8/10 People Reading This Have a Substance Dependency
Substances are an integral part of American culture, and it's safe to say that most Americans have a dependency or an addiction to at least one substance. The four most common and socially accepted substances in America are alcohol, weed, nicotine, and caffeine. However, it's time to ask ourselves why we enjoy using certain substances and why they have become a part of our daily routine.
At the surface level, the answer is simple: it makes us feel good. But substances alter the way our mind works and how we perceive ourselves in the outside world. They can either stimulate our mind or depress our senses and relax our body. Therefore, it's crucial to think deeply about why we use a specific substance.
For example, if you enjoy smoking weed after work, ask yourself why you like doing it. Is it because it helps you relax and feel good? If so, why do you feel like you need to relax after work? What is stressing you out at work, and how can you address it? It's not always a bad thing to use substances, but it's essential to evaluate whether the benefits of using them outweigh the negatives.
Sometimes, using a substance can reveal deeper issues that need addressing. For instance, if you're struggling to focus, you might have ADHD or anxiety. Instead of solely relying on medication to help with these conditions, you can also seek therapy to improve your mental health and learn the necessary self-improvement tools. Medication and drugs are not always a long-term solution, but they can be helpful in the short-term while you work on yourself.
It's important to look inward and assess what's really going on in your mind and how you're feeling. You can ask yourself questions like, "Am I getting enough sleep?" "Am I feeling anxious socially?" "Is it depression?" "What would make me feel better about myself?" "What would make me feel more focused?" "What would relieve my stress that isn't a substance that I might find myself dependent on or addicted to?"
Improving yourself can involve several activities such as meditation, journaling, working out, or having a hobby. Spending time on self-improvement is worth it, especially when you consider the negative effects of dependencies, money spent, and time spent in altered states of mind instead of living in reality.
In conclusion, it's crucial to evaluate our relationship with substances and ask ourselves why we use them. By doing so, we can identify deeper issues that need addressing and work on improving ourselves instead of solely relying on substances. It's time to take control of our mental and physical health and live our best lives.