The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #161867 Message #3850235
Posted By: meself
12-Apr-17 - 02:52 PM
Thread Name: BS: stay afloat while others don't
Subject: RE: BS: stay afloat while others don't
It seems that substance-abuse is often a response to underlying, and usually undiagnosed, psychological/emotional/mental issues (depression, ADHD, FAS, etc.); hence the term 'self-medicating'. Criminal behaviour is often linked as well. Most people behind bars were probably in desperate need of mental health therapy long before their legal troubles began. Knowing this doesn't necessarily make such people any easier to deal with, though ... you do have to keep yourself healthy before you can help anyone else - and that might necessitate avoiding the people you wish you could help.