Getting Past the Feeling of Needing Medication Every Single Day
Our entire process of recovery is intended to help you build tools and methods that you can rely on when you start to feel a flare of your disorder coming on. We want to give you the things that you need to be able to recognize the signs of something coming and be able to implement a way to head it off and stop it. There’s much more to the process, of course, but that is a big part of the work we do with you. These skills are meant to keep you – and make you feel – safe. They are safety nets that we put in place in order to help you live your life free of the pain and worry that comes with these kinds of situations. But that’s exactly how they should be viewed: as safety nets. Safety nets are used as a last resort. Most of the time, you are not intending to use a safety net; they are there just in case the worst does happen.
Now, not every skill we can help you with will should be viewed as such. Reading before bed to reduce anxiety isn’t dangerous, no matter how many times you do it. Perhaps if it causes you to lose significant amounts of sleep, it could be dangerous, but we don’t think that’s what’s going to happen. No, the tools we are talking about mostly are medication. We all have heard the concerns and fears about medication, and we probably felt those fears a little bit when first considering going on some kind of medication. We’ve talked about it before and we want to reiterate to you: medication is okay. It isn’t there to cause you any harm; it is designed to help you. Addiction is something that happens but you are not going to become addicted just from taking medication. That is caused by a lot of different factors that have existed prior to this moment. Doctors and professionals are trained to identify those signs and symptoms, and they won’t prescribe something to you if it is going to cause anything bad to happen.
Medication is safe but there is something that we think can be dangerous outside of just addiction. It’s a mental condition, a dependency that can be formed with the wrong mindset. Medication can be a huge help for us and we know that. We can see the change from before we took it to now; we can see our bodies readjusting and the chemicals balancing out again. We physically feel ourselves get better. So it’s natural for us to feel like we can’t go anywhere or do anything without our medication. Most of the time, you will be able to have your medication with you and there is nothing wrong with that. There is nothing wrong with having a bag of pills in your pocket when you go out places. Having it can give you a sense of relief. What we don’t want is for you to feel like you NEED those pills. There are likely going to be times when you forget to bring a bag or you forget your bottle at home, and we don’t want you to panic because of this. You are not defined or constrained by your medication. You are capable of feeling okay without taking your meds. Obviously, going off your meds cold turkey for a long amount of time is dangerous, but one night is not going to affect you very much at all. It isn’t going to damage you at all and you will be okay. You are stronger than just a pill and there is so much more strength in you that is not dependent on that pill. You don’t need to feel like you have to take your meds; we encourage you to follow your prescribed schedule as much as possible but assure you that missing it every now and then will be okay. Life is too stressful and complex to have to worry about it as much as you may feel like you have to. You don’t have to; don’t let it define your life.
Medication helps us stay grounded and we do believe in its benefits. We want you to be okay with taking it and understand how it can help you. But we don’t want you to feel like you absolutely need to take it every day. It is okay if you forget it one night or forget to take it even at home. It happens and life goes on. So much more of what has helped you recovery is more from your strength than the strength of the dosage. You are not getting better because of some medication that was made in a lab; you are getting better because you want it and you are strong enough to make the change.
If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with anxiety or mental illness, do not hesitate to contact the team here at TrueRecovery.com. Our program, founded in 2014, is built around finding what’s best for you to overcome your addiction. Our facility is located in Newport Beach, California, with our supportive housing located close to our campus in Costa Mesa. Take advantage of the local beaches, nature preserves, and Orange County community while we fight for you. Contact us at (866) 399-6528 and [email protected]