After getting back from his service in Iraq, Matt had trouble adjusting to being home with his family and among friends. He began waking up every night with a racing heartbeat, nightmares, and he constantly found himself short of breath. His doctor concluded that he was suffering from anxiety caused by what he had seen during the war.
Addicts are always looking for the next quick fix. We want to feel better, quickly. We want the pain to go away, now. We don’t want to wait for things to gradually get better over time, to go through the hard stuff, to go two steps forward and one step back. In fact, it isn’t just addicts who feel this way. Most people want an easy solution to a complicated problem, be it money troubles, relationships issues, or a drug and alcohol addiction.
It is already a well-known fact that many who suffer from an addiction already are in treatment for a co-existing mental illness. Unfortunately, many of these individuals use alcohol and drugs to help combat their mental illness, while failing to take safe and helpful medications that may actually prevent and resolve the underlying causes of the mental illness itself.