When you are nearing age 50 as a single parent and your children are older teenagers and almost out of the house, you start wondering what life will be like after they've flown the nest and you are all alone. You wonder what you will do when you don't have your children to take care of day in and day out and a boss to answer to during the work week.
The last thing any responsible parent wants is for his or her teen to become a drug addict, but many parents don't realize that their behavior may actually cause their teenager to take an interest in drugs. While many teens will experiment with drugs, perhaps trying marijuana once or twice, most of them won't get a habit. Others, however, can quickly gravitate toward addiction, which has the potential of significantly disrupting or even ending the child's life.
Anxiety is the type of condition that can prevent people from moving forward and being successful. For example, some people lose job opportunities because they are fearful of going through the interview process and having to speak to other people. If you have been suffering from anxiety and it's holding you back in life, trying to overcome it with help from a therapist is the smartest decision to make for your future.
Your doctor may choose to prescribe you an opioid for a wide range of reasons, including as a pain-control measure if you're fighting an illness or you've just had surgery. While these drugs can help you, they can also hurt you — and the opioid epidemic that is routinely making headlines is a testament to that fact. This doesn't mean that you should abstain from taking the opioids that you're prescribed, but it does mean that you need to be extremely cautious about dealing with this situation.
Those who struggle with addiction will sometimes admit that they need help and check themselves into a treatment program. However, this isn't always the case. Often, the addict will be so deep in the world of addiction that she will continue down this path until something negative happens that will ideally compel her to seek treatment. If you have a female family member — a wife, a sister, or someone else — on this path, you'll be doing her a life-changing favor by intervening and encouraging her to seek treatment.