I was reminded today of the importance of asking for help when you need it. This is true for anyone under any circumstances, of course, but for the mentally ill or recovering addicts this can mean the difference between life and death.
If you are mentally ill, you might find yourself alone or just feeling isolated. It's so easy for symptoms like anxiety, depression and paranoia to overwhelm you. You may find yourself avoiding others. You may not know who you can trust. It can be all too easy to believe that you don't matter, but you do. Even if you have dysfunctional people around you, you can reach beyond them and get help.
If you a recovering addict and you're tempted to use, you don't have to let it go down like that. There are really so many people who dedicate themselves to being there for other people and they will help you stay strong and stay clean.
The most important things is that you try to communicate it if you are feeling unwell, scared, or unsure and keep trying until you find the help you need. If you're lucky enough to have a family member or friend who can support your wellness, that's awesome. Keep them informed. But sometimes the most appropriate source of help is to go to a professional. You can find many national and local resources online if you just need to talk of if you're in crisis. And, if you're having an emergency call 911.
However how you may be feeling, your well-being is vital and you are worth the effort that it takes to communicate that you are in need. Don't give up on yourself when it matters most. Reach out and ask for the help you need!