I take pleasure in being Straight Edge and that's why

I take pleasure in being Straight Edge and that's why

I didn’t drink, smoke, or drug, as a result of I didn’t must have time – and I nonetheless don’t.

In highschool, I’ve by no means drunk, smoked or used medication. My reasoning was that I used to be fairly loopy and that I didn’t want an outdoor stimulus to make my mind completely different. I didn’t need to add one other factor of shock with out realizing what it may do to me. I had anxiousness and paranoia and OCD and I used to be afraid to make myself extra anxious whereas smoking grass, for instance. I used to be afraid to drink alcohol as a result of I knew it was a depressant and that I used to be suicidal. I knew, inherently, that dependancy would make my psychological well being worse. And it turned out that I used to be proper.

I didn’t drink, didn’t smoke and didn’t use medication in faculty. Individuals at all times requested me why. I mentioned I didn’t want this stuff to have time, and I nonetheless shouldn’t have any. I reside in a metropolis the place marijuana is authorized and I don’t discover the necessity to use it, however I do know it may possibly assist folks and I’ve buddies who use it in Oregon and Colorado to deal with psychological well being issues and insomnia, which by the way are generally interconnected.

One more reason I don’t use or abuse substances is as a result of I went out with drug addicts earlier than. This prevented me from taking any type of medication. I’ve seen my love pursuits and my buddies battle towards the dependancy and it isn’t lovely. I labored in residential settings with recovering drug addicts and noticed how troublesome it was to grow to be sober. I noticed my purchasers relapse, fall, stand up, and a few of them managed to rebuild themselves, whereas others couldn’t eliminate their varied addictions. Drugs and psychiatric therapies will help folks regain their sobriety.

I do know many individuals on-line that I like. A few of them embrace Daniel Maurer who writes a Transformation is Actual weblog, Mark Goodson, who writes The Miracle of The Mundane and Liv's Restoration Kitchen is a superb weblog to search out recipes from a lady who labored onerous in her journey sobriety. There’s a robust neighborhood of #xa or on-line restoration and I’ve excellent buddies.

I nonetheless don’t significantly take pleasure in substance use due to my experiences in residing with them and what I do for folks. I generally like onerous cider, however that's about it. And if I have been advised that I couldn’t drink any extra alcohol, I’d not be devastated. I’d have the ability to take care of that very effectively. I take pleasure in being fairly direct and I may even return to that way of life as a result of it's more healthy than relying on substances to take care of your feelings. All of us expertise traumas in life and troublesome experiences and utilizing substances to take care of severe emotional issues just isn’t wholesome. It's higher to see a therapist and resolve your issues.

Are you straight edge? Are you a member of the restoration neighborhood? Inform me about your dependancy experiences!

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