There are common disorders that come with addiction. After all, addiction doesn’t come on its own. Worse than a thief in the night, it’s accompanied by its friends, feeding off on each other, with only destruction–and even death–in their wake.
You may not be fully aware of it, but there are certain health conditions that come in pairs. One condition often leads to the other, vice versa, or just occur together. For example, once you get diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease often follows. Allergies often come with asthma, and in the same vein, a cold often comes with cough and flu.
The same can be said when it comes to addiction. There are certain mental health disorders that accompany substance abuse, in what are collectively called co-occurring disorders. Read More
You may notice that a friend, family member, parent, sibling, offspring, or colleague is showing strange behavior. You may suspect that they could be on to something as you watch them slowly yet drastically deteriorate over time. You think: This person could have a drug problem or addiction.
Whether in show business or in the music scenes, many creative people seems to be using drugs or alcohol. Talk to them and many will say that drugs or alcohol (or both) helps them become more creative compared to when they are sober.
Taking more than one drug at a time, like a drug cocktail, can magnify the effects of each drug and cause lethal consequences.
Taking two or more drugs is not uncommon. Polysubstance use, which is the act of taking more than one drug to augment, supplement, or complement the effects of the first drug, is actually the norm for many drug users.
Since ancient times, civilizations have used different nature-derived substances to heal illnesses, protect against diseases, and improve the overall quality of people’s lives. Since then, medicine has come a long way, and in recent centuries, chemists have began to experiment with synthesized chemicals from natural substances. Many of these chemicals have led to many effective drugs while some have led to undesirable consequences.
This open letter was written by Molly McBride and was published on March 16, 2015 in Thought Catalog.
We are posting this here to help other people understand addiction and to encourage them to look beyond the social stigma of addiction.
To anyone who understands, tries to or just can’t seem to:
Like many addicts I have come to know and love in recovery, I have a story.