I’ve researched a lot of near death experiences and those who have experienced both life and death say that dying is easy, living is hard. And unfortunately, I believe that even thought I don’t want it to be that way.
Waking up everyday, going to work in rush hour traffic. Dealing with annoying people. Giving your love to the people around you and not being appreciated. The list goes on of things that can wear you down and make you want to curl up into a ball and stay in bed, or even worse….do illegal drugs and or alcohol.
I think a lot of people do drugs and alcohol to escape reality. And I do not judge them, I want to help them.
At work in the hospital I sometimes sit in a room with social workers and over-hear the social circumstances of the patients. It’s heart breaking. Many of them are sick and dying because of illegal drugs and alcohol. They are young (40’sand 50’s) and they have children that still need them. It’s a sad situation for everyone involved.
From excessive alcohol use people develop hemorrhages and bleed from their throats and intestines. Their livers become enlarged and their bellies painful and swollen. In the end stages of cirrhosis they turn yellow and their minds go delirious.
I’ve seen a young female abuse narcotic pills to the point that her intestines died and they had to be cut out. Now she poops from a hole in her stomach.
Almost all IV drug abusers end up with bacterial infections in their blood. The infections destroy the heart valves and other random parts of their body. One lady had an infection in her eyeBALLs and they had to take her to surgery multiple times to put needles into her eyes and inject antibiotics. I don’t know what happened to her, but I’m afraid she went blind.
Another young man in his 20’s has a chronic infection in his prostate. He lives with chronic pain and swelling around his anus.
But the sadest story was a young man in his twenty’s that had to be put on hospice. He was sent home to die a quiet death because his heart valve got infected. They cut it out and put a new one in. He kept doing iv drugs and the new valve got infected and destroyed. There was no tissue lift to sew a new heart valve onto. So he was sent home to die. His family was devastated.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. There is help for those people. It can come in the form of antidepressants pills.
I’ve seen and heard a lot of people bash prescription pills and antidepressants. But antidepressants can help people and change lives. They can give hope to the hopeless. They can help people keep living and keep giving their all until their circumstances change.
Because it is true that antidepressants don’t fix your personal problems. But they can give you the strength to wake-up and resolve your problems and create a better life for yourself. They can give you strength to hold down a job, sustain relationships, or take care of your children.
Even antianxiety (valium like drugs) and narcotics have their place in medicine. If someone is physically addicted to heroin or some other substance, it’s better to be on a prescription drug than street drugs….until the addiction can be resolved.
All drugs are booth good and bad depending on the circumstances. Beware of people who say all antidepressants are bad or all pain pills are bad or all valium-like drugs are bad. They are not. They are a safety net and a crutch for people who are sick and need them. And there is no shame in being sick and needing drugs. The shame comes from being stubborn and unwilling to change and improve your life. The meaning of life is to live and learn. We all have different lives, just like books and movies are different. We are experiencing different story-like lives and we should NOT compare our lives to those around us.
What complicates life is that our “happy hormones” in our brains can dry up with age, disease or pregnancy. I don’t care how wonderful you are as a person, if this happens to you, you’re going down. The quality of your life will decline, your relationships will suffer.
Dr. Amen, a brain specialist who wrote the book “Magnificent Brain” talks about doing brain scans and brain imaging on people with dementia and other diseases. Sometimes dementia is cured with giving an anti-depressant and then the person is restored to their usual self. I was amazed to read that he can physically see with a brain scan who needs anti-depressants.
Dr Amen opened my eyes to the fact that there are physical causes to needing anti-depressants. It’s not just personal problems that lead people to take antidepressants.
Please don’t self medicate with drugs and alcohol. You’ll only end up hurting yourself and your relationships. Instead, go to your doctor and ask for an antidepressant, then you can work on putting your life back together. Exercise to restore your brain chemistry, get connected with people and form relationships, join groups that interest you. Read self-help books to start healing your life. Do what is right and good. Purposefully make and create your dream life. You can have the wonderful life that you want. There is so much help out there.
In my book I write about a drug that is used to help people stop abusing their bodies. It’s a special antidepressant that restores multiple chemicals in the brain. It’s been tested to be good for people with bulimia, cocaine addictions, and smoking addictions.
This blog is already too long. I’ll have to tell you about this special drug in a future blog so please stay tuned….subscribe. Or buy my book when it comes out.