someone, In our minds Billy was a perfect child, he had to have been forced to drink. Denial started early, we wanted to blame someone else for Billys behavior. We never got the answers we were looking for and as time went on the issue died. The next time he got drunk that we know of was when he was 16. He and a classmate were found by police in the classmates car passed out in the field parking for the county fair. They were released to his friends Dad and we got him home.

Our sons drinking is out of control.

For the next few years our lives were hell. When he would leave the house we had no idea how he would return. His grades were horrible, he totalled my new car, He'd get so drunk he would sometimes wet the the bed. The only thing we knew to do was to ground him forever. We would keep him at home. That didn't work and when he turned 19 we were lost. I had a friend in Alcoholics Anonymous so I went to him. He said our son need “tough love” we had to get him to a 90 day residential drug and alcohol treatment center. He said that instead of trying to keep Billy locked down at home we should tell him he has two options. He could either hit the streets or go into treatment, one or the other.

We told him he was leaving and it was his choice, the streets or treatment . 

Billy chose treatment and we were so happy, That gave us hope. I knew AA worked for my friend, maybe it would work for Billy. It did, treatment was a life saver, In treatment he was medically detoxed. He had great therapist who helped him deal with his alcoholism as well as other issues. Billy discovered he didn't have to do this alone, he has support. Betty and I learned about the disease concept of alcoholism. Billy got sober in treatment and has been sober 3 years now. He attends AA meetings regularly and has a sponsor. He's in college now and just made the deans list. We are so proud of him. We have our son back.

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