Addiction and Mental Health Issues

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1. Addiction and Mental Health Issues

Many people believe that addicted individuals with mental health problems are ‘medicating’ the problem with alcohol or drugs. They tell us about research that says, for example, 50% of the people with post traumatic stress disorder have severe substance use.

2. Attitude

Many healthcare professions look at someone struggling with bipolar disorder or major depressive disorder or post traumatic stress disorder as mentally ill. Attitude is basically accepting that depression or attention deficit or whatever is simply part of your life right now. Like having diabetes or eye problems or addiction, you still get to make choices.

3. Courage

Many great thinkers tell us that suffering is a natural part of life. Many believe that overcoming suffering is how we mature and grow. Courage is an interesting trait. Most people consider courage as acting in spite of fear or suffering. Many suffering people find it difficult to act, to do something.

4. Faith

Faith means that you have hope that things will get better — even though you may not know how or why. In a way, it can feel like jumping out of a plane without a parachute. You have no idea how you are going to land safely, but someone says, “Just do it. It’ll be okay.”

5. Transcendence

The key to overcoming suffering such as mental health issues is not to pretend it doesn’t exist or avoid thinking about it. The key is to transcend it. Basically, in real life, this looks like, “Okay, I’ve got a problem. I don’t like it, but I’m stuck with it, so I’ll just deal with it and get on with the business of living.”

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