When you’re beaten down by life, it’s easy to look just about anywhere for a break. Life gets hard, and it seems like almost everything we do can either be good or bad. We don’t have control over the things that other people do, and we don’t really get a say in many of the things that affect our day-to-day. So what’s a person supposed to do?
Why We Seek Relief
Many people try to do things to regain their control and feel like things are okay again, and some of this behavior can actually be a part of the reason why an addiction develops. Take the person seeking relief through the use of substances and going out to have a good time. At first, going out and cutting loose a little bit helps to ease stress and help to remind you that everything will be okay.
When we use substances, we often feel good. We feel good about life, good about ourselves, and just good in general. It’s a pretty quick fix for many problems that come up, and if you’ve been struggling for a long time, it’s going to sound appealing.
This is especially the case if our everyday lives leave us feeling like we don’t matter or are disliked, or if we feel like others are treating us badly and there is nothing we can do about it. You would be surprised the effect that the way others treat us can have on our emotional wellbeing.
While it might be harmless to go out once in a great while with a designated driver and have a couple drinks with friends, it’s not a good practice to get into. Especially if you’re trying to self-medicate and are drinking or abusing substances just to soothe your soul.
How Being Beaten Down by Life Can Cause Addictions
When life gives us a beating, we often don’t realize what it can really be doing to us. It’s so common to “let off steam,” in our society by partying, getting high or drunk, that many of us don’t think much of it. However, as the way we feel continues to grow, and our lack of control over situations keeps getting worse, we may find that we also struggle with depending on drinking or using more and more to cope with our negative feelings.
If you or a loved one has been beaten down by life and are now struggling with an addiction, you might want to consider the mind, body, spirit healing that a holistic rehab can offer you. It’s a fresh start, and a way to overcome your addiction that you can truly embrace and make a part of your life.