6 Reasons Drugs and Alcohol Are Not the Answers

03/27/2015 10:39 am ET | Updated May 25, 2015

Using drugs and alcohol are not the answers to your problems. They might make you feel better for a while but sooner or later you will have to face your fears and anxieties.

In the meantime, here are six reasons why drugs and alcohol are not the answers to your mental health issues.

1. Drugs And Alcohol Are Dangerous To Your Health
People die from abusing drugs and alcohol. They do nothing for your short term or long term health. Regardless of what you think, drugs and alcohol do nothing but add more problems to your current situation.

2. Avoiding Your Problems Does Not Work
Avoiding your fears and your problems through the use of drugs and alcohol are not the answers. Eventually, you will have no choice but to confront your fears and stresses. Save yourself the time and heartache and confront your problems now rather than later. Don't put off what you can do today.

3. They Can Make Things Difficult
Drugs and alcohol can make your problems even more complicated. Many professionals and former addicts have said that drugs and alcohol will only add more misery to your situation. Be smart and learn how to cope with your mental health issues the right way.

4. You Won't Learn Anything
When you decide to face your fears, you will begin to learn how to manage your stresses and anxieties. As time goes on, you will become better in dealing with your anxieties. With some patience, it will only be a matter of time before you find the answers to your problems.

5. You Will Not Solve Your Situation
The important thing is to get the proper help by seeing a professional. Avoiding your problem through the use of alcohol or other substances will do nothing in the long run in fixing your problems. Managing your fear and anxieties will take some hard work so be patient but persistent.

6. Getting Professional Help Is The Best Option
There are many professionals out there who can assist you in dealing with your mental health issues. There is nothing wrong with asking for assistance and making excuses will not help your situation. Be determined to solve your problem and then talk to a counselor who can increase your chances of getting better.


Need help with substance abuse or mental health issues? In the U.S., call 800-662-HELP (4357) for the SAMHSA National Helpline.