Almost 20% of South Africans – 1 in every 5 adults – abuse mind-altering substances with alcohol, pain-killers (codeine) and dagga as the worst offenders. You are not alone.
Addiction isn’t just about neuro-chemical dependency, or intoxicating substances, or thrill seeking behaviours. Addiction is connected to control, security and self-worth – all of which took a massive beating during the pandemic. Covid-19 not only changed how you receive help, but the effects of uncertainty and stress could also trigger a relapse for those already in recovery.
Remember, the toughest step towards recovery is the very first one: recognizing that you have a problem and deciding to make a change. No matter how hopeless your situation seems or how many times you’ve tried and failed before, change is always possible.
Truth is, addiction is a daily struggle and the tools on which you normally rely on have changed. The good news is that there is help out there and continuing the effort you’ve already put into recovering is crucial. Finding support during this difficult time is essential for both your mental and physical health. So, talk to your doctor or mental health specialist on going forward.
In addition to medication and therapy, successful recovery involves building a meaningful life.
No matter how challenging things might feel right now, you’ve come a long way. Remember, the only way to reach the finish line - apart from starting - is consistency.
You are not weak for struggling, you are strong for continuing to fight.
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DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms or need health advice, please consult a healthcare professional.