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How can I substitute the urge?

I've recently started struggling with a disfunctional way of soothing my mind, which is taking whatever at hand, from mainly alcohol to various meds, in a sort of compulsive way.
In the past I struggled a lot with self-harm urges and now it seems to me to be the same pattern here.
When the urge arrives, then, sometimes I asked myself what to do instead able to soothe me the same, and I answered self-harming. Which I don't want to do again.
There must be an alternative, but I need hints.
Waiting until the urge goes away doesn't work. Distracting myself neither.
I now decided not to touch alcohol in any case, even in casual social occasions.
I have my opinions and am aware it's not healthy for neither my mind nor my body, but the urge is there and knows nothing apart from the fact that the feeling I get from the misuse attracts me so much I can't say no to it.

#Alcoholism #SubstanceAbuse #SubstanceMisuse #Alcohol #AlcoholAbuse #Anxiety #SocialAnxiety

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Podcasters misinformation is/are triggers for me.

“True Crime” podcasts can be a trigger. It infuriates me & breaks my heart to hear podcasters who don’t care to do the right thing; do objective, responsible research. Sadly, there’s not much incentive to do this; the #Stigmas of #SubstanceMisuse #MentalIllness help with ratings$$$ratings$$$.

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Medication management

A lot of people in mental health have problems taking their medication. My problem is that I love taking my medication. With not distinction between the controlled or uncontrolled substances.
For almost half a year now, my pharmacy has been filling my medication into a lockbox. Which has been helping so much. I get my meds, correctly once a day. For $20 a month.
This month, they did not lock it properly. I could of just gone and told them. I should of. But no, I didn't do that.
I mean my first thought was, you don't need to do this and I meant it but I said to myself fuck you... and I have screwed myself.
I can no longer trust the pharmacy.
I just texted my best friend. I told him I messed up again tonight. He has known. I asked for help. I told him I would follow his rules unwavering.
We came up with a framework for a plan.
A 31 day medication planner, 30 minutes a day for me to talk to him about how I feel about sobriety (although it's not quite that, it's more like an OCD tick for any pill) but I suppose sobriety nonetheless and I thought I would start a journal about it. Also, we would get a lockbox, since I stay at his place so often. And the $20 a month, I would put aside. #medicationmanagement #Askingforhelp #Sobriety #Psychmeds #takingmeds #SubstanceRelatedDisorders #SubstanceUseDisorders #SubstanceAbuse #SubstanceMisuse

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#SubstanceMisuse #SubstanceUseDisorders

I recently read Former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy's report on addiction, and 2 other nationally known physician/ addiction specialists' reports. I applaud the new labels that describe our disease and I applaud the efforts to remove the stigmas; knee jerk-harsh judgements. In reading the reports I discovered the variance in how each medical professional used/ defined each label. Very frustrating! My frustrations were eased when I read the following comment from Antonio De Filippo, MD, psychiatrist, addiction treatment specialist : "There are many different definitions of alcoholism, of problem drinking, and it depends on which definition you use." I wanted to raise this point for anyone who might be frustrated or confused by how medical professionals vary in definitions of the new labels.

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Does anyone have a good teletherapy site they recommend to find an affordable (<$100) therapist="" quickly="" asap?="" #Therapy

I’m pretty desperate for a therapist, yet I’ve found looking for one very overwhelming. I have Beacon insurance thru MetroPlus NYC marketplace, but I did not find very many therapists that are in-network, and many had very long wait times for a first appointment if they were in network. I feel like I need to talk to someone ASAP before I do or say something that messes up my job or relationship (again hah) Any recommendations appreciated!! #CyclothymicDisorder #Depression #SubstanceMisuse #SubstanceAbuse

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Ever sit and think??? My thought

#SubstanceAbuse #SubstanceMisuse #CocaineDependence #Anxiety .

have you ever just sat and thought is this just it is life always just gonna be this way and even if you make changes sooner or later you are always going to end up back here! In another pile of crap #Depression

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Ideas for filling a multi-sensory ‘grounding’ toolkit #BPD #Rehab #Selfcare #Addiction #Flashbacks #CopingWithAnxiety

I’m wondering if anyone could share any ideas with me, for creating a ‘multi-sensory, grounding toolkit’, which my therapist has asked me to put together, to help me cope with managing emotions, #Flashbacks , #Trauma , #Anxiety , #Addiction cravings, #SuicidalThoughts , #Depression .

The ‘survival toolkit’ would be helpful for me anyway, but in particular, for when I go into a rehab, for #SubstanceMisuse / #Addiction and #detox ,which is coming up soon. I won’t even be allowed to have my prescribed anti-anxiety meds there. She suggested items which engage the senses.

Can anyone help?

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