Drug Rehab 2021 Round 2 – Overcoming Your Mind

Name: Dasia Mitchell

Overcoming Your Mind

My addiction story began with one drink. I remember roughly 5 years ago, I was stationed in Germany, coming back from a deployment, and I ended up having a rough time on the deployment. I came home and felt so much loneliness inside myself, the only place I felt the most comfortable after work was the bar. It was right on the military installation and as an 18-year-old, I was legally allowed to drink in that country. I had many elder friends who did the same, everyone got off work and was just drinking. I remember it got so bad one time, that I started going into work drunk or hungover every day. I felt as if I needed a glass of alcohol to make myself feel better for the bad hand that I felt life had dealt me.

I moved out of the country back to America to be closer to my family here. They shrouded me in love and support not even knowing what was going on with me. I finally was able to reach out and ask for help. I had been dealing with Military Sexual Trauma and figured that no one wanted to hear my story. The only person I felt that understood me at the time was the liquor. At least there was no judgement or isolation that wasn’t self-induced. After therapy and much needed medications, I was able to continue my life without dealing with the repercussions of being too drunk or hungover to finish things. I rarely drink now and if I do drink, it’s a celebration usually. I never saw myself here when I was looking at the bottom of my bottle.

I believe we are dealing with an addiction crisis because it’s easier to not ask for help. It’s also easier to not potentially see judgement from another or go down the road of needing to depend on someone else for things, continuously. The consequences of addiction in general are astounding. For the individual, the consequences tend to seem only self-inflicted. Usually, an individual may not realize the damage they’re causing on others until the very end. When their minds are stuck on every negative thing, it’s hard to get them to see the positive. As a society, the loss is felt on every end. That brother, sister, mother, father, uncle, etc., is dearly missed. The true, sober version of their self. It makes a community grieve for that loss. Ways that I could see a remedy for this uprising is genuine love and consideration. These changes come from ending enabling behaviors and codependency; family members and friends can’t be coddled. They need to be corrected at the beginning and not the end. People have to feel that it’s okay to be open and vulnerable to share their truth.