Just Say No. It Can Save Your Life.

Just say no means more than just quitting drugs.

When the first lady of the United States told us to “just say no” to drugs, many of us laughed at her. Why was it so funny? I think that we all know it’s not so easy. If it was, then we would have already been saying no. The fact is that, not only is it good advice, it should be applied to more than just drugs. There is a lot more that we must just say no to. It can save lives.

Say no to social pressures.

Of course, saying no meant more discontinuing drugs after addiction had already taken hold of your life. It meant to just say no in the very beginning. If you never picked up your drug of choice in the first place, you would not have developed an addiction to to it. Yet, you were already set up for addiction. Before the drugs, you already had a “yes” problem.

Saying yes is the number one killer.

You may not agree with this statement, that “yes” is a top killer. The first thing that may come to mind are killers like heart attack, cancer and car accidents. If we look deeper, we may see that the cause behind these mechanisms of death may have been saying “yes” too many times. Imagine the overwhelming stress of agreeing to take on too much responsibility in life.

Do you hate your job?

Think about what you are doing in life and what you have been doing for many years. How many of the overwhelming responsibilities that you have taken on are a result to saying yes to someone at some point. You agreed to take a job that wasn’t what you really wanted to do. Maybe, you agreed to sign a big loan or mortgage contract. Possibly, you agreed to spend your life with a person that is making your life miserable.

Start saying “no” today.

I am not at all suggesting that you throw away everything in your life right now. Walking away from responsibility can lead to even more responsibility. You may have to carefully take inventory and figure out what is working and not working. Then, it can take time to plan and execute the plan to fix your life. But, you can start today by slowing down and carefully weighing each new choice. Just say no by default to new responsibilities. Avoid signing new contracts and making new promises for now. You are not a pack animal. It is time to make the load lighter, not heavier.

Therapy is an important part of the plan

Do you see a psychologist? It is time to take account of your life and get back on track. When I prescribe medications to my patients for opioid and opiate dependence and addiction, I always refer them to therapy as well. Suboxone, Subutex, ZubSolv, Sublocade, Probuphine. These medications can help you to find peace in the moment by getting the deadly drugs out of your life. The next step is to evaluate your past and your personality. There is nothing wrong with who you are. But, knowing who you are will help you navigate life and avoid those people, places and things that could trigger you to return to the nightmare of active addiction.

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