Trigger warning: this piece discusses themes of anxiety and substance abuse.
Recently, the legend Matthew Perry passed away. Many know him for his incredible performance as Chandler Bing in the TV show Friends. However, I know him as the first person who showed me it’s okay to talk openly about mental health challenges. As a kid with a lot of anxiety, seeing someone from my favourite show talk about his substance abuse gave me hope for my future. If he can fight for his life, then I can as well.
No matter what addiction you are facing, I’ve found the most effective strategy is talking to someone you trust before taking action on the urges. To say, ‘I need help. Can you stay or talk with me?’ gives you the power over your mind and keeps you safe. I understand this may feel like you’re being a burden, but asking for help will never make you a burden. They would rather listen to your struggles than have you engage in damaging behaviours.
You can fight. I promise you are worth fighting for. Thousands of people understand what you’re facing and want to help you. You are not alone.
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