Those who struggle with alcohol addiction and drug addiction know how much of a role mental health plays in recovery. The two illnesses are often interlinked; nearly 40% of people addicted to alcohol have a co-existing mental health issue, and 45% of cocaine addicts have a mental health problem.
Does poor mental health contribute to a drug or alcohol addiction? Or is it the other way around and does an addiction cause mental health to deteriorate? The answer is both. Addiction can be a vicious circle of depression, addiction and anxiety that is hard to break. The problem with having problems is that ‘someone’ always has it worse. What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation. Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. Sometimes self care is exercise and eating right. Sometimes it’s spending time with loved ones or taking a nap. And sometimes it’s watching an entire season of TV in one weekend while you lounge around in your pajamas. Whatever soothes your soul. Healing takes time, and asking for help is a courageous step. Give yourself a break. Stop beating yourself up!. Everyone makes mistakes, has setbacks and failures. You don’t come with a book on how to get it right all the time. You will fail sometimes, not because you planned to, but simply because you’re human. Failure is a part of creating a great life.