Almost no one likes to address their mental health. Unfortunately, our behaviors carry consequences. If you make the choice to ignore your mental health and possible ongoing mental issues (left untreated), you WILL run into problems later on in life. Whether that be addiction or worsening of any mental condition left untreated, it will be waiting for you there, in your later years.
For example, if you’re in your twenties and struggle with depression and ignore this (say drink or consume substances to numb any symptoms), and don’t process the trauma, say with therapy etc., it’s highly likely that your minor or major depression will develop into BIPOLAR depression. This may happen over years to come. That is why it’s SO important to NOT IGNORE symptoms of mental illness.
By addressing and getting treatment, you just may have saved your future self from illness that is harder to manage and treat at a later date; a later date when it may be too late. The older we are, the harder it is ,,,for our brains to process trauma. Someone in their 70s oftentimes may be too fragile to open up Pandora’s box and handle the reliving of any sort of trauma that took place as a child.
Most oftentimes, in your later years it’s TOO LATE to prevent severe mental illness from happening because it’s already taken place. By that time, it’s also too traumatic for the individual to process. So please, if you’re reading this, and know deep down you have experienced trauma many moons ago and every once in awhile you have that little voice inside of you saying, ‘hey you, remember this?’ Please don’t ignore it. You are worth the time, patience, and effort it takes to heal, to find out why those sad things happened to you.
Therapy will surprise you. So many myths about therapy scare people into not going. No one is going to put a straight jacket on you, throw you in a white room, and throw away the key. Remember that YOU are VOLUNTARILY seeking their services and by law, they must respect their patient’s rights. By the way, all these years you’ve probably been holding onto guilt and rage, when most of the time we wrongly blame ourselves for something that happened; all because we don’t understand what actually took place or WHY it happened.
Therapy is a place where you will learn more about yourself and the people in your life and why your problems and history occurred in the first place. Everything will start to make sense as you gain clarity about your trauma. Is it easy? No. But, the healing rewards you will gain may be phenomenal. Years from now you will thank yourself.
Addiction is the disease and #1 cause for chronic health problems, death, and broken homes. Many times, when we have suffered trauma, chronic anxiety will be a result of it. This happens without us realizing it. A lot of people self medicate with substances or behaviors such as gambling, food, or sex. Unfortunately, with Kratom people may be looking for something to self medicate with, thinking it will get them high. That is when you can run into problems, because Kratom doesn’t impair or intoxicate you, thus get you high in any kind of way.
Addicts soon realize this. THIS is the sole reason they start consuming unreal amounts of it, all to find (now) they have to stop. But, they’ve overtaken it in such an abusive manner now causing themselves uncomfortable withdrawals. Who’s fault is that? The person’s mental state of anguish is solely to blame.
Below is an excellent article talking about just that. Addiction is not about the substance. We could ban all substances and there would still be addiction problems among people.
So many people depend on Kratom for pain relief and other ailments. Remember, addiction and dependency are separate. Someone who’s taking a substance to numb their emotional pain or mental trauma needs to be seeking therapy. Someone who isn’t but IS consuming Kratom for physical pain, a significant condition that is chronic who became dependent, developing a dependency is NOT MENTAL. It’s NOT A MENTAL ADDICTION, but purely their bodies are accustomed to having to rely on something. These are two very separate things and should be viewed as such.
These lines seem to get blurred way too often and it’s quite unfair. But, most of all it’s incorrect to confuse addiction (being an addict) with dependency (someone who’s physically accustomed to taking something). This confusion between addiction and dependency is what our government and the FDA use to manipulate the public into believing Kratom is an opioid and should be scheduled and treated as such. It’s how they brainwash people into thinking or believing that Kratom is dangerously addictive, or opioids should be denied because they are dangerously addictive. No. In a normal healthy adult, both mentally and emotionally they are not prone to misuse or abuse herbs and medications, or even alcohol for that matter.
It’s the person and what they tell themselves they (need) to get themselves through the day (psychologically) that can become a problem. Whatever you believe, you WILL BECOME. Please read one account of a Kratom Consumer and their amazing insight to consuming and tapering off of the herb, Kratom. She is SPOT ON.
My thoughts regarding the article below ~
Sooo TRUE. It’s very rarely about the drug, substance, or behavior itself. It’s about what someone keeps telling themselves and their thought process. I wish they would teach this in rehabs instead of bashing substances.
Written By Kami Davis
‘It’s because I need heroin, I told myself. That’s not true but it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy if you believe it, some wiser part of myself responded. We want a way to make the incomprehensible digestible. Identifying an external, concrete source of our troubles—rather than the complex interplay of psychological and societal circumstances—is relatively reassuring.’
‘This anxiety is because I need heroin. Believe in your inherent need, and you have a clear remedy. And heroin will help, at least initially. But if instead you tell yourself a different story—like, this is anxiety that reflects aspects of my life, but experience tells me it will subside—that might become true, too. ‘https://filtermag.org/quitting-kratom-addiction/amp/